From Costa’s featured page for Phroom Magazine:
Costa’s interest in the visual language of desire is rooted in his early memories growing up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh in the late ’90s. His first influences were shiny pop culture images from television, fashion magazines, and advertisements. For the generation who grew up straddling the digital divide, before the ubiquity of the internet, this was a shared experience. Mainstream commercial culture, as well as album art, M.T.V., and graphic novels, seemed to offer a path to transcendence and out of the suburbs. Not equipped to unpack the messages we were receiving, these images informed our sense of self and understanding of the world. Since then, technology has advanced, weakening, and dulling our imaginations, which are now filled with on-demand images on the multitude of screens surrounding us.