Norm Knott brings texture to Kortman

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-116906813732082.jpg’, ‘Image provided’, ‘A mixed media work by Norm Knott, one of many on display at Kortman Gallery’s “Knott for the Faint of Heart” exhibit, running through Feb. 28.‘);

‘Knott for the Faint of Heart’ opens with reception from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19

Rockford artist Norm Knott, who turns “junk” into glamorous art works of complex textures and themes, will present a fascinating exhibit of new works with an opening reception at the Kortman Gallery from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19.

The exhibition, titled “Knott for the Faint of Heart,” features eye-dazzling works using recycled materials applied to Knott’s “canvases,” which could be anything from small, three-dimensional boxes to found objects transformed into extravagant textural wall pieces. Yet, with all the glitter and glamour comes provocative, stimulating imagery that evokes complicated contemporary themes from civil rights to homoeroticism.

“Norm really does take one man’s junk and turns it into another man’s treasure,” said Kortman Gallery Director Doc Slafkosky. “Utilizing semiprecious stones, pearls and rhinestones, he creates entertaining visual treasures, but his art also explores current issues such as civil rights, recycling and even sexual freedom.”

In his artist’s statement, Knott said: “I started studying art independently while a sickly kid of 5, and have continued learning with and without formal instruction over the decades to create works that use natural and man-made ingredients of varying color and texture. I like playing off found objects and refuse that seem to have outlived their usefulness with time. I hope this juxtaposition of materials captivates and intrigues the viewer. Perhaps it will even inspire some to try recycling within their own personal sphere, to help our planet while creatively extending the lives of things that were thought to have no ‘lives’.”

“Knott for the Faint of Heart,” an exhibition of mixed media works by Norm Knott, runs through Feb. 28 in the Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., downtown Rockford. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call 968-0123 or visit

From the Jan. 17-23, 2007, issue

Enjoy The Rock River Times? Help spread the word!

  • RSS
  • Follow by Email
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Twitter