The Adventure Continues
In recent years my experience, reputation, proactive approach and love of my work have allowed me the opportunity to choose what I work on, so keep up to date on all my latest Art, Adventures and Endeavours.
We Are Good Company
Over the last 3 years, I have been in the process of setting up and developing We Are Good Company (Good Co.)
As the Founder, Cultural Director and Managing Director. Good Co. Is a ‘Profit For Purpose' social enterprise that works to revitalise, grow and create a viable culture in Sydney.
Embracing the Tokyo Artstar
I have recently exhibited at the Tokyo International Art Fair, from the 26 to 27 of May in Shibuya. I have a great love affair with Japan and a dream of showing in Tokyo, so it was lovely to be back in a land that I share a great affinity with.
I have a great love affair with Japan and a dream of showing in Tokyo, so it was lovely to be back in a land that I share a great affinity with... to be continued
The Light Scrolls
Something New & Very Special. The Light Scrolls are new works which intersect where my Skyboxes merge with my studies of the Japanese aesthetic principles of Wabi Sabi.
Something new that is a fusion of ancient traditions re-contextualised in a contemporary way. By utilising light, backlit film and the latest printing technology the Light Scrolls create a new way of showing photography that gives the impression of looking through a screen to a view, a portal to the original location. The photos taken are on my travels around Australia and Japan which aim to show the staggering beauty of the world around us that often goes unnoticed are.
Harnessing the Wild Wild Web
I have spent the last year working on a total overhaul of my website perrancosti.com, mailing list and social media life. With the idea of creating something simple unique and fresh as a reflection and representation of the diversity of my endeavours.
For the first time ever more than 150 new and old artworks are available on my website with free shipping for orders over $300. The works include my internationally acclaimed Skyboxes, new Light Scrolls, photographic prints and postcards, they are not only very affordable but also unique, valuable and a perfect gift. They are limited so get in early to secure your favourites.
Melbourne Art Tour
I exhibited my renowned works The Fall and Skyboxes on a tour of Melbourne, showcased across two exhibitions at the prestigious Incinerator Art Gallery in Moonee Valley and in a solo show at Brunswick Street Gallery in Fitzroy, both opened on the 14th of October 2016.
The Fall at the Incinerator
The Fall installation was part of the Incinerator Art Award an annual contemporary art prize, open to all visual art forms.
The award is inspired by the original architect of the Incinerator Gallery, Walter Burley Griffin and his wife, Marion Mahoney, who believed art and architecture could change our beliefs and the world.
Imagine finding yourself in a snowstorm on a warm summer day, at an incredible incinerator in Moonee Valley. Snowflakes fall gently from the sky surrounding you in a micro-blizzard, snow falls on your face instantly evaporating from body heat and disappears before they reach the ground. Intended to take you by surprise, at once a celebration of the spectacle and the capacity for nature to move us.
It's the Little Things
The exhibition was a retrospective of my iconic Skyboxes from the last 8 years through their many incarnations.
After 8 years of showing Skyboxes across the globe to critical acclaim, I finally held my first Australian solo exhibition in Melbourne, where it all began. In 2008 I won the BSG Small Works competition with one of my first Skyboxes which launched my international art career, from little things big things grow.
Skyboxes have become highly successful and collectable, people really fall in love with them and often contact me to tell me so. They have shown regularly at reputable art fairs and exhibitions throughout the UK, Europe, Asia, the Americas and across Australia, won many prizes, added to numerous collections and received many glowing reviews.
My life has seen a diversity of catalysts that have sent me into new unforeseen directions. This is the story of two significant accidents that almost killed me but now defined me.
The moment of an accident is an encounter with the wholeness of the world ...
With the conditions and processes that animate the totality of creation.
On Thursday, February 19th, 2009
I was hit by a tractor whilst bicycled through a small village in India.
I was both moved and surprised by what followed, an overwhelming sense of well-being and the feeling that something had shifted, that a set of blinkers had been lifted, to reveal the staggering beauty of the world. Then the pain set in.
