Talk about really pushing the boundaries of crafts and art with materials that are commonly distinguished as children art class essentials. Don Percella, a name that is nothing strange to readers of New York Times, NY ARTS, Fiber Arts Magazine, Chelsea Now, San Francisco Magazine and the Village Voice, is a Modesto California artist who celebrates the techniques of crafting due to the influences from his parents who did everything by hand themselves. With an artist mom and a physician dad, this unique individual works with handmade wax and woven pipe cleaners in creating works which tries to convey the truth of how ” shamelessly awkward and unabashedly comical” this world really is.
With exhibition experiences around the States and Europe, his references to art historical movements, consumerism, and alien conspiracy theories are vividly seen throughout his collections. Our favourite are his sneaker collections, showcasing whimsical portrayals of Nike shoes and bloody decapitated calves still wearing the kicks. Already mind boggling with his choice of pipe cleaners as material; the shoes are given not only a new texture that is strange yet relatable, but a new connotation to current market consumerism and the ideas on value.
Packed neatly in a pipe cleaner box, his pair of New Balance rests just like a newly purchased good. The references are immediate and very familiar; but the experience of opening or seeing this box open is completely new. Fun and attention grasping, its also especially interesting when he gets invited for collaborative works with commercial brands like Swatch and Reebok, as those are the market investors who are within the realms of reality his works are initially commenting on.