Kortman to go 'full circle' Sept. 30

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Los Angeles artist and former Rockford resident Robin McCauley will present her intriguing and provocative works in an exhibition titled “full circle” in the Kortman Gallery, Friday, Sept. 30.

McCauley uses an unusual range of organic materials in her art, including human hair and teeth, to express her interest in the relationship people have with their bodies and the garments they wear as a concealer of things that are deemed vulgar or repulsive by social norms.

In her artist’s statement, McCauley writes: “My recent work involves biological urges, gender role-playing, and the paradox of sexual attraction as compromised by cultural appropriation. I use fragmented and whole garments and shoes as anthropomorphous stand-ins, exposing and exploring permutations rather than concealing or overlooking them.”

Doc Slafkosky, Kortman Gallery director, said: “Robin’s work guarantees an exciting and provocative visual challenge. Her ‘full circle’ exhibit will be an important asset to this fall’s Rockford ArtScene.”

McCauley, represented by McLean Fine Art, Los Angeles, is the daughter of Robert and Marlene McCauley of Rockford, both nationally recognized, accomplished artists. She is currently a visiting instructor at California State University, Northridge, and has recently taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, Pasadena City College, and Loyola Marymount University.

The opening receptions for Robin McCauley’s “full circle” exhibition will be from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30 and from 3 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1. The Kortman Gallery is upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., in Rockford’s River District. More info: 815/968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.

From the Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2005, issue

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