All-Stars Tell Us Their 2013 Resolutions (Part 2)

Posted by The G on January 1, 2013 under The G Spot | Read the First Comment

Photos by G (except where noted).

If you can see this, you’ve survived the Mayan apocalypse. 2013 is here!  I took a brief survey of some of’s All-Stars in the fields of art, music and publishing to find out what their 2013 New Year’s Resolutions are.  For those, like me that don’t make resolutions anymore, I asked them to tell us what they are looking forward to in 2013. Click on their name to be directed to their websites to learn more about these great minds.  Thanks to everyone that participated and I hope 2013 exceeds your dreams, goals and visions!

Mark Kostabi in front of his art.

Mark Kostabi in front of his art.

“I’m looking forward to a continuing Obama Presidency and an improving global economy due to less wasteful, more intelligent and focused behavior. I’m also looking forward to spring weather.” – Mark Kostabi, Artist.

Jill Jones (right) performing with Jeremy Gloff

Jill Jones (right) performing with Jeremy Gloff

“I am looking forward to being the bitch I always knew I could be and to just go rogue this year!” – Jill Jones, Singer

Michael Musto

Michael Musto

“My resolution is to let go of old grudges and start developing some new ones. For the new year, I’m looking forward to human rights, cultural enchantment, and social bliss, but I’m not looking forward to any action film sequels.” – Michael Musto, Writer

Don Porcella

Don Porcella

“1. I am looking forward to the rest of the country realizing that all people have the right to love who they want and to celebrate that relationship in marriage.
2. I am looking forward to the rest of the country realizing that Muslims are not to be feared and in fact they are just like us.
3. I am looking forward to alternative forms of health care that utilize what is already here on earth. We are cutting down the rain forests and yet there are a lot of plants that can benefit mankind.
4. I am looking forward to humans embracing nature in everything we do. I want advertisements (ie., car commercials where the car dominates nature) to embrace nature not destroy it. We need this planet more than it needs us and if we don’t embrace it and take care of it, it will get rid of us for it’s own survival.

As far as new years resolutions… those are hard because most people who make them don’t keep them and then they feel guilty. My New Year’s resolution is to be nice to nature and humans and to lead by example. My job is to make new things and to not copy others. I want people to celebrate the hand made and to value it over technology. I want people to start talking to each other again instead of texting. Let’s return to the real next year.” – Don Porcella, Artist, Musician, Coffee Maker


Kenny Scharf at the West Hollywood Library

Kenny Scharf at the West Hollywood Library

“I’m looking forward to continuing health no matter what happens in 2013.  If you’re not healthy and feeling good you can’t enjoy the good times or battle the bad.  I’m having a show in late April of new sculptures and paintings at Paul Kasmin Gallery (in New York).   Also I’m involved in a futures show at the Museum of Art in Mobile, Alabama, which will include murals, installations and paintings, and  a large outdoor mural in Santa Monica, California, as well as other fun and big stuff (more work) that I don’t want to announce just yet.   Most of all, I hope the world makes the huge changes (wean off petroleum, for example) that need to take place in order for the children to inherit a better place!” – Kenny Scharf, Artist



“I am finalizing on designs for a t-shirt, cell phone cases, sticker sheets and the Summer 2013 Graphic Sunglasses! I’ll also be honing in on a location to paint my first public mural as well as my first public art show on my own in Manhattan. Some important first steps for the burgeoning artist – ALL of which G will be present and covering…i hope.” – TY, Artist

Jon Burgerman

Jon Burgerman

“I’m looking forward to making more stuff, being in New York more, traveling a little less and meeting more people – friends, neighbours, peers and pizzeria owners.  My Visa will expire in 2013 so I need to make the most of being in America before I’m shipped off back to the UK.  Cheers + happy holidays” – Jon Burgerman, Artist

Painting by Ari Lankin

Painting (and photo) by Ari Lankin

“My New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier” – Ari Lankin, Artist

Nir Hod

Nir Hod

“2012 was an amazing, special year. I wish 2013 will be a year of correction –  we have to discover new things and understand that many things we like or want are not necessary any more. We have to wake up from some dreams and create a new one better and powerful one. I want to be surrounded with great people in a beautiful places that will bring me inspiration and magic always to touch other people’s hearts and minds.  I want the summer to be longer and time to be slower.” – Nir Hod, Artist

Scooter LaForge

Scooter LaForge

“My Resolution for 2013 is to surpass my creative limits and to learn to speak fluent Spanish! Also, to have my project at the Bronx Museum (fall 2013) blow people’s minds! Hope to see lots more of you this coming year too!” – Scooter LaForge, Artist

Eric Eyeball Richardson

Eric Eyeball Richardson

“My resolution for the New Year is less porn and more painting or is that backwards damn it!?!
Happy New Year’s, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa!” – Eric ‘Eyeball’ Richardson, Artist


Thanks again to everyone who participated and I hope 2013 exceeds your goals, dreams and visions!

What are you looking forward to in 2013?  What are your New Year’s Resolutions?  Tell us in the comments section and most importantly, HAPPY 2013!!!!

Don Porcella and Brian Leo at Christina Ray

Posted by The G on July 8, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Don Porcella and Brian Leo, respectively.

Don Porcella

Don Porcella's encaustic paintings. On display at Christina Ray in New York through July 30, 2011

The summer season is notoriously known as a quiet time for the New York art world, but not for the Christina Ray Gallery.  The Soho gallery has a hot new exhibit featuring the works of Don Porcella and Brian Leo.  Don Porcella is famously known for his pipe cleaner art (see photo below) as well as his encaustic paintings.  Brian Leo’s paintings address global culture, contemporary politics and American identity.

Brian Leo - Christina Ray

Paintings by Brian Leo. On display at Christina Ray in New York through July 30, 2011.

There are over 30 works in all sizes by Brian Leo on display at Christina Ray.  Leo’s subjects range from the HIV crisis to environmental disasters to animals toting Ipads!

Art by Brian Leo

Don Porcella crafts a unique and humorous commentary on the human condition in both his encaustic works as well as his world famous pipe cleaner sculptures.  You cannot see the detail in these photos so I encourage you to visit the Christina Ray gallery and see these wonderful works of art in person.

Don Porcella's pipe cleaner sculptures.

Brian Leo and Don Porcella’s art will be on display at Christina Ray (located at 30 Grand Street in Soho in Manhattan) through July 30, 2011.  Don’t miss it!

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.

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