LET US COMPARE LIES 2019-05-03T17:31:46+00:00


Steuben Gallery C / D

Dates on View:
January 14th – February 2nd, 2019

January 18th, 2019

Participating Artists & Co-curators:
Robert Costello Andy Jimison Elizabeth Meggs


In 2008, artists Robert Costello, Andy Jimison, and Elizabeth Meggs opened their painting MFA thesis shows on the same night at Pratt Institute. Ten years later, they reunited at Pratt in a relentless quest to explore the language of color and form, implicitly and explicitly, through signification and perceptual effect. A selection of more than 30 works by Costello, Jimison, and Meggs was co-curated by the artists to spark a dialogue between the works.

The exhibition title, “LET US COMPARE LIES,” references the complicated modus operandi and philosophies that individual artists construct, based on vastly varied sources, including dubious ones, as well as the artists’ comparison through convergence.

Costello investigates signification relative to human perception and shared constructed realities. Jimison launches an intuitive conversation about spatial conditions informed by linear gesture amplified by chroma. Meggs urges color and value toward reification, the gestalt perception of an object as having more spatial information than is present, while utilizing limited non-overlapping inherently frontal and self-referential forms.

Recognizing a place within the context of history, as painters in the early part of the 21st century, Costello, Jimison, and Meggs engage in a concern with the potential for variations of form, signification, and space to expand the experiments in the vocabulary of, and contribute to the thoughtful exchange regarding, human perception and painting post digital revolution. The works envisage thought and sensation while straddling the duality between the signified and nonobjective. The works contemplate the question of what is real within an imagined space, implemented by the human hand and mind upon a surface.


  1. Show graphic for “LET US COMPARE LIES,” designed by Andy Jimison
  2. Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 74″ x 96,” Robert Costello
  3. “Other Voices, Other Rooms,” oil paint on canvas, 48″ x 48,” Elizabeth Meggs
  4. Untitled, acrylic on paper, mounted, dimensions variable, Andy Jimison
  5. Left: Untitled, acrylic on paper, mounted, 12″ x 12,” Andy Jimison; Right: Untitled, acrylic on paper, mounted, 12″ x 12,” Andy Jimison
  6. Left: “9 lies to live by,” acrylic on burlap, 26″ x 20,” Robert Costello; Center: “Ambiguous Unseen,” oil paint on canvas, 12″ x 12,” Elizabeth Meggs; Right: Untitled, acrylic on paper, mounted, 12″ x 12,” Andy Jimison
  7. Left: “Explorer’s Fable (TV rots your brain),” acrylic on burlap, 26″ x 20,” Robert Costello; Center: Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 26″ x 20,” Robert Costello; Right: Untitled, acrylic on paper, mounted, 12″ x 12,” Andy Jimison
  8. “Secret Society,” acrylic on board, 12″ x 12,” Elizabeth Meggs
  9. Left: Untitled, acrylic on paper, mounted, 10″ x 10,” Andy Jimison; Right: “You can’t get there that way,” acrylic on canvas, 26″ x 20,” Robert Costello
  10. Left: Untitled, acrylic on paper, mounted, 10″ x 10,” Andy Jimison; Right: “I’ve always used the Oxford comma. Now I may stop.” acrylic on burlap, 26″ x 34,” Robert Costello
  11. “How to Travel to Midnight,” oil paint on canvas, 48″ x 48,” Elizabeth Meggs
  12. “Max,” oil paint on canvas, 12″ x 12,” Elizabeth Meggs
  13. “Radius of Influence,” acrylic on burlap, 34″ x 26,” Robert Costello
  14. Untitled, acrylic on paper, mounted, 12″ x 12,” Andy Jimison
  15. Untitled, acrylic on canvas, dimensions variable, Robert Costello
  16. “In the Garden of Beasts,” oil paint on canvas, 48″ x 48,” Elizabeth Meggs
  17. “Espalier Rhythm, Night and Day,” acrylic on burlap and canvas, wood, casters, dimensions variable, Robert Costello
  18. Installation shot of “LET US COMPARE LIES” at Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute
  19. Left: Elizabeth Meggs, Center: Andy Jimison, Right: Robert Costello

Artist Biographies


Robert Costello is an artist who has lived and worked in New York since 2006. He received an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute in 2008 and a BFA in painting and photography from the University of Alabama in 2006. He has had two solo exhibitions in New York. He has participated in group exhibitions in Chicago, Miami, Memphis, Montgomery, Portland, and New York. Robert has also curated several exhibitions in New York.

Website: www.robertcostello.xyz Instagram: @_robertcostello_


After receiving his MFA from Pratt Institute, Andy Jimison co-founded a non-profit arts organization to promote local artists in Brooklyn, an initiative that also involved co-hosting a monthly podcast about the New York art scene. In the decade that followed, Andy worked as a freelance Graphic Designer in New York City specializing in logo design, web design, digital printing, branding, illustration and cartooning. His illustrations for the viral Pedestrian Penalty Cards project were featured on BuzzFeed, City Lab, Flavor Wire, and in The Toronto Star and The New York Times. In 2013 he began designing product packaging for card games and board games, co-founding two game companies, Undefined Knowledge and Enfabled.

For eight years Andy worked for the architectural restoration firm Ernest Neuman Studios coordinating a variety of restoration projects from work at the Apollo Theater and numerous Broadway theaters in Times Square to apartment restorations along Central Park West and historical churches and synagogues across Manhattan and Brooklyn. He is currently the External Communications Manager at Robert A.M. Stern Architects.


Elizabeth Meggs is a Brooklyn-based artist, illustrator, writer, and designer, whose most recent work includes paintings, photography, and hand-bound artist books. On January 8, 2004, she was inducted into the Visual Lunacy Society. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University on a full academic scholarship, graduating summa cum laude with a BFA in Communication Arts and Design. She received her master’s degree with distinction in Painting from Pratt Institute. She has worked as a graphic designer at Hearst’s Victoria Magazine, as a writer at The Los Angeles Daily News, at Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, as an instructor at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and as a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University, Pratt Institute, and New York City College of Technology. In the past decade, she has had five solo shows of new work, and exhibited in 70 group shows, including Go Brooklyn! with the Brooklyn Museum, Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center, Hudson River Park in Chelsea, Sweet Lorraine Gallery, ISE Cultural Foundation, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Mariner’s Museum, Firehouse Art Collective, Anderson Gallery, Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, Galapagos Art Space, Edward Hopper House, Pratt Institute Dean’s Gallery, Gravity Racers at Pierogi Gallery, and more. Her recent essay about growing up with design historian Philip B. Meggs, titled “Life by Design: From Ephemeral to Historical,” was published in the book Meggs: Making Graphic Design History, John Wiley & Sons. Recent publications include essay contributions to the Designers & Books website about “The Library of Philip B. Meggs and Libby Phillips Meggs” in which 16 books were profiled; Practice Makes Perfect: A Graphic Design Student’s Guide to Freelance; and writing and photography for TRUEQUE, a collaborative artists’ book project between artists in Copenhagen, Mexico City, Berlin, London, New York, and Rio de Janeiro. She’s a member of The Typophiles, The Daguerreian Society, SCBWI, and College Art Association.

Website: www.elizabethmeggs.com Twitter: @elizabethmeggs and @meggspaintings Instagram: @elizabethmeggs and @meggspaintings