Rockford artist Collin Harrison has titled his Kortman Gallery exhibit, “Please Stand By” to emphasize his fascination with the layers of visual history that surrounds us not only though electronic media, but also in graffiti, where artists push themselves to the forefront of the conversation by painting over already existing work.
“I try to channel the visual noise in graffiti into the backgrounds of my work with many different layers of images, colors, and textures while leaving a stark
black & white focal stenciled image that pushes itself out of that noise,” said Harrison.
“I use natural, spiritual, and pop culture iconography to explore the things people go to outside of themselves for information and guidance, namely, religion and the modern media,” writes Harrison in his artist’s statement.
“Collin’s art does emulate the visual language of graffiti artists, but utilizes a refined technique of layering images with stenciling and spray paint to create colorfully complicated, sophisticated paintings that are a feast for the eyes,” says Kortman Gallery director Doc Slafkosky.
Collin Harrison is a twenty-four year old Rockford native and student of
printmaking/graphic design. A graduate of the Auburn High School CAPA program,
and received his Associate of Arts from Rock Valley College. Harrison is now a senior BFA student at Rockford University. Previously, his work has been on display in collective Art Scene exhibitions, in his college literary magazines, as well as in the emerging artist booth at Rockford Art Museum’s Greenwich Village Art Fair.
The Kortman Gallery exhibit “Please Stand By” by Collin Harrison will open in conjunction with Spring ArtScene, Friday, April 15th, 5 to 10pm and Saturday, April 16th, 10am to 9pm. It will be on display through May 21st. Kortman Gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford. For more information call 815-968-0123.
The first day of Spring and Easter are just around the corner. Celebrate with gifts that capture the colors and spirit of the season and Easter holiday. Here are some decorative, and even functional gift ideas for filling your Easter and Spring baskets.
There's still something special about seeing great images in print! The "coffee table" book is a great way to appreciate beautiful photography, architecture, and art with something that is a part of your home experience that's tactile, permanent, and stimulating. J. R. Kortman has an intriguing selection of books from Taschen, Workman, Abrams, Pomegranate Press, and other fine publishers of collectible books.
Tequila Review and J.R. Kortman Center for Design are collaborating to
bring poetry back to downtown Rockford. An open mic celebrating the
poetry of one of the country's most prolific poets, Charles Bukowski,
who died March 9, 1994, will be emceed by poet and editor, Richard
Vargas. Participants are asked to read their favorite Bukowski poem, and
an original poem of their own. Sign up for the open mic will begin at
7:30 PM, and is limited to the first 15 readers. (Additional readers
will be considered if time permits.) Reading will commence at 8:00 PM.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Various poetry stuff will be raffled during the event, provided by The Más Tequila Review .
Paperweights make great gifts when celebrating a milestone in someone's life, like retirement, anniversary, even weddings. Beautiful, precious works of art that are lasting keepsakes. Pictured here are paperweights by Robert Burch, Travis Givens, and Sugahara.
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 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.
We're in the midst of the scarf season...and J. R. Kortman has warm, colorful scarves that fit your style...from infinity, to neck warmers, to shawls. Choose a a scarf with a cool graphic print that can be worn all year 'round...modeled by store manger Nancy Froelich