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Perran has never limited himself to a single medium. Instead he chooses to use sculpture, photography, video, audio and installation to create artworks which deal with the broad and elusive themes of life, death, mortality, beauty, the self and the natural and built environment.
His work commonly touches on aspects of everyday life, which he finds deeply moving. He focuses on moments which are often overlooked, and yet profoundly beautiful. His works often incorporate found and everyday objects, and his works rely on and explore nostalgia, to trigger an emotional response from the viewer.
Perran Costi started exhibiting in 2006 and has since won several large art prizes including the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW) Basil & Muriel Hooper Scholarship and Small Works 08 at Brunswick Street Gallery (BSG). He was nominated for Best New Artist at the FBi and TimeOut Sydney Music Arts & Culture Awards (SMACs) and at Art Sydney 2008 his works were chosen as one of the most collectable under $1000 by Off The Wall and Art Almanac. He currently has a series of works touring Australia as part of the Ranamok Contemporary Glass Art Prize. In addition to his solo practice, Perran is a member of the artist collectives Team Vespertine and P&C. He recently completed his grad exhibition as part of a BFA in sculpture, performance and installation at the College Of Fine Arts (COFA) and sits on the Board of the Kudos Gallery and on the Underbelly Arts programming committee.
Skyboxes attempt to capture those moments of everyday life which are often overlooked and yet profoundly beautiful. Whilst photography has the capacity to capture these moments in two dimensional form, it often fails to establish a sense of space. These works are therefore an examination of the sculptural form and an experiment in representing the world in which we live. By taking a two dimensional image and turning it back into a three dimensional space, each little box becomes a miniature, yet abstract, world of its own.
Each skybox is handcrafted out of maple and glass, and as a result unique. All photos are taken by the artist and then printed directly onto three layers of glass using UV inks designed to recreate the properties of natural light. To enhance this, the boxes are best placed on a window sill or slightly out from a wall, with a small light placed behind, or with a light angled from above, bouncing off the wall.