Drew Leshko is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based artist who loves to preserve the memory of decaying or old buildings that are undergoing a transitional period by creating 3D sculptures made out of layers of paper and wood.
He also loves to carve and craft models of things like dumpsters or those ugly, often hidden parts of cities that we'd rather not see.
The work examines gentrification and history, how historical relevance is determined, and most importantly, what is worth preserving. Working from observation and photographs, the artist painstakingly recreates building facades that he discovers around his neighbourhood at a 1:12 scale. This scale is familiar for some viewers as standard dollhouse spec, but the treatment to the buildings is widely different.
The minute attention to detail includes city detritus such as dumpsters and pallets, which are a commentary of the same ideas of what is worth preserving. Highlighting quick fixes and simple solutions, Leshko’s work begs the viewer to build their own ideas of why and when these changes had been made. Accumulations of typically overlooked details and minutiae like acid rain deposits and rust become beautiful adornments.
Discover more on Leshko's website: www.drewleshko.com. Make sure you watch the video below to see him explain the thought process behind his work.