Artist, educator and family man David Menard is inspired by the imagery of pop culture and the visual world that we experience every day. His exhilarating artworks tap into our collective cultural memory, our shared histories and influences based on images from popular media.
Friday, June 6, new works by David Menard will open in the Kortman Gallery in an exhibition titled “Flavor Country.”
“My art reflects a fascination with drawing, painting and printmaking,” Menard said. “I consider myself a member of a growing community of artists working in the graphics medium. There are more printmakers, graphic artists and craftsmen sharing ideas and techniques than ever before. Current technologies make for interesting art objects, communication and visualization, providing artists with an incredible array of expressive possibilities.”
Doc Slafkosky, gallerist for the Kortman Gallery, added: “David’s work combines elements of graphic design, printmaking and drawing that results in colorful, sometimes chaotic images that are both thought-provoking and exciting, and always entertaining.”
Recently, Menard has been working with Rockford artists Javier Jimenez, Jarrod Hennis, Gregg Lang and Corey Hagberg under the name “Fatherless.” They were featured in an international group exhibition at Somerset House in London.
“We collaborate on one-of-a-kind silkscreen images in a style we call ‘Rust Belt Power Pop,’” Menard said.
Menard is a professor of art at Rockford University, and as stated in his biography, “enjoys loud music, the smell of ink and the company of his wife, artist Molly Carter, and their two beautiful boys.”
The Menard exhibition, “Flavor Country,” will be on display through July 30.The June 6 opening reception will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. This First Friday opening will feature music from DJs DAS and Edward Klutch until midnight or later.
The Kortman Gallery is upstairs at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St. For information, call (815) 968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.
From the June 4-10, 2014, issue