Downtown Rockford is Hans Rupert’s front and backyard, his neighborhood, his workplace, his home. And being a commercial photographer with architectural clients, Rupert has an eye and camera on buildings. With the opportunity of seeing it 24 hours a day, season after season for three decades, the unique architecture of downtown Rockford has naturally become the subject of Rupert’s stunning and intriguing neighborhood photographs.
On Friday, June 3, Hans Rupbert’s captivating perspective of downtown Rockford will be presented in Secret Scenes: Hidden Icons in a Different Light, an exhibition of photographs will open in the Kortman Gallery.
“Hans started posting his collection of these elegant photos of downtown on Instagram and Facebook and that caught our eye,” said Doc Slafkosky, gallerist for the Kortman Gallery. “The light, the colors, and the architectural details in his photos is breathtaking. Hans has stepped out of his commercial field and into the artistic world with these photos.”
“I was surprised when the Kortman Gallery approached me with the idea for an exhibition,” said Rupert. “I have always thought of my photography as a commercial endeavor, and not necessarily art. But, I’m excited and pleased to share my downtown with everyone.”
In his exhibition title, Rupert refers to “secret scenes” which, in reality, are in plain sight, says Slafkosky. “However, you see them from a personal and atmospheric perspective that Rupert was able to capture through detailed familiarity and affection for his neighborhood. Most of us don’t see downtown in this light.”
Since the mid 1980s, commercial photographer Hans Rupert has not only worked, but has lived in downtown Rockford. Studio space was affordable as was living space. In the late ’90s Rupert acquired the Bliss Building on Mulberry Street where he and his wife, Amy, are raising their two children. He is a graduate of Rockford University and owner of noir.net, his photography business.
The Kortman Gallery exhibit, Secret Scenes: Hidden Icons in a Different Light, photographs by Hans Rupert will open First Friday, June 3, 5:30-9 p.m. It will be on display through July. Kortman Gallery is located upstairs at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in downtown Rockford. For more information call 815-968-0123 or visit jrkortman.com.
–J.R. Kortman Gallery