Photos by G. All art 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.
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.
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.”
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: