Dock Street Brewery

Since 1985

Artist Abby Elizabeth's Opening Reception

NJ-based artist Abby Elizabeth graduated from the University of the Arts here in Philadelphia in 2004, and has since shown her work locally and nationally, as well as overseas in South Korea and Switzerland. 

31.5"w x 39.5"h. childrens toys, corn, foam, spray paint & acrylic on aluminum. 2015.

31.5"w x 39.5"h. childrens toys, corn, foam, spray paint & acrylic on aluminum. 2015.

Through her multi-media pieces, she offers up commentary on socio-political issues like government subsidies and their effects on children, like in the image above of her 2015 piece, "Subsidized Starvation." 

Our government subsidizes the production of commodity crops such as corn in an effort to make sure we have enough of it and that prices stay low.  In turn corn is really cheap, and so the production of sugar substitutes like high fructose corn syrup becomes a reasonable business move.  These calories are cheap and abundant, but are starving our children of the nutrition necessary to thrive. 

Of her 2015 piece "GE Bee," made of corn, plastic toys, and spray paint, she challenges viewers to ask what, in the name of progress, development, civilization, will we lose? "Have we already gone too far?"

21"h x 32"w. corn, toys, and spray paint on wood. 2015.

21"h x 32"w. corn, toys, and spray paint on wood. 2015.

Come see her work on display at Dock Street through the rest of the summer, and join us for an Opening Reception on Wednesday, July 25th. 

Free; Open to the public.