There is a cultural relativism in play that adjusts the meaning of images to fit contemporary interests. Witches and devils, once sources of terror and human atrocity, and so they are still, are now also images for the entertainment of children. In other words, meaning is engineered and updated, it’s genetics modified.
I partake in this engineering by setting up patterns and narrative structures where the ever-enthralling concept of duality permeates. “High” and “low” cultural overlap. Common holiday iconography is heavily culled, leaving behind simple geometric forms. These elements of modest origins are put into dialogue with the histories of abstraction and minimalism in fine art. Flatness of color suggests two-dimensional space, while color selection and varied application speak of visual depth. The precision of masking is set against the haphazardness of incidental rendering and gesture.
Robert Costello works and resides in Brooklyn, NY.
2012 "Robert Costello: Recent Paintings", 210 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010 "Reconcile", 210 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2011 "Oink", 210 Gallery Brooklyn, NY
2008 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2007 "Undercurrent", White Box Annex, New York, NY
2006 "Art and Place 1: Place as Muse", Centre for the Living Arts, Mobile, AL
2011-present Preparator, Metro Pictures Gallery
2009 Co-curator, "Terminal Signal", Brooklyn Art Alternative, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Guest critic, Hunter College, New York, NY
MFA Pratt Institute 2008, Painting/Drawing
BFA University of Alabama 2006, Painting/Photography