Artists transform industrial relics into magical art at Kortman Gallery—show opens Nov. 26

A piece titled "Wearable Book" from the Kortman Gallery exhibit "MainfraiM...Habitat for Art." Photo provided

From press release

Jeremy Klonocki is a sculptural display artist with a simple strategy: deconstruct and rebuild. Pam Kehoe-Peterson is an artist who creates distinctive “industrial poetic” jewelry. Both use reclaimed industrial relics to produce stunningly energetic art. The two Rockford artists collaborate and converge their talent in a Kortman Gallery holiday exhibition titled “MainfraiM… Habitat for Art” opening Friday, Nov. 26.

Kehoe-Peterson, who has been making her wearable art jewelry for more than a decade, has joined creative forces with Klonicki to bring a new visual quality to her work. Klonicki’s sculptural display pieces evolve from the same sensibility…reclaiming, deconstructing, and rebuilding industrial objects into fine art display environments.

“Together, the two artists bring a refreshingly imaginative visual experience to these found objects,” says Kortman Gallery Director Doc Slafkosky. “The result is elegant, exquisite and almost magical sculptural pieces that the artists refer to as Archaic Industrial Art.”

Kehoe-Peterson says in her artist’s statement: “When a piece of jewelry isolates an ordinary object, such as an old level, a compass, a tool part, or an unusual key, its inherent symbolism, mystery and beauty can evoke an emotion, a thought, a memory or an idea for the wearer.”

Referring to his work in his artist’s statement, Klonicki says, “When one deconstructs, they salvage the knowledge to build it again, be it for its intended purpose, or for a new purpose.”

The opening reception for “MainfraiM… Habitat for Art” will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 26, in the Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., downtown Rockford. Gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays (in December), 1-5 p.m. Admission is free. The exhibit runs through Jan. 8, 2011. Info: (815) 968-0123 or visit

From the Nov. 24-30, 2010 issue

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