Alex Da Corte
Joe Sheftel Gallery, New York, NY
David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Alex Da Corte’s background in film spurred an art practice that attempts to dictate the origin, value, and character of objects he uses in his videos, installations, and paintings. He believes in the open-source collection and absorption of objects—be it from a dollar store, thrift store, or sidewalk—and challenges the audience to reflect “upon memory, impulse, the stability of knowledge, and what constitutes value in a work of art.” His interest in fluidity over time and disruptions of authorship have led to faux collaborations with his audience, as occurred at his solo exhibition at ICA Portland, as well as fellow artists that he curates into his installations with the intention of unraveling their motives. Da Corte is planting seed for new archetypes to grow, continually striving to “confuse where things come from,” flatten time, and upend history and taste.
Da Corte has exhibited at institutions including Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, Portland, Maine, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri, and MoMA PS 1, New York, among others. He participated in Portugal Arte 10 in 2010, Art Basel Miami in 2011, and Younger Than Jesus at the New Museum in 2010. He was been awarded the Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2012.