Images of Gary, Ind., featured in exhibit at Kryptonite Dec. 2

Staff Report

Photos and video by 10 area artists will be featured at Kryptonite Bar in a show titled “Dear No. 9, It Could Be Worse.” The show will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2.

The broken windows and abandoned buildings of Gary, Ind., were the catalysts for this group of 10 image-makers in pursuit of exploration and story-driven imagery.

Ryan Davis, Greg Farnham, Sarah Hoey, Bret Konsdorf, Brian Milo, Merrie O’Brien, Jason Ommodt, Shawn Petersen and Mindy Young pride themselves on capturing beautiful images and showing the world the way they see it. Finding things that people don’t get a chance to see drives them. Many wouldn’t want to wander into the city firsthand, but even in decay, beauty can be found.

Gary, Ind., a city whose economic prosperity vanished in the 1960s, has widely been known for being backdrops for movie sets because the striking visuals of its abandoned buildings attracted image-makers. However, the story being told here is how 10 acquaintances gathered for a day trip on a blustery, cold November Sunday for the sake of an art show held at Rockford’s Kryptonite Bar. The friendships and camaraderie exhibited on this trip, captured on video by Pablo Korona, will be on display to show how this trip came together.

This is Rockford at its finest. Impressive talent bonded by friendship, creating exceptional imagery. In a way, it’s not Gary, Ind., proclaiming the title of the show to the citizens of Rockford, but the strong, young, creative culture that exists here rarely credited.

Kryptonite is at 308 W. State St., Suite 110, Rockford.

From the Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2011, issue

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