CJ Hungerman – Chicago, Illinois

BA KA MONO Cosmo Robotic Kaotica

“BA KA MONO Cosmo Robotic Kaotica,” painting,
44″ x 60″, 2013

Briefly describe the work that you do.

The series Random Robot Attacks is composed of patterned kinetic color chaos interwoven with personal iconic images that represent humans and human emotions.  The hope is that the individual viewer will become lost in the labyrinth of vibrant color patterns evoking an explanation of the art inherent only to that viewer.

At what point in your life did you decide to become an artist?

I have been producing art since I was very young and it has always been a part of my life.

Tell us a little about your background and how that influences you as an artist.

I have had many tedious, unsatisfying, and painstakingly monotonous jobs which has brought me to the point of creating art for the masses to loose themselves in and forget about the grind of their day.

What types of conceptual concerns are present in your work? How do those relate to the specific process(es) or media you use?

I create my work because I must and it is done to keep myself in balance.  I use all of the techniques I have acquired throughout the years, as precis as I can, which makes the process of creating the art important and satisfying to me.

Cosmo Bomb-Rotica

“Cosmo Bomb-Rotica,” painting, 38″ x 100″, 2013

We once heard Chuck Close say he did not believe in being inspired, rather in working hard everyday. What motivates you in your studio practice?

I am in my studio which has no ventilation, no heat, and no windows everyday for 50 to 80 hours a week.  It is dedication, working hard in terrible conditions, and then inspiration that produces the art.  An artist must have some kind of work ethic instead of just creating art when they feel like making art.

What artists living or non-living influence your work?

My influences of historical artist are Warhola, Terry Winters, Gordon Dorn, Ben Mahmoud.  Personal artists that have been by my side and influenced me in every aspect of my life are B.C. MacEachran, John Ronge, Dominic Sansone, Jeff Todd Smith.

Cosmo Bomblastica Reaper Mastica

“Cosmo Bomblastica Reaper Mastica,” painitng, 38″ x 100″, 2013

When you are not making art what types of activities and interests do you engage in? 

I have no job and a family to support so all I do is make art all day…. every day…unending….

hungerman_headshotAbout CJ Hungerman

CJ is originally from Pittsburgh. He attended West Liberty State College and West Virginia University. Upon completion of each undergraduate college he received a B.S. in Graphic Design and a B.F.A in Painting, respectively.

CJ went on to graduate school at Northern Illinois University receiving his Masters in Painting studying under Gordon Dorn, Josh Kind, and Ben Mahmoud.

He has completed many public art projects in Chicago such as one of the 2012 Ryder Cup large-scale golf balls displayed on Michigan Avenue and two five foot Chicago Fire Hydrants currently being displayed at various fire houses in Chicago. Recently he has collaborated with INDIE WALLS for two fantastic public art projects in Chicago. One of CJs pieces won the Alice & Arthur Baer Award in October 2013.

New works can be seen through out the year at FM Gallery, Chicago.

Studio Pics


All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission. 

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