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Rockford artist Johnathan Kuss creates rich, detailed, and alluring still life paintings that, at first glance, seem like classical imagery. However, his unconventional placement of personal items with a banana or an orange tells a story about how we relate to nature in an exhibition titled, “Our Controlling Nature” opening Friday, June 6th in the Kortman Gallery.
“My paintings are a comment on our complex relationship with nature and
the various ways we exert our commanding influence over it,” says Kuss in his artist’s statement. “It is through this exploration of our interactions with the natural world around us that I begin to
understand the human condition.”
“Creating narratives from personal items, the subject of each of Johnathan’s images is presented with a subtle irony,” says Doc Slafkosky, gallerist for the Kortman Gallery. “For instance, a classic image of a pear is stabbed by a a switchblade, or a mango pierced by a railroad spike. His paintings definitely start a conversation.”
The Johnathan Kuss exhibition, “Our Controlling Nature” will be on display through July 31st. The First Friday, June 5th opening reception will be from 5:30 to 9pm featuring music from (DJ) Terrible (D. J. Maclin). The party will continue after the reception at least until midnight. The Kortman Gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street. For further information call 815/968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.
What: “Our Controlling Nature,” an exhibition of works by Johnathan Kuss opening reception, First Friday, June 5th, 5:30 to 9:00pm...featuring music from (DJ) Terrible (D. J. Maclin)
When: The exhibition runs through July 31st. Gallery & Store open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm.
Where: Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street, Downtown Rockford
Admission: Free and open to the public
We're celebrating Memorial Day week with 20% off on all Alessi products!
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P.S...we will be closed, Monday (Memorial Day)...sale starts today & goes through the end of May.
May First Friday will be a refreshing and relaxing evening in the Kortman Gallery as Dennis Horton mixes up Blue Breeze Martini's or your favorite beverage while you enjoy the art of Paul Pinzarrone, Becky Downing Pelley, and Ellie Pinzarrone in an exhibition called "Nature/Nurture: A Family of Artists' now on display in the gallery. Relax to a chilled music mix by DjOC... A great way to celebrate the start of May, the "lusty month of May!"
P.S. Don't forget your Mom on Mother's Day (May 10th)...Explore and discover an extraordinary gift for her from J. R. Kortman Center for Design!
Spring has arrived! It's the season for Mother's Day, Graduations, and Weddings. Explore J. R. Kortman for extraordinary gifts that will be treasured for a lifetime! After shopping, step upstairs and see the "Nature/Nurture: A Family of Artists" exhibition in the Kortman Gallery feature the works of Paul Pinzarrone, Rebecca Downing Pelley, and Ellie Pinzarrone...now through May 30th.
P.S. Original Art is also a makes a great gift!
"Nature/Nurture: A Family of Artists" OPENS ArtScene weekend in the Kortman Gallery!!! Presenting the works of Paul Pinzarrone, Rebecca Downing Pelley, & Ellie Pinzaronne...featuring music from DJs DAS & JohnRawFunk!
Surprise that special someone this Easter with an extraordinary gift from J.R. Kortman. From a sculpted zinc rabbit to double opera length pearls, from an "Anna" corkscrew to glass and stainless steel spice jars or dazzling art glass by Robert Burch or a beaded "eye" pendant by Betsy Youngquist...you will find something wonderful that will be treasured for a lifetime. Visit us Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm and explore our store and gallery.