—>Beth Heinly steps us through a series of 17 performances over two nights that took place at Little Berlin in July, 2013. Garbage World included local and national artist/performers and if you’re trying to figure out how art performance differs from theater performance, like we are, you will find Beth’s write-up and the photos she took helpful. –the artblog editors—————————–> Anything goes was the evening’s sentiment at “Garbage World NEVER NOTHING NOW” at Little Berlin, last July 26 and 27, the 7th installment of Garbage World. The two day festival featured 17 performances, giving you a broad insight into contemporary ... More » »
Beth Heinly grew up in the Philadelphia area. She draws comic strips (under the title the 3:00 o’clock book) that tell humorous and dark stories from her life and she sometimes creates graphic novels, like a new one “Server Serial Killer” she is working on. (Beth’s day job is being a server at the Irish pub, Fado, so we are guessing she’s got lots of material to work with for her new book.) But Beth’s also a performance artist and a self-taught curator responsible for some great programming at Little Berlin, where she was a member, and now, at Vox ... More » »
Beth Heinly is an artist, performer, cartoonist, collector and curator. She is a community-spirited person who was part of the Little Berlin collective and is now a member of the Vox Populi space. Beth’s art captures her wicked sense of irony in works that are often ambiguous and humorous. As a curator, Beth has been responsible for organizing some great exhibits exhibits, including the current show at Vox Populi, Collection. We must say that we love Beth, who worked for artblog during some of our formative years, in which she managed our banner sponsorships and was fearless in conquering technology including ... More » »
In the short story, “The Library of Babel,” Jorge Luis Borges describes an infinite library of books containing every possible permutation of the letters of the alphabet, where librarians move endlessly from chamber to chamber reading texts and searching for meaning. The overwhelming volume of information easily available in the modern, digital era has virtually reached the chaotic tumult of words described by Borges, and seems to have affected each of the eight Philadelphia artists exhibited in Database, currently up at Little Berlin. The mixed-media show based on curator Angela McQuillan’s prompt to create a work based on the visualization ... More » »
Disclaimer: I am biased here because this show was organized by artblog pal and ad coordinator, Beth Heinly. That said, Beth knows how to put on a good show so check it out. Artists love to mess around in the laboratory. Among other things, the science lab is a place for wonder and hypothesizing, and art is nothing if not hypothesizing in paint, clay and other materials. VASST.info, Little Berlin’s inaugural exhibit at its new space in the upper reaches of Kensington, brings together 14 artists who have agreed to either take on a science project of their own (or ... More » »
First Friday was hotter than Hell in the galleries, and we complained a lot. Every person who asked us how our summer was going got the same answer–shitty, hot. But beyond weather, we have to say the art was hotter than we expected for the usually dead month of August. Performance and installation art was what we saw at Vox Populi, Bodega, Grizzly Grizzly, Tigers Strikes Asteroid and Marginal Utility.
Little Berlin’s group show, Forecast, places work by newly admitted members of the collective alongside pieces by founding members. As the press release notes, with a moderating dash of sarcasm: “Get a glimpse into the future through the artwork we make. Hence the clever title, FORECAST.” Indeed, the show gives a sense of what’s happening—some good, some still coming along—here in Philly. New collective member Leslie Rogers’ video account of a mugging, “The Meeting,” is undoubtedly the highlight of the show.
While New York is watching Marina Abramovic performance retreads at MoMA, exciting new performances stole the First Friday shows along Frankford Ave. and environs. Suddenly I felt that I was not only on the hippest street in town, but on the hippest street anywhere! And if you want to know where art is going at this moment in time, this is the answer.
What a delicious First Friday–a layer cake of delights. I’m putting up a bunch of pictures, hoping they might entice you to take a taste.
Here’s a few pictures from last night’s Re-task up at FLUXspace. The event was packed and there were a lot of really creative things being made and a lot of very good energy. I have more photos at flickr.