Norfolk artist creates art out of concrete

Noah Da Costa with his exhibition 'Concrete' at the NUA gallery in St George's. Photo: Bill Smith Noah Da Costa with his exhibition 'Concrete' at the NUA gallery in St George's. Photo: Bill Smith

Friday, February 7, 2014
9:11 AM

The University of East Anglia’s striking Ziggurat buildings and other work by architect Denys Lasdun are part of the inspiration behind artist Noah Da Costa’s unusual look at buildings.

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Noah Da Costa with his exhibition 'Concrete' at the NUA gallery in St George's. Photo: Bill SmithNoah Da Costa with his exhibition 'Concrete' at the NUA gallery in St George's. Photo: Bill Smith

Mr Da Costa’s show, Concrete, is currently at the Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts, and it features a series of photographic images that create new and alien objects from digitally playing around with the shape and surface of concrete architecture.

Mr Da Costa, who grew up in Norwich and spent a year living on the UEA campus where his father Michael worked, said he was struck by the architecture at the UEA at an early age.

He said when he later moved to London the architecture of the South Bank, in particular the National Theatre also designed by Lasdun, sparked off his memories of the UEA architecture.

“This series of work in Concrete goes back to 2012. The work in the exhibition is shot at the UEA and the Southbank Centre, the National Theatre. Denys Lasdun is a main influence.

“The images are architecturally based but they are abstract. They are literally details that stem from my camera walks. I picked out little details and worked on them back in my studio using mirroring techniques and symmetry techniques on the computer.

“There are several layers to them - the textures, the shapes, the sculptural elements.”

Mr Da Costa, who lives in London and works as a commercial photographer, previously studied a foundation course at Norwich University of the Arts and he said it was great to return to exhibit his work.

NUA pro vice-chancellor (student experience) Neil Powell said: “Noah Da Costa’s exquisitely produced, monochromatic photographs present the viewer with kaleidoscopic versions of reality that are simultaneously familiar and alien. The illusionistic space of the work draws us into wondering just where these locations are – and where our place is too.”

• Concrete has been brought to the Gallery at NUA in conjunction with Tom Rowland Fine Art, London. The exhibition is at the St George’s Street gallery until Saturday, March 1. It is open 12pm to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. Admission is free.

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