Mary Henderson: Missed Connections

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Mary Henderson: Missed Connections

March 5 - May 7


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No. 5 Butchie Alley presents a series of small paintings by Mary Henderson. Henderson created the works specifically for the space, a first-time consideration for the artist. The series of twenty, mostly 4 x 4-inch paintings are meant to be deeply considered by the viewer. Gloves on the table invite guests to hold and examine each work closely. The act of touch and direct participation is an unexpected reading of a painting. The painting becomes a highly personal and intimate object.

The subjects of these paintings are all strangers to me; some of them are strangers to each other. Each image is derived from a photo I have taken – at a protest, rally, amusement park, sporting event or similarly public space – and focuses on a spontaneous moment of intimate rapport or synchronicity. The paintings are about the connections we form with each other from afar, and what we are missing when those connections are disrupted.

Scaled to the size of a hand, they are meant to be held for viewing. – Mary Henderson

Opening reception: Saturday March 5th, 6-9pm
Closing reception: Friday May 6th, 6-9pm
Learn more about the exhibition here.

Save the date for a Workshop with Mary Henderson: Saturday, April 2, 2022
Learn more about the workshop and register here.


No. 5 Butchie Alley
1175 S. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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