My near death experience left me broken but had a profound effect on me, and the questions and examination of self that have surfaced as a result have since been folded into every element of my practice. A search to create experiences that affect the viewer like the moment of the near-death experience, where they can experience a glimpse of things, however fleeting, the simple beauty of a moment free of mental noise, connected with the environment, totally surrendered to reality. That suggested ways by which we can integrate such experiences into our contemporary western lives.
At the end of March 2014
I had my second near-death experience that left me even more damaged than the first.
The experience was equally profound but this time things were very different. I fell backward from a height of 1.5 meters off a stationary truck, which according to all the doctors and experts should have either killed me, left me with major spinal damage or brain damage, they told me it was a miracle I somehow avoided all three.
I was unpacking the remnants of my public installation 'Permasabi', which was the largest self-funded project I had ever undertaken and 3 years in the making. Permasabi inhabited the brand new central courtyard at UNSW Art & Design ex College Of Fine Arts, Paddington as part of the grand opening of the new campus.
Just before I fell I had a premonition of what was about to happen, my blinkers were lifted to reveal a moment of clarity, time slowed down and I became acutely aware of my situation, senses, and environment.
I somehow managed to plan and execute the fall, turning it into a roll with precision and timing, skills I never knew I possessed. The new awareness allowed me to influence the flow of events thus limiting the damage. I became aware of the box in my hand, which I utilised to control the way I would fall. It allowed me to slow done the initial momentum as I thrust the box into the back of the truck changing the motion stopping me going head first at a very heavy velocity. I was then able to walk backward in small steps right to the edge, which positioned my body in the ideal stance to fall. At that moment I knew that if I fell backward I would be impaled on the many protruding objects that I had already unpacked, so I utilised the box to cantilever off to the side of all the objects where I landed on the safer option the bitumen laneway.
I was broken but not beaten, the accident left me with debilitating pain, a major concussion, short-term memory loss and post-traumatic stress. Over the last 3 years I have not been able to work and had to pull out of showing around the world, it has been a difficult 3 years, to say the least.
On the flip side I have grown and developed in ways I never thought imaginable.
‘The moment of a fall can either destroy you or define you’. This time I allowed it define me.
I have transformed by leaps and bounds, remained positive, proactive and able to overcome many difficulties, for which I am very proud. I am happier, stronger, more driven and dedicated to doing my part in making the world a better place.
I have found my purpose, vision, and clarity and intend to utilise every element of myself to its full potential, in the same way, I did to save my life during the accident, as a means to live my dreams of making the world a better place.
Put simply I have always seen and felt the world in a very different way and have learned to use it to its full advantage.
I have always felt that my own aesthetic and beliefs were somehow at odds with the world around me so when I was first introduced to the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi, I realised immediately that there were aspects of it that I had been drawing on in my own life, the same sense of revelation occurred when I discovered Permaculture Design.
The deeper I delved into their principles the more I realised I had been aware of them from a young age but had learned to deny them to fit in, after extreme bullying from students and teachers. I was born with many so-called disabilities and disorders including: being almost eighty percent blind, having weak retinas and extreme dyslexia amongst others. I have recently found the means to see and use these to their full potential to turn my disabilities into diff-abilities (different abilities), it is what makes us different that is our most powerful asset.
We are trained to have the same goals as everyone else, not to be different, rock the boat, change things or re-invent the wheel. Whereas I believe that if you feel you can do a better job why not try, what have we got to lose. It is obvious that the contemporary world is not perfect, there is always a better way of doing things. As creative thinkers, we have spent a life being told that we are different, that we don’t fit into the mainstream psyche. In a time where the government, the top one percent, and corporations are not listening to the needs of the majority, a different way of looking at and doing things on every level is crucial.
We live in a time when being different is not a hindrance but the solution and is quickly becoming the most valuable commodity of our time. By owning, understanding and embracing our differences, as an asset we not only realise the important role we can play in making the changes we need but also act as the role models needed to inspire the same in the masses creating a massive community of people that know change is in our best interest, not a shortcoming.
We cannot change the past only comment on it, we cannot control the future only influence it we can only make change in the present.
Very rarely do I see an artwork that literally makes me stop in my tracks.
The large water feature is a sculptural wonder that has to be viewed from all angles.
Costi incorporates found and everyday objects into his work and there is a real sense here that the work itself is alive.
Naomi Gall 2011, The Near and The Elsewhere