Marinaro, New York (F15)
Anthony Iacono (born 1987) lives in New York.
Anthony Iacono builds his distinctive collages by meticulously assembling hand-painted and cut fragments of paper. Seemingly masquerading as paintings due to their bold palette and slick, flattened surface, these collages merge the figurative with the still-life to evoke strange scenes.
In Iacono’s works for Frame at Frieze New York, bodies appear alongside quotidian objects such as fruit, plants, umbrellas, phones and mirrors. Iacono’s collages riff on themes of queer culture, fetish, and their relationship to the mundane nuances of everyday life. Against dark, cool backgrounds, Iacono crops clothed and semi-nude figured into torsos, backsides, busts, and feet. Through his use of high-contrast gradients to define forms, Iacono imagines a hard light illuminating these nighttime activities. We are given glimpses of a larger narrative, but the full story is never fully revealed.
Anthony Iacono received his BFA from School of Visual Arts, New York and MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. Solo exhibitions include P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York; Marinaro, New York; and The Approach, London. Group exhibitions include Jack Hanley Gallery, 106 Green, and FL Gallery, Milan. He has been featured in Artforum, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, and New American Paintings. Iacono is an artist in residence at the Museum of Art & Design in New York