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Fine Arts Professor Emeritus Don Porcaro to Open Show, “Growing Pebbles”, with Students

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Growing Pebbles: Don Porcaro and Students

Featuring Don Porcaro: Selected Works


March 9—March 30, 2018

6-9 PM

9 Monroe Street, BSMT

New York NY 10002

SLEEPCENTER is honored to host Don Porcaro: Selected Works, a solo exhibition of drawings and sculptures by Don Porcaro.

Porcaro is an artist known primarily for his body of sculptural work, which has been shown nationally and internationally for over 30 years. This exhibition showcases key conceptual developments in Porcaro’s creative process and highlights the importance of his works on paper that demonstrate the depth of his mark-making techniques also evident in his sculptures.

Porcaro’s works exhibit a deep engagement with material exploration. He manipulates heavy material, such as stone, to make them appear as light as plastic and transforms paint in his works on paper into sculptural material that he then carves into, creating a kind of contemporary “Newspaper Rock” or petroglyph. These are not only notations to himself, but clues to the viewer about the functional and spiritual possibilities inherent in all forms.

Selected Works is part of “Growing Pebbles: Don Porcaro and students”, a celebration of Don Porcaro’s four decades of teaching at Parsons the New School of Design Fine Arts Department, and his lasting influence as an artist and educator. “Growing Pebbles” is comprised of Don Porcaro’s solo exhibition and a group show of Don Porcaro’s current and former students.

More details about the show available via SLEEPCENTER.

Group Exhibition of Don Porcaro’s Students

Participating artist (last name in alphabetical order):

Elysa Batista, Olufunmilayo Aderiyike Bright, Shuyi Cao, Marina Claire, Ánima Correa, Margaret Friedman, Katie Fuller, Jake Goelman, Ken Goshen, Alex Heine, Luma Jasim, Juliet Johnstone, Sareh Imani, Gabby Madden, Kitty Shenlin Mai, Lisa McCleary, Mariel Rolwing Montes, Haleigh Nickerson, Rebecca Oh, Tianyu Qiu, Athena Rigas, Jessica Saldana, Andrew Sapala, Sarah Schulman, Natasha Le Sourd, Yue Sun, Miriam Weeks, Shunran Xue.

    SLEEPCENTER is an art space mainly founded and operated by Parsons alumni, with the generous support from Don since the beginning. We are honored to present this group exhibition of Don Porcaro’s students, young artists whose works and/or practices are influenced by Don’s teaching and help.

More info, including a selection of quotes from Don Porcaro’s students, available via SLEEPCENTER.

     Don Porcaro is a New York-based sculptor whose work explores the nature of human interaction with the physical world through architecture and man-made objects like tools and toys. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been reviewed in The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, Artnews, BOMB and Newsday, among others. In 2007, he was the subject of a featured profile in Sculpture magazine, and in 2011 was the U.S. representative at the 50th Forma Viva International Sculpture Symposium in Portoroz, Slovenia. He was nominated in 2013 for the International Sculpture Center Prestigious Educator of the Year Award, and is the recipient of a 1991 Teaching Excellence Award from Parsons the New School for Design, where he has been a professor of Fine Arts since 1986. Porcaro received his MFA in Sculpture from Columbia University.

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