Rockford artist Steve Nofsinger is use to failure. In fact, failure is an occupational hazard endured when working in a medium at the cutting edge of technology like 3-D printing.
His new Kortman Gallery solo exhibition, “The Power of Failure Compels You” is a showcase of how failure influences the creative process for Nofsinger a.k.a. Karate Horse, a multi instrumental artist and maker. The exhibition, opening Friday, July14th, takes you on a tongue in cheek journey with 3-D printed objects, lighting, and hand made fabrications.
“3-D printing inherently produces a lot of failures especially in the learning stages, and failure can teach you so much in the creative process,” says Nofsinger. “I feel like too many people suppress themselves and settle in their own lives because they are living with the fear of failure.”
Nofsinger, 33, life long Rockford resident, has been tinkering and creating artwork from an early age.
“Ever since I was a little human, I was always out in the garage tinkering and letting my imagination do its work,” Nofsinger said.
He has shown his work in various arts venues and events over the past several years, most notably, a large scale collaborative installation in the lobby of the Nordlof Center with artist Jeremy Klonicki. The work featured a giant 25 foot wide bird sculpture created entirely out of reclaimed materials.
“The Power of Failure Compels You” exhibition by Steve Nofsinger in the Kortman Gallery opens with an artist’s reception on Friday, July 12th from 5:30 to 9pm. The gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford. The exhibit will run through August 31st. For more information call 815-968-0123.
J. R. Kortman Center for Design and The Kortman Gallery, founded in 1986 by Doc Slafkosky and Jerry Kortman, are located in an historic Barloga building at 107 North Main Street in Downtown Rockford, Illinois USA. The store, located on the first floor, presents intriguing objects from around the world with an emphasis on great design. Alessi of Italy is one of the featured lines, along with art glass, jewelry, toys, folk art…and other fascinating home and personal accessories. The second floor is the Kortman Gallery with fine art exhibitions that change every 6 to 8 weeks presenting the works of local, regional, and even international artists. The gallery also hosts a small book & wine department with books on art, design and popular culture. Store & Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11am to 6pm and Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Telephone 815.968.0123.