Anthony Palocci Jr.
My recent paintings explore ideas of masculinity, sexuality, and loss through the close observation, isolation, and magnification of specific objects. The items depicted are often things made to be handled, grabbed, turned, and touched, such as doorknobs, belts, straps, and tools. The structure in the work is architectural, and scale is made monolithic with directional light. These works in oil or gouache and ink may be understood as scenes in a film, one image leading to and informing the next. They are close-ups of actions or inaction, just-befores or right-afters, characterized by a sense of potential and the presence of someone who is recognized only by their absence from the image.