July 19, 2008
July 19, 2008 - August 08, 2008
SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is pleased to announce Big Kids/Little Kids, the traveling art exhibition curated by John Freeborn. Inspired by his book, the group exhibition features an impressive network of over twenty artists who have contributed to the emerging contemporary art movement in Philadelphia. The Los Angeles exhibition marks the third stop on the tour after its east coast launch and presents new drawings, paintings, photography, prints and mixed media works by featured artists Shepard Fairey, Jesse Goldstein, Amy S. Kauffman, Eric McDade, Todd St. John, Adam Wallacavage, and Andrew Jeffrey Wright. Works by artist Dave Delaney, John Freeborn, Joseph Hart, Jim Houser, Jordin Isip, Andrew Kuo, Thom Lessner, Tim Lewis, Shelter Serra, Shelley Spector, Issac T. Lin, Rebecca Westcott, and Ben Woodward will also be on view.
The focus of the exhibition is “the artists from the book, and the intertwined connections that we will have,” Freeborn explains. “The show itself is an evolving exhibition, changing from venue to venue. The work at each show is specific to the venue, and aims to exemplify the interconnected, cross-influences, and friendships across this dynamic group of people.” Big Kids/Little Kids also supports the recognition and awareness of the Philadelphia art scene on a global scale. “Most people do not understand the breadth and variety in the work, and don’t see the influence that Philadelphia has had on the larger emerging art scene. The people who have been touched by this energy is really a testament to the people and culture created by the individuals involved.” Big Kids/Little Kids is an opportunity for visitors and collectors alike to discover the history and evolution of a kinetic art movement and explosive energy of creative talent.
Big Kids/Little Kids chronicles the first eight years of the newly emerging contemporary art movement in Philadelphia. It features native Philadelphia artists from SPACE1026, 1Pixel, 222gallery, and Spector, as well as artists from outside the city who have shown in these spaces demonstrating the inspiration and influence of the Philly scene. The book showcases the artwork along with short dialogues with each artist. John Freeborn, one of the founders of SPACE1026, tells the story through his viewpoint, guiding the reader through the multi-layered connections that have helped fuel a new generation of artists from the city of brotherly love.
In conjunction with the exhibition, SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS will be featuring the third in a series of the limited edition dust jackets for Big Kids/ Little Kids designed by artist Shepard Fairey. The hand screen jackets are an edition of 100 and are signed and numbered by the artist. The 120-page book features 55 full-color pages and is 8.5×11 inches. The new edition will be released and available for sale at the opening night reception. Urban Outfitters and uwishunu.com are proud sponsors of the Big Kids/Little Kids traveling art exhibition.