Philadelphia-based artist Drew Leshko devised a practice out of creating documentary studies of architecture and everyday details from his neighborhood with goals of achieving a three-dimensional archive of areas that are going through transitional periods. He manages to do so by carving, gluing, cutting and layering varieties of paper and wood, a technique that requires hours upon hours of elaborate work. By combining on the spot observing with the study of photographs, Leshko painstakingly recreates all the details of his models that are usually 1:12 in scale.
Although recreating detailed models of buildings seems to be the focal point of this author’s work, Leshko’s portfolio as well includes city detritus such as miniature trucks, dumpsters, advertising signs and ice fridges. Executed with the utmost care, these pieces incorporate fragile materials and are obviously executed with the utmost care. Many of Drew’s sculptures will definitely look very familiar to the people of Philadelphia in the United States as this author bases all of his pieces on actual structures. That way, he is able to preserve the authenticity that would otherwise stay beyond his reach.
Just like the case is with any successful documentary photographer, Leshko as well comments on the passage of time that relentlessly consumes the world around us, changing it before our eyes without giving us an opportunity to do something about it. Leshko’s work has been exhibited in many national and international events, traveling between galleries of London, Berlin, Dublin, San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, Delaware, Detroit, Indiana, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Houston and Miami. His pieces is also included in many permanent and private collections throughout the United States. It should also be noted that at the very first edition of Urvanity urban fair in Madrid in 2017, Drew Leshko was one of the most interesting and top-selling exhibitors, as evidenced by the WideWalls interview with the author.
The work of Drew investigates both gentrification and history, forcing us to think about how historical relevance is determined. Furthermore, Leshko examines what is worth preserving in a rapidly developing contemporary world. He makes us stop and wonder, to realize just how much of our collective identity is lost as we became more modern, more advanced. Additionally, Leshko manages to achieve all of that via an intriguing and detailed technique that is rich with features, as well as being extremely nostalgic and reminiscent of our childhood days.
Drew Leshko is represented by Thinkspace Gallery.
Featured image: Drew Leshko – Photo of Leshko in his studio – Image via hahamag.com
All images courtesy of the artist.
|2016||Urvan Vessels & Repositories||Antler Gallery, Portland, OR||Solo|
|2016||Heaven is Whenever||Andenken Gallery,Amsterdam, NL||Solo|
|2016||Home is Where You Park It||Paradigm Gallery, Philadelphia, PA||Solo|
|2016||Scope Art Fair||Paradigm Gallery, Miami, FL||Group|
|2016||Small Wonders||Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2016||Vitality and Verve in the 3rd dim||Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA||Group|
|2016||LAX-ORD||Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2016||Cluster||Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2016||Seeing Is Believing||Mt. Airy Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2016||As Above So Below||Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2016||Scope Art Fair||Thinkspace Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2016||Pow! Wow! Hawaii||Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI||Group|
|2015||New Works||Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Solo|
|2015||Relics||Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE||Solo|
|2015||SCOPE ART Fair||Thinkspace Gallery, Miami, FL||Group|
|2015||SCOPE ART Fair||Paradigm Gallery, Miami, FL||Group|
|2015||Rising||Urban Nation, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2015||LAX-LHR||Stolen Space Gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2015||Summer Group Show||Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2015||LAX-DTW||Inner State Gallery, Detroit, ME||Group|
|2015||Invisible College||Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN||Group|
|2015||The City: Real and Imagined||Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2014||Breeder’s Program||SCOPE Art Fair, Miami, FL||Group|
|2014||Listening In||Abington Art Center, Abington, PA||Group|
|2014||Good Neighbors||Berman Museum, Collegeville, PA||Group|
|2014||What Remains||Paradigm Gallery, Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2013||Locale||Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2013||Urban Landscape||Speer Gallery, Bryn Mawr, PA||Group|
|2013||Selected Works||SELECT Art Fair, Miami, FL||Group|
|2013||Unrepresented Philly||Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston, TX||Group|
|2013||West Collection||PULSE Art Fair, New York, NY||Group|
|2012||This End Up||PULSE Art Fair, Miami, FL||Group|
|2009||Seriously, Stupididity||Shadow’s Space Gallery, Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2008||Water Tower Typology||Philadelphia Airport, Philadelphia, PA||Solo|
|2008||Underground||Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2008||Reality Check||West Collection, Oaks, PA||Group|
|2008||Versions of Reality||NEXT Art Fair, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2007||A Breath of Fresh Air||The Arts Scene, West Chester, PA||Group|