Anthony Iacono

Region: MFA Annual

My interdisciplinary studio practice has consisted of video, sculpture, photography, artist books, and, most recently, painted collages inspired by Japanese woodblock prints. The tight and controlled collage process helps inform the language of each picture. By recontextualizing quotidian objects with fetishistic play, I reconfigure fruit, plants, curtains, and shrimp cocktails, replacing their original functions with those of physical pleasure and perversity. Caught in private moments of leisure and play, anonymous subjects are posed in scenarios whose theatricality is heightened by a high-contrast palette and sharp graphic forms. These queer images are built from dark humor and absurdity. Tension is created in each psychological arrangement and brought to themes of control and desire.