Seeing the works of Rockford artist Sarah Danielle Stewart is like getting a flash vision into the workings of her imagination. Her complex, colorful works will be on exhibit in the Kortman Gallery beginning Aug. 26.
The gallery is upstairs at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St. Admission is free.
The exhibition, titled “Flesh in Rainbows,” presents mixed-media, dynamic works that are influenced by Stewart’s boundless imaginative view of nostalgia, kitsch, cartoons, pulp illustration, plus pattern, fabric and vibrant colors.
“The show title ‘Flesh in Rainbows’ speaks directly to the way I see and think about everything,” Stewart said. “Memories spur to me in hues, the reflection of light translates color and vibration, and color not only represents, but emanates emotion. Colors can be comforting, but also jarring. They can be offensive and ridiculous, yet they can be beautiful and strong. With this body of work, I strive to achieve all of the above.”
Kortman Gallery Director Doc Slafkosky said Stewart’s work is “amazingly intricate and beautifully executed, but at the same time a little wacky. You really have to spend some time looking at her pieces to see everything that’s going on in her vibrant paintings. These works are eye-catching entertainment.”
Hours of the opening are 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26. This exhibit runs through Oct. 1. The gallery and store are open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday.
From the Aug. 24-30, 2011, issue