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Xavier Lockett Exhibits Original Pipe Cleaner Art with Don Porcella!

Blue Dragon and X Hat
Blue Dragon By Xavier Lockett with X Hat By Don Porcella (All Photos By Gail)

Thursday night opening receptions in the Chelsea Gallery District are always a lot of fun for art fans, but last night the hottest exhibit on the Westside was Xavier Lockett and Don Porcella’s Dual Pipe Cleaner Art Exhibit at Ozaneaux Artspace. This exhibit has an excellent back-story.

Xavier and Sculpture
Xavier and one of his Pipe Cleaner Sculptures

Xavier Lockett, an 18-year old from Central Florida, has been diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition and he is currently recovering from a kidney transplant. Xavier has always wanted to dedicate his life to being a professional artist working with pipe cleaners, but never believed he would be able to live out his dream. Was it even possible to be a professional pipe cleaner artist? Those were Xavier’s thoughts when he came across the artwork of Don Porcella on the Internet while working with Make-A-Wish Foundation. Don is, of course, a fine artist whose medium is pipe cleaners. You’ve seen his work here on The Gig!

Rainbow Eagle
Rainbow Winged Eagle Holding Diamond Encrusted Skull by Don Porcella

Upon discovering Don’s Pipe Cleaner sculptures, it became the young, aspiring artist’s one true wish to meet Don Porcella. Make-A-Wish contacted Don and asked him to write a letter of encouragement to Xavier while he recovered from his surgery, giving him tips on how to become a professional artist.

White Bread and Action Figure
White Bread By Don and Action Figure by Xavier

Don offered instead to have Xavier fly to New York City and work alongside him in his studio, where he could teach Xavier his techniques and processes, awakening Xavier’s imagination and opening him up to new possibilities. How awesome is that?

Mulitple Action Figures
Multiple Action Figures By Xavier Lockett

The work they created together was exhibited last evening at a one-night only celebration on West 20th Street. Ozaneaux Artspace is an alternative venue dedicated to supporting emerging artists and championing social change, and the owners, Nikki and Fred, graciously donated the space for last night’s show. All of Xavier’s work was up for sale and 100% of the proceeds went directly to Xavier.

Art Dealer and Action Figure
Art Dealer By Don and Action Figure By Xavier

There was a huge turn out for the exhibit and everyone had fun checking out Xavier’s cool action figures rendered in colorful pipe cleaners. The main attraction of the show though was a large blue Dragon created by Xavier, which was displayed alongside a pipe cleaner Baseball Cap emblazoned with an “X” that Don made especially for his protégé. It was a great night for both artists and everyone involved and attending the exhibit. Thanks to Don and Ginger Porcella and the folks at Ozaneaux Artspace for making Xavier’s wish come true!

Blue Dragon
Here’s another shot of that amazing Blue Dragon!

Don Porcella Self Portrait
Don Porcella Self Portrait

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Everything and Nothing at All: New Works by Don Porcella


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Artist Don Porcella currently has a Solo Exhibition of new and favorite works – featuring both his trademark pipe cleaner sculptures and his hand made encaustic paintings– at Spattered Columns Exhibition Space, a venue for NYC- based artists and curators without commercial gallery representation, which is run by Art Connects New York. You may have read about Don’s awesome art previously here at The Gig or elsewhere: his work is always thought provoking and a lot of fun.

At Spattered Columns you can see a few of Don’s larger, multi-component installations such as There You Remain in the Drain of the Mainframe Food Chain; a large and very engaging tableau depicting a couple relaxing in their backyard swimming pool accompanied by their snacks, cans of beer, and pet rats. The detail in this work is amazing! I also really dug Making Room for New Ideas: The Destruction of the Readymade, for which Don created woven pipe cleaner replicas of several Modern/Contemporary Art masterpieces including Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, Andy Warhol’s Brillo Box and Damien Hirst’s Diamond Skull – all of which are set ablaze atop a pipe cleaner log pyre. Don’s famous series of clever pipe cleaner Action Figures in their hand made cello bag packaging is represented and you can also see one of his best known larger pipe cleaner sculptures, The Art Dealer and His Artist at the Spattered Columns exhibit. The space is also a really cool, open loft with lots of natural light and a nice downtown vibe, so make a point to check it out!

Everything and Nothing at All is on Exhibit through October 28, 2011 at Spattered Columns Exhibition Space, 491 Broadway (corner of Broome Street) 5th Floor, NYC. Hours are Monday -Thursday, Noon to 6:00 PM or by Appointment by Calling 646-546-5334.