Jesus Correa brings ‘Hate Pill of Doom’ to Kortman

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Jesus Correa, a young newcomer to Rockford’s art scene, will present his new paintings in his first solo exhibition at the Kortman Gallery Jan. 20.

The exhibition, titled “Canejo Blanco and the Candy Coated Hate Pill of Doom,” is a satirical look at media icons, both commercial and political, and the influences they have on us as we’re growing up.

“In my work, I take images that had been caught and mutated in my head since I was a toddler—images that to some degree brainwashed and influenced me,” Correa said. “I then include some ideas and phrases that I used to un-brainwash myself over the years. You could say it’s an exhibit that is intended to brainwash an individual into being ‘unbrainwashed’.”

Correa’s colorful, naive, yet provocative images are painted, not on canvas, but found objects gathered from his everyday experiences.

According to Doc Slafkosky, Kortman Gallery director, Correa is representative of a new breed of young urban artists.

“As a young boy, Jesus hung out in downtown Rockford with a ‘gang’ of friends who called themselves the ‘Penny Punkers’,” Slafkosky said. “He grew up downtown, influenced by urban street life, which has inspired his art. He is a self-taught, hardworking young artist.”

An opening reception for Correa’s solo exhibition will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Jan. 20 in the Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., downtown Rockford. Admission is free and open to the public.

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From the Jan. 18-24, 2006, issue

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