Tracing Tomorrow is a curatorial project and conversation about art and sustainability with Long Beach-based artist Michael Nannery. The project took form as a participatory group exhibition with works by Rob Brown, Krista Feld, Kiyomi Fukui, Narsiso Martinez, Neil Mathis, Troy Rounseville, Miggie Wong, Michael Nannery and Natalie Mik. The exhibition was on view at the Collective Arts Incubator from December 10, 2016 to January 3, 2017.
Tracing Tomorrow presents various artistic modes and strategies that can build social, political and ecological sustainability. It shares artistic ideas for combating the status quo of neglect and destruction that contemporary society perpetuates. The artworks invite the audience to actively trace the path of our productions and imagine the value of what we will create tomorrow.
Our goal was to make an easy exhibition that can inspire people to think about the relationship between art and sustainability. Michael's outlook on life and art served as a wonderful source for inspiration for this project. His perspective on using art to observe ecological growth and wastefulness, combined with my interest in conversation as material for sustainable living, offered us with an interesting starting conversation to invite a diverse group of artists whose works address various aspects of sustainability. Featured artworks had participatory and/or performative character that were activated and performed by the artists and visitors during the opening reception night and throughout the exhibition period.