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Featured Collections: Drew Leshko, Miriam Singer, and Martha Rich

Posted on November 12 2022

 

Featured Collections:
Drew Leshko, Miriam Singer, and Martha Rich
November 18, 2022 - December 11, 2022

 

 

Drew Leshko

 

We live in a society that is constantly upgrading and disposing of the past, something Philadelphia based artist Drew Leshko aims to preserve. With a skilled attention to detail, Leshko miniaturizes the places, vehicles, and machines he encounters into paper sculptures. Recent subjects have included a local strip bar, his grandfather’s 80s camper, iceboxes, and even dumpsters, all replicated to 1:12 standard dollhouse scale with accuracy in cut archival paper and wood. He highlights these symbols of urban life in hopes others can begin to appreciate their every day surroundings. Buildings that are in a state of decay or on the cusp of redevelopment are the ones that catch his eye the most, which he describes as architectural “relics”.   -Hi Fructose Magazine

 

Drew Leshko is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based artist.  By carving, cutting, and layering varieties of paper and wood, 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 become beautiful adornments.

Leshko’s work has been exhibited in London, Berlin, Dublin, San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, Delaware, Detroit, Indiana, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Houston, and Miami. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Dean Collection (NYC), the Hosner Collection (LA), West Collection (Philadelphia), and Iron State Development’s corporate collection (Hoboken), Urban Nation Museum (Berlin), and many private collections throughout the country.
 
See Drew Leshko's newest collection here.

 

Miriam Singer

 

Miriam Singer grew up in Buffalo, New York, In 2000 she received her BA from Brandeis University, and in 2003 her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2004; Miriam Singer has exhibited at James Oliver Gallery. Stanek Gallery, LG Tripp Gallery, Woodmere Art Museum, Space 1026, Friends of the Print and Picture Collection, Art in the Airport, Gallery Siano, Inliquid at Painted Bride, Art in City Hall, Topstitch, Spector Gallery, Gallery at Minnow, and Padlock Gallery. Singer uses a combination of printmaking and drawing media to create her unique works on paper and designs for public art projects.Recent public art projects include, A new mural in University City Arts League (2019), River to River with Emilie Ledieu (2018) a large glass mosaic in the Comcast Technology Center cafeteria. Projects with The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program include; Navy Yard Bus Wraps, 2018, Parkway Dreams, 2017, Southeast by Southeast, 2013, Under The Clothespin with Emilie Ledieu, 2012, and Take Me to the River, 2010. Singers accumulated imagery becomes layered and busy with impressions of the cityscape. Singer currently teaches printmaking part-time at Fleisher Art Memorial and is a member of the artist collective, Space 1026.

 

  See Miriam Singer's newest collection here.

Martha Rich

 "Stink Eye Says"

Martha Rich lived the typical, suburban life - until she followed her husband to Los Angeles where, just short of a picket fence and 2.5 children her average American life unraveled. To cope with divorce, fate lead her to a class taught by painters and brothers Rob and Christian Clayton. They persuaded her to quit the pantyhose, corporate world, leave her human resources job at Universal Studios behind and become an artist full-time. She graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Her commercial clients include Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Penguin UK, McSweeney’s, Portland Mercury, Y&R, Village Voice, Bon Appetit, San Francisco Chronicle, Henry Holt Publisher, and Country Music TV to name just a few. Her work has been featured in the Beck video “Girl” and a book Sketchbook Expressionism, featuring artwork from her sketchbooks was published by Murphy Design. Rich’s artwork has been shown in galleries throughout the U.S. and internationally. She is currently living in her hometown of Philadelphia and recently received her MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania. Rich also teaches classes at Tyler School of Art.

See Martha Rich's newest collection "Stink Eye Says" here

 

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