LONDON.- Alex Da Cortes project, White Rain, is rooted in the belief that fantasy is present and available in all forms of imagery. Incorporating the conundrums of branding identities and various illusions of linguistic deception, Da Cortes work takes otherwise banal and unconsidered objects and transforms them into the weird, erotic and aspirational symbols they have the potential to be. For example, Dedication Monuments (2010-14), is made up of a generic, brightly-coloured rubber ball that sits on a shiny, monolithic base, and in the work Untitled (Milk For Honey, or Tar) (2014), a girl is dressed like an Animegao or Doller playing an Anime character, embracing an orchid covered in dripping shampoo. The artist describes how she seems trapped somewhere between being her real self and her own self-perception; the notion of who we are versus who we want to be.
In his exhibition Da Corte aims to trap time and identity, almost as if in a stop-motion animation, through a textured and kaleidoscopic plexiglass installation that oozes, discombobulates, and gleams.
Alex Da Corte was born in Camden, N.J., in 1981 and currently lives and works in Philadelphia. He received his BFA from the University of the Arts and his MFA from Yale University in 2010.
Da Corte has recently mounted solo shows and presentations at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Artspeak, Vancouver; Mother's Tankstation, Dublin; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine; and Nudashank, Baltimore. His work has been shown at MoMA PS1, the Museum of Modern Art and the deCordova Museum, and he has participated extensively in gallery and non-profit exhibitions in the US and internationally.
In 2012, Da Corte was named a Pew Fellow in the Arts by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Philadelphia.