Mike Konieczny, co-chair of Southern Shore Art Association’s “Tomorrow, Back and Beyond” exhibit, had a specific instruction to the artists who submitted their works to his show.
“The one thing we said to them was to go beyond the box and into the future and create something that you haven’t created before,” he said. “I wanted to challenge the artists. I wanted them to bring something fresh into the art world.”
Celebrating the opening of the exhibit with a reception at 8 p.m. today, “Tomorrow” is a series of two- and three- dimensional works created by area artists exploring science fiction, futurism, retro-futurism, surrealism and robotics as subject matters.
Konieczny, who is serving as chairman of the show alongside Mike Koscielniak, selected original works by 15 artists, most of which being Southern Shore Art Association members. All of the artists were allowed to create up to three pieces for inclusion in “Tomorrow.”
The Michigan City Robotics Club also contribute to “Tomorrow” with a Lego table for the reception as well as a robot, which will be displayed for the exhibit’s run.
“(The common thread of the show) is how people nowadays perceive what the future is going to be like and how they perceive it,” Konieczny said. “I wanted the artists to use the same medium that they’ve been using and that they love, but go beyond that and draw them out of their comfort zones and to try and have more fun with it.”
“Tomorrow, Back and Beyond” is scheduled to run at Southern Shore Art Association Gallery through June 2. The reception is part of Michigan City’s art district’s monthly “First Friday” celebration.
Southern Shore Art Association Gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.