Carmine Iannaccone

Adjunct Professor


MFA, Otis College of Art and Design, 1993
BA Dartmouth College, Phi Beta Kappa, 1983

Artist Biography

10 copySquirreled deep inside a secret pocket of his handbag, Carmine Iannaccone never leaves home without … a tape-measure. It won’t provide cab fare if he’s ever stranded, or repel a mugger if he’s ever attacked, but for this artist, it is critical nonetheless. The portable ruler is a talisman for Iannaccone, whose painting and sculpture for the past 20 years has been engaged with the standards, yardsticks and benchmarks we use to quantify reality and locate ourselves in the world at large.

After an early lane change from drama (his acting resume includes Off-Broadway, film, and television credits) to visual art, Iannaccone has also included critical writing as part of his studio practice right from the beginning. He has contributed articles and reviews to a range of journals including Art issues, Art & Text, the L.A. Weekly, Frieze, The Art Newspaper of London, and Bijutsu Techno. In addition, he’s authored catalog essays for a diverse set of emerging and established visual artists. Immersion in the world of galleries and art publications informs his work as a teacher as well. Iannaccone has developed undergraduate classes in the history of critical theory at USC and Otis, and popular graduate seminars addressing topics like the operations of fantasy and the rhetoric of strangeness at UC Irvine and Claremont Graduate University. In 2003 he received a Surdna Foundation Arts Teachers Fellowship to develop new approaches to painting and drawing for conservatory students at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

Underlying all these activities, Iannaccone’s fascination with the intersecting interests of handcraft, mechanics, and natural history has generated a body of painting and sculpture in which viewers might see geological processes being re-routed through studio operations, artisanal object making mated with the labor forces of heavy industry, or anachronistic skills being re-purposed through contemporary design. In Los Angeles, his work has been seen in gallery exhibitions at POST, SolwayJones, Sue Spaid Fine Art, Jan Baum Gallery and Shoebox LA, as well as in numerous group exhibitions at area colleges, municipal galleries, and alternative spaces.


Selected Exhibitions

“Yes, I Am the Gravity Surfer,” Shoebox LA, November 2012
“The Holodeck,” POST, July 2012
“La Cosa Nostra – This Thing of Ours,” Rheeway Gallerie, October 2011
“Start the Ball Rolling Again,” Summercamp’s ProjectProject, June 2011
“The Story of O,” Otis College of Art and Design, 2010

Selected Publications

“Picturing Creation,” in “Christopher Kahler: New Work” exhibition catalog, Bruno David Gallery, Saint Louis, MO, April 2012
“No Alpha Dogs in This Man’s World,” in “Melt ‘Em Like Lemondrops: New Work by Joe Suzuki” exhibition catalog, Azusa Pacific University, October 2011

Recent Lectures/Projects

“What Is Tactile Lyricism?” Azusa Pacific University, March 2012
“Articulate,” a collaborative artists’ book. Issued by Bookmark Press, December 2011
“Handsignals” Iannaccone is composing a new graduate seminar under this title to explore the demise, resurrection and re-definition of skill and craftsmanship in contemporary art. The course will be offered at Claremont Graduate University, Spring semester 2013.