Aug 23rd 2014

Greg Mike: Pigment of My Imagination

@ Maxwell Colette Gallery

908 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Saturday, August 23rd, from 6PM - 10PM

On view through Saturday, October 4th

Join us on Saturday, August 23 from 6-10pm for the opening of Pigment of My Imagination, new paintings from Atlanta-based artist Greg Mike.

Pigment of My Imagination features paintings from Greg Mike’s latest body of work. The selections embody the saturated colors and classic cartoon imagery that has come to be expected from the artist, but these works have at their thematic core an exploration of interactions, connectivity, and relationships in the contemporary world. Not allowing these themes to rest lightly on the surface, Greg Mike has buried them under deconstructed cartoon imagery, punctuated by his highly refined color palette and concise line work. The resulting abstract shapes create an alternate atmosphere where intersecting colored elements create multiple narratives and evoke memories and feelings. Greg Mike says that he finds inspiration for this work in “everything from the 1920’s rubber hose animation to present day pop culture”. Pigment of My Imagination is, in his words: “a culmination of both past and present with a glimpse into the future.”

Currently based in Atlanta, GA, Greg Mike is a painter, designer and muralist. He is the founder and creative director of ABV, a multi-platform studio specializing in branding, apparel design and visual production.

Greg Mike was exposed to the creative potential of reimagined public spaces through his trips to NYC in the mid-’80s. As a youth obsessed with the boundless energy and crisp line work of iconic American mid-century cartoons as well as the bombast of classic NYC street art, he began using walls to fuse these two passions together. Further inspired by his deep involvement with skate culture and his intersections with the fashion world, Greg Mike has become known for pieces that incorporate vivid explosions of incandescent color filtered through a Surrealist Pop Art perspective.

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