Alex Da Corte
Helter Shelter or: The Red Show! or...
31 October - 13 January 2021
Notes from the Artist:
Topsy Turvy. Ev’rything is upsy daysy, – Clopin Trouillefou in the The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Disney animated film, 1996.
Blood was everywhere.. I looked out toward the ocean and saw the blood on the window had merged into the sunset; I couldn’t tell where one ended and the other began. – clinical psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison describes her own experiences of bipolarity, 2016, as quoted in Patricia Pisters’ essay ‘Carrie’s Sisters: New Blood in Contemporary Female Horror Cinema’, 2019.
[The theatrical is] linked with the perverted, the artificial, the unnatural, the abnormal, the decadent, the effete, the diseased. – as discussed by Andrew Parker and Eve Kasofsky Sedgewick’s Performativity and Performance, 1995.
Alex Da Corte was born in Camden, New Jersey, in 1980. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale University School of Art. Da Corte was most recently included in La Biennale di Venezia 2019, the international exhibition May You Live in Interesting Times curated by Ralph Rugoff; as well as the 57th Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. His most recent solo exhibition was held at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln, Germany (2018). Other recent solo exhibitions include Karma, New York (2018); Secession, Vienna, Austria; Art + Practice, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (2016); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2015); and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2014, together with Jayson Musson).