Johnathan Kuss exhibition opens at Kortman Gallery

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Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., is featuring an exhibition of works by Rockford artist Johnathan Kuss beginning June 5 and running through July 31.

The gallery and store are open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Johnathan’s works tell a story of how we relate to nature in this exhibition titled, “Our Controlling Nature.”

“My paintings are a comment on our complex relationship with nature and the various ways we exert our commanding influence over it,” says Kuss in his artist’s statement. “It is through this exploration of our interactions with the natural world around us that I begin to understand the human condition.”

“Creating narratives from personal items, the subject of each of Johnathan’s images is presented with a subtle irony,” says Doc Slafkosky, gallerist for the Kortman Gallery. “For instance, a classic image of a pear is stabbed by a a switchblade, or a mango pierced by a railroad spike. His paintings definitely start a conversation.”

An opening reception will be held at the gallery during First Friday on June 5 from 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. featuring music from DJ Terrible, with the party continuing after the reception until at least midnight.

The reception is free and open to the public.

For more information call 815-968-0123 or visit jrkortman.com.

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