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Anthony Iacono
Circle, 2017
acrylic on cut and collaged paper
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono
Circle, 2017
acrylic on cut and collaged paper
24 x 18 ins

P·P·O·W is pleased to present Talking to Strangers, Anthony Iacono’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Iacono’s practice has included sculpture, photography, video, artist books, and collages. Talking to Strangers will feature a series of Iacono’s highly controlled painted collage works, as well as a new series of collage works executed in monochromatic ink.

In Iacono’s collages, the subtlest contortions of form – a straightened elbow or crossed legs – imply an entire narrative, an exchange of glances and desires that are at once familiar and entirely strange. Who hasn’t seen a person from across a room and wondered about their life, their accouterments, the objects they touch every day? Might we desperately wish to be one of those objects, to be handled, painted, cast aside, cut apart, and re-assembled? The psychological tension inherent to each composition begets private desire, which waits patiently to burst through, or onto, the surface.

Anthony Iacono
Watermelon Crusher, 2017
ink on cut and collaged paper
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono
Watermelon Crusher, 2017
ink on cut and collaged paper
24 x 18 ins

Each work is composed of painted paper that is cut and then assembled like parquetry, with each intricately cut fragment interlocking into the whole. This technical virtuosity and the emotional resonance of each scene exists alongside art historical rigor. We might recall the collages of Hannah Höch or John Heartfield, or Man Ray’s still lives—all of which mobilize estrangement as a revolutionary enterprise. Iacono extends this queer engagement with the avant-garde into the history of design, especially Art Deco, with his combination of chromatic excess with precise, yet flamboyant, geometric forms. We arrive at a queer time, one in which all artistic references are available for reformulation, citation, and dissolution in the service of expanding the representational outlets available to desire.

Anthony Iacono was born in 1987 in Nyack, New York. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2010, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013, and received his MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University's Sculpture + Extended Media program in Richmond, Virginia last spring. Crudités at Sunset, his first solo exhibition at P·P·O·W, was in 2015 and he has been included in group shows at Brennan & Griffin, 106 Green, Rockaway Topless, and Zevitas Marcus. In 2017 he was a recipient of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship Award. He currently lives and works in New York where he is a resident artist at LMCC Workspace.

Exhibited Works

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Anthony Iacono Plant, 2018

Anthony Iacono
Plant, 2018
acrylic on cut and collaged paper 
47 x 36 ins

Anthony Iacono Rope, 2018

Anthony Iacono
Rope, 2018
acrylic on cut and collaged paper
48 x 36 ins

Anthony Iacono Rose, 2017

Anthony Iacono
Rose, 2017
acrylic on cut and collaged paper 
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono Shirt, 2017

Anthony Iacono
Shirt, 2017
acrylic on cut and collaged paper 
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono  Phone, 2018

Anthony Iacono 
Phone, 2018
acrylic on cut and collaged paper 
36 x 27 ins

Anthony Iacono Corduroy, 2017

Anthony Iacono
Corduroy, 2017
acrylic on cut and collaged paper 
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono Umbrella, 2018

Anthony Iacono
Umbrella, 2018
ink on cut and collaged paper 
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono Racquet, 2017

Anthony Iacono
Racquet, 2017
ink on cut and collaged paper
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono Fruit, 2018

Anthony Iacono
Fruit, 2018
ink on cut and collaged paper
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono Coffee, 2018

Anthony Iacono
Coffee, 2018
ink on cut and collaged paper
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono Bryan in Chicago, 2018

Anthony Iacono
Bryan in Chicago, 2018
ink on cut and collaged paper
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono Belt, 2017

Anthony Iacono
Belt, 2017
ink on cut and collaged paper 
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono Plant, 2018

Anthony Iacono
Plant, 2018
acrylic on cut and collaged paper 
47 x 36 ins

Anthony Iacono Rope, 2018

Anthony Iacono
Rope, 2018
acrylic on cut and collaged paper
48 x 36 ins

Anthony Iacono Rose, 2017

Anthony Iacono
Rose, 2017
acrylic on cut and collaged paper 
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono Shirt, 2017

Anthony Iacono
Shirt, 2017
acrylic on cut and collaged paper 
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono  Phone, 2018

Anthony Iacono 
Phone, 2018
acrylic on cut and collaged paper 
36 x 27 ins

Anthony Iacono Corduroy, 2017

Anthony Iacono
Corduroy, 2017
acrylic on cut and collaged paper 
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono Umbrella, 2018

Anthony Iacono
Umbrella, 2018
ink on cut and collaged paper 
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono Racquet, 2017

Anthony Iacono
Racquet, 2017
ink on cut and collaged paper
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono Fruit, 2018

Anthony Iacono
Fruit, 2018
ink on cut and collaged paper
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono Coffee, 2018

Anthony Iacono
Coffee, 2018
ink on cut and collaged paper
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono Bryan in Chicago, 2018

Anthony Iacono
Bryan in Chicago, 2018
ink on cut and collaged paper
24 x 18 ins

Anthony Iacono Belt, 2017

Anthony Iacono
Belt, 2017
ink on cut and collaged paper 
24 x 18 ins

Installation Views

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