The dictionary defines “toyed” as a verb meaning to amuse oneself as if with a toy. That sense of playful energy that motivates Rockford artists R. Scott Long and Betsy Youngquist can be experienced in “Toyed,” an exhibition of new works opening Friday, February 5th in the Kortman Gallery.
The exhibition will showcase three-dimensional pieces by both artists, many of them collaborative, that were, according to the artists, as fun to make as they are to see.
“When we toy with materials and ideas as artists, we play,” says Youngquist. “Playing and experimenting, along with light-hearted day dreaming, are part of the creative process with the works in this exhibition. This playful attitude, without the weight of any expectation, resulted in these exuberant, high-spirited pieces.”
Youngquist has earned an international reputation for her beaded works of art that are often created on sculptural elements fabricated by sculptor/collaborator R. Scott Long. In this exhibit, Long will also be showing his own art works.
“I’ve created these mixed-media sculptures, many of them kinetic and made from repurposed found objects, that are evocative of vintage toys,” said Long. “They are works of art that, some of which, you can actually play with.”
Doc Slafkosky, Kortman Gallery director, says the “Toyed” exhibit should appeal to a broad audience. “Whether you’re a serious collector or just enjoy seeing art, this colorful, playful, beautifully executed exhibit will be a visually entertaining, exciting, and even magical experience,” says Slafkosky.
The Kortman Gallery exhibit “Toyed” by R. Scott Long & Betsy Youngquist will open First Friday, February 5th, 5:30 to 9pm and will be on display through March 20th. Kortman Gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford.