HONEY DROPS TRIPPING THROUGH MY VEINS: Andrei Costache
Andrei Costache | HONEY DROPS TRIPPING THROUGH MY VEINSOPENING | February 2nd | 6 pm to 9 pm
at Mobius Satellite | Dorobanți 202
Imagine yourself watching out the window of a high-speed train – the works in front of you are no more than flickering images of the content recorded by your mind and senses, on daily basis.
If, however, for no particular reason, none of the above is possible, then please go on with the reading.
Honey Drops Tripping Through My Veins introduces the viewers to the multilayered universe of Andrei Costache’s mind while marking the first artist’s presence on the Romanian art scene.
The exhibition showcases Costache’s personal style of combining sculptural elements within paintings or digital prints, creating a multi-dimensional and immersive experience for the public.
The artist uses wooden cutouts as a medium for his brushstrokes instead of traditional paint, further emphasizing the ingenuous vocabulary in his work and adding a tactile element to the exhibit.
Home-schooled by his grandmother in Constanța and mainly brewed in London as an artist, Costache is a jogger of simple complexities, as he describes himself. His style as well as the themes explored in his works are deeply rooted in pop-art and carry echoes of graffiti culture, drawing inspiration from the bold colors, playful imagery, and social commentary of pop-art, and creating visually striking pieces that investigate the complex network between art, consumerism, and popular culture.
Costache turns his artistic act into a playground. The result of his visual laboratory experiments is a unique combination of personal realities and snapshots of everyday life, filtered through a lens that transforms common narratives into childlike visual language. As a result, Costache creates a playful and imaginative body of works that leaves the spectator with the freedom and joy of interpreting the artwork in their distinctive way.
Cruising from cut-outs of personal experiences to a larger perspective of social life, Costache’s art is a mind-blowing blend of personal history and social commentary.
One of the main works in the show, Emma in a Field of Trophies (2021) pays tribute to Emma Raducanu’s historic victory at the 2021 US Open.
An installation of nine pieces composes a visual poem that allows multiple reading directions. Specific visual elements seem to glide from one composition to another, creating a movie-like effect. Lacrimosa, the only sculpture present in the show, seems to be one of the wooden strokes that compose Riding the Wave.
The joyful character in Pink Candy changes colors and recomposes itself in Memory of You Laser Beaming in the Sky.
Born in 1983 (Constanta, Romania), Andrei Costache graduated with a MA in Sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, UK. His art is like a jelly belly machine - incorporating warping with a Renoir aesthetic. A hyperreal fantasy where the electric jigsaw is his brush and the spray paint his palette. Taking inspiration from classical paintings and expressing it in a modern personal manner, his work is all about the childlike, ghosts, eroticism, and morphosis.
Honey Drops Tripping Through My Veins is on view from February 2nd to February 28th, at Mobius Satellite, and can be visited from Wednesday - Friday: 17:00 - 20:00 and on Saturday: 14:00 - 17:00