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Colorful, eccentric drawings featured in Kortman exhibit

January 30, 2013

Staff Report

Artist Mindy Joy Nutter Young is a Rockford College graduate who has made a name for herself in Rockford printmaking circles for elaborate and provocative monochromatic works. Friday, Feb. 1, she will present a new body of work, but this time, presenting elaborate and visually challenging colorful mixed media drawings.

The exhibit, titled “The Bathroom Diaries,” is, according to the artist, “a collection of intensive drawings, which act as an interpretation and honest evaluation of ideas relating to mortality, isolation, and the pursuit of life and love.”

Young’s reference to the bathroom in her title is a metaphor for a small space withdrawn and confined where we prepare ourselves for the day.

The bathroom is not only the place for literal cleansing, but is simultaneously a place for me to cleanse, purge and prepare matters of the heart and mind,” Young said.

Some of Young’s printmaking imagery of skeletal forms, nudes, and wild birds and animals appear in her eccentric drawings with much more elaborate, colorful and eye-dazzling detail.

Doc Slafkosky, Kortman Gallery director, said: “There is so much going on in her drawings that you really need to spend some time looking them over and thinking about each one of them. Mindy has a lot to say in her art, and she does in these powerful works of alluring and seductive fantasy.”

When she’s not drawing or printmaking, Young, the artist with two middle names, is also pursuing a career in wedding and family photography. She is committed to a lifestyle of creativity and working with people.

An opening reception for “The Bathroom Diaries,” drawings by Mindy Joy Nutter Young, will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1. The opening coincides with First Fridays Downtown. The art will be on display through March 30.

The gallery is upstairs at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St.

Call (815) 968-0123 or visit jrkortman.com for more details.

From the Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2013, issue

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