Mireia Puente Vilardell‘s article published in February 2021 on my work in 2020 and 2021.
‘A long time ago I wrote an article about the work of the plastic artist Jordi Costa. While rereading it, I came across the following sentence:
“I would define Jordi Costa’s work as elegant, of beloved and honest simplicity, terribly intense and, above all, existentialist”.
Why did I highlight this fragment? Well, I found it quite interesting that, despite the relevant change in style, the essence of his work remains unchanged and this is precisely what makes it unmistakable, gives it its hallmark and shapes its creative process.
After a recent stage of absolute simplicity, silence and duality between a process of gathering and at the same time self-development, a return to the first stages in order to embrace everything, Jordi Costa once again makes a small unexpected turn of events
Currently, the work of this artist has been filled with veils, layers of significance, textures and nuances. He works with several paint layers and putty, subtly revealing the underlying layers that made it grow. And in the midst of this valuable substrate, shapes and geometries emerge, graphic representations that recall the blueprints of a new building or civilization and tell us about the future and hope.
With the whites of the previous stage, Jordi Costa paved the way, a space where passage of time has been embedded, condensed and restored, which tells us who we are and at the same time allows us to plan a new beginning. New forms that emerge white, pure and glowing and that, by contrast, become magnetic.
In the previous article I referred to the work of Jordi Costa as the product of a creative process closely linked to his life experience, a work told in first person. I truly believe that this is his main engine and his final destination. In his own words, it’s all about “calming the mind”.
The Mireia Puente Vilardell‘s article published in May 2017 on my work in 2016 and 2017.
‘The other words…., those that seek to explain precisely what is inexplicable.
Sometimes I try to imagine what material would some people might be made of, associated with their personality. Yes, I know it may sound stupid, but I find it stimulating and fun. In the case of Jordi Costa I am certain that he would be made out of glass: elegant, transparent, with a sensitive and delicate appearance, even vulnerable, but with the incredible ability to allow through all the light that he receives making it shine on everyone nearby and even transforming it into a wide variety of color shades.
Jordi Costa’s work is the result of his life experience and the different cycles recount different stages of his life, including moments of suffering, happiness and (why not) passion.
A self-taught artist with a great talent for creativity, Costa has made experimentation his leitmotif. He has always been keen to talk about feelings in first person, achieving great honesty and authenticity. The pieces come from deep within himself and carrying a strong emotional charge.
Antoni Tàpies and Alberto Burri are his most relevant pictorial inspiration, very evident in his work, both in terms of technique and finishes. However, the artist clearly knows how to apply a distinctive style to his creations.
I would define Jordi Costa’s work as elegant, of beloved and honest simplicity, terribly intense and, above all, existentialist
The technique that makes it possible.
He works on both canvas and wood depending on the pictorial materials chosen for the work. When working with a lot of texture he chooses wood because this makes it stronger.
He uses pictorial techniques that are common among abstract expressionists or abstract informalists: Matter painting, ‘Grattage’, interventions in support, action painting and inclusion of new materials and / or objects. He also makes use of assembly, especially in his latest creations, where he adds antique nylon stockings, shoes, gloves or anything that can help him create the desired atmosphere.
The current stage: eroticism.
Jordi Costa now talks to us about femininity, fetishism, sensuality, eroticism, sometimes even introducing grotesque or aggressive themes.
Costa’s woman is multifaceted, complex, glamorous, delicate and resilient at the same time. A woman, perhaps imaginary or perhaps real, in any case a woman.
“Hiding from everything, sometimes”.
Jordi Costa hides behind his paintings, but not with the intention to hide his concerns from us, but to express what he cannot explain in words, what he can only explain in the language of the soul, the purest, the most authentic, the most universal: Art.’
El Puntual, Sant Cugat del Vallès, 20-06-2020 to 12-07-2020
Centre Cívic Pere Pruna, Barcelona, with Merçè Pla (sculpture) and Jesús Cuenca (painting), 9-01-2020 to 31-01-2020
Hotel Eurostars Madrid Tower, Madrid, ‘Torres d’autor‘ sculpture collective, 2021
Espai [b], Barcelona 21-11-2019 to 10-01-2020
Chez Xefo, Barcelona, individual, 5-12-2019 to 10-01-2020
CT Artgallery, Reus, sculpture and painting collective, 10-2019
Canyelles Awards 2019, Canyelles, painting collective, 05-2019
Abartium Gallery, Calldetenes, painting collective, 01-2019 to 02-2019
Blanca by Eray gallery, Sant Cugat del Vallès, collective, 12-2018 to 01-2019
Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel, Barcelona, individual, 06-2018 to 08-2018
Ateneu SantCugatenc, Sant Cugat del Vallès, collective, 06-2018
Blanca by Eray gallery, Sant Cugat del Vallès, duet with Xavier Puente, 04-2018
Blanca by Eray gallery, Sant Cugat del Vallès, collective II, 12-2017 to 01-2018
Blanca by Eray gallery, Sant Cugat del Vallès , collective I, 09-2017 to 11-2017
Hotel Sant Pere del Bosc, Lloret de Mar, 08-2017 to 10-2017
Ateneu Sant Cugatenc, Sant Cugat del Vallès, individual, 12-2016 to 01-2017
Peacock Rubí Festival Art, 2016, Rubí, collective, 09-2016 to 10-2016
Centre Cívic Pere Pruna, Barcelona 04-2016
Pou d’Art, Sant Cugat del Vallès, individual, 01-2016 to 02-2016
Casa Usher, Barcelona, individual, 11-2015 to 12-2015
ab Galeria, Granollers, individual, 06-2015 to 08-2015
La Cultural, Sant Cugat del Vallès, individual, 05-2014
Talent&Co, Barcelona, individual, 02-2014 to 03-2014
Nostalgias, Sant Cugat del Vallès, individual, 06-2014 to 07-2014
Cambalache, Sant Cugat del Vallès, individual, 07-2014
Bones Idees, Sant Cugat del Vallès, individual, 07-2014
Can Batlló, Barcelona, collective, 03-2013 to 04-2013
Centre Cívic de Sants, Barcelona, inaugural collective 04-1984
Selected in the BBVA Painting Ricard Camí Awards, 2017
Selected in the Telax Gallery Pinyo Awards, 2014
Selected in the Canyelles Painting Awards, 2019
Interview on Sant Cugat TV, “Contra Portada” programme. 2020
Interview on Sant Cugat TV, “Contra Portada” programme, 2017
Interview at artxtu.com by Mireia Puente Vilardell
Xavier Puente & Costa Plaza at artxtu.com
Bonart Eurostar Grand Marina Hotel 2018
39ymas Eurostars Gran Marina Hotel 2018
Bonart Pou d’Art 2016
Fahrenheit Magazine 2019