Alex Da Corte, Slow Graffiti, installation view, Secession 2017. Courtesy of Maccarone, New York, Gió Marconi, Milan and David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Photo: Sophie Thun

Alex Da Corte

Slow Graffiti

July 6 – September 3, 2017

So how about it?
Show me please how I will look in twenty years
And let me please
Interpret history in every line and scar that’s painted
There in front of me
Belle and Sebastian, Slow Graffiti (1998)

The monster turned out to be the best friend I ever had. He changed the whole course of my life.
Boris Karloff on Frankenstein in 1963

US-American artist Alex Da Corte creates videos, sculptures, paintings, and immersive installations with a striking cinematic quality. The engagement with the complexity of human experience is central to his work, for instance when he explores and exposes questions of desire, sensuality, and alienation. The artist is interested in both the cultural and psychological qualities that the everyday objects he manipulates and repurposes possess, as well as in the suspense they radiate making space for a state of deception and illusion. Exploring the formal potential of artefacts of consumer culture, Da Corte twists their immediate affordance so they can unfold new symbolic power—now as sculptural objects in his videos and installations, for example. Evidently, colour and textures are used with great skill to affect viewers and the mood in which they experience the artist’s environments once they set foot in them.


Alex Da Corte, born in 1980 in Camden (New Jersey, USA), lives and works in Philadelphia.