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Drew Leshko, Sacred Lands, Paradigm Gallery + StudioDrew Leshko, Penn Treaty Metals

Sacred Lands

New sculptural works by Drew Leshko

Exhibition Dates: March 23rd – May 19th, 2018

Opening Reception: March 23rd, 2018 5:30 – 10:00pm

Paradigm Gallery is pleased to present Sacred Lands an exhibition of new sculptural works by the artist Drew Leshko opening March 23rd, 2018 and remaining on view through May 19th, 2018. The exhibition’s title is a reference to Leshko’s Philadelphia neighborhood of Fishtown and its ancestral roots as the home to the indigenous Lenni-Lenape. For more than a decade Leshko painstakingly documented the rapid re-development occurring in his hometown of Philadelphia specifically the historical neighborhood of Fishtown. Although Leshko’s works are sculptural by nature, he largely considers himself a documentarian, his sculptures echoing the work of legendary documentary photographers Gordon Parks and Bernd and Hilla Becher.

Leshko is particularly attracted to overlooked and oft-neglected sites, the unremarkable
buildings which will not be preserved. With past works, Leshko’s been drawn to the
once-thriving churches that have closed their doors as parishioners have been forced to
relocate, and the small local businesses with their classical designs which are now juxtaposed
with modern slapdash renovations, as well as the facades and machines of yesteryear. His
models splendidly isolate anachronistic architecture, encouraging the viewer to consider history
through a unique prism.

Drew Leshko, Sacred Lands, Paradigm Gallery + Studio

For Sacred Lands, Leshko replicates the Kensington Soup Society, a soup kitchen which
opened in 1844 and closed in 2008; Penn Treaty Metals, a metal recycling business spanning
three generations, the name of which references William Penn’s Treaty with the Native Lenape
in 1683; and the Edward Corner Marine Merchandise Warehouse, with its hand-painted signs
providing a physical reminder of Fishtown’s waterfront history. Leshko’s sculptures will be
complemented by his small-scale reproductions of local signage (for bars, restaurants, VFW
halls, and even strip clubs), as well as vintage photographs of historical buildings courtesy of the
Philadelphia City Archives.

Drew Leshko, Sacred Lands, Paradigm Gallery + StudioYesterday’s Tavern, 2018, paper, acrylic, inkjet prints, PVC plastic, chain, wire, pastel, 12” x 1 1/2” x 11”

Leshko’s 1:12 dollhouse scale replicas are meticulously crafted, requiring 120 to 160 studio
hours to create. He begins each sculpture working from a single photograph as an image
reference, but then will discard the photograph in mid-process, relying on memory to complete
the piece. His miniatures act as singular physical documents of the buildings and businesses
which are sadly proving unsustainable. Leshko’s ongoing examination of gentrification and
historical preservation (or lack thereof), asks the timely question “in a soon-to-be-forgotten
America, what is worth preserving?”.

About Drew Leshko

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 scale which may be familiar to 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), West
Collection (Philadelphia), Iron State Development’s corporate collection (Hoboken), Urban
Nation Museum (Berlin), and many private collections throughout the world.

About Paradigm Gallery

Established February 2010, Paradigm Gallery + Studio started as a project between
co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, to create a space to make
artwork, exhibit the work of their peers, and invite the members of the local community to make their own artwork in a welcoming gallery setting. Over the years, Paradigm Gallery + Studio has become a gallery of diverse contemporary artwork from around the world, while maintaining a focus on Philadelphia artists.

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Drawing Marathon. The Plastic Club

Drawing Marathon, April 23rd, The Plastic Club

Life drawing, portrait drawing and painting, short poses/croquis, still life set-ups, noir lighting, Sunday April 23rd, 10:00am – 10:00pm. $15.00 cash for come and go all day. All proceeds benefit Sunshine Arts, an artist-in-residence outreach program  encouraging neighborhood kids to learn the wonderful worlds of dance. music, literature, and art.

The Plastic Club, 245 S. Camac Street,The Avenue of the Artists, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

“Since 1897, The Plastic Club has been devoted to the promotion and preservation of the visual (plastic) arts in Philadelphia. The busy gallery schedule offers several annual exhibitions for members and non-members, as well as invited artists in solo and group exhibitions. Members include well-known Philadelphia artists.

The name ” Plastic Club,” suggested by Blanche Dillaye, referred to any work of art unfinished, or in a “plastic” state. The term also refers to the changing and tactile sense of painting and sculpture.

Among the founding members of The Plastic Club were the “Red Rose Girls” — Violet Oakley, Jessie Willcox Smith, and Elizabeth Shippen Green — outstanding artists of their time. The name was given to this group of talented women by their teacher Howard Pyle.”

Sunshine Arts41 Sunshine Road, Upper Darby PA, 19082, 610.352.7968

Ms. Sheila Modglin started Sunshine Arts at 41 Sunshine Road in the summer of 2004. She invited children from the neighborhood to listen to stories as they sat around the fish pond in the front yard. The kids enjoyed helping to water the plants and feed the fish.

Since then the organization has grown significantly. Now, resident artists Mr. Patrick O’Banion, Ms. Kat Lehmer, and Mr. Fen Jeeters teach classes to children of all ages from the community. Classes are scheduled after school during the week and on Saturdays. Regardless of the listed class schedule, children come to Sunshine Arts daily to talk, do crafts or get help with homework. Often, they enjoy Mr. Patrick’s fresh baked bread, homemade soup, cookies, or other wholesome snacks when they visit.

