The Galleries invite you to take part in a conversation with local artists Stacy Lee Webber, Shona McAndrew, and Matt A. Osborn about their respective works and practices. This event is hosted in conjunction with Emerging Philadelphia, an exhibition of three solo shows that represents a range of materials, techniques, and experiences. Emerging Philadelphia is on view January 25-March 14, 2020.
Shona McAndrew’s sculptures and paintings challenge the historically rigid social expectations of the female form and present visually accurate representations of women who are secure with their shapes, sizes, and surroundings. Considering her personal experiences as a plus-size woman, McAndrew’s works portray characters who are caught performing everyday tasks—women appear frozen in their intimate, most private moments with no concern for the viewers’ perceptions, opinions, or expectations. McAndrew received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in Psychology and Fine Arts from Brandeis University.
Matt A. Osborn’s paintings and drawings combine real and imagined representations of characters exploring interactions of the id, ego, and superego while maintaining a humorous approach to processing serious subject matter. His use of colorful hybrid human-animal-monster imagery is often juxtaposed with a word or words expressing sentimental thoughts that create a fantastical dream world—one that is palpably rooted in the hard truths of reality. Osborn received an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from Ohio State University.
Stacey Lee Webber presents new and recent works that are made out of manipulated U.S. paper money and coins. This is Webber’s first major solo exhibition in Philadelphia and the selected works demonstrate her process of intentionally and laboriously destroying, cutting, and stitching pennies and one-dollar bills to elevate their otherwise miniscule value. The finished artworks question the significance of hand labor involved in its creation rather than taking its material worth at face value. Webber received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a BFA from Ball State University.