Alex Da Corte
b. 1980, Camden NJ, U.S.; lives and works in Philadelphia, U.S.
Alex Da Corte is a conceptual artist, working across a range of different media including video, performance, installation, painting and sculpture. Often, he unites these elements to create fantastical and vividly colored immersive environments that amount to Gesamtkunstwerks. His work is informed by Pop Art and Surrealism, regularly combining high- and low-brow American cultural references – from branded items found in domestic life to figures from popular culture – in order to explore ideas drawn from mythology and literature and to interrogate personal and cultural politics, alienation and the psychological parameters of the human experience. Alex Da Corte’s works are frequently illogical in perplexing ways. This is seemingly in order to give access to the stranger, deeper parts of our shared human experience. Once there, iconic figures, motifs and ideas from popular culture are confronted and upended; and he holds a space for the tragi-comic, the vulnerable and the emotional. The work and feelings it engenders defy categorization and confront culture in an uncompromising way.
Alex Da Corte's recent solo exhibitions inclue Fresh Hell, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2023); The Street, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at University of Arts, Philadelphia (2023); ROY G BIV, Luma Westbau, Zurich (2022); Mr. Remember, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (2022); Alex Da Corte: As Long As the Sun Lasts, The Roof Garden Commission, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2022); Rubber Pencil Devil, Prada Rong Zhai, Shanghai (2020); THE SUPƎRMAN, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2018); Harvest Moon, New Museum, New York (2017); Slow Graffiti, Secession, Vienna (2017); 50 Wigs, HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning (2016); Free Roses, Mass MoCA Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams (2016); and Easternsports (with Jayson Musson), Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2014). Recent group exhibitions include Possible Worlds, Deji Art Museum, Nanjing (2022); Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2022); New Grit: Art & Philly Now, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (2021); THE DREAMERS. The 58th October Salon, Belgrade Biennale 2020, Belgrade (2020); Topologies of the Real, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing (2020); May You Live in Interesting Times, 58th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice (2019); and Carnegie International 57th Edition, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh PA (2018).
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