Monday, September 28, 2015

"The Natural" pipe cleaners, 34 x 3 x 3 inches, 2015. By Don Porcella​

"The Natural" pipe cleaners, 34 x 3 x 3 inches, 2015. By Don Porcella​

I just made this homage to the hand made. In the movie clip, Hobbs says he made the bat by hand when he was a kid. This adds a conceptual element to the sculpture that ties it to the movie and the experience we all feel when watching an aging man return to the game he loves. I value the hand made and this sculpture makes a distinct connection to hand made things.
"The Natural" pipe cleaners, 34 x 3 x 3 inches, 2015. By Don Porcella​

"The Natural" pipe cleaners, 34 x 3 x 3 inches, 2015. By Don Porcella​

here is the movie clip...

Wednesday, September 02, 2015


Friday, August 07, 2015

Interview on Public Radio

You can listen to this interview that will be broadcast on 40 Public Radio stations across the United States today. I mention my Mom, artist Yvonne Porcella​, my Dad, Robert S Porcella​ and his science fiction book collection, Raw Vision Magazine, Harry Mathews, the mural I painted in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn at The Owl's Head​, my Shapeshifter exhibition at Low Gallery​ and much, much more.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

"Selfie Masks" @ Ship in the Woods Exhibition

"Selfie Masks" by Don Porcellapipe cleaners2015Post photos of yourself in the mask and live through your avatar on social media

Cognitive Camouflage
Friday, January 30 at 6:00pm
1660 Lugano Lane, Del Mar, CA 92014

Cognitive Camouflage is a group exhibition whose collective works delve into the many aspects of social anxiety in the postmodern era. Mediums such as installation, sound, film, painting and interactive performance will be displayed. WSOHOIDPS will present a deep examination of contemporary social anxiety topics that range from the cliché of “fitting in” to the increasing pinch of systemic oppression. 

This exhibition will also focus on how the technological apparatus can magnify conflict between culture, class, gender and related issues. The works will also address how desire for image perfection, status or achieving a level of acceptability set among peers can lead to self-doubt or alienation. In response, artists will demonstrate how to break down barriers causing social anxiety by using the same technology that fostered them, allowing the audience to participate in techniques on how to overcome social anxiety through interactive performances. 

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Upcoming Exhibitions

I will have artwork in several upcoming exhibitions. Here is one of them and I will add the other exhibition information as the press kits become available…

1. Unloaded

2/13/2015 - 4/26/2015
Unloaded is a group show organized by Susanne Slavick that explores historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use and impact of guns in our culture. 
Artists to date include: Lauren F. Adams, Nina Berman, Josh Bienko, Anthony Cervino, Mel Chin, Cathy Colman, James Duesing, Vanessa German, Jinshan, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Adrian Piper, Don Porcella, Susanne Slavick, Renee Stout and Stephanie Syjuco

2. A SHIP IN THE WOODS - House Show opens January 2015.

3. LOW Gallery - Drawing Exhibition by Don Porcella, June 2015.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Global Identity Project at the San Diego Art Institute

The Global Identity Project started in Shanghai, China this summer during my 3 month art residency at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel. It is a series of photographs I took of people from all over the world wearing a hat I made. The hat is made with pipe cleaners that I bought in China. In this case, the hat symbolizes China and America, but in a new way. My theory is that national identity is giving way to a more inclusive global identity. By wearing a hat that symbolizes China and America, these people change our perception of what identity has become in a global world where travel and the internet has blurred the lines of our identity.
On Saturday November 8th from 2pm - 4pm, I will be photographing people in the hat I made. People who visit the SAN DIEGO ART INSTITUTE in Balboa Park @ 1439 EL PRADO, SAN DIEGO, CA, 92101 from 2pm - 4pm tomorrow can have their photo taken in the Global Identity Project. Photos will be added to future exhibitions of this project. Come be a part of a cool art project that attempts to show how we are all part of a global community.

Since the project's inception this summer, I have taken photos of 75 people in this hat. 

The first version of the "Global Identity Project" by Don Porcella 
will be in an exhibition in Shanghai, China as part of SWATCH's permanent collection.
FACES and TRACES – A contemporary arts exhibition,
23 East Nanjing Road (Bund 19), Shanghai 200002, China
October 31st, 2014 – January 31st, 2015

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

2014 Sculpture by Don Porcella made during Shanghai, China art residency

Bust of Shanghai Woman, 2014
25x20x15 inches, pipe cleaners, 2014. 
Made in Shanghai, China during 
Swatch Art Peace Hotel residency.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

"Tree Huggers" by Don Porcella is in a traveling exhibition in France

"Tree Huggers" by Don Porcella is in a traveling exhibition in France right now and it will also travel to Como, Italy.

