Don Porcaro



Don Porcaro’s latest work consists of his current investigation into the whimsical possibilities embodied in ideas of animation and contemporary culture, from the strange worlds of Bosch and Guston to Japanese anime. These series of sculptures have bodies, legs, posture and personality, and are highly polychromed with synthetic color, suspending easy assumptions about time and origin, function and definition. They are frozen in animation, either laden with the memory of recent activity or pregnant with possibilities of the yet unknown.
His sculpture references many of the issues he has continued to investigate over the years, such as archaeology and architectural and cultural fragments. His sculptures have an enigmatic quality: objects which are difficult to identify as coming from a specific time or place. As the artist states, "I am interested in sculpture that sits on that edge of functionality, only to be disarmed by all the ways in which one could almost put such an object to use."
Nadine Wasserman, former curator of exhibitions at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art wrote in a recent catalogue essay of Porcaro’s work, "By mixing such historic materials as stone and metal with a playful palette of rubber and enamel paints, Porcaro addresses both past and future and the timelessness of certain iconic shapes."