On any given day, you can find SILO's resident artist and curator, Christopher Konecki in his studio crafting some found wood into art, hand painting signage for the latest event on the side of the building, or meeting with the next artists in line to paint one of the constantly changing walls around the creative compound we call SILO.
Being immersed in the local art scene for several years, Konecki's first hand experience has given him a unique perspective behind the struggles of being an emerging artist in San Diego. "One of the hardest things for artists is finding public wall space," Konecki points out while explaining the drive behind is curatorial undertaking at SILO. "I see Makers Quarter giving San Diego artists in general a great canvas to showcase their work."
Konecki's relationship with Makers Quarter began in February of 2013 when he jumped at the opportunity to turn a dilapidated warehouse into a massive art installation known as Warehouse1425. In just ten days, Konecki was able to gather a diverse creative community of 37 artists and transform the space into a vibrant and active venue. This set the tone for Konecki's future involvement and spurred his passion for public art to the next level leading to the artistic vision for SILO. "My personal goal is to be a part of creating great large scale public artwork in San Diego at SILO and beyond. I strive to make SILO the spot where people can expect to find solid contemporary art that is continually evolving."
Konecki is self-taught, and constantly experimenting. His work is explorative of social consciousness, generally irreverent, and focused on subjects that are both serious and absurd. His use of found and 'repurposed' objects advocates the reassessment of typical ideals of function and beauty.
Earning his BA from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2008, Konecki has since exhibited in galleries throughout Southern California. His expanded work includes curation, murals, live painting events, apparel design and sports graphics, and his work has been featured on the covers of San Diego Citybeat and NUG Magazines. His installation work may be viewed in numerous San Diego establishments, including Vin De Syrah Wine Parlor, Waypoint Public
Photos and article by Carly Ealey
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