If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Film, Installation, Photography, Video
Video artist and filmmaker
About my artwork
Every part of every piece of André DeCosta's contemporary video artwork, the 'Watching' Projects, has had so much attention paid to it that you’d think the life had been squeezed right out of it. That’s what happens with lots of conceptual video and film work – particularly brilliant movies; as production value goes through the roof, emotional effect diminishes.
In contrast, DeCosta's 15 year project to date, of creating his series of elegant 20 minute movies and aligned suites of illuminated photographs demonstrate that gorgeousness and psychological resonance are not inversely proportional. The Italian/Spanish, New York born artist does this by making works in which the parts do not add up to tidy wholes but leave so many loose ends and send so many mixed messages that it’s impossible not to follow one or two out of the gallery, into the street, the city, the world beyond.
The upcoming 2010 'Watching Her' 20 minute work will see DeCosta install a big but not quite full-size billboard on which “Watching Her” is projected. No people appear in the movie, and no words interrupt the lovely soundtrack. DeCosta has written, scored, engineered and produced the soundtrack, having recently been commissioned to write and produce the nine-part sountrack for artist Lynne Roberts-Goodwin for her upcoming MOMA Herzliya exhibition.
In 'Watching Her", from beginning to end, we visit abandoned deserts, beaches, generic motels and hotels, entering room after room as if we’re in some kind of pleasantly existential drama.
October 2009 Vincent Kemeny NY
yeah Andre, your life is very much like my own (sorry but earlier on when I was on here your profile diddnt come up,(a glitch i.e I couldnt see your videos etc)so I thought you said "I work for 26 years as an artist without education.
Now I have accumulated a treasure in pieces of art,
however, i´am not able to survive without help.
Do you have similar experiences.
Is it necessairy to be studied, to be able of life as an artist ? "
now I see DUH
anyhow , being creative IS the best thing ever, and as you said about the higher purpose ,I believe that also , I was a drug addict for 15 years , but if I haddnt have done that I would have probably gone into a "proper" job so it all worked out in the end, AND I have plenty of life experience to draw off for my art, so it wasnt time wasted
now I can watch these very interesting looking vids!