Her subject matter is speleothems, which most people know as stalactites
and stalagmites. They are sculptures of nature and they have inspired
the latest works by Rockford artist Carmen Turner who will exhibit her
series of abstract art for ArtScene weekend, Friday and Saturday, April
21st and 22nd in the Kortman Gallery.
Turner, who creates her
work at MainFraim studio in Rockford, has titled her exhibition, “The
Space Between” in reference to her fascination with origin, shape, and
formation of speleothems.
“The goal of my collection is to
capture their temporary form. I make no attempt to depict speleothems as
they occur in nature, rather to use color and texture to celebrate
their growth, overall shape, and the inevitable lessening of the space
“As member of the MainFraim studio, which is known for
artistically repurposing historic found objects, Carmen has such a great
sense of the things that are old and how they fit into an eclectic
contemporary world,” says Kortman Gallery director Doc Slafkosky. “She
also builds her own frames which ads authenticity to her intriguing
Opening receptions for Carmen Turner’s Spring ArtScene
exhibition, “The Space Between” in the Kortman Gallery will be Friday,
April 21st, 5 to 10pm and Saturday, April 22nd, 4-9pm. It will be on
display through May 31st. Kortman Gallery is located upstairs at J. R.
Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford.
The opening receptions are free and open to the public. For more
information call 815-968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.