Apocryphal visions by Giacomo Costa

by Serena L. Rosato
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PHOTOGRAPHY_ Interdisciplinary, transnational multimedia artist, Giacomo Costa reconciles in an experimental fashion the absolute mastery of new technologies with the great patrimony of Italy’s artistic tradition.

In his natural and urban landscapes, which make up the artist’s most emblematic work, he utilizes fragments of images that take shape in a sort of unsettling installation at the crossroads of photography, architecture, and science fiction. These works manage to challenge the laws of physics, while incorporating special effects that evoke cinematic techniques.

His apparently hyper-realistic images are in fact visionary and continuously evolving. They are constantly manipulated with the miraculous ability of a magician in such a way as to be dismantled and reassembled at will in an endless kaleidoscope of possibilities at the boundary between representation and dreamlike vision. They almost seem to spring from extrasensory perceptions, wavering between documentation and invention, between sleep and wakefulness in a sort of subliminal state. Together these elements trace the topography of a world that is obscure and surreal, enigmatic and disquieting, in which unspeakable viruses seem to spread like wildfire in apocalyptic premonitions. 

 


 

"My job is similar to that of a painter who on a white canvas – a screen in my case – creates his work... that’s why i can say that my painting has photo graphic qualities, because my work has the hyper-realistic force of photography." 

Giacomo Costa

 



 

 

"Costa’s visions, with their infinite perspectives and limitless horizons, are like ruins from a lost civilization, which could be our civilization. […] They remind us above all of the fragility of our built world and the civic premises that have so far underpinned it."

Norman Foster

 



 

"You can have depressing thoughts but not necessarily live a depressing life, and a good dose of liberating sarcasm is the right counterweight to help you avoid becoming pathetic... because there is nothing worse than an artist who takes himself too seriously."

Giacomo Costa

 

  

"The open city of yesterday has become the claustrophobic city of today, a hypothesised world - though ironically not far from the real one - which is wrapped around itself, withdrawn into a hedonism that is anti-ecological, antisocial, and antihuman."

Luca Beatrice






Photo © Giacomo Costa | courtesy of smART – Roma

 

 

Exhibition @ smART - polo per l'arte 
Piazza Crati, 6/7 - 00199 Roma
GIACOMO COSTA | Visioni Apocrife
15 October 2013 - 28 November 2013

 




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    • Serena L. Rosato

      Architect

      Bari / Italy

      Architetto per vocazione, web writer per diletto. Progetta spazi e costruisce idee giocando con pixel e inchiostro, occhi curiosi e delicata ironia. Attenta ai dettagli e distratta dalle novità, costantemente alla ricerca della bellezza delle cose. Dichiarata dipendenza da viaggi, musei e scarpe. ____________________________________________________________ Architect by vocation , web writer for pleasure. She designs and builds spaces ideas playing with ink and pixels, curious eyes and delicate irony . Vigilant to detail and distracted by the novelty , constantly in search of the beauty of things. Declared dependence on travel, museums and shoes .)