The 40th Street Artist-in-Residence Program awards West Philadelphia artists 1 year of free studio space at 40th & Chestnut Sts. In exchange, residents share their talents within West Philadelphia by leading workshops, teaching classes, exhibiting, etc. Founded by artist Edward M. Epstein in 2003 and managed by Gina Renzi since 2008, we address the need for studio space in West Philadelphia, assist artists with career development, and make the 40th Street area a nexus for visual arts.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
40th Street AIR resident Brenna K. Murphy pres.“Planning: Childhood Drawings Revisited” solo show
40th Street AIR resident Brenna K. Murphy
“Planning: Childhood Drawings Revisited”
at our AIRSPACE Gallery
By adhering single strands of her hair to paper, Brenna has re-created her childhood drawings that depict floor plans of imaginary houses. Her nomadic upbringing - moving eight times and living in six states by the age of eighteen - inspires her work about home and domesticity. Reflecting on the objects found in domestic spaces, the physical environments in which we dwell, and the human body, she strives to understand how materiality interacts with psychological processes to form our concepts and ideals of home. With "Planning: Childhood Drawings Revisited," Brenna explores how young children intuitively process challenging emotional experiences through art, and celebrates their capacity for fresh, uninhibited mark-making while drawing.