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Before the Plate: an exhibition of works on paper by Andrew DeCaen

November 29, 2023, noon1:30 pm.

Philadelphia, PA, Holy Family University is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of artworks by Andrew DeCaen. The exhibition will include flat and sculptural works on paper using lithography, screen-printing, laser-etched and folded paper.  The work will be on view from November eleventh to December fourth at the Holy Family University Art Gallery on the first floor of the Education and Technology Center.  The artist will be present for a reception and gallery talk on Wednesday 11/29 at Noon.

Why are rituals surrounding a meal so important to all cultures?  What does it mean to share a meal with someone?  How does this mundane experience shape our lives?  This exhibition explores visual metaphors surrounding the psychology of a meal.  Andrew DeCaen’s flat and sculptural works on paper depict varied situational meal scenes that ask open-ended questions about fellowship, community, influence, longing, and instinct.  They explore the space and experience of being before the plate.

This exhibition explores Andrew DeCaen’s continuing themes of rituals surrounding food. The imagery slows down mundane experiences to linger in the smallest moments. These artworks use the theme of eating as a metaphor to explore the concept of the individual in relation to others and to community.  The works use printmaking’s natural layering techniques to explore simultaneous space and time and the processes of learning, remembering, and forgetting.  These images explore the intimacy of familiar experiences while asking fundamental questions about who we are.


Holy Family University Art Gallery
Education and Technology Center (first floor)
9801 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa 19114
Gallery Hours: 7:30am-5pm
Exhibition Dates: 11/15/23 – 12/4/23
Reception and Artist’s Gallery Talk:  Wednesday 11/29, Noon
Entrance: Free and open to the public
Contact (gallery Info): Professor Pamela Flynn, Gallery Director, [email protected]
Contact (artist):  Andrew DeCaen, [email protected]


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