ON VIEW IN JULY
July 30th 6-9 pm
Cloud PriZe exhibition
August 12th 7-10 pm
Little Berlin is excited to announce solo exhibitions from four recent MFA graduates. The selected artists represent graduate programs from Pacific Northwest College of Art, University of Pennsylvania, Tyler School of the Arts, and Moore College of Art & Design. The MFA Series is looking to tap into the momentum of two years of intensive graduate studio practice by offering each artist a solo exhibition just weeks after graduation. These exhibitions offer an opportunity to exhibit four emerging artists representing four distinct methodologies utilizing painting, photography, installation, sculpture and digital approaches. The exhibitions will take place in July during four weekends with opening receptions on the 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th.
Bryant Girsch brings the complexities of cultural systems to the forefront in his ornate patterned paintings. Calling on the aesthetic hegemony of digital media graphics and data structures, Girsch creates imagery relevant to his own contemporary being and his relationship to nature. Distanced from the sensibilities of landscape, his paintings allow for unexpected moments of exploration. This sense of discovery extends to an examination of digitalism, not only as a medium of perception, but a reorganizing force. Relative orientation, rather than a universal whole, reflects a new manner of organizing both digital structures and the systems they represent. Under this weight all factors of the environment and experience coexist in a state of active interplay. While Girsch’s primary inspiration reflects an interest in historical narrative, it is the meditative quality of his work that creates a fulfilling, unanticipated, and individual experience.
Girsch is a recent graduate of Tyler School of the Arts receiving his MFA in Painting.
Friday, July 29th - 6-9 pm
Saturday, July 30th - Opening Reception 6-9 pm
Sunday, July 31th - Gallery hours 1-4 pm
Curated by Brett Suemnicht
OPENING + LIVE PERFORMANCE, August 12th 7-10 PM
"Unusually Human" is an exhibition featuring 2015 Cloud Prize winners Michelle Boulé and Joe DeVera, who were selected by juror Phong Bui of The Brooklyn Rail. The Cloud Prize is a monetary award given by Cloud Project to new and emerging artists residing in the US.
The opening reception will take place on August 12th from 7-10 PM at Little Berlin, in Philadelphia. The exhibition will be on view Saturdays and Sundays 12-5 PM and by appointment through August 28th.
The primary contribution to "Unusually Human" from Michelle Boulé is a live performance at 8PM during the opening (please arrive by 7:45 for priority seating.)
Boulé will present excerpts from her newest performance work "The Monomyth," which explores individualism in what has been called "The Age of Loneliness." DeVera will transform the gallery with sculptural works derived from his material-based art process that explores our ability to visually access human events at various levels simultaneously, guided by the question: "How did we get here?"
Free and open to the public.