Beyond the Streets NYC, 2019
There is a sense of Costello’s physical presence in these works, where movements are traceable and gestures have a distinguished beginning and end. His interest in the balance of controlled and uncontrolled features is present where cascading paint is dictated by the pressure he applies as well as gravity. The forms are comparable to traditional shapes and are simple and classic, but do not strive to be perfect.
Costello’s formal art education began with photography and expanded to minimalism and conceptual art. This practiced carried over into the street where he was a traditional graffiti writer. He stopped writing his name and painted minimal, gestural marks that created his signature drip. One of his favorite surfaces was mailboxes. The mailboxes were objects and transformed into sculptures.
Installation view. Sculptures: Untitled, green, 2011, latex enamel and Krink on mailbox, 55 x 29 x 29 in., 140 x 74 x 74cm; Untitled, blue, 2011, latex enamel and Krink on mailbox, 55 x 25 x 25 in., 127 x 63 x 63cm. Paintings: Untitled, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 132 x 90 in., 335 x 229 cm