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Painting — JORGE COSTA

Hypha – Spitzenkörper – 2017 – 2018

This work investigates a variety of experimental processes, visual forms, and critical ideas that examine the development of  the Anthropocene, Biomimetics, and the role of community in catalyzing innovative social and political change.

My drawing process explores several organizations of microbiotas, mycelium (Hypha – Spitzenkörper), and concepts such as the Wood Wide Web. The complexity and inter-connectivity of microfungal forms extending their threads to all life through a dense web of symbiotic relationships. In forests, its synergetic mycorrhiza transfers nutrients from plant to plant and creates a network of informational chemistry beneficial to the whole ecosystem. The potential of these natural forms is apparent in their horizontal design of co-operation and collective functionality; an intercellular matrix that could be extended to the human sphere.

Drawing connects me to unconscious processes that allow for the development of new ideas; a site for research, meditation, dissemination, and a lab for exploring the resonance of form. Layers of visual information materialize as traces of the process itself by generating random visual possibilities and increasing surface dynamics. The multilayered film is often unstable, and is left open to unpredictable possibilities. As a result, the subject is often erased by the buildup of material and the application of new mark making.

This process enables me to explore areas of perception outside my immediate experience, while conceptually expanding my connection to surrounding environmental issues. – Jorge Costa

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Jorge Costa, “Hypha – Spitzenkoerper #1” (2018) – from Open Call NXNE 2019 on view at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center January 12 – March 2, 2019

Jorge Costa, “Hypha – Spitzenkoerper #1” (2018), acrylic and ink on Yupo paper, 76 inches x 100 inches.

from Open Call NXNE 2019, on view at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center January 12 – March 2, 2019. www.brattleboromuseum.org

Painting — JORGE COSTA

 

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JORGE COSTA

 

 

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“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