27/02/2014 - 23/03/2014
Le Beffroi
2, place Emile Cresp
Montrouge FR

Il grande progetto degli ultimi anni è stato, per Montrouge, il rinnovo del suo antico teatro, trasformato in un importante centro culturale e di congressi. Con la restaurazione del Beffroi, la città di Montrouge dispone ora di una nuova sede destinata ad accogliere mostre, spettacoli teatrali e concerti, oltre a congressi e meeting per privati, disponendo di una sala dell'estensione di 1 000 m2, e di 2 sale per spettacoli, di cui una con 735 posti a sedere.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pipe Cleaner Swatch Watch

In honor of receiving the SWATCH ART Residency in Shanghai, China this year, I made a pipe cleaner Swatch Watch. Here are some photos. It is a prototype. I own a pretty good size Swatch Watch Collection so I have always been open to designing a watch. Let's see what happens...

Monday, December 09, 2013

A-Side/B-Side opens Dec. 13, 2013 6-8PM

A-Side/B-Side opens Dec. 13, 2013 6-8PM and runs through Jan. 19, 2014
Co-curated by MaDora Frey and Katerina Lanfranco
A-Side/B-Side is a show featuring artworks and artistic side projects byJolynn Krystosek, Sharon Louden, Rachel OstrowDon PorcellaRichard Saja, and Nicole Tschampel. The work in this exhibition investigates the expanding field of artistic practice in Contemporary Art.

Pipe Cleaner Baseball

This is the baseball I made for the Fantasy Baseball league I am in. It is made using
pipe cleaners. It is a process I invented of making three dimensional sculpture
and it is what I am mostly known for as an artist. It is a signature piece and relates to my
passion for baseball and art.

Friday, December 06, 2013

New Mural by Don Porcella @ The Owl's Head 479 74th St, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Go see my mural that is now currently on view in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY starting December 2013. The mural will be up for 6 months to a year starting now. The Owl's Head is a great wine bar too so you can go see the mural and have a great glass of wine or beer.

I developed this word based drawing style in 2006 and showed my first drawings of this series at my solo drawing show “Strip Mall” @ Werkstatte Gallery, NYC in 2007. I just finished this mural which is based off the first drawing in this series entitled, "Wordscape"

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Don Porcella's painting and sculpture was just acquired by one of the largest art collection's in the world

Naked Beekeeper, pipe cleaners, 2009. Don Porcella

Don Porcella's sculpture Naked Beekeeper was just acquired by one of the largest art collections in the world.

Nerve Center, encaustic on wood, 2008. Don Porcella

Don Porcella's painting Nerve Center was just acquired by one of the largest art collections in the world.

New Drawings at my studio in Brooklyn, NY

I have been making new drawings and here is a sneak peak at one of them. 

"Greco-Roman Wrestler" ballpoint pen on paper. 2013. Don Porcella

Wednesday, February 06, 2013


This exhibition was rescheduled due to last weekend's snowstorm. 
The new opening is Saturday Feb 16th from 7 - 10pm

THE MILL @ Trinity College Presents:

Don Porcella's "Seeing is Believing"
a solo exhibition of recent works

Exhibition: February 16th, 2013 - March 4th, 2013
Reception: Saturday February 16th, 2013 > 7pm - 10pm
Where: Trinity College, 79 Vernon St, Hartford, CT 06106

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Juxtapoz This!!!

"NYC artist Don Porcella creates erotic (and non-erotic too) sculptures and installations using "low-brow" materials like pipe-cleaners and wax. The recipient of many prizes and fellowships, Porcella aims to poke fun at the absurdities of consumer culture and the human condition through comically awkward and decidedly unsexy nudes."

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Year long display of West Collects 2012

The West Prize exhibition is about to open in Oaks, PA for the year long display of the West Collects 2012 recipients.
Here is a photo of my piece installed yesterday by the staff of
 the West Collection and I. This installation is now owned by The West Collection. Thanks to everyone who helped make this acquisition happen especially the people who helped exhibit this piece in installations around the country.

