Reuptake

July 8 - July 30

Opening Reception: July 8, 2017 6 - 9pm

In July 2017, Little Berlin is hosting an international group art exhibition based around the theme of interference. The concept of interference is explored within contexts of the physical, social, political, and medical spheres.

The gallery will be activated by a broad range of media: Sound Installation, Video, Performance, Textile, Sculpture, and Data Visualizations. Some of the works themselves engender the idea of interference, while others expose various forms of interference and obstruction that already exist in the world.

Little Berlin will be a cellular dead zone during the hours of the exhibition blocking all cell and data usage by utilizing a short throw Cellular blocker for educational purposes and to encourage visitors to the gallery to engage with the works and each other.  

Participating artists:

Johann Diedrick (NYC)

Jason Hsu (Philadelphia)

Daniel Newman (Philadelphia)  + Keith Hartwig (Boston)

Tina Kohlmann (Germany)

Luke Leyden (Philadelphia)

Marcelline Mandeng (Cameroon / Philadelphia)

Roopa Vasudevan (NYC / Shanghai)

 

There will also be a curated selection of “Staff Picks” from the Little Berlin Zine Library relating to “Reuptake’s” theme of interference and obstruction.

 

This exhibition is paid for circuitously by car insurance funds collected after the curator, Will Owen, was struck by a Kia Mini-van while he was riding his bicycle in January 2017. After his medical bills were paid, the driver’s insurance paid surprisingly well for being unable to work for a week. This unexpected surplus of funds is being paid directly as honorariums to the artists involved in this show-- as well as their transport, and shipping of works. The incident, though definitely an interference, created a positive result.

 

ADDITIONAL PUBLIC EVENTS:

 

Reuptake Game Night --  Bingo! Cards! Dice!

July 16, 2017 6-7pm

LAST CALL

MAY 6- 31, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: MAY 6, 7-9PM

Curated by L. Kasterns, L. Leyden, and A.V. Wagner

 

A note from one of the curators:

Last Call is a collaborative exhibition in multiple senses. In one, it relies on the collaboration between individuals curating together in one space to present a complete experience to the viewer. This is a practice I have relied heavily on throughout my time at Little Berlin and in my independent curatorial practice. I find working with another person or even multiple people on curation to be not only a rewarding and enjoyable experience but one that creates a better exhibition overall as it is being prepared through multiple perspectives. I have worked extensively over the course of the last five years with both Lauren Karstens and Amanda V. Wagner on projects in and outside of Little Berlin. As I prepare to step away, I knew that I wanted to work with these two incredible voices of the Philadelphia art world. What started as a simple conversation between Amanda and I blossomed into what I have now titled “Last Call.”

From the outset, we knew we wanted this exhibition to be different from ones we had created in the past. I knew that we could also draw upon our previous experiences; specifically, exhibitions that include many different artistic mediums whether they be traditional, experimental, or something less defined. With this exhibition, we give even greater focus to the audiences’ experience; beyond simply viewing the work of the amazing artists we are working with you are enveloped and surrounded by the work. In addition, there will be aspects of direct attendee collaboration including the possibility of performance and mark-making.

This exhibition is a ode to the spirit of Little Berlin itself; and considering the organization has just passed the milestone of ten years of existence it has been very much on my mind. This exhibition is undefinable. I have been endlessly inspired by the work the members, past and present, have put into Little Berlin and the shows that they have curated in this space and I hope that I/we present an exhibition fit for LB. I know my co-curators will have additional input on just what is going on in this exhibition and that will be presented in the catalogue.

 

Luke Leyden

FOUND

FOUND

APRIL 8- 23RD, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: APRIL 8, 7-9PM

Featuring artwork by Natalie Kuenzi, Kasey Toomey, Kaitlin Pomerantz, Meghan Howland, Leon Xu, Stephanie Bursese and Will Owen

Curated by Terrill Warrenburg

 

Little Berlin is pleased to present FOUND, an array of art, objects, sounds, materials, moments and installations generated with found material from Kensington. The exhibition will run from April 8- 23rd with an opening reception on Saturday April 8th from 7-9pm.

An object collection and community cleanup event will precede the exhibition's installation on Sunday April 2 from 11-1pm and is open to the public. Artists and guests will embark on a walkabout of Little Berlin's neighborhood, collecting trash and other objects for future use as artistic material or as general recycling/ trash clean up. 

Skill-share Workshop: Wednesday, April 12th, 7pm

During this open-to-all participatory program, artists and guests will be invited to share their personal artistic skills and techniques with an emphasis on turning "trash" into art, maintaining environmentally sustainable art practices, and more! The audience is invited to contribute.