Jesse Schlesinger (b. 1979) is a multidisciplinary visual artist working in sculpture, site-specific installation, drawing, and photography. His work is fundamentally concerned with place: how the natural environment, architectural context and engagement, and historical precedent contribute to experience and understanding. Labor and craft are key elements of his practice. Inherent in this work is a reverence for material reflected in the process. His upbringing as a second-generation carpenter (with a focus on traditional craftsmanship) and long-term involvement with a small farm have jointly influenced the philosophy of his work.
Schlesinger has exhibited at galleries and museums in the US and Japan. He is a 2018 and 2020 recipient of the JUSFC Fellowship through the NEA for artistic endeavors in Japan. He is currently working towards completion of two large-scale, permanent public artworks for the city of San Francisco that will utilize bronze, concrete, wood, stone, and glass. He is a founding artist of the Minnesota Street Project Artist Studio facility in San Francisco. In 2012 he was shortlisted for SFMOMA’s SECA award.