MAY 2018 AT LITTLE BERLIN


In the Main Gallery: 

HICKEY

Max Adrian
Kyle Vu-Dunn
Stephen Grebinski
Paul Peng
Curtis Welteroth
Justin Woody

Curated by:

Fred Blauth and Eric Anthony Berdis

 Paul Peng,  American Evening , 2017

Paul Peng, American Evening, 2017

JUNE 2 - 30

Opening Reception:

Saturday, June 2, 6-9pm
 

On view: June 2-30


Closing Reception:

Saturday, June 30th, 6-9pm

Gallery Hours:  Sundays 1 - 4pm + By Appointment: Berlin.Little@gmail.com

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania— Little Berlin is pleased to present HICKEY, June 2 - 30, 2018,
including works by Max Adrian, Kyle Vu-Dunn, Stephen Grebinski, Paul Peng, Curtis Welteroth and Justin Woody. The exhibition is curated by Fred Blauth and Eric Anthony Berdis and an opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 2, between 6-9pm.


HICKEY irreverently presents tales of intimacy and identity through the works of six queer men.
By using traditional mediums such as paint, paper, pencil and fiber, and then subverting their
applications, the artists in HICKEY simultaneously make light of and shine light on, the
absurdities of finding one’s self and then sharing with another.


Characters, costumes, scenes and props emerge in operatic fashion to culminate in a narrative-driven exhibition. Vu-DunnPeng and Grebinski create whole worlds in their works where figures (and viewer) must address notions of longing, otherness, artificial beauty and voyeurism.


Adrian and Woody bring us out of these worlds with their large scale totems to the self, made using dramatically intense processes. Welteroth’s hyper realistic sculptures and paintings feel like bizarre artifacts that source imagery from the 16th century to today’s dark corners of the internet.


Aphrodisiacs have been sculpted from paper. Furries fall in love lust. Dream homes become
haunted houses. Floor to ceiling tapestries have been woven from hair. Voodoo dolls become
dog toys. Beauty hurts. In an age where heteronormative social standards have begun to slip
back into the LGBTQIA+ community, the artists in HICKEY stand by the strangeness that
accompanies queerness.


Fred Blauth is a curator, writer, and preparator based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a board member at Bunker Projects, an experimental artist residency and gallery that serves as a platform for emerging artists. He has worked with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Union Project, The Carnegie Library, Casey Droege Cultural Productions, and PERSAD Center since
graduating from Duquesne University. He is a contributor to Pittsburgh City Paper, TABLE
Magazine, Queer Pittsburgh and most recently, The Rib a decentralized platform that publishes art commentary and criticism. This will be his first Philadelphia based exhibition.


Eric Anthony Berdis is an artist and curator that is interested in work that presents alternative realities that subvert the body and material. Questioning ideas around “otherness”, binary systems, power and subversion they use absurdity and pathos to explore idolatry and fandom while embracing everything perverse. Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, they received their BFA from Slippery Rock University. In 2016, they completed a post baccalaureate program with the Fibers & Material Studies Department at Tyler School of Art.
 


CONTACTS


Fred Blauth @fredblauth
Eric Anthony Berdis @ericanthonyberdis
Max Adrian @max.adrian
Kyle Vu-Dunn @kylevudunn
Stephen Grebinski @aparatfoto
Paul Peng @pppaulpeng
Curtis Welteroth @curtiswelteroth
Justin Woody @baasick 


www.littleberlin.org

LB OPEN CALL:

  Deadline: Friday June 30 (11:59 pm)    Notifications: Mid July   Works Drop-off: July 29-31   Installation: August 1-3   Exhibition: August 4- 26      Little Berlin wants to see your art! Submit your work to our    OPEN CALL FOR AUGUST!    Deadline for submissions is Saturday, June 30th at midnight.    Please send in one single PDF:  - one-three images, including titles, mediums, years, dimensions - an artist bio (under 150 words) - short project statement (under 150 words) The project statement could be an artist statement or a description of the artwork that you have submitted. This description is important to helping us place your work within a relevant context. -venmo submission fee of $10 to @littleberlin There is no designated theme. We will be curating the exhibition based on the submissions we receive. We are open to all forms of visual and performing art.  Please email to  littleberlinopencall@gmail.com  in one single PDF (v important)  Please include video submissions in a link (view, youtube, etc)  We kindly ask that you limit the number of submissions to 1-3 works.. make sure to include dimensions, title, date, etc.  We are open to all types and mediums of art and gladly accept "non traditional" art forms. There is no theme, we will be curating a group show based on the submissions we receive.We are open to artist submissions from everywhere, it is not limited to Philadelphia. Please be advised that we cannot cover shipping expenses and at this time, artists will be required to pay all shipping fees to and from Little Berlin.  The "project statement" can be anything from an artist statement or a description of the artwork that you have submitted. This description is important to helping us place your work within a relevant context.  The application fee helps us cover the costs associated with putting on an exhibition.. wall vinyl, promotional material, lights, rent, etc. We are an artist run space and do not profit from our exhibitions.  The group exhibition will open with a reception on Saturday, August 4th and will close on Sunday the 26th.

Deadline: Friday June 30 (11:59 pm)


Notifications: Mid July


Works Drop-off: July 29-31


Installation: August 1-3


Exhibition: August 4- 26

 

Little Berlin wants to see your art! Submit your work to our

OPEN CALL FOR AUGUST!

Deadline for submissions is Saturday, June 30th at midnight.

Please send in one single PDF:
- one-three images, including titles, mediums, years, dimensions
- an artist bio (under 150 words)
- short project statement (under 150 words) The project statement could be an artist statement or a description of the artwork that you have submitted. This description is important to helping us place your work within a relevant context.
-venmo submission fee of $10 to @littleberlin
There is no designated theme. We will be curating the exhibition based on the submissions we receive. We are open to all forms of visual and performing art.

Please email to littleberlinopencall@gmail.com in one single PDF (v important)

Please include video submissions in a link (view, youtube, etc)

We kindly ask that you limit the number of submissions to 1-3 works.. make sure to include dimensions, title, date, etc.

We are open to all types and mediums of art and gladly accept "non traditional" art forms. There is no theme, we will be curating a group show based on the submissions we receive.We are open to artist submissions from everywhere, it is not limited to Philadelphia. Please be advised that we cannot cover shipping expenses and at this time, artists will be required to pay all shipping fees to and from Little Berlin. 
The "project statement" can be anything from an artist statement or a description of the artwork that you have submitted. This description is important to helping us place your work within a relevant context.

The application fee helps us cover the costs associated with putting on an exhibition.. wall vinyl, promotional material, lights, rent, etc. We are an artist run space and do not profit from our exhibitions.

The group exhibition will open with a reception on Saturday, August 4th and will close on Sunday the 26th.


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Little Berlin, an artist-run collective in Philadelphia, PA is excited to present a cross-country gallery exchange with The Front in New Orleans, LA. Founded within a year of each other, both Little Berlin and The Front share commitments to experimental, DIY shows, performances and events.

Throughout the month of June, Little Berlin will be hosting a comprehensive, six-part exhibition at The Front. Little Berlin’s fourteen current members divided the rooms of the gallery space into sections: curating six separate, smaller exhibitions under the larger collective theme and premise of the switch. Calling into question ideas of exchange- across places, ideas and cultures and through different mediums: humor, symbolism, words and sound- each grouping of artwork encompasses different aspects of the paradigm shift. The exhibition as a whole connects artists from across the country in eclectic vignettes while simultaneously providing a glimpse into Little Berlin’s quirky yet carefully considered approach to curation and dedication to innovative, collaborative programming.


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