On October 8th LeBasse Projects will present a group exhibition curated by Mike Stilkey entitled The Future Is Not What It Used To Be. Stilkey is one of the represented artists at LeBasse Projects and this exhibition is his first curatorial effort.
The title of the show was inspired by a quote from the French poet Paul Valery, "The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be." This idea resonated with Stilkey because the future seems to show as much promise as when we were young.
Stilkey suggests: “Our vision of the future is that society will evolve and progress and our situation will improve. As you get older you realize that these things often do not turn out the way you expected. I think this is especially relevant at this time, with global concerns and anxiety around climate change, economic and financial crises, environmental destruction, etc. When I was a kid, I thought that in 30 years I'd be flying around in a Jetson's car, not worrying about global warming and widespread extinction of species.”
Artists invited to participate include: Kelsey Brookes, Brian Dettmer, Katrin Fridriks, Jim Houser, Dave Kinsey, Ryan McLennan, Cleon Peterson, Dena Shuckit, Aaron Smith, Tara Tucker and Mike Stilkey.