(a very big thanks to Carissa Potter for taking photos here and Lynn for editing)
Printer and Conceptual Artist, San Francisco
Luca Nino Antonucci is a practicing artist and co-founder of Colpa Press.
He received his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2010 and is currently in residency at the Kala Art Institute for Printmaking. Luca lives and works in San Francisco, CA.
What is subject or theme has inspired your work the most?
I try to work on projects where I think there is some sort of underlying truth that has been overlooked. Revealing that truth, whether that be paradoxically or allegorically, is something I’m interested in. That being said I’m not interested in solving anything. I’m interested in what knowledge is and the places where our fear of existence, the universe, or everything, compromises those truths. I work mostly with astronomy for that reason.
What do you like most about your studio space?
Right now, I’m an artist in residence at the Kala Art institute in Berkeley, so that is my studio. I love it.
Of course, I would love my own shop but Kala is 24/7 and the facilities are great. It’s really kind of an amazing place. Feels haunted late at night. The ghosts of printmakers. Ha! I couldn’t possibly think of worst ghosts. “Be afraid! Be afraid!! No! You are doing it wrong. Start over”
What is your favorite piece to date?
Of my own? I’ll assume of my own because it’s always safer to make assumptions about yourself. Always my most recent. I always like what I am working on at the moment the most or else if I liked something else more I would be doing that. I think that’s the only way to make art. Instead of what you know, the old compositional paradigm, I try to make art about things I want to know more about and through that process something happens. Now whether that is significant or not remains to be seen. But I don’t worry too much about significance. Right now, I am working on editing a book about architecture in to a book about astrophysics.
Who are your art heroes/ life heroes?
Michael Jordan, Michael J. Fox and my dad. Does everyone say that?
Tell us something quirky about you?
I was a child actor. Is that quirky? This question makes me uncomfortable.
Do you have a favorite quote?
I love the Power Glove. It’s so bad.
What is coming up for you this year? Events/plans/shows?
This week, December 16th 17th and 18th, the press I run with Carissa Potter, Colpa, will have a pop-up shop at Wire + Nail Gallery. Then on January 13th I’m in a two-person show at Royal NoneSuch Gallery. And on January 20, an SF Arts Commision show, called the Vast and Undetectable.