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Painting — JORGE COSTA

 

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JORGE COSTA

 

 

Source: JORGE COSTA

 

 

“Jorge Costa’s intricate, miniature cultural icons executed with the draftsman-like quality of a Dürer, stud and embed  the overall painting with their graphite presence, conjuring alarm, delight, surprise, and shock, individually, and as composites within the larger pictures, living in the western world. A depiction of the Lincoln Memorial sports a satellite dish and Mickey Mouse ears; a gas mask or the Pope, might save us from oil fumes, chemical spillages and pollution, but from ourselves? What could enliven us to what western culture’s swill of vacant images, consumerism, and earth’s degradation did and does to each of us, to this artist,  in our daily lives? Costa’s work enlivens. It helps us look at the road ahead, the one we’re on, get back on the tightrope and inch ourselves eventually upright until we can see the bigger picture, the wreckage we cause. Oil is a major player in some of these pieces, that’s clear. But Costa paints and draws fragility into these slow motion spoofs of a world in collapse.”

Donna Fleischer

Jorge Costa

Jorge Costa, Uncategorized, 2013

Jorge Costa, Uncategorized, 2013

Jorge Costa

Jorge Costa : : Scattered, On View at the Taber Art Gallery, Holyoke Community College, MA, Sept 24 – Oct 25, 2012

Jorge Costa Untitled # 8 Acrylic on Paper 30 x 40in 2010

Scattered  is an astonishing exhibition now on view at Holyoke Community College’s Taber Art Gallery. It gathers together nineteen paintings and drawings in oil and acrylic, and an installation, all made  between 2005 and 2012, some still in progress, by Jorge Costa.

Intricate, miniature cultural icons executed with the draftsman-like quality of a Dürer, stud and embed  the overall painting with their graphite presence, conjuring alarm, delight, surprise, and shock, individually, and as composites within the larger pictures, living in the western world. A depiction of the Lincoln Memorial sports a satellite dish and Mickey Mouse ears; a gas mask or the Pope, might save us from oil fumes, chemical spillages and pollution, but from ourselves? What could enliven us to what western culture’s swill of vacant images, consumerism, and earth’s degradation did and does to each of us, to this artist,  in our daily lives? Costa’s work enlivens. It helps us look at the road ahead, the one we’re on, get back on the tightrope and inch ourselves eventually upright until we can see the bigger picture, the wreckage we cause. Oil is a major player in some of these pieces, that’s clear. But Costa paints and draws fragility into these slow motion spoofs of a world in collapse.

This exhibition includes two Untitled oil on board paintings of contemporary middle-aged man, one with only  an angst-ridden head who avoids our gaze. In one painting he seems trapped within a pale, fluorescent, abstract grid, the emptiness of privatized public spaces. In the other painting he is the foreground, escaped from the grid yet pressed up against the present. Where will he go and what will he do? being merely human, after all. ~ Donna Fleischer

Jorge Costa

Scattered, an exhibition of work by Jorge Costa : : Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College

Jorge Costa untitled drawing

The Gallery Reception is on Thursday, October 4, 2012 from  4 –7 pm

Jorge Costa – untitled sculpture

Jorge Costa – Zuccotti Park November – graphite on paper

Jorge Costa.

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