~DARK TIMES: DARJA BAJAGIC & TOM COSTA / JORDAN CASTEEL
DEDICATED TO THE DARK EVENTS of 9/11/01 & the generation that grew up in their shadow.
on my way to the evening’s huge blast of a opening, SATAN CERAMICS at SALON 94 FREEMANS, pix posting tomorrow – I happened upon the shows of 2 new artists to the scene, DARJA BAJAGIC and TOM COSTA. both of whom, although young & supposedly hopeful – expressed very dark thoughts.
I also ran into JORDAN CASTEEL, another young painter recently located to NYC – in person.
Mr. Costa’s vision was more looking out, and the look was devastating. Ms. Bajagic’s dark rumblings – seeped up from deep inside.
the ironic part was JORDAN CASTEEL, a young artist whose studio I had visited a couple of years back at the YALE GRADUATE FINE ARTS PROGRAM OPEN STUDIOS. she told me she had her first solo show in New York, currently up at SARGENT’S DAUGHTERS, located deeper into the fringes of the Lower East Side. titled ‘Visible Man’, it comes down this weekend, so you can still catch it.
what struck me, looking up the work on the gallery website – was that her work was . . optimistic, and hopeful, if complicated and . . deep.
TOM COSTA, in front of his painting. he has 3 canvases in this group show.
‘DESTRUCTURE’ – curated by JONATHAN MELVILLE PRATT
SEPT 3 – OCT 12, 2014.
LESLEY HELLER WORKSPACE
TOM COSTA, ‘DRACK’ – image via his website: TOM COSTA
TOM COSTA has an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, 2004, and he seems to have showed some very cool, sleek future vision paintings – at Audio Visual Arts/AVA in NYC, in 2009.
definitely check out that website.
DARJA BAJAGIC showed ‘assemblage’ works over at ROOM EAST. very graphic, very dark – her work, was about – growing up ?
DARJA BAJAGIC, ‘Cold Comfort’
SEPT 7 – OCT 5, 2014
ROOM EAST – 41 ORCHARD ST, NYC
DARJA BAJAGIC – image from her website, check it out: DARJA BAJAGIC
JORDAN CASTEEL has her debut NYC show up at SARGENT’S DAUGHTERS – the show, titled ‘Visible Man’, runs thru SEPT 14, 2014 – so you can still catch it.
JORDAN CASTEEL, ‘Jerome’, 2014.
oil on canvas, 54 x 72 in. – image via SARGENT’S DAUGHTERS
from the gallery website:
Jordan Casteel’s “subject .. is black men, all of whom are unclothed, both literally and metaphorically . . . she seems to ask, is a black man a black man no matter the color ?”
JORDAN CASTEEL, ‘Galen 2’, 2014.
oil on canvas, 72 x 84 in. – image via SARGENT’S DAUGHTERS
check out more of Jordan’s work on her website: JORDAN CASTEEL
Welcome to the DARK SIDE, NYC . . SEPT 11, 2014.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, SEPT 7, 2014 – unless otherwise noted.