News Cue the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack: Ascot Studios, our banner sponsor from the UK, recently saw one of their artists ascend to fame in a way that can only be described as pure Hollywood, or perhaps Dickensian. A painting of New York by British artist Angela Wakefield on the front cover of national art magazine Art of England was spotted by film director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), who was so taken that he asked Wakefield for permission for this image to be used in his upcoming film Trance. Since the news, Angela has achieved a record sale of $12,500 for one of her ... More » »
Artists have been redubbed as uploaders and downloaders in >Get >Put, a new show at Little Berlin gallery that was partly kindled by The Sound of Downloading Makes Me Want to Upload, a book by The Institute of Social Hypocrisy. Curator Kelani Nichole circulated copies of that book to artists in this show. Including essays and creative works pieces by Paris-based Victor Boullet and several other artists, the book celebrates the inevitable distortion of information transmitted in the digital process, shown clearly in Boullet’s own contribution to the book, an abstract, jumbled-letters version of “Krapp’s Last Tape” by Samuel Beckett. ... More » »
The exhibition at Little Berlin this month is all about hanging out. This is not to say that the past and current members exhibiting at the East Kensington creative space are sitting around kicking back brews and watching Netflix (although that may also be true). The Berliners showing work in “Hung” literally have their installations dangling – sometimes precariously – from the ceiling. Notably precarious is the veiny, metallic form by Tyler Kline entitled “Radiant Energy Transfer, A Requiem for Mike Kelley.” The sculpture is composed of a steel frame and branching aluminum foil roots that spread down toward the ... More » »
The international performance art festival Low Lives – broadcast via the internet and simultaneously projected at multiple venues throughout the world –took place in Philadelphia at Little Berlin in collaboration with Mascher Space over two days, April 27 and 28, with screenings and one, in-the-flesh performance. Low Lives was an official part of Philly Tech Week. At the Friday night extravaganza, which I missed, theater artists Marcel Williams Foster and Britney Hines transformed Little Berlin into a “cyber-jungle” of video games, toy monkeys, and tarot readings to set the stage for their five-minute contribution to Low Lives. “Jane Goodall Speaks with a ... More » »
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.