I opened the door to Alex Da Corte’s Free Roses, stepped