“There You Remain in the Drain of the Mainframe Food Chain” 8 x 8 x 8 feet, pipe cleaners, 2008-2011. Don Porcella

"There You Remain in the Drain of the Mainframe Food Chain" is an installation that is made out of woven pipe cleaners using a hand made process devised by the artist. The scene is of a swimming hole with two swimmers, half their bodies in the water, in a remote, rural setting. The two swimmers seem relatively happy but apprehensive about their experience in the swimming hole. They seem to know that something is about to happen.

Above the swimmers is a turkey vulture that is about to prey on them. "There You Remain in the Drain of the Mainframe Food Chain" represents a cycle or food chain. The swimmers and all the items around the swimming hole are equal members of this chain. They are all members of the same environment and they will all be eaten and returned to the earth as nourishment for other organisms to grow.

In addition to the swimmers, swimming hole and turkey vulture there are items that the swimmers have brought along with them on their nature adventure. A boom box (stereo cassette player/radio), a pair of New Balance athletic shoes, a pair of flip-flops, two Sudz beer cans all rest haphazardly in and around the swimming hole. These items are meant to symbolize our own absurd carbon footprint. Conversely, there are two rats, bees, a parakeet and a dragonfly in addition to the rocks and tree stumps that round out the natural setting. Both the unnatural and natural are forced to co-habitate the same space.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

what is visual art when you can't see it? is it still art?

  • New York City Industries for the Blind, 3611 14th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11218

  • Art Connects New York and Big Deal Arts are pleased to unveil “The Sixth Sense and Other Myths”, a group exhibition curated by Ginger Shulick for New York City Industries for the Blind. This exhibition will de-emphasize the “visual” in “visual arts” and will activate sound, smell and touch as well. Shulick noted that “art should not be an alienating experience for anyone living in the art capital of the United States, and this group of contemporary artists have created work that the more than 125 legally-bl
    ind individuals that work at New York City Industries for the Blind can directly relate to. Instead of all the exhibitions that focus attention on the one sense that these individuals don’t have, I wanted this exhibition to highlight and emphasize the strengths they DO have.”

    This unique collection of work will be permanently installed in New York City Industries for the Blind’s Borough Park, Brooklyn factory. “The Sixth Sense and Other Myths” includes kinetic sculpture, scent installations, work that is light- or sound-based, high-contrast 2D work, and work used from appropriated factory materials. Participating artists include: China Blue, Nathan Gwynne, Christophe Laudamiel, Don Porcella, Courtney Puckett, Carolyn Salas, Sara Shaoul, Ned Snider, and Phillip David Stearns. Says President & CEO Rick Bland of New York City Industries for the Blind, "we are excited that Art Connects New York wanted to work with us to develop this unique exhibition. Our blind and visually impaired employees are really looking forward to having these fascinating pieces of art here where they can enjoy them. The creativity of the artists is truly outstanding."

    The opening reception for “The Sixth Sense and Other Myths” will take place on Tuesday, October 16 from 5pm-7pm at New York City Industries for the Blind, 3611 14th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11218. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New Drawing

This is a detail of the new drawing that I am finishing

Monday, July 09, 2012

This is a photo of 2 Mini-Me's I made for Simon and Vanessa in England. They commissioned me to make replica's of themselves for their wedding.

Photo courtesy of Liz Griffiths

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

New Shoe

new shoe I just made for an event in New York City that was sponsored by Reebok.

My art was in an exhibition recently in New York City at Mulherin Pollard Gallery...
here is the link to some images from the show.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Don Porcella's art is mentioned in The New York Times, Look Into My Owl and Gloria Hickey

Just wanted to update you about another online article about the Museum of Art and Design's Open Studios program and my residency...
Previous mentions include:
3. Don Porcella's art is mentioned in The New York Times. Be sure to visit him on Tuesdays when he makes his magical sculptures at The Museum of Arts and Design!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The BEST ALBUM COVERS of 2011 (The Year-End Awards) January 21st, 2012.

