Alexander Costello: A Priori

On Friday 20th May Alexander Costello performed A Priori (or It’s Not About The Thing. It’s About All Of It And Doing Things) at The Art Station to a live audience. Following the performance the huge coloured paper forms were open to view at The Art Station.

Alexander Costello is an award winning sculptor, video and live artist. Ideas and work are generated through an interest in challenging and exposing the everyday absurdity of perceived normality; the simultaneous pursuit of the infinite and finite; the origin and location of idea; and the exploration of processes that are in themselves the truth in the work, often undermined by a resulting outcome. Misinterpretation and miscommunication of action and language, and an impulse to consistently re-consider form and composition, support and bring balance to endeavours.

“A life of choice is a life of conscious action. A life of chance is a life of unconscious creation” said Neale Donald Walsh. Grant me a tinker and I propose “A sculpture of choice is a sculpture of conscious action. A sculpture of chance is a sculpture of unconscious creation.” Throw Carl Jung’s “Man’s task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious” into the mix, and we loosely locate my current practice. – Alexander Costello

Performing the role of himself as the artist, Alexander Costello fights paper. The bigger the paper, the harder it is to get his arms all the way around.

Alexander Costello

Alexander Costello, b. 1976, London. Lives and works in Lowestoft, Suffolk. Costello graduated with an MFA from the Slade School of Art, 2001, and a First Class with Honours in Fine Art, from Middlesex University, 1999. He has since exhibited widely, including shows at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Fold gallery, and IMT gallery,  the ‘Jerwood Drawing Prize’ national touring exhibition, the Goethe-Institute, Dublin, the Swiss Institute, New York, USA, and FRAC, Aquitaine, France, and more recently Sluice HQ, London and First Light Festival, Lowestoft.

Costello set up and runs 303 Projects, a not for profit, artist led, contemporary art gallery in Lowestoft. He is also a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors.