© Anthony Lepore

Untitled (Brooklyn, NY), 2005
Archival pigment print, 30 x 40 inches

Anthony Lepore
I Would Make You My Own

Marvelli Gallery is pleased to present "I Would Make You My Own", the solo exhibition of American photographer Anthony Lepore. The exhibition will feature 12 large-scale color photographs.

Lepore uses themes of family, pets, church and sex to explore people's desire to possess and connect with the world around them. Anthony photographs strangers whom he responds to, friends, and people from his past. Though the subjects know they are being photographed, they are not staged, and Lepore waits with his four by five camera to capture the right gesture or moment. The pictures are made in the subject's homes which often become display cases for their wants and obsessions. There is a tension in Lepore's photographs between a critical look at these searches for meaning, and a sympathetic eye that captures the quirks of his subjects with humor.

By over-decorating a home until they are completely immersed in their own personality, surrounding themselves with animals (alive or stuffed), or reaching out to religion by literally grabbing onto a minister, they are all trying to become a part of something more. In one photograph, we have a voyeuristic view of two lovers on a floral couch in the middle of intercourse, using sex as the ultimate fulfillment of the desire to possess another person. In another picture, a Quaker plays with racing toy cars with an uncanny intensity, as if it is his life's purpose. The interiors and the landscapes Lepore photographs embody the same feelings of longing as the people in his portraits.

Anthony Lepore grew up in California, where he frequently returns to photograph, and currently lives and works in New York. He attended the residency program at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine in 2004 and received his MFA from Yale University in 2005.

Exhibition: February 10 - March 11, 2005
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 10 am - 6 pm
Other times by appointment.

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