Monday, October 1, 2012

Summer 2012: The Archie Bray Foundation for a 3 month summer residency as the Eric Meyhle Scholar

Amazing place, amazing artists, amazing friends!

Being at The Bray is an experience that it life-changing. I am so appreciative of the opportunity to spend the summer here. So many good memories of my fellow resident artists, visiting artists and the Helena-based artists and gallerists.


that's me behind the shell sculpture with my trusty bike

my pieces in the 'Resident Artist Exhibition 2012

Paolo Porelli, Steven Lee and Chris Riccardo, Bray Bash 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

Sell! Sell! Sell! Six deities of sales

Paolo Porelli Installation of deities of sales 2012

These sculptures represent my latest work since I returned from The Clay Studio. I wanted to negate every seductive possibility that colored glazes offer to emphasise instead their sculptural quality. A semi-metallic black was obtained using engobes with copper oxide and oxide extracted from used batteries on terracotta was single fired at 920° C. This is my first experience of single firing, inspired by my recent meetings with Nino Caruso. I am looking forward to experimenting more with this technique.

Paolo Porelli 'Woman of Babel' 2012,  61,5 cm x 20 cm x 14 cm

Paolo Porelli 'Best Buys' 2012, 62 x 26 x 15 cm
Paolo Porelli  'Cut-rate energy' 2012, 58,5 x 20 x 13 cm

Paolo Porelli 'Deals' 2012 61 x 23 x 13 cm

Paolo Porelli, Transformer 2012, 65 cm x 24 cm x 10 cm
Paolo Porelli 'Overwhelmed' 2012, 63 cm x 23 cm x 15 cm

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review of the 'Figuration' Show at The Clay Studio, March 2011

Figuration Show at The Clay Studio. Paolo Porelli 'Electra' and 'Pomona', from the street

When Jeff Guido wrote to inform me of my invitation to be a Guest Artist in Residence at The Clay Studio, he also included me in an up-coming group show, entitled 'Figuration'. The other artists included Christina West, Lee Stoliar, Pattie Chalmers, Clayton Keyes and Melissa Mencini. My first exhibition in the States, it was reviewed almost a year later by Colette Copeland in Ceramics: Art & Perception n. 87, which I cite below.

Figuration Show at The Clay Studio. Paolo Porelli 'Electra' and 'Pomona' in the background

'Italian ceramicist Paolo Porelli's work adds some humour to the exhibition. Writer Lori-Ann Touchette dubbed Porelli's sculptures "ultra-pop idols". Inspired by Greek and Roman mythology and contemporary culture, Porelli's glazed, white porcelain figures infuse the archetypal with surrealist kitsch. In Pomona, the figure's head is a circular mass of spoons. She holds a donut in one hand while two small pigs graze at her feet. In Roman mythology, Pomona was the goddess of fruitful abundance. Porelli's goddess is the goddess of over-consumption, proffering sugary, gluttonous indulgence. The artist's other sculpture Electra is a white nurse-like or shaman-like figure holding a box with a long tube/cord. On the box is a carved 'E'. There are two Electras in Greek mythology: Electra who was raped by Zeus and Electra, the daughter of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra. It is unclear whether Porelli's Electra is there to use electricity to save or to kill.' 

Paolo Porelli back view of 'Electra' and 'Pomona', Figuration Show at The Clay Studio

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Group show at Brenda Taylor Gallery, NYC

Paolo Porelli, 'Pomona' at the Brenda Taylor Gallery, NYC

Brenda Taylor is a gallerist in Chelsea in New York City whom I met during my residency in Philadelphia when I applied to a juried exhibition. She fell in love with my statue 'Pomona' and thus I had my first group show in a gallery in 'the City'.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sculptures produced at The Clay Studio

Paolo Porelli, 'Bottle Lady'  2011, glazed stoneware, 79x25.5cm (The Clay Studio coll.)

Paolo Porelli, 'Excess' 2011, porcelain slipped stoneware, 66x30.5cm

Paolo Porelli, 'Glove Lady'  2011, glazed stoneware,61x20.5cm

Paolo Porelli, 'Hypnotizer'  2011, glazed stoneware, 58,5x28cm

Paolo Porelli, 'Material Man'  2011 (detail), glazed stoneware, 54.5x25,5cm