Artist finds his voice and unexpected order in visual chaos.
Anthony Tafuro is hard to pin down. In one series called Barrier Kult, the Brooklyn-based artist makes dreamy, mysterious black and white photographs of skateboarders with references to satanic Norwegian Blackmetal. The statement for another project, his recent book, Where Ya' At, which includes digital glitches, discolored flowers, skulls, and abstractions of light sources describes the work as "Analog captures of living and dying throughout the real and digital world." And since the days of Occupy Wall Street, he's followed masked activists Anonymous, making images that hover between traditional photo-journalism and something sinister.
Across all of his work, Tafuro's eye weaves through black and white and color, through casual snapshots, near-documentary, pure abstraction and visual experiments with no beginning or end. On the surface, it's messy and discordant but somehow it hangs together swimmingly.
I contacted Tafuro to learn more.
Jon Feinstein in conversation with Anthony Tafuro.