This website is under construction and currently dedicated to WHITE BOARDS, a billboard project produced in
White Box, a non-profit gallery located in New York City. The most recent billboard, PEACE,
is up in Newark, New Jersey. Two other billboards, FREEDOM and JUSTICE,
are a part of the series. The FREEDOM billboard was up in Jersey City during the war
in Iraq. Currently a fundraising campaign is underway to produce additional billboards.
MAPS & DIRECTIONS
SPONSORED BY WHITE BOX
A BILLBOARD IN NEWARK, NJ
BY THE ARTIST JIM COSTANZO
MAY 19 THROUGH JUNE 8, 2003
Newark, NJ Artist Jim Costanzo presents his second billboard mounted in Newark, New Jersey from May 19
through June 8, 2003, produced in conjunction with White Box, the Chelseabased gallery.
The 10 x 22 foot work, PEACE, uses images that have been photographed from television
footage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The billboardıs text is designed to be seen at a distance with the meaning shifting as the
viewer draws closer to the billboard. The viewer first encounters the word PEACE and upon
approaching the billboard, additional text becomes visible:
P E A C E
1 Iraqi = 1 American = 1 Afghan
1 Israeli = 1 Palestinian
1 Muslim = 1 Christian = 1 Jew
1 World = 1 People
"The billboard is an attempt to engage the public in a discussion about human rights and
America's relationship and responsibilities to the global community" notes Costanzo.
PEACE is the second in a series of three billboards created by Costanzo, who envisions additional
billboards entitled FREEDOM and JUSTICE placed throughout the metropolitan area and nationally.
Jim Costanzo is a New York-based artist who has shown his work in the U.S. and in Europe.
He is a founding member of REPOhistory, an artist collective that makes site-specific public
artwork based on issues of race, gender, class and sexuality. Last fall Costanzo created a multimedia
installation titled datamap_2001.2 that dealt with the social and political climate of the last two
years and was shown at the Annex, which is affiliated with White Box. He teaches at Pratt Institute,
Parsons School of Design and the International Center of Photography.
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