February 27, 2024

Shelley Spector at @BMayerGallery Philadelphia

Bridgette Mayer Gallery’s first solo exhibition of work by renowned Philly artist, Shelley Spector,  But Not As Much As Tomorrow will be on view from January 30 to February 23, 2013. The exhibition will feature a variety of new work as well as site specific installations in the North Gallery and Vault Room.

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Shelley Spector, Mariposa (detail), 2010 -2012, Wood and wool

The wide range of work in the show includes her iconic print series, Five And A Half By Forty. This collection of twenty-eight prints will be shown in its entirety for the first time since she began the series twenty years ago. Also on view, two and three dimensional works made of mostly reclaimed and recycled materials such as wood, paper, paint, metal and vintage upholstery passed down through the artist’s family. “Mariposa,” a deconstructed blanket comprised of makeshift spindles and vibrant red thread, will be installed on the floor in the North Gallery.


Acting as part artist, part anthropologist, and part mad-scientist, Spector deconstructs everyday objects and reassembles them to address shared experiences, both common and complex. As physical layers are built into her work during her labor-intensive processes of stacking, patterning and winding, deeper layers of meaning are brought to the surface. Common themes of interpersonal relationships, physical environments and finances are prevalent in Spector’s work, for according to the artist, “they are part of most people’s everyday and for the most part, they are unavoidable.”


Spector’s work has been exhibited at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, and her work is part of many public and private collections. Spector has a BFA in sculpture from University of the Arts and teaches at Tyler School of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and University of the Arts.

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