The Courtyard Wall at Epiphany Center for the Arts
The Courtyard Wall at
Epiphany Center for the Arts
ORITUR, the title of the mural by CJ Hungerman and Cesar Conde at Epiphany Center for the Arts, is Latin for “We Rise.” All of CJ Hungerman’s work has focused on “We Rise” as a conceptual element. According to Hungerman, this concept is an “abstract representation of humans overcoming their daily world of problems, emotions, disappointments, victories. All the personal issues that bounce around in our spaghetti container” -his word for brain- “constantly whilst we traverse the friction of life.”
Utilizing primitive portraiture by Conde, and abstract spastic shapes by Hungerman, the work creates a surrealistic atmosphere. For the title, the Latin version of the phrase was used to reflect the history of the church and its frequent use of the language.
This mural was completed in the Fall of 2022 as part of Epiphany Center for the Arts Courtyard Wall Mural Project. It will be on display outside Epiphany until 2024, when the next iteration of the project will be installed. You can apply for the Courtyard Wall Mural Project here.
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CJ Hungerman, originally from Pittsburgh, completed his graduate degree at Northern Illinois University. He has created many public art projects in Chicago; his most notable one is a 500-square-foot artwork conceived and created for the Chinatown Library in Chicago, which was funded by the mayor’s office and the City of Chicago. He won the Alice & Arthur Baer Award from the Beverly Arts Center in 2013, and in 2014 he received a grant from the Illinois Art Council Agency that enabled him to exclusively produce art.
Cesar Conde is a contemporary painter who uses old-world techniques with modern materials to paint his realistic portraits. He studied at Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, and with the master of Technique Mixte, Patrick Betaudier in his atelier in southern France and with Ed Hinkley in Chicago. His artwork has been exhibited internationally, and he deals mostly with social justice issues.