Emerging Philadelphia brings together three solo shows by emerging Philadelphia artists Shona McAndrew, Matt Osborn and Stacey Lee Webber, and represents the range of materials, experiences, and backgrounds that our community of creative thinkers embody. The artists create individual gallery experiences that speak to their artistic inquiries and together, the exhibition invites viewers to consider the range of techniques through which contemporary works are realized—visitors can immerse themselves in Moore’s interconnected exhibition spaces while exploring themes of identity, process, and imagination.
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.