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Alex Da Corte, Hot Pie, 2018, neon, vinyl siding, laminate, plywood, epoxy clay, house paint, hardware, 72 x 79 x 5 3/4".

Alex Da Corte

Karma | New York

Alex Da Corte, Hot Pie, 2018, neon, vinyl siding, laminate, plywood, epoxy clay, house paint, hardware, 72 x 79 x 5 3/4".

Over the past dozen years, Alex Da Corte has developed a highly distinctive practice, one focused primarily on fashioning (and/or refashioning) overripe bits of commodity culture and then putting conceptual pressure on them until whatever uncanniness they contain starts leaking out. Da Corte is both a maker of boldly strange objects and a designer of the psychically disorienting immersive settings in which he presents them. He’s also crazily prolific: In the past half decade, he’s mounted some twenty solo shows featuring sculpture, video, and installations for which he created the lighting and decor. A taste of all these media was on offer in his recent exhibition at Karma, which the artist transformed into a kind of Day-Glo rumpus room carpeted in orange, bathed in pink light, and hung with cartoonish neon pieces that made the space hum with a goofy yet oddly malevolent energy.

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