Alex Da Corte, ‘Easternsports’, 2014, Whitney Museum of American Art
Alex Da Corte, ‘Easternsports’, 2014, Whitney Museum of American Art

Collection of the artists

Score by Devonté Hynes.

"Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016"

Venue: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016)

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

Solo Shows

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

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

About Jayson Musson

Erstwhile known for his hip-hop career and alter ego Hennessy Youngman, Jayson Musson generated a lot of buzz with his first solo gallery exhibition in 2012—comprising a series of “Coogi sweater” pieces that turned the garments of Bill Cosby and Notorious B.I.G. fame into abstract, painterly compositions. “They seemingly lingered on the borders of gestural abstraction,” Musson has said of his materials, which he sewed and stretched into intricate, thickly dimensional compositions. “I made the joke, ‘That Coogi looks like a Pollock.’” Musson’s Youngman character has gained a widespread following on YouTube for his incisive, insightful commentary on art and the art world from the humorous perspective of a hip-hop outsider, “waxin’ poetic” on topics from Louise Bourgeois and Relational Aesthetics to success and creativity. “If you can’t make it, fake it by over-explaining it,” Youngman says in one of the videos.

American, b. 1977, Bronx, New York, based in Brooklyn, New York