The goal of Sunshine Arts is to enhance the education and personal growth of our future generations. Executive director, Sheila Modglin grew up with a very strong sense of community within her family; “We would do any thing for each other. I want to share the sense of community that I have in my life with all the beautiful people right here surrounding this home. The house itself is a manifestation of living art and was accomplished through hard work from my generous and creative family and friends.”

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Plastic Club Annual Workshop Show 2016

Annual Workshop Show at The Plastic Club

June 4th – June 23rd, Opening Night Party Saturday June 4th, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Philadelphia’s historic The Plastic Club holds art workshops nearly every day, year-round, ranging from still life to figure drawing to in-the-field plein air. This annual exhibition is an opportunity for workshop participants to display their best work. Admission is free.

The Plastic Club, 247 South Camac Street, The Avenue of the Artists, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 545-9324

The Plastic Club Annual Workshop Show 2016

DoN Brewer, charcoal pencil, chalk pencil, color pencil on toned paper

The Plastic Club 2016 Workshop Schedule

  • Tuesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Figure drawing/painting workshop – All levels
  • Clothed model
  • 1st, 2nd, and 4th Tuesdays of the month
  • 6:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Short Poses with a Life Model
  • Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Figure drawing/painting workshop – All levels
  • Life model
  • Wednesday, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Long Poses with a Clothed Model
  • Thursday, 9:45 AM – 12:45 PM
  • Open studio with still life available
  • Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Figure drawing – All levels
  • Life model
  • Friday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Figure drawing – All levels
  • Life model
  • Saturday, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Life drawing with a Moving Model
  • ( Call the Plastic Club at 215-545-9324 or Bob Jackson at 856-795-2160 to confirm that this workshop is taking place.)
  • Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM
  • Print Making – All levels
  • ( New participants in the Print Making workshop must speak to the monitor before attending. Call 215-545-9324 to make an appointment. )
  • Saturday, 1 – 4 PM
  • Figure drawing – All levels
  • Life model

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Rebecca Gilbert

Rebecca Gilbert, CFEVA Introduction 2012, The Galleries at Moore

Rebecca Gilbert, CFEVA Introduction 2012, The Galleries at Moore

Lucky, reduction and multiple block woodcut and gold leaf, Rock Pile Fortune Vessel, reduction and multiple block woodcut Rebecca Gilbert.

Rebecca Gilbert, CFEVA Introduction 2012, The Galleries at Moore

Rebecca Gilbert, Building the Perfect Worm House, CFEVA Introduction 2012, The Galleries at Moore

Amie Potsic, Director of Career Development at The Center for Emerging Visual Artists says, “I love openings, it’s the only time artists get any feedback.  Because you’re never there except for receptions, usually.  Some people are shy and find it a little bit hard but I think that they’re really so key for not only exposing work but having artists get good at talking about their work and building relationships.  Most of the time we have artist’s talks at CFEVA and part of that is that if the artist has the experience of doing them more often they get better every time they do them.  If your not a teacher, there’s very few instances where you actually have the opportunity to have an artist talk.”

DoN listened in while artist Rebecca Gilbert talked to a mom and her young daughter about her print, Safe Keeping Place, “Well, there’s one story.  I have this bracelet that had a family heirloom heart locket on it and I had this opening in Old City years ago, and I was having this conversation and this little charm fell off of my bracelet and it was this freakish thing because it fell off and instead of just rolling, it fell, I swear, in a hole in the corner of the room that was just that big.  Exactly the size.  I went back the next day and the gallery owner said the hole led to the street and so my charm was unattainable.  It was like, oh no, my family heirloom!  It’s gone forever.  And my best friend said, ‘Don’t worry, it’s safe in that hole.  It’ll be there forever.”

DoN introduced himself.  Is that a Jackalope?  “That is a Jackalope…I’m trying to bring a positive energy to my work and to keep a positive outlook in life.  And I’m also very superstitious.  Some superstitions I I follow and some I make up on my own.  I included a lot of symbolism from that so I can add that positive energy.  Lucky, is the name of the Jackalope, but it’s up to the viewer to decide if he is actually lucky or not.  So you have all these good luck charms but for them, it’s subtle, but there’s extra feet and of course they chop off rabbit’s feet.  So, it you have extra, you’re lucky.  Another thing is I knew I wanted to do a Jackalope because I did an artist’s residency in Wyoming and I started researching Jackalopes and I knew that to me in my head that they’re mythical creatures who like to drink whiskey and sing songs.”

“But, in my research I saw that there actually have been rabbits found as early as the 17th Century, I found illustrations of rabbits with these knobs coming out of the top of their heads.  Not horns but knobs.  But, it’s actually a cancer.  In my research there are all of these rabbits with these things hanging off of them.  And, you know, one hypothesis is that that’s where it came from.  They were interpreted as horns, so, that questions ‘what is lucky?’. ‘Oh, you’re lucky you’re an imagined creature with horns on your head?’.  So, the whole reason I made the print was not to compare myself to other people because you never know the whole story.”

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA), in cooperation with Moore College of Art & Design, presents an exhibition by the new Career Development Program Fellows. A highly selective fellowship with only a 2% acceptance rate, these six artists represent some of the most promising talent among emerging artists in the region:  Leslie Friedman, Daniel Gerwin, Rebecca Gilbert, Kay Healy, Heechan Kim, and Johanna Inman.

Introduction 2012

February 1 – February 25, 2012

Widener Memorial Foundation Gallery

Johanna Inman

Daniel Gerwin

Leslie Friedman

Kay Healy

Heechan Kim

Circumstantial Assembly / CFEVA at Moore 

Introduction 2011

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