Andreis Mikael Costa

Works on Paper

January 9 – February 7, 2014

308at156 Project Artspace presents Works on Paper, a recent collection of photomontages by Andreis Mikael Costa. The large-scale works are constructed from found and original imagery that is informed by early 20th century Dadaism. Hugo Ball (1886-1927), the leading Dada artist, expressed, “For us, art is not an end in itself…but it is an opportunity for the true perception and criticism of the times we live in.”

Combining graphic elements with the Rorschach Ink Blot Test aesthetic, Costa’s work instantly catches the viewer’s eye and implores the viewer to examine the work further. Upon closer inspection, the abstract forms dissolve into hundreds and sometimes thousands of individual images taken from magazines, film stills, scanned objects and original photography. The amassment of all the individual parts reveals Costa’s caricature of the modern condition. The completed collages reflect on and observe themes ranging from current political climates, violence, war, love, lust, ideas of gender roles and sex as portrayed by the media and films.

Andreis Mikael Costa (b. 1981) lives and works in Los Angeles. His work has recently been shown at BOASOA Gallery, Los Angeles, Cut With The Kitchen Knife (2013) and included in the SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York (2012, 2013).

 

Coupé International VOL.ONE

Michael Strasser

With Maria Walker and Anneliese Schrenk, the project Coupé International kicks off a series of exhibitions, each of which will feature the works of two artists: One based in New York and the other in Vienna.

Coupé International’s goal is to establish an ongoing exchange between the two respective cities. While the first events will take place in New York, future programing will extend to Vienna.

The title of the series references a small car for two: Space and possibilities are limited but it also embodies a basic concept of motion with a flexible and playful spirit.

The accompanying magazine, complementary to each exhibition, will investigate the distinct work and practices of the invited artists. Over time it will serve as an archive to support the mission of the project, further establishing a dialog between the artists from both cities and serve as a guide for future programing.

Coupé International is made possible by our generous donors and supporters and public funding. I would like to thank 308at156 Project Artspace, located in New York’s Flatiron District, for hosting our opening exhibition, and The Austrian Ministry for Arts and Culture and The Austrian Cultural Forum New York for its continued support and guidance.