Kitsch in Synch is Michael Fleishman’s first solo show in Delaware and represents an entire new medium for the Milford artist, cardboard. On display from February 19 to March 19 at the Mispillion Art League, the colorful show was inspired by the 300 boxes it took to move Fleishman and his wife from Ohio to Delaware in 2015 after he retired as a college art professor.
Fleishman points out that while the material and cutout approach may be a change of pace, his “technique and subject matter are natural extensions of my love for drawing and painting ductwork, machinery, robotic, and mechanical stuff.”
Fleishman adds that his exhibit, funded in part by the Delaware Division of the Arts, taps into a material that is so ubiquitous and common, it’s often maligned as being inconsequential. “I have always been into recycling and upcycling,” he states. “I was taught that you don’t need fancy tools or expensive papers to generate meaningful art. It’s my intention to manipulate this humble surface with ordinary tools to do just that.”
With a MFA in Painting and Drawing, Fleishman has cycled through many artistic styles during his 40-year career, including editorial illustrations and cartooning. He has also authored eight books on illustration and design, including Starting Your Career as an Illustrator, published in 2016 by Allworth Press. He currently teaches art and cartoon classes for kids at MAL, and is an English Department writing tutor at Del Tech Community College in Dover.
Opening reception for “Kitsch in Synch” is Friday, Feb. 22 from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Mispillion Art League.