Donald Gialanella


Taos, New Mexico

Donald studied in New York City at The Cooper Union. After graduating in 1979 and being awarded the Elliot Lash Prize in recognition of his monumental wood and steel tripods exhibited in Cooper Park, He was asked by Louise Bourgeois to work as her assistant. Seeking new experiences, Donald moved to the west coast and worked as an illustrator for the Blade -Tribune newspaper in Oceanside California.  He returned to New York after two years armed with new-found commercial skills and began what was to become a decade-long Emmy-winning career as Graphics Producer for the ABC television network.  He helped pioneer the use of on-air digital graphics on World News Tonight and later for Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning America and a host of news and sports broadcasts. In 1992 the artist ventured to Turkey and devoted two years teaching art at Bilkent University. Upon returning to the States, he began sculpting. Employing a variation of the repousse technique used by the Turkish craftsmen, he developed a flexible and interactive process to construct steel sculpture. Donald has exhibited in sculpture parks, public spaces, museums and galleries. His work is met with enthusiasm and cherished by private collectors who have commissioned and procured pieces for their homes and collections throughout the United States and around the world. He is recognized by the following organizations: Member of the Sculptors Guild, New York City, Member of Audubon Artists, National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, Biographical Encyclopedia of American Artists, Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in the East, Men of Achievement, Dictionary of International Biography and Strathmore’s Who’s Who.

I became aware of the Landfillart project through CTN Green Magazine who had just done a piece on my recycled steel sculpture.   I was instantly attracted to the hubcap idea and volunteered to do a piece. I feel that by using reclaimed material as the sole building materials for my sculpture, I bring attention to the need for recycling.  By seeing the profusion of metal and in some cases discarded plastic toys used to construct my recent pieces, one is made aware of the variety and amount of material that would otherwise be cast into the landfill.   My new work is the result of a progression of ideas representing “green” sculpture and recycling awareness.  All the materials used in their creation are reclaimed or scavenged.   A midden is a conglomeration of artifacts that represent the culture that produced them and I relate this sculptural technique to such a process.  These midden sculptures encapsulate images and objects from popular culture and “freeze” them in time for the viewer to explore and contemplate, reinvented in this new form as art.Donald Gialanella