Leonardo Drew unifies seemingly random, ordinary objects into large scale sculptural installations. These objects reference and reflect Drew’s own history and background.
Recurring and opposing themes of deterioration and regeneration, and death and resurrection, distinguish Drew’s sculptural compositions. He manipulates the process of degeneration by exposing the components of his works to natural elements over time. Drew believes that rusting, a sign of aging, “tells us nothing lasts forever, everything changes.” Spending more than twelve hours daily engaging in labor- intensive efforts, including stripping, scraping, cutting, burning, and rusting materials in large rustfilled vats, Drew creates prolifically, with differences in works being determined by materials and the locales from which they were gleaned (often city dumps) and the spaces in which a work is made.
Leonardo Drew has a great collection of sculpture on his website, but keep in mind that work like this is meant to be seen in person. Try to catch an exhibit if you can.