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.
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. http://www.sdai-beyondlimits.squarespace.com/
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, 中国上海市南京东路23号(外滩19号),邮编:200002 23 East Nanjing Road (Bund 19), Shanghai 200002, China October 31st, 2014 – January 31st, 2015