02. Artists

Alex Da Corte

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Born 1981 in Camden, N.J. (U.S.A); lives and works in Philadelphia, P.A. (U.S.A.)

Alex Da Corte’s installations are known for adopting the artificiality and glossy, detached aesthetics of commerce and advertising; they draw equally upon his recollections and biography, while addressing art’s ability to maintain its life force when removed from an originally intended context. 

Alex Da Corte has recently mounted solo shows and presentations at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and Luxembourg & Dayan, New York. His work has been shown at MoMA PS1 and, the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.

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Taut Eye Tau, Création Biennale 2015

For the Biennale, Alex Da Corte has created an installation titled Taut Eye Tau (tau proteins are abundant in neurons of the central nervous system); the installation is a study of the colour yellow undertaken through the exclusive use of its “opposite colour” blue. It consists of a decor that recalls both Stanley Kubrick-style science-fiction and the subtle processes of Sol LeWitt-style abstraction. Taut Eye Tau is a total environment; it includes pieces of furniture, a carpet, sand, neon tubes and a video projection whose soundtrack is also based on the colour blue. Alex Da Corte says, “The work stemmed from a fascination with Morgellon’s disease, which is in part a deterioration of tau proteins, which leads to dementia and Alzheimer’s. Although the physical ramifications of the disease are real, there has been no evidence or proof that Morgellon’s disease exists.” The installation Taut Eye Tau is bathed in one single colour which, at one and the same time, brings to mind the sea and the sky, absence and desire, the horizon and the immaterial.

Courtesy de l’artiste, David Risley Gallery, Copenhague et Gio Marconi Gallery, Milan

Venues : La Sucrière

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Alex Da Corte
Taut Eye Tau - Création Biennale 2015
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Alex Da Corte
Taut Eye Tau - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière