Inside the Studio with the Master of Pipe Cleaner Art: Don Porcella

Posted by The G on March 10, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  All art by Don Porcella.

Inside the Studio with Don Porcella

Don Porcella by Don Porcella Meet artist Don Porcella. His art is unlike anything you've ever seen. He makes sculptures out of pipe cleaners! Porcella grew up in Modesto, California inspired by creative people including his mother Yvonne Porcella, whose textiles have been seen in exhibitions all over the world (and are featured in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian). He founded a rock band called The Face Urchins and began making encaustic paintings out of pigments, beeswax, and damar resin.Encaustic Painting by Don Porcella

Studying under the guidance of David Salle, Don Porcella made a huge splash in the art world by taking his artistic talents to the next level – by creating art out of pipe cleaners.  Porcella’s artwork has been exhibited at galleries in New York City; East Hampton, NY; Paris, France; Portland, Oregon; Washington D.C. and San Francisco, California.

Inside the Studio with Don Porcella

Inside the Studio with Don Porcella

I had a rare opportunity to visit Don Porcella in his studio in Brooklyn, New York and his works of art are so impressive in person.  He plays with the concepts of consumerism, reality and our own weird mortality.  He is also heavily inspired by nature and concerns of the destruction of our environment.  His works give the viewer a chance to escape into other worlds with an interplay between simple narrative and twisted madness.

Inside the world of pipe cleaner artist Don Porcella

Don Porcella is getting ready for a solo exhibition to be held at the Claire Oliver Gallery in New York in November 2011.  The exhibition will feature a combination of encaustic paintings as well as pipe cleaner sculptures.  I asked Don what he is doing to prepare for the exhibit.  Like his art which has layers of truth and irony, he replied “For starters, I’ll be ordering 60,000 pipe cleaners.”

Inside the Studio with Don Porcella 4

Inside the Studio with Don Porcella

Thanks again to Don Porcella for giving us all a glimpse into his wonderful world.

If you are in the New York area this Saturday, March 12, 2011, you can catch Don Porcella performing an installation in Staten Island.  Here’s the details:

Saturday, March 12 – 3:00 – 4pm
“How to Live as One Race”- An informational session with Allecrop Trebor Nod – a self proclaimed alien visitor from outer space.
Special Guest Dr. Michael Byrd, a leading researcher in human evolutionary biology at Harvard University.
Adults $3, Students/Seniors $2, kids under 12 Free. Where: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace, Bldg C, Staten Island, NY 10301

What’s New At Claire Oliver

Posted by The G on October 20, 2010 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G. Art by Don Porcella and Ben Van Netten, respectively.

Don Porcella!

I was so excited when I visited the Claire Oliver Gallery in New York the other day for two reasons:  first, one of my favorite artists, Don Porcella has a new work on display and second, the new exhibit “Six Degrees of Separation” is now showing.  Long time readers of this site (aka the coolest and hippest people on earth) are already familiar with Don Porcella’s work.  In addition to his encaustic paintings, he makes art out of pipe cleaners!  It might be hard to tell from the above image, but a large bird is clutching a rat (that is the artist).  I hate to spoil it, but I’ve met the artist and he is anything but a rat!

If and When by Ben van Netten

On the main floor of the Claire Oliver Gallery through November 13, 2010 is a cool exhibit called “Six Degrees of Separation: A New Generation of Canadian Artists.”  The exhibit, guest curated by Noah Becker, bridges the gap between the disparate worlds of Eastern and Western Canadian art and nudges the New York art scene to pay attention to the works from our northern neighbors.  The art in this exhibit is diverse and features work from Graham Gillmore, James Nye, Alex McLeod, Frank Torng, Angela Grossmann, Ben van Netten, Trevor Guthrie, Noah Becker, Attila Richard Lukacs, and Catherine Heard.  Don’t miss it!

P.S. will be in all purple text today to remember the lives of those teens who committed suicide due to being bullied because they are gay.  Please take a moment to infuse a little more tolerance in your life today and forever more.

An Encounter with Artist Don Porcella + New Work

Posted by The G on May 23, 2010 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | 4 Comments to Read

Photos taken with my hand. Art by Don Porcella.

Don Porcella and G.

At the opening reception for Judith Schaechter’s latest exhibit Beauty and the Beef at the Claire Oliver Gallery in New York, I had an experience of art imitating life imitating art and it was really cool! Earlier this month at the Claire Oliver Gallery, I was finally able to put a name with the art I’d been seeing and enjoying for many months.  The work was done by the one and only Don Porcella and he has a very interesting style where he uses pipe cleaners in his mixed media sculptures.  His latest work “An Art Dealer and His Artist” was just installed at the gallery and the first time I laid my eyes on it, I fell in love. As you can see from the below picture, the art dealer has the artist on a leash (and you can draw your own conclusions about the brilliance of that statement).  In the middle of my admiration for this work, Don Porcella, the artist of this fantastic sculpture appeared!

An Art Dealer and His Artist by Don Porcella.

We had a really great conversation about art and music, my favorite things, and Don Porcella was super cool!  The Renaissance Man also mentioned that he’s in a band and he’ll be playing at a venue near you very soon.  If his music is anything like his art, it’s going to be very awesome, according2g.  As we were talking, I was professing my love for his latest work as we can all relate to being enslaved by our “owners,” yet sometimes we need to do what we’ve got to do to get to the next level.  Also, the sculpture represented a picture within a picture to me as hard work sometimes turns a person from the slave to the slave-master.  Seconds later, Don Porcella, imitating his art, reenacted that vision and I have to say, I loved every second of it.

An Art Dealer and His Artist and The Artist...

Thanks again to Don Porcella for creating really great art and being really cool!  You can see “An Art Dealer and His Artist” at the Claire Oliver Gallery, which is located at 513 West 26th Street in New York.

Judith Schaechter – Beauty and the Beef

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Photos by G.  Art by Judith Schaechter.

Beauty and the Beef by Judith Schaechter @ the Claire Oliver Gallery in NYC. Now showing through June 26, 2010.

On May 22, 2010, I attended the opening of American artist Judith Schaechter’s latest exhibit – Beauty and the Beef – at the Claire Oliver Gallery  in New York and it was quite a scene!  This exhibit is her fourth solo exhibition at the gallery and it’s really cool.  She makes stained glass lightboxes that fuse medieval images with current day themes.  I was drawn in immediately by the vivid colors she uses in her work that are melded seamlessly with notions of sex and death.  I encourage you to see this for yourself and draw your own conclusions.  Beauty and the Beef runs from now through June 26, 2010 at the Claire Oliver Gallery in New York and is located at 513 West 26th Street.

See another image of Schaechter’s work as well as images from the opening night reception after the jump. Perhaps you can spot the artist in one of the pictures.

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Bernardi Roig

Posted by The G on May 10, 2010 under Artsy Fartsy | Comments are off for this article

Photos by G.  Art by Bernardi Roig.

Bernardi Roig - Now at the Claire Oliver Gallery in New York.

Spanish artist Bernardi Roig has a really cool display at the Claire Oliver Gallery in New York.  The multi-media artist explores the themes of death, immortality and eroticism in his work.  I was really taken with the piece above and the full image is below.  Roig has made the international art world headlines recently as a man in Valencia deliberately broke one of Roig’s pieces that was on display at a museum there.  You can read more about that scandal here.

Unbreakable: Bernardi Roig.

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