Michael Zelehoski’s New Order is currently exhibiting at the Mike Weiss Gallery . Zelehoski radically converted everyday three-dimensional items into beautiful flatten works of art. This is an ingenious take on re-purposing found objects that didn’t amount too much value or admiration and morphing them into magnificent and intricate pieces.Zelehoski deconstructed all his found objects a multitude of abstract pieces-street signs, police barricades, wooden pallets and an electrical tower all reduced to minute pieces. Once all the pieces were fitted into place, the gray areas were later filled with meticulous painted wood segments that gave the center pieces a complete background and a two-dimensional aspect.Images truly don’t do these works justice. Obviously, they are aesthetically pleasing to the eye in pictures but also deceiving. The real gusto from these works comes when they are admire up front and in person, and even then it is hard to see and understand how these pieces came into existence. The whole thing resembles a square peg puzzle. The white ground represents the board and the wooden pieces the pegs.More and more, I am starting to enjoy, appreciate and gravitate towards art works composed of found objects. It’s thinking outside the medium normally known to artists. Instead they work with unexpected recycle materials to turn them into master pieces with an aesthetically pleasing charm. This technique also challenges and opens up conversation about the high prices and perceptions of value in the art world.
I hope that the viewer will look closely at these images and remember that whereas the whole point of Magritte’s pipe was that it wasn’t, an integral aspect of these objects is that they are what they are._ Michael Zelehoski
Zelehoski lives and works in Beacon, NY. His work has exhibited both in the U.S. and abroad. He has received several grants and honors due to his work, such as a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship and Artslant’s Golden Frame Award.
This is a show you have to see in person to truly understand the captivation these pieces hold.
The show is open Tuesday – Saturday 10-6 pm till the 20th of June at the Mike Weiss Gallery 520 W 24th Street.
Photos By Erica Genece
Handmade Headpiece by Angely Martinez
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