Young artists explore fear at Kortman

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Twelve emerging Rockford artists are featured in an exhibition titled “Just Fear,” opening Friday, April 20, in the Kortman Gallery.

“Just Fear” was curated by Jesus Correa VII, who invited the artists to create a piece of art that represents what they feel is their greatest fear. The works represent several media, including painting, sculpture and assemblage.

The artists in this group exhibition are Sandy Allen, Javier Jiminez, Jason Judd, Ryan Lape, Elmer Fonts Leroy, Nick Garie, Marieke McClendon, Keelan McMorrow, Mark Meyer,Lisa Piaskowy, Isaac Velasco, and Jesus Correa VII.

Two of the participating artists, Mark Meyer and Isaac Velasco, are tattoo artists at Fuzion Studios. Both Meyer and Velasco were intrigued by the theme of fear.

“I’ve been a fan of horror movies all my life,” said Meyer. “The element of shock is part of fear, and there is certain amount of shock value to my art work.”

Velasco, who also paints pinstripe designs on cars, has applied that skill to canvas. “The painting on hot rod cars has traditionally been imagery that was meant to evoke power and fear,” said Velasco. “Although the images look pretty tame on canvass, they come from that ‘hot rod’ sensibility.”

The “Just Fear” group exhibition opening coincides with the Spring ArtScene Friday, April 20, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, April 21, from 3 to 9 p.m. The show runs through May 31. The Kortman Gallery is upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., downtown Rockford. For more information, call 815-968-0123 or visit

from the April 18-24, 2007, issue

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