Drew Leshko

“..i think its important to translate what is happening in the world around you through what you’re creating in the workshop so that painting or object may live as a reference to the past.”


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, Drew Leshko 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 internationally. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Urban Nation Museum (Berlin), the Dean Collection (NYC), West Collection (Philadelphia), and Iron State Development’s corporate collection (Hoboken), and many private collections throughout the world.