OPENING 12/10: Tracing Tomorrow

The Collective Arts Incubator is pleased to present Tracing Tomorrow, a group exhibition curated by Natalie Mik and Michael Nannery, opening up a conversation about art and sustainability. The exhibition will be on view from Saturday, December 10th, 2016– January 31st, 2017 at the Collective Arts Incubator (CAI). Mik and Nannery who work both as independent curators and artists had come together to make an easy exhibition that could inspire people to think about sustainability. Nannery’s perspective on using art to observe ecological growth and wastefulness, combined with Mik’s perspective on the value of conversations in building social sustainability, offered the curators an interesting starting point to invite a group of artists whose work address various aspects of sustainability.

Exhibition Dates:

Saturday, December 10 to Tuesday, January 31, 2016


Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7pm -10pm

Saturday, January 14, 2016, 7pm -10pm

Gallery Hours:

Tue-Thu: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Fri-Sat: 11:00am – 7:00pm

Sun: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Tracing Tomorrow presents various artistic modes and strategies that can build social, political and ecological sustainability. The exhibition shares artistic ideas for combating the status quo of neglect and destruction that contemporary society perpetuates.

On the night of December 10th (7pm-10pm), the public will be invited to become part of Tracing Tomorrow. The featured works of art have participatory components that invite the audience to actively trace the path of our productions and imagine the value of what we will create tomorrow.

The exhibition will be on view December 10, 2016 – January 31, 2017. On the night of the opening party (Saturday, Dec. 10th) the public is invited to participate in Tracing Tomorrow.

Here’s what to expect:

Krista Feld’s weavings, whose wool is dyed with remnant sawdust, becomes a platform for exchange. Her performance invites you to have a seat on the Ode of a Tree and trade the things that are valuable to you.

Nate Glauninger’s furniture design considers the individual aesthetic qualities of different tree species through the process of construction and recombination. Imagine the value of the things we already have.

Neil Mathis presents the Thoughtitarium, a hemisphere fabricated with burlap, plaster, and water.  The Thoughtitarium augments the sounds produced by its occupants, providing space for a unique communicative experience.

In the shade of the Thoughtitarium, Kiyomi Fukui’s tea ceremony invites us to empathize with each other a little more every day.

Text works by Natalie Mik ask how we emotionally and physically sustain our lives. Her collaboration with other artists or the public explores the limitations and possibilities of artistic communication and translation.

Troy Rounseville’s Bodyx3 is an infinity chamber in which Michael Nannery has created a planted installation.  One reflects alongside a host of plants in the simultaneously dislocating and centering environment.

The sound performance by Rob Brown creates an opportunity to enter a more active viewing and listening space. Find the value in the act of slowing down with something in a society that is increasingly surrounded with stimuli designed to be digested in split seconds.

Narsiso Martinez depicts his coworkers, immigrant farmworkers, through portraiture and landscape using reclaimed produce boxes. His works unlock the path of production and encourage us to be critical of the things in which we place value.

Miggie Wong’s interactive cake spooning performance explores ideas of generosity, greed, and accountability. She invites us to think about strategies for employing existing resources optimally so that a more responsible and beneficial balance can be achieved over a longer time. Take a bite!


CHECK OUT the Tracing Tomorrow Blog to see live updates of the show development from its curators!