Ferrin Gallery Presents: (De)Constructions, A Solo Exhibition Of New Works By Michael Zelehoski
Tuesday, 16 June 2009 12:15
When: June 20 – July 26, 2009 Opening Reception: Saturday, June 20, 2009 4 – 6 pm Artist Talk: Wednesday, July 15, 6:30 pm
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Ferrin Gallery presents (DE)CONSTRUCTIONS, a solo exhibition of new works by Michael Zelehoski. The exhibition features a series of large assemblages created from found utilitarian objects and large, structural architectural elements. This exhibition demonstrates not only an evolution in Zelehoski’s work, but also represents an ambitious commitment to scale and complexity resulting from a year long exploration of gathered and found materials.
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Zelehoski’s process begins by mining local locations for source materials that include scrap wood and furniture from buildings, houses and factories. Through the process of taking apart and rebuilding the physical objects, he brings the forgotten back to life in a new format, as a (re)constructed subject of the two dimensional artwork. Background spaces are filled in with carefully fitted pieces of wood, creating a solid two-dimensional plane in which the object is trapped in a parody of its former perspective. The exhibition features several of these ambitious, large-scale constructions such as "Trap," which is a reconstructed architectural storage rack from the Copperworks. Additionally, the exhibition will include a reconstructed bed and a grand piano.
As in the rest of the world, the recycling and reuse of common materials is now a dominant and frequent theme in contemporary art. However, unlike much of what is being seen in the major survey exhibitions and biennials, Zelehoski's work is not "anti-craft," in that he celebrates skill of the original maker and respects vernacular design through redefinition. With profound respect for the material’s history, Zelehoski uses traditional modes of craftsmanship in his woodworking to encourage a reexamination of the object’s original surface, material and function. Michael Zelehoski, Human Lobster Trap (Copperworks, Pittsfield Structure), 2009, 63 x 93", Mixed media assemblage with wood
A Berkshire native currently based in Pittsfield, Zelehoski recently returned after six years in South America where he apprenticed to the late, Chilean sculptor Felix Maruenda and received a BFA in 2003 from the Universidad Finis Terrae in Santiago, Chile. A graduate of Simon’s Rock College of Bard and still under 30, Zelehoski's work has been acquired by numerous private collectors both locally and internationally. Public commissions include the 2006 set of tavern chairs for the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge.
(DE)CONSTRUCTIONS is Michael Zelehoski’s first solo exhibition with Ferrin Gallery and his most ambitious to date. This exhibition will be on view from June 20th through July 26th. There will be an opening reception with the artist in attendance on Saturday June 20th from 4-6pm. Michael Zelehoski will also be giving an artist talk on July 15th at 6:30pm.Michael Zelehoski,Tower, 2009,