Javier & Lisa Jimenez exhibit ‘Kaleidoscopic Visions’ at Kortman

“Kaleidoscopic Visions” will be on display through July 31 at Kortman Gallery.

Staff Report

Kaleidoscopic Visions,” opening Friday, June 7, in the Kortman Gallery, is an exhibition of new works by artists whose art is not only connected visually, but personally.

Husband and wife Javier and Lisa Jimenez converge their creative works connected by color and kaleidoscopic imagery … blending two distinctive styles of art into an imaginative and elegant show.

The focus of these works is on repetition and on how repeating a somewhat simple form over and over can create something complex and beautiful,” said Lisa Jimenez. “It’s a modern interpretation of a kaleidoscope.”

Both of these born-and-raised Rockford artists gather influences from everyday imagery, often from popular culture references with an emphasis on bright colors and the use of repetition.

Javier Jimenez, known for his screen prints, just returned from London, where his collaborative works with two other Rockford artists, Dave Menard and Jarrod Hennis, were a smashing success at the “Pick Me Up” print show at Somerset House arts center.

This new body of work from Lisa Jimenez combines screenprinting and acrylic painting techniques to create whimsical compositions.

I enjoy putting images together that at first glance do not seem to relate, but after further viewing, begin to ‘make sense,’” Lisa said. “This work draws from my funny, unique and at times strange imagination.”

Kortman Gallery Director Doc Slafkosky added: “Both Javier and Lisa have a keen sense and alertness to the contemporary art scene in Rockford and the world. Their work is fresh, vibrant and visually entertaining. It’s an artistic coup for the gallery and art lovers to have them together in one exhilarating exhibit.”

The opening reception for “Kaleidoscopic Visions,” new works by Javier and Lisa Jimenez, will from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, June 7, in the Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St. The show is part of First Fridays Downtown. DJ Slick Vick will be spinning vinyl and the gallery bar will be open during the event. “Kaleidoscopic Visions” will be on display through July 31. Call (815) 968-0123 or visit jrkortman.com.

From the June 5-11, 2013, issue

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