05.30.2003

Jim Costanzo — Billboard in Newark, NJ

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Date/Time: 30/05/2003 12:00 am


WHITE BOARDS
SPONSORED BY WHITE BOX
A BILLBOARD IN NEWARK, NJ
BY THE ARTIST JIM COSTANZO
THROUGH JUNE 8, 2003
Newark, NJ – Artist Jim Costanzo presents his second billboard mounted in Newark, New Jersey from May 19 through June 8, 2003, in conjunction with White Box, the Chelsea-based gallery. The 10 x 22 foot work, PEACE, uses images that have been photographed from television footage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The billboard’s text is designed to be seen at a distance with the meaning shifting as the viewer draws closer to the billboard. The viewer first encounters the word PEACE and upon approaching the billboard, additional text becomes visible:
P E A C E
1 Iraqi = 1 American = 1 Afghan
1 Israeli = 1 Palestinian
1 Muslim = 1 Christian = 1 Jew
1 World = 1 People
“The billboard is an attempt to engage the public in a discussion about human rights and America’s relationship and responsibilities to the global community” notes Costanzo.
PEACE is the second in a series of three billboards created by Costanzo, who envisions additional billboards entitled FREEDOM and JUSTICE placed throughout the metropolitan area and nationally.
Jim Costanzo is a New York-based artist who has shown his work in the U.S. and in Europe. He is a founding member of REPOhistory, an artist collective that makes site-specific public artwork based on issues of race, gender, class and sexuality. Last fall Costanzo created a multimedia installation titled datamap_2001.2 that dealt with the social and political climate of the last two years and was shown at the Annex, which is affiliated with White Box. He teaches at Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design and the International Center of Photography.

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