The Western Lands at Little Berlin – the viewer interaction challenge

The Shadow Lands at Little Berlin is a very ambitious presentation that produces a cautionary point of view and shows art in an evolving process. The key element is a non-linear approach — with action and interaction between the artist and the participating spectator.

Salvatore Cerceo, in The Western Lands. All photos in this post by Roman Blazic

It’s the degree of spectator participation that fulfills the vision. Without that there is a wide gulf between the artist and the spectator.

This is where the exhibition did not succeed. The interaction was well defined by the collaborations between the artists in producing a cohesive installation. The spectators were just that and nothing more.

Cipro, in The Western Lands at Little Berlin

This is a great challenge, and the members of Little Berlin have much awareness and forward thinking about it. They have earned sincere respect by not remaining in a comfort zone.

Tyler Kline

Tyler Kline, curator of the project, did a tremendous feat in making sense of a non-linear exhibition. He assembled a variety of art that would not necessarily stand alone and made it work well together. Tyler structured a creative partition of cardboard that enhanced my curiosity to find what I’m not immediately seeing. He was also gracious with his time to explain the vision, and he presented each artist in a positive light.

Joan Turner, “small eaters”, wall drawing with LED installation.

Some of the highlights are the mural collaboration of Brian Dunn and Skirmantas Pipas, “The Paint Machine” by Tim Eads, and sculpture work by Salvatore Cerceo and street artist Cipro.

In sum, by all means come to this exhibition (open to Nov. 30) to experience the evolution of art.

On a personal note, I want to thank Tyler, Roland, Cipro, Danielle and two un-named people who physically assisted me walking up and down Little Berlin’s steps. I find faith in the kindness of others and their unpredictable reaction to my injury.

–Fishtown resident and long-time observer of the scene, Roman Blazic is an artist and the event photographer for the Friends of Penn Treaty Park. He will have an exhibition of his works at Michael’s Decorators,when their building renovations are completed.