28th March — 10th April 2015

27th March 2015
6.30 — 9.30pm

Tuesday        3pm — 5.30pm
Wednesday 2pm — 4.30pm
Thursday      5pm — 7.30pm
Friday            7pm — 9.30pm
Saturday       2pm — 4.30pm
Sunday         3pm — 5.30pm

* Performances are conducted every hour 
between aforementioned times


Light Eye Mind are proud to present Trash Money, the debut UK solo exhibition by John Costi.

Trash Money is a 2 week tripartite relational performance between artist, artefacts and participants. Costi’s dynamic improvisation and risk taking styles are experienced through the performance of spontaneous dialogue and tangential displays employing his eclectic hoard of treasured artefacts.

Costi has defined the gallery as an adaptable and unpredictable environment.

Throughout the two weeks, participants will be invited as part of a serial schedule of inter-relational performances in partnership with Costi, to utilise and redefine the relationship of the artefacts thereby by creating contemporaneous sculptures to stand in the gallery until the next encounter, thereby renewing the exhibition on an hourly basis.

The communications of story telling and the artists role in sense-making lead to what Costi refers to as Culturemating - artefacts and stories married together to reveal new essences, ideas and aftermaths of performance. Colour, shape, form, sentiment and function dictate the joint endeavours of artist and participant.

 Costi’s hand is hard to find, the outcome is handed over to the visitor. The resulting pieces define their own status as the work is never static, breaking the conventions of a museum or gallery. The active participant is encouraged to create each sculpture anew whilst the dialogue generates definition. This way of practice alludes to the transient nature of relationships.

In Culturemating, Costi finds peace. Not only does he map his life with these objects he treats them as situations, people and possibilities. Balance is achieved in much of his stacked sculptures to illustrate direct paralells to life. None of the sculptures are or will be fixed - If you move one artefact out of sync the others may come crashing down – a metaphor for the knock-on effects for how our current actions define our future stories.



Born in London 1987, John Costi is a Central Saint Martin’s graduate. After a spiritual awakening during a 6-year prison sentence Costi sought to make sense of the world around him through art. Working mostly in performance, sculpture and installation, Costi’s practice is informed by chance and experience. Always within the social sphere the work is often ephemeral, living on through documentation. 

Recent shows include ‘My Darling Johnny’ as part of the G-Shock Sessions at G-Shock East, ‘Some Unchartered Event’ at Science Gallery with Resonance FM, ‘A Fete Worse Than Death’ with Red Gallery, ‘Auto Biography and Animism: An Audience with Johnny Costi’ at The Copeland Space 'Pleasure Paradox' at MK Gallery and ‘Johnny’s Pic’N’Mix’ with Whoa Now Gallery, Copenhagen.

Man vs. Art, 2015  Digital Video, 00:16:43

Man vs. Art, 2015
Digital Video, 00:16:43



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My Darling Johnny, G-Shock East installation, Brick Lane, 2015

Autobiography and Animism; An Audience with John Costi documentation image, 2014

Autobiography and Animism; An Audience with John Costi documentation image, 2014

Johnny's Trolley; peripatetic mantra, Central Saint Martins degree show 2013