Hunt Slonem: Solo Exhibition

Opening: Friday, Dec 1, 2023 5 – 8 pm
Friday, Nov 17 – Dec 31, 2023

210 W. Superior
Chicago, IL 60654

Opening Reception is Friday evening, December 1st, from 5-8 pm.

Light hor d'oeuvres and wine will be served.

Hunt SLONEM'S obsessive and repetitive rendering of his subjects reflects his desire to explore issues of spatial complexity, compression and density in what the acclaimed Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Henry Geldzahler deemed "a consistent investigation of post-cubist abstraction."

The repetitive imagery also makes a reference to Andy Warhol. "I was influenced by Warhol's repetition of soup cans and Marilyn," says Slonem. "But I'm more interested in doing it in the sense of prayer, with repetition... It's really a form of worship."

Slonem is not interested in realism or, unlike Warhol, in advertising or media, and his paintings are neither narrative nor specific in detail. Rather, Slonem's work is deeply rooted in the act of painting. His jarring color choices, spontaneous mark making, and scratched hatch marks are the result of his ongoing fascination with the manipulation and implementation of paint.

For Slonem, cross-hatching has "a feeling of a tapestry, it's like weaving. I'm making colors bleed into each other, I'm revealing the under-painting. I'm making these marks to allow the light to come through, basically. So you're seeing about five levels of paint, instead of one."


Image: BLUE DIAMOND DUST, HUTCH 2023, Oil, Acrylic with Diamond Dust on Canvas, 48 x 48 inches, Signed, dated and entitled on reverse