Featured Artist ||| Hot Dose (Rockford, IL
Hot Dose! is the visual bastard love child formed from the collective imaginations of artists, Corey Hagberg and Sarah Danielle Stewart. Both artists are individually recognized artists working regionally, as well as nationally, and more recently, internationally.
Corey Hagberg has been spray painting on and off since the age of 15. In the last five years, he has approached a fine arts style where he embraced this medium even more. Hagberg focuses are murals and characters where he eventually drifted away from his roots in graffiti.
According to Hagberg, “A persistent and long standing addiction to heroin pushed him to the brink of death and into a journey of self discovery that, at one point, had him on a complete hiatus from art all together. He emerged determined to refine and refocus his artistic vision into something that celebrates the collective loss and failure connected to the human condition and reinforces the notion that “it’s okay to be fucked up.”
Some of his work has been exhibited in: Dumbo Arts Center in NYC, Marketplace Gallery in Albany, Project Gallery in LA, Nuerotitan in Berlin, Around the Coyote, and Oh No Doom Chicago, Paper Crown Gallery, Fountain Art Fair Miami and Chicago, and NYC. Illinois State Museum at the Thompson, Center, JR Kortmans Center for Design in Rockford, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford College, Freeport Art Museum, Pirate Ninja Print Shop, Rockford Art Deli, Arch Enemy Gallery in Philly, Somerset House in London, North Coast Music Fest, Threadless for Quennect 4, Arcade Brewery Chicago, Howard St. Gallery in Evanston (Fatherless), Refuge in Portland, Mana Contemporary in Miami, Chicago Truborn, and Hot Pop in Milwaukee.
Native Rockford artist, Sarah Danielle Stewart’s paintings illustrate the tipping point between dream and nightmare. Stewart graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts focusing on painting and ceramics. She also is a custom pin-striping artist and tattooist, as well as muralist.
Her work illustrates a “deep appreciation for the world of nature infected with sadness for it’s routine exploitation all while avoiding the trappings of becoming a visual soapbox.” For instance, Stewart modifies a visual carnival barker commanding a circus of freaks, losers and deadbeats; redirecting them into a new sense of purposeful existence through a visual layout that is tantalizing as well as morbidly appealing. Stewart has been able to push her work into a visual realm that demonstrates an artist who has mastered their techniques as well as their subject matter.
Some of Stewart’s work has been featured in: Illinois State University, JR Kortman’s Center for design, Anderson Japanese Gardens, Fountain Art Fair NYC, Miami and Chicago, Arch Enemy Arts in Philly, Arcade Brewery, Rockford Art Deli, Paper Crown Gallery, Freeport Art Museum, Hot Pop Gallery in Milwaukee, Chicago Truborn, North Coast Music Fest, Mana Contemporary in Miami and many others. Up and coming projects include “No Love Lost” as Hot Dose and exhibits at Morton College, Rockford College and Illinois State Museum, as well as mural work for an up and coming Netflix original series.
The two artist met in March 2013 when Hagberg approached Stewart about an inclusion of a private art museum show in Freeport IL where they would have free reign over the galleries to install whatever they wished. Stewart accepted Hagberg’s invitation as well as took his advice to “go bigger and beyond the limits of the studio and into the street” by experimenting with spray paint.
From there a collaborative show fueled the fire that spawned a romantic relationship as well as a solid artistic partnership. Both artists embrace an aesthetic that pulls from generally marginalized dream like subject matter infused with pop culture musings and satire that in the end can only be described as pop- psychedelia.
The Hot Dose! duo are currently part of AIR/IAM crew Chicago and CF (Cold Fusion) Detroit where they teach mural and different public based art projects to area art students.
Corey Hagberg’s Inspiration List:
Identity, race, economics, irony, bad jokes and shitty art bios.
Sarah Danielle Stewart’s Inspiration List:
Hot Rod Culture, Rock and Roll, pin-striping, horror movies, vintage cartoons/sitcoms, pulp and pin up culture and an emboldened sense of self awareness that lures the viewer from their social slumber all done with a playfulness that is not only imaginative and fresh, but also pays homage to the long lost innocence of yesteryear.
Upcoming shows for the Hot Dose! duo include: shows for Morton College, Rockford College, Illinois State Museum and a “No Love Lost” art show at Gallery Bar Chicago.
Future mural based projects include: Miami art Basel, North Coast Music Fest, ElectricMusic Factory fest, and a focus on different graphic design projects for Bucketfeet Shoes, Arch Enemy Gallery, ArtDeckCo. To follow their upcoming projects, also check out their Facebook page.