Alex Da Corte, ‘11/16/97 ’, 2012, LAND Benefit Auction 2015

Alex Da Corte uses a carefully constructed, modern design aesthetic to investigate the formal qualities of seemingly disparate items, placed in uncanny relationships with each other. With works that both seduce and repulse, Da Corte explores how a viewer can respond to objects that have already been imbued with a distinct history of ownership and use. Da Corte's work has been shown at many institutions and galleries across North America and Europe, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; White Cube, London; and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.

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About Alex Da Corte

Working as an “anthropologist of the immediate past,” artist Alex Da Corte creates sculpture with the colorful artifacts of turn-of-the-21st-century consumer culture. Da Corte’s reworked everyday objects—both the generic and the branded—take on an otherworldly quality in his constructed environments, videos, and digitally collaged images, or as material, in the case of his shampoo paintings. “I don’t think of sculpture as static, as dead objects. I think of them as tracing an action,” the artist has said of his work. “Sculpture is the unraveling of a familiar object.” In Da Corte’s practice, such unraveling often involves bright colors and crisp advertising imagery, and cameos by pop-culture figures like an ersatz version of Eminem played by the artist himself.

American, b. 1980, Camden, New Jersey, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Exhibition Highlights

2014
Philadelphia,
Alex Da Corte and Jayson Musson: Easternsports
2014
London, United Kingdom,
White Rain
2013
BAM
BAM+NADA Portfolio at NADA Miami Beach
2010
New Haven, CT, United States,
The Kind of Dog that Keeps You Waiting

Solo Shows

2014
Philadelphia,
Alex Da Corte and Jayson Musson: Easternsports
2014
London, United Kingdom,
White Rain
2013
Wake Gallery, 
Detroit, MI, United States,
CAR WHORE
2012
Brooklyn,
Alex Da Corte: Magic Stick
2010
New Haven, CT, United States,
The Kind of Dog that Keeps You Waiting

Group Shows

2013
BAM
BAM+NADA Portfolio at NADA Miami Beach
2012
New York,
Here Comes
2012
Zach Feuer Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
This Is This
2010
New York ,
While it Lasts
2006
University of Pennsylvania, University Museum, 
Philadelphia, PA, United States,
The Philly Vernacular Spectacular Extravaganza
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