"What Remains" • Works by Drew Leshko and Tracy Levesque
Posted on July 19 2014
Works by Drew Leshko and Tracy Levesque
June 20th - July 19th
An exhibition paying tribute to familiar, neglected, and forgotten places, featuring mixed-media sculpture by Drew Leshko and photography by Tracy Levesque.
Gallery Open Hours:
Saturdays • 12:00pm - 6:00pm
By carving, cutting, and layering varieties of paper and wood, Drew Leshko creates documentary studies of architecture from his neighborhood in an attempt to create a three dimensional archive of buildings that are in transitional periods. 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 from his neighborhood at a 1:12 scale. The scale is familiar for some viewers as standard dollhouse spec; the treatment to the buildings is widely different. The minute detail of his work includes city detritus such as dumpsters and pallets which are 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, quickly become beautiful adornments.
TRACY LEVESQUE (aka Ruin Porn)
Operating under the Instagram name @Ruinporn, Tracy Levesque's photographic stories are followed by thousands of people. "I love Philadelphia’s buildings, including those left abandoned and decaying. After spending over 20 years walking, biking, and driving past these ruined places, I decided to stop, explore and take pictures. I am compelled to give these neglected sites attention and appreciate their past and current beauty. With my abandoned photography I work to capture the visual high achieved from witnessing the effects of ruin on a massive scale. By revealing the interiors of these spaces I hope to catch the essence of their former occupied selves and help motivate others to restore them."
Opening Night Photos: