South Street from the 90’s

a solo exhibition by Phoebe Murer @ dvaa sponsored by TATTOOED mom & infinite body PIERCING

Exhibition Runs: november 3rd - november 24th, 2019


public Opening Reception:

Sunday, November 3rd, 1-3pm

after party:

Tattooed Mom - 530 South St, Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, November 3rd, 3pm


About the exhibition:

South Street from the 90’s is a solo exhibition of mixed-media works by Phoebe Murer. Phoebe uses layered paper and boxes to create sculptures that address how gentrification can destroy the personality of the neighborhood. 

Due to rising rent and the struggle of small-business owners to keep up, South Street in Philadelphia looks and feels very different than it did in the 1990’s. TLA video, Tower Records, Pearl Paint, Zipperhead, Soho, and Book Trader are just a few of the small businesses that have been re-developed during the most recent phase of gentrification in Philadelphia. Phoebe Murer’s process of layering and recycling old materials into nostalgic landscapes preserves the memories of a space before the influence of foreign investment. In the upstairs gallery at Da Vinci Art Alliance, Phoebe Murer’s 3D collages will bring some of the distant culture back to South Street.

After the opening reception at DVAA, there will be an after-party at Tattooed Mom where the community is invited to color 90’s-inspired line drawings by Phoebe Murer. In addition to this activity, Tattood Mom will be selling 90’s-inspired screen prints by the artist.

In collaboration with this exhibition, there is an instagram account, @southstreetinthe90s, digitally collecting and archiving photos of South Street in the 1990’s.

About the Artist:

Phoebe Murer is a mixed media artist and writer born and raised in Philadelphia. She received her Certificate of Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Painting, a bachelors in Psychology/ Pre-Art Therapy at Arcadia University, and a Masters in English/Creative Writing from Arcadia University.  She has assisted in and led art activities at many schools and centers. She does paid and volunteer commissions, and gives tailor made art lessons. Phoebe Murer has shown work at Holy Family, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Metropolitan Cafe, Julia Roberts Gallery, DaVinci Art Alliance, Plastic Club, Mount Airy Art Garage, Plastic Club, Trenton Art Works and many more places.