CHRISTINA RAY is pleased to continue its summer group show series with an exhibition of new work by New York-based artists Brian Leo and Don Porcella. In an installation of paintings and sculpture, the artists take on contemporary culture with humor and post-ironic wit. The exhibition opens on July 7th and runs through July 31st. A reception will be held on Thursday, July 7th, 7–9pmat CHRISTINA RAY, located at 30 Grand Street in New York, NY.
Leo and Porcella share an interest in locating their subjective realities within the larger contemporary experience. News stories of pop culture and political scandal mingle with artistic imagination to create scenes ranging from Porcella's alien visitations and disembodied creatures to Leo's environmental disasters and animals with iPads. Leo presents new works on canvas and Porcella – exhibiting with the gallery for the first time – offers encaustic works on panels and sculptures created with colorful pipe cleaners.
(b. 1976, New Jersey) lives and works in New York City. His paintings address global culture, contemporary politics and American identity. His work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions at venues throughout New York and around the world. Leo’s work has received critical attention in The New York Times, The Miami New Times, The Korea Times, The Korea Daily, The Brooklyn Rail and other publications.
Don Porcella (b. 1963, Modesto, California) utilizes humble materials in innovative ways to craft a unique and humorous commentary on the human condition. He has exhibited in New York, Berlin, Paris, Washington D.C., Miami and San Francisco. in 2010 he held shows at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, NY and at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art on Staten Island. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, NY ARTS, San Francisco Magazine, the Village Voice and other publications. Porcella holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego, a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA from Hunter College in New York.