Alex Da Corte, born 1980 in Camden, N.J. lives and works in Philadelphia.
Alex Da Corte is a rising star on the international art scene. He works with objects and materials that are detached from their original function to give them new potential both symbolically and formally. In working with these objects, Da Corte tries to put aside his own touch in order to reveal and locate the previous touches, the objects own story. In Alex Da Corte’s artwork objects can even act as stand-ins for people: they represent another kind of language that we can pair together to create these sentences that turn into poetry.
Da Corte’s works belongs to a state of delusion where logic is put aside in order to access the stranger parts of our brains. In this state, the detached objects may seem to be destroying their own icon but Da Corte reminds us, commonly through the American diners never-changing inventory, the bottle of ketchup and the black cup of coffee, that in believing we can undo the icon, we are setting ourselves up for failure. Alex Da Corte works with large scale installations that often include both wall based works, floor pieces, sculptures, lights, colours and scents as well as works from other artists. Da Corte has roots in the pop-art tradition and an incredible love and feeling for colours as well as a sense of how the high-aesthetic may also contain a sense of humour. However, the ‘comedy’ is well balanced with more sincere aspects as some of the works turn mournful or macabre or just plain heart breaking.
He received his BFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia in 2004 and his MBA from Yale University, New Haven in 2010.
Recent solo exhibitions include shows at HEART Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, DK; MassMoca, MA, US; Gio Marconi, Milan, IT; Luxembourg & Dayan, NYC, US; ICA Philadelphia, PA, US; White Cube, London, UK; David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, DK; Carl Kostyal, Stockholm, SE; ICA Portland, ME, US; Artspeak, Vancouver, CA; mothers tankstation, Dublin, IE; Joe Sheftel Gallery, NYC, US.
Selected Group Exhibitions include shows at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, DK; Mitchell, Innes & Nash, NYC, US, Zach Feuer, NYC, US; Rachel Uffner, NYC, US; David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, DK; Nicole Klagsbrun, NYC, US; MoMA, NYC, US; Hammer Museum, LA, US; Yvon Lambert, NYC, US; MoMA/PS1, NYC, US.