‘Artbotics’ exhibit to open at Kortman

Art and science and the past and future will visually come together on Friday, Nov. 28, when “Artbotics,” a group exhibition of 31 artists, opens at the Kortman Gallery. Artists were invited to create works based on the theme of the robot.

“Robots are almost like mythological creatures, yet they really do exist, but mostly in industrial settings,” says gallery director Doc Slafkosky. “They (the humanoid ones) were supposed to be here by now, waiting on us hand and foot! In some ways, they are really still about the future, and at once, very much a part of our past. Scientists have been toying around with robots for decades. We felt that it’s time for artists to have a go at it!”

Artists selected to be in the show represent a variety of media from painting to sculpture, from jewelry to stained glass, and from video to ceramics.

Exhibiting artists are Sarah Bell, Michael Bugler, Flint Butera, John Deill, Frank DiGiovanni, Lynn Fischer, Mark Fry, Keith Grace, Shari Grace, Matt Herbig, Margret Hynes, Brent Jones, Jim Julin, Deb Karash, R. Scott Long, Marlene McCauley, Robin McCauley, John Verl McNamara, Leslie Nautiyal, Duane Neil, Valerie Olafson, Ejnar Pagh, Paul Harvey Oswald, Steve Pitkin, Cherri Rittenhouse, Maryanne Shellstrom, Scott Snyder, JoanLee Stassi, Maggie Thienemann, Rolf Thienemann III, and Betsy Youngquist.

“Artbotics” will open with a champagne reception from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28 in the Kortman Gallery. Admission is free. Kortman Gallery is upstairs at 107 N. Main St., downtown Rockford. For more information, call 968-0123 or e-mail info@jrkortman.com.

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