The collapse of Objecthood

Picnic Table 2010 mixed media assemblage with deconstructed picnic table, found wood and plywood 49 x 72"

The transformation of the ready-made everyday object in art has been commonplace since the early twentieth century. As trends in art making exponentially evolve, the concept of transforming the everyday object or the everyday experience has only become more relevant in art making. For Michael Zelehoski‘s solo exhibition, Objecthood, currently on view at Christina Ray Gallery in New York City, the artist takes this almost antiquated concept and puts it into direct dialogue with painting, collage, assemblage and minimalist sculpture. Objecthood explores spatial reality as it pertains to the everyday object. The artist has taken common forms such as a picnic table, police barricade, chair, and bookshelf and has fully deconstructed the forms into hundreds of small pieces of wood. Then, he meticulously rebuilds the exact object into a two-dimensional plane, referencing the objects original spatial reality, while allowing it to exist as a mere image of itself. Through this process these objects loose their utilitarian identity and are transformed into an aesthetic rendition of it’s former self.

Do Not Cross 2010 mixed media assemblage with deconstructed barricades and plywood 58 x 86"

Objecthood marks the first solo presentation of the artist’s work in New York City. The exhibition will be on view through October 10, 2010. Zelehoski, who is based in Berkshire Hills, NY and lives in Los Angeles, is a graduate of the Universidad Finis Terrae in Santiago, Chile.