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July 27 - August 19, 2018

Milk River Arts:
Albert Costanzo's "Pentagon Papers"

Visionary drawings
smallspace Gallery

Opening Reception
Friday, July 27, 2018, 6-9 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Closing Artist Talk
Sunday, August 19, 2018, 2 pm
Free and Open to the Public


Artist Statement

I have a wild imagination. I like to put my imagination on paper. I collected my dad's work papers because they were free and they were in the trashcan. He put them in the trashcan and I dug them all out. The paper was available at a time when I needed it.

I didn't have a car back then, so I made up my own maps of where to go, roads to go anywhere you'd want to go. I'd watch the planes fly over the sky. I'd never been on a 747, so I drew them.

I'm interested in how clouds are made and their changing shapes. I watch the sky everyday. As a baby in my crib, I remember wondering why the light in the room changed. I looked out the window, and I could see the clouds going in front of the sun, I noticed the room got darker. The sun was being blocked.

I have ideas about technology of the future. My dream of technology is that I could see planets around stars, that I could filter, break up, split the light from the stars to view planets.

On the back of the papers, that's my dad's typing. My dad passed away. I miss my dad a lot everyday. My dad was a Colonel at the Pentagon.


Albert Costanzo's detailed renderings of planes, runways, trains, storm systems, and the occasional satellite dish are inspired by imagination and his 35-year career at the Pentagon. His dynamic cityscapes are tucked inside botanical pods that sustain micro-humans and ecosystems few of us know about. Costanzo, born in West Point, NY in 1959, is a self-taught artist. He currently lives in Orange, VA and creates his art at the Milk River Arts studio in Richmond, VA. His work has been acquired for 1708 Gallery's Cabin Fever, Artspace Gallery's Within Reach, and the Quirk Hotel collection. Pentagon Papers is his first solo exhibition.

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