Kortman features Chinese scrolls, contemporary design

January 13, 2010

From press release

Traditional Chinese scrolls and contemporary designed functional objects are displayed side by side in a new Kortman Gallery exhibition called “The Silk Road Revisited: Convergence of Art & Design.” The exhibit features colorful, hand-painted scrolls from Beijing, along with contrasting contemporary objects from Alessi of Italy. Designers include Philippe Starck, Michael Graves, Stefano Giovannoni, Fratelli Campana and Ettore Sottsass.

“The Silk Road was the historic route that connected China with Europe, especially Italy, for great explorers such as Marco Polo,” said Kortman Gallery Director Doc Slafkosky. “We thought that we would revisit and explore this connection with beautifully-painted scrolls from China and modern design from Italy. The relationship between the traditional and new at first seems a contradiction, but the visual correlation between color and form they share is remarkable. It clearly illustrates how well contemporary design can work in a traditional setting.”

Both scrolls and modern objects are available for purchase. “The elegantly-painted scrolls range in price from $45 to $125,” Slafkosky said.

The Silk Road Revisited: Convergence of Art & Design” is on exhibit through Jan. 31. The Kortman Gallery is 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 (815) 968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.

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