Little Berlin presents "Ouroboros" an exhibition of artwork from Daniel Pillis (Pittsburgh), Nancy Black (Philadelphia), John Dingler (Riverside, California), and Justin Duerr (Philadelphia). The artists featured in "Ouroboros", create their work in self-referential, cyclical manners.

Through a breadth of techniques, these artists are compelled to express their personal visions, inner dialogues, theories, and reflections. The artworks in this show were selected because of their defiance of classification or objectives commonly held by academia or the art market. At the same time, the artists do not work in a vacuum. Some have earned MFAs; others have sold works fetching 5-figure price tags. They are exposed to the same cultural experiences as the rest of of us, though they have chosen to delve deeply into artistic creation to explore and comment on the wider world.

The work does not seek to fulfill the strict requirements of an academic thesis, nor does it make attempts at being marketable for prospective buyers. It does not necessarily set out to comment on contemporary social trends, nor does it try to emulate an aesthetic movement. It is artwork created of self-motivation, though not inherently selfish. These are deeply personal visions pursued for deeply personal reasons. 

Each work is a unique manifestation of the endless possibilities that can be explored from the depths of the mind. It comes from a place that exists within all of us, where our identities are formed through self-written narratives; thought loops, drawing on memories and dreams; questions and conclusions; decisions and occurrences; theories and observations. Through looking inward, these artists shed light on the basic elements that we all share in being human. 

Daniel Pillis, most recently based in Pittsburgh pursuing an MFA at Carnegie Mellon, invites us to step into the sentimental arrangement of his Grandmother’s household items. Formerly sourced from her New Jersey home, this collection was transformed into an immersive living art exhibit at the Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh household where Mr. Pillis formerly resided. Now moving to a new stage, the installation has found a temporary home at Little Berlin. 

Nancy Black, based in Philadelphia, partakes in a lighthearted conversation with herself, where she bounces from amusing notions, to symbolic imagery. Her work is sometimes reminiscent of schoolyard inside jokes, and other times evocative of her yet to be revealed realities.

John Dingler, born in Italy, is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, painting, installation and video. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine. His video collage work, which he calls “moviettes” serve as both art pieces as well as documentation of his own and others’ politics.

Justin Duerr is a Philadelphia-based artist, musician and writer. He creates large scale illuminated manuscripts of a greater life cycle. He co-founded the Church of Devine Energy, an independent religion dedicated to self-awareness through creative expression. Duerr was also a member of the former Coalition Ingenu, a Philadelphia based agency that brokered exhibition opportunities for self taught artists. 

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