Saturday, December 31, 2011

Residency at The Clay Studio Nov.-Dec. 2011, Philadelphia, PA

Paolo Porelli: announcement for my work talk at The Clay Studio

Whoever happens to visit The Clay Studio in Philadelphia immediately understands that they are in the midst of an organisation in which ceramic knowledge and experience is concentrated.and how it is possible to invest in its creation, promotion and sales. For an Italian, it is a completely new and extraordinary experience to come into contact with a structure such as this. Ceramics in the States means either pottery, functional ceramics, which the artists personalize according to their sensibility and vision, or sculpture/installation, the most valued form of artistic research in the global world of contemporary art. 

Paolo Porelli, work in progress at The Clay Studio
Paolo Porelli, 'Glove Lady' 2011, glazed stoneware, 61x20.5cm
The two months that I spent as a guest artist in residence at The Clay Studio were unforgettable on both a personal and professional level. And even better in the splendid historic downtown of Philadelphia, where there are still examples of buildings of the 18th cent. on the architectural model of London of the same period. It was a great pleasure to get to know Jeff Guido, Kimberly Shelton, Naomi Cleary and the many talented artists in residence there, Hiroe Hanazono, Peter Morgan, Linda Lopez, Rebecca Chappell, Matthew Ziemke, Giselle Hicks and many others. At the end of my term, I organized a Italian dinner for everyone as a small token of my appreciation.

I will do a separate post for the sculpture which I produced there.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A selection of my sculptures in Rome, Italy

Paolo Porelli yellow pluriball 2010 terracotta smaltata 75 x 25 x 19 cm

Paolo Porelli Divinità materialista 2010 terracotta smaltata 81 x 33'5 x 19 cm

Paolo Porelli Divinità materialista 2010 terracotta smaltata 84 x 37'5 x 21 cm
Paolo Porelli  'Consumer'  2011, glazed earthenware 72x24.5x28

Paolo Porelli 'Number eater' 2010, luster glazed earthenware, 60 x 20 x 18cm

Paolo PorelliTeiresias  2010, lustre glazed earthenware, 51x21x16cm

Paolo Porelli  'Mutant'  2011, glazed earthenware, 70x25x25cm

Paolo Porelli. Idolo del consumismo, 2008, refrattario smaltato a lustro 49x26cm

Paolo Porelli materialist waiter 2010 terracotta smaltata 50x19'5 cm

Paolo Porelli 'Saleman' 2008 refrattario smaltato h 47x20 cm

Paolo Porelli  'Politician'  2011, lustre glazed earthenware, 75 x 38 x 23cm

Paolo Porelli 'Mutant'  2011, glazed earthenware, 70x25x25cm

Paolo Porelli Prometheus 2010, terracotta smaltata, 49 x 22 x 13 cm

Paolo Porelli Salesman 2010 terracotta smaltata 52x 17'5cm

Paolo Porelli Minos 2010 terracotta smaltata a lustro  52 x 15 cm

Paolo Porelli Surplus 2010, terracotta smaltata, 54 x 21 x 14,5 cm

Paolo Porelli Vortex 2011, terracotta smaltata, 61,5 x 48 x 29 cm

Paolo Porelli Accumulatore 2008 refrattario smaltato 46 x 20 x 20 cm

Paolo Porelli Speaker 2008 refrattario smaltato 48 x 19 x 19 cm

Paolo Porelli Figura materialista 2008 refrattario smaltato 49,5 x 19 x 19 cm

Paolo Porelli Salesman 2010 terracotta smaltata 53 x 18 x 16 cm

Paolo Porelli Arachne 2010 terracotta smaltata 65 x 23 x 18'5 cm

Paolo Porelli Cassandra  2010, luster glazed earthenware, 61x27x21cm

Paolo Porelli Trash woman 2011 terracotta smaltata a lustro, 64x21x27cm

Paolo Porelli Politician  2011, terracotta with luster glaze, 66x22cm

Sunday, October 30, 2011

'Controfigure' Exhibition at Palazzo Delfini, Rome

Paolo Porelli and Nino Caruso at the opening of 'Controfigure', Porelli's solo show at Palazzo Defini

My most recent solo exhibition in Roma was in this splendid room of Palazzo Delfini in the Jewish quarter. It was an opportunity too good to pass up so I set myself to work to organize the show in the two months  between my return from a summer residency at Byrdcliffe and my departure for The Clay Studio where I was invited as the Guest-Artist-in-Residence for November/December. The exhibition was important for the concentration of recent works which I was able to present. In the photo, my encounter with Maestro ceramicist and sculptor Nino Caruso, guest at the inauguration.