Artist Alex Da Corte created 30 swan luminaries exclusively for the MASS MoCA 2016 benefit event in New York City. A few of these signed, limited-edition works are still available for purchase. Fashioned from an altered plastic garden planter and an artificial candle, Da Corte’s centerpieces resemble two swans that were featured in Free Roses, the artist’s sprawling, color-infused survey show at MASS MoCA in 2016, which was met with great enthusiasm by press, public, collectors, and curators alike. Part of a larger installation titled Lightning, the swans circle endlessly in a shallow pond, their necks craned backwards in an effort to see their mate.
“The immersive world the exhibition creates,” wrote Randy Kennedy of The New York Times, “can seem Wonka-ish, candy-colored and animated, with deranged elements like mirror-striped floors, flying bats, plastic fruits and vegetables, a giant hoagie made of rubber, and a sculptural rendition of the couch in ‘The Simpsons.’ But Mr. Da Corte, who has become highly sought after in recent years for a riotous post-post-Pop sensibility, significantly darkens the picture around the corner from the romantic swans…in a work inspired by Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell.” The Boston Globe added: “Da Corte’s work may be rooted in mass consumer culture, but it is filtered through French Symbolist poetry, modern and contemporary art, and, above all perhaps, Catholicism, with its flair for ritual and theatrics, and its incorrigible eagerness to propose one thing as another.”
Da Corte, who lives and works in Philadelphia, has had solo exhibitions at the Art + Practice/Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (with Jayson Musson); and the ICA at MECA, Portland. His work has been in group exhibitions at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; and at the Whitney this fall. His show at MASS MoCA was on view from April 2016 to January 2017.
Plastic, dimensions 24” high, 17” long, 8.5” wide