Johnny's Trash Money

28 Mar 2015 – 10 Apr 2015

Event times

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. You can book a bespoke performance slot here:


Cost of entry


Light Eye Mind

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 4, 19, 106, 236
  • Finsbury Park, Arsenal

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Light Eye Mind are proud to present Johnny's Trash Money, the UK Debut Solo show by artist 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.


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