Jon Burgerman's Playful Pop-Art Takes Over OMNI Gallery
“SIM CITY” examines the paradoxes of contemporary life in overpopulated, urban environments.
OMNI Gallery in London is currently showing Jon Burgerman’s latest exhibition, “SIM CITY.” The showcase features the U.K.-born, New York-based artist’s signature style of maximalist, highly saturated works, including eight large aerosol paintings on canvas, 19 works on paper and an immersive video installation.
Burgerman’s vibrant and instantly recognizable characters examine the paradoxes of contemporary life in overpopulated urban environments. The exposed paintings deliver a diverse range of emotions, suggesting that despite the need for attention and recognition, many forms remain disconnected and isolated.
Drawing inspiration from a range of artists and movements such as Stuart Davis, Jean Dubuffet and Cy Twombly, as well as the classic city-building video game of the same name by Will Wright, “SIM CITY” displays smeared facial expressions and flat 2D plains.
When asked about the goals he hopes to achieve with his art, Jon Burgerman told Hypebae: “I want to make expressive and open works, where the viewer can not only play with narrative strands suggested by the characters and forms, but also emotionally connect with the textures, colours and very fabric of the painting itself.”
“SIM CITY” is currently open to the public at OMNI Gallery until April 27. Take a sneak peek at some of the featured works in the gallery above.
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