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Home Is Where Your Park It: works by Drew Leshko

Posted on January 27 2016

Paradigm Gallery + Studio presents:
"Home Is Where You Park It" works by Drew Leshko
February 26, 2016 - April 16, 2016

Opening Reception
Friday, February 26th • 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Closing Reception
Friday, March 25th • 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Exhibition Hours
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays • 12:00pm – 6:00pm
And 7 days a week by appointment: / (267)266-0073

Paradigm Gallery + Studio / 746 S. 4th Street, 1st Floor / Philadelphia, PA 19147
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About the Show

“My recent experiences leave me wondering if there is the same amount of interest in this lifestyle anymore. I began to think about the RV’s that are literally rotting in lots all over our cities and countryside... the ones, sitting — rusting beyond repair at a construction site, a storage yard, or a backyard of a rural landscape — unused in a state of disrepair. These vehicles, wasting away, made me reflect on fading memories of my childhood spent camping in motorhomes and camper trailers, paired with recent trips revisiting some of these older and decaying campgrounds. I’m hoping that this series brings back memories to viewers who have had similar experiences with outdoor exploration and adventures while also creating an archive of these older body-style vehicles.” – Drew Leshko

Where is Home when home for you is a concept and not a place?

Throughout the twentieth century, motor homes have embodied not only ingenuity, and independence, but also hopeful quests to explore individualism. Home is a part of our self-definition, in this mobile modern society, home has the freedom to live as a flexible concept fueled by the liberty of the open road.

“Home is Where You Park It”, roams on the tales of wanderlust and exploration of identity constructed within these mobile spaces. Artist Drew Leshko filters all the kitsch commonly associated with the fads of RV culture through a creative eye that captures the nomadic impulses of its ever-changing caravans.

These sculptural works explore a transient counter-culture that’s re writing the narrative -- changing the trend of diminishing appreciations on the temporal nature of things. It nurtures the idea of being able to feel a sense of home anywhere – to create a space where reevaluation is possible. In spite of everything -- in spite of the mobility, the individualism -- on some level we do recognize the importance of place and perhaps that’s why, home is where you park it.

About the Artist

Drew Leshko is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based artist. Working from observation and photographs, the artist painstakingly recreates everything from building facades to campers at a 1:12 scale. The scale is familiar for some viewers as standard dollhouse spec; the treatment to Leshko's work is widely different. The minute detail of his work includes city detritus such as dumpsters and pallets, which are commentary of the ideas of what is worth preserving. Accumulations of typically overlooked details and minutiae like acid rain deposits and rust become beautiful adornments.

Leshko’s work has been exhibited in galleries, and museums both nationally and internationally. His work is included in permanent collections including the Dean Collection (NYC), the Hosner Collection (LA), West Collection (Philadelphia), Iron State Development’s corporate collection (Hoboken), Urban Nation Museum (Berlin), and many private collections throughout the world.

Select recent press:
Hi-Fructose • Juxtapoz Magazine • Daily Mini Interview • Video Studio Visit, Directed by Patrick Flanagan • Urban Outfitters: Studio Visits • Curbed • Philebrity • Architizer • Philly.Curbed • VICE • Streets Dept • InLiquid • West Collection • Philadelphia International Airport • The SpacesCool ThingsFast Company • iGNANTDangerous MindsBeautiful DecayDesign BlendzPhiladelphia MagazineFlavorwire • CFYE

Click HERE to view artwork from this series  Click HERE to view all of Drew Leshko's available works

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