Street artists exhibit in ‘Festering Auras’ at Freeport Art Museum

Staff Report

FREEPORT, Ill. — The main galleries at the Freeport Art Museum (FAM) in Freeport, Ill., are being completely transformed by street artists Corey Hagberg, Sarah Danielle Stewart and photography by Benjamin Smith in an exciting new exhibition, Festering Auras, opening Friday, Aug. 16.

Opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16, with a gallery talk with the artists at 6:30 p.m. Exhibition remains on display through Sept. 14.

Large spray-painted murals covering the gallery walls will surround other works on panel that support the show’s overall theme of beautification versus decay. Festering Auras deals with the juxtaposition of pleasing and appealing life experiences such as dreams and positive aspects of our society versus these opposites including catastrophe, nightmares and a multitude of societal ills representing the decaying and taboo or undesirable and avoided elements of life.

The means by which we suppress and omit these experiences, either individually or by society as a whole, are also explored. This work aims to push the viewer past their threshold of comfort and into someplace less examined through playful use of iconography, cartoonish characters, esoteric phrases, colorful patterns and dreamlike landscapes.

FAM is at 121 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport, Ill. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and noon-5 p.m., Saturday. Admission is free, although donations are accepted. Call (815) 235-9755 or visit for more details.

Posted Aug. 14, 2013

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