Like the Futurists of the early 20th century, we live in a world immersed in technology, urban trappings, speed, information, connectivity and change. Viewing it through a southern lens, tinted by tradition, can result in modern dissonance. For many, the narrative of the American South, will be informed and confined by its history, but how is its future to be portrayed? This exhibition seeks to showcase contemporary artists’ depictions of the schism and reconciliation of what might be called the New Southern Futurism.
Jurors Kevin Harris, Director of the Museum of Public Art, Ann Connelly, Founder and Owner of Ann Connelly Fine Art, and Rodneyna Hart, Curator/Art Manager of The Healthcare Gallery have selected artworks that spotlight various futuristic interpretations of landscapes, portraits, vignettes and sculptures of American artists. Some works are a dystopian or post-apocalyptic future, others visions are of the world much like it is today, still, others have created dreamlike abstractions that give more of their overarching feel of the future.
Southern Futurism will run January 30 - April 7, 2017, with the reception held March 25, 2017, 6-9pm.