The Goldmark Cultural Center’s John H. Milde Gallery will present "Reflections in Rust," a collection of sculptures created by artist couple Erika McIlnay and Alex Johnson. Both McIlnay and Johnson use their experience growing up in rural Illinois as a source for their work, each approaching Midwestern ideals and rural identities in different ways.
McIlnay explores the complex relationship between strength and fragility, utilizing mixed media and multiple surface treatments. At the same time, Johnson references the blue-collar worker and the universal constants of the working man's job, using one-liners and idioms. The two sculptors have known each other for over a decade and have been pouring ferrous and non-ferrous metals together the entire time.
Following the opening day, the exhibit will be on display through July 24.