Max Adrian, Kyle Vu-Dunn, Stephen Grebinski,
Paul Peng, Curtis Welteroth, Justin Woody
Curated by Fred Blauth and Eric Anthony Berdis
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 2, 6-9pm
On view: June 2nd-30th
Location: Little Berlin, 2430 Coral St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Closing Reception: Saturday, June 30th, 6-9pm
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-Dunn, Peng 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
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.
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