The BEST ALBUM COVERS of 2011 (The Year-End Awards) January 21st, 2012. By Chris Moore:
1) Sky Full of Holes – Fountains of Wayne
2) The King of Limbs – Radiohead
3) Cloud Maintenance – Kevin Hearn (Don Porcella's painting is the cover)

4) The Valley – Eisley
5) The Whole Love – Wilco
Even with digital releases, there are album covers. This seems to be the final facet of the artistry of the album that will survive into the next generation of music consumers, especially considering just how much we like colorful displays on our technology. Still, there’s something so much more gorgeous about a CD booklet or, even better, a vinyl LP. The five selections below – with an honorable mention thrown in because I couldn’t ignore it – are examples of the artists who still give attention to the complete package of their albums. It was a tight contest between the top three, and these are all albums worth checking out the next time you’re in a store that offers records, even if you’re only going to take a glance.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Don Porcella plays live in Brooklyn, NY and he releases 7th album

If you are in the New York Area, come to a free concert of my original music in Brooklyn. I am playing music Thursday Jan 26th from 9-10pm.

Smith's Tavern
(718) 788-9363
Park Slope
440 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

This is my band's new album. It is our 7th total and 4th in the last four years. It is titled, Mutants, Miscreants and Thieves and it has 13 original songs all written by me. I will have these for sale tonight at my gig in Brooklyn for $10.00 each. I will also have them for sale after tonight on my website. Thanks for all your support...
I play guitar. Here are 2 songs I wrote. I have written over 100 original songs and been performing for over 20 years. My band is releasing its 7th album tonight at the show.

here is my channel so you can see other music performances like when I play with my band.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

CRITIC by Don Porcella and other action figures

This is an action figure I made last year of the art critic Jerry Saltz. I thought it would be funny to make the critic into the art. I have been making these action figures in New York for the past 8 years and exhibiting them in galleries and museums worldwide. These are handmade by myself and most are in prominent art collections. If you would like to order one I can make another CRITIC like the one pictured here. Last year, I made one of 'Morgan Spurlock for his birthday so I also do commissions.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

my painting Routine Cloud Maintenance on the cover of an album

Cloud Maintenance by Kevin Hearn The latest album by Kevin Hearn, keyboardist for the Bare Naked Ladies features my painting Routine Cloud Maintenance on the cover of the album. Kevin bought this painting from me several years ago and I am so thankful and pleased that it will be seen by many more people now. The album is available Dec 20th, 2011 on his website 

"The inspiration for the album title as well as the album’s cover image is the striking painting Routine Cloud Maintenance by Don Porcella. It’s also the anchor for the song “Tell Me Tell Me."” 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

In Style Magazine features Don Porcella's print in Nov issue

Here is the November Issue of In Style Magazine with a photo of my print that is for sale at right alongside Shepard Fairey. Feel free to go to the website an order a print for yourself or give as a gift. Prints start at $40.00 and there are 3 different sizes and prices so get the one you can afford. These are all limited editions so get your's before they sell out.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Solo Exhibition by Don Porcella in NYC opens Oct 5th, 2011

Recent press for the exhibition:

I will be putting this Skull (Damien Hirst) into a fire and burning it

I will be putting this Brillo Box (Andy Warhol) into a fire and burning it

Making Room for New Ideas; Destruction of the Readymades by Don Porcella, 2011. woven pipe cleaners.

pipe cleaner action figures of Don Porcella and Larry Gagosian and other art world types.

OCTOBER 5, 2011; 6pm-8pm 

Don Porcella (BFA California College of Arts and Crafts, MFA Hunter College) has been a creative force in the New York City art world for over ten years. Porcella utilizes humble materials in innovative ways to craft a unique commentary on the human condition. Drawing from his own imagery of the suburban and his interest in folk art, cartoons, and science fiction, Porcella's work allows the subjective and strange to penetrate humorous representations of a wildly imaginative reality. Don Porcella: Everything and Nothing at All includes new installations featuring cave painters, crystal skulls, alien encounters, bonfires, birds of prey, and other whimsical work.

Born and raised in Modesto, California, Don Porcella's artwork has been exhibited at galleries in New York City, Berlin, Paris, Copenhagen, East Hampton, Washington D.C., Miami and San Francisco. Porcella's art has been reviewed in the New York Times, NY ARTS, Fiber Arts Magazine, Chelsea Now, San Francisco Magazine and the Village Voice to name a few.

The opening reception for Don Porcella: Everything and Nothing at All will take place from 6pm-8pm on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at Spattered Columns, 491 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, New York 10012. The show will run until October 28, 2011, and will feature a live musical performance in the gallery by the artist and Nicholas Fevelo on Wednesday, October 26th, 6pm-8pm.