New York Times, art critic Ken Johnson describes Don Porcella’s paintings as, “…images like Sasquatch lounging in a pink recliner by a wilderness lake and a mobile home trailer on fire are embodied in a thick, sensuously waxy medium.” 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.
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.