Alex Da Corte

2012 Pew Fellow

1/9: Alex Da Corte, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/9: Alex Da Corte, Modern Girl, 2010. Fiberglass cast figure collaged with objects and painted with distilled soda pop, 55 x 68 x 52”. Photo courtesy of the artist.
3/9: Alex Da Corte, Untitled (Open Poem Squish), 2012. Pigment Print, 40 x 40”. Photo courtesy of the artist.
4/9: Alex Da Corte, Activity #103, 2011. Pigment Print, 40 x 38”. Photo courtesy of the artist.
5/9: Alex Da Corte, Untitled (Lover), 2011. T-shirt, soda pop, 27 x 18 x 10”. Photo courtesy of the artist.
6/9: Alex Da Corte, Cold War, 2011. Foam, chair, rubber egg, rear-view mirror, aluminum foil, packaging tape, peanut butter, spray paint, 40 x 36 x 30”. Photo courtesy of the artist.
7/9: Alex Da Corte, The Island Beautiful/Mortal Mirror, installation view, 2011. 15 x 40 x 10’. Originally shown in two separate exhibition spaces. The objects in the show were partially made by using other artists’ works as raw materials to construct new sculptures. Photo courtesy of the artist.
8/9: Alex Da Corte, Repossession, 2011. PVC pipe, frames, rubber mask, clown makeup, ball, foam, netting, plastic knife, spray paint, 40 x 20 x 28”. Photo courtesy of the artist.
9/9: Alex Da Corte, Garlic Pussy, 2011. Mixed media, 120 x 96 x 24”. Photo courtesy of the artist.

“My current work investigates ideas of perception by dissecting the artifacts of America’s consumer culture. I am looking for something unknown in the face of the familiar.”

Alex Da Corte (b. 1980) scans grocery stores, street corners, and IKEA showrooms to find materials for his assemblages and videos, which utilize everything from food to hardware. “The challenge is to surprise with the familiar,” Da Corte says, “to extract the unnoticed in between spaces of our everyday experiences, turning things on their heads.” Born in Camden, New Jersey, he lived in Caracas, Venezuela until he was eight years old, and then returned to the United States, where he studied at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and received his MFA in sculpture at Yale University. Da Corte began to work in sculpture after he discovered 20th-century artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, and Marchel Duchamp, and realized that sculpture could be “soft, drippy, flat, alien, quiet, and surreal.” His works dissect artifacts of American consumer culture—soda, shampoo, beauty projects, and plastic junk—in order to reconfigure them as objects that play with and question our standards, symbols, and traditions. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania; PS1 MoMA in Long Island City, NY; Art Basel in Miami; and at solo exhibitions in Philadelphia, New York City, Paris, Vancouver, and elsewhere. He has had recent solo exhibitions at David Risley Gallery, Denmark in May 2014, and White Cube Gallery in London and Carl Kostyál, Stockholm in June 2014. Da Corte has collaborated with other artists like Borna Sammak—resulting in a September 2013 show on the hoagie at Oko, New York—and emcee Le1f, whose “Hush BB” music video was directed by Da Corte.


Grants & Grantees

Living and working in Philadelphia for 25 years, 2011 Pew Fellow CAConrad’s work falls between poetics, performance, and pedagogy.

This project investigated various issues surrounding (co-)authorship in cultural production, asking questions around definitions of authorship, collaboration, audience participation, the influence of marketplace, and other concepts.

Grants & Grantees

“The major concern of my work is to paint the invisible,” says Joy Feasley, a painter and a 2011 Pew Fellow.

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center presents an arts carnival including artmaking workshops, carnival rides and games, and performances.

Pew Fellow Geoff Sobelle’s award-winning production of The Object Lesson travels to Ohio’s Wexner Center for the Arts.

Lee is the publisher at Corollary Press and author of the poetry collections Underground National, That Gorgeous Feeling, and Solar Maximum, forthcoming from Futurepoem Press.

Jennifer Higdon wins a International Opera Award for Cold Mountain, Geoff Sobelle’s one-man play The Object Lesson will be presented at New York Theatre Workshop, and a mid-career retrospective book of Bo Bartlett’s paintings is published.

Grants & Grantees

Arcadia University Art Gallery presented the first United States museum survey of the internationally acclaimed artist’s ceramics outside of New York City.

Grants & Grantees

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is a nonprofit organization devoted to the study, practice, and appreciation of photography in the Philadelphia region.

As a part of The Great Migration: A City Transformed (1916-30), a series of community film screenings will be held, highlighting films created through the project.

Grants & Grantees

Bhob Rainey is a soprano saxophonist, composer, and a 2013 Pew Fellow whose interests lie in new realms of artistic possibility.

A new play by Kira Obolensky demonstrated how family stories are passed on through generations.