Little Berlin, a Kensington collective art space and gallery, is currently in the midst of its June exhibit, “Gone Shadowing.” The focus, according to curator Alex Walcroft, of the exhibit is on performance art, photography, paintings and poetry that observes “immediate surroundings without giving into the notion of familiarity as an endpoint.” In other words, “Gone Shadowing” intends to cast new light on the ordinary.
Among the scheduled events during this month-long exhibit, photographer and recent Tyler School of Art graduate Roxana Azar will be launching her newest project: A collection of her work in “zine” (a self-published miniature magazine popularized in the 1990s) format, titled “lonely magic.”
The partnership with Little Berlin, said Azar, arose because “the idea that drove the booklet paired really well with the exhibition that [Walcroft] curated.”
Azar said that she was also particularly motivated by the zine format, insisting that a booklet form of her work has the potential for a stronger connection with a viewer. Many artists and photographers, such as herself, have migrated almost exclusively to Internet websites like Tumblr, she said, and that the physicality of a tangible, hold-in-your-hand booklet is an attempt to reclaim the connection that art can make with a viewer.
“Content on the Internet can become so lost because of the sheer amount of visual data we look at every day, so the physical structure of the zine is a nice break from that,” she said.
Azar will hold a release event for “lonely magic” at Little Berlin, 2430 Coral St., on June 22 at 6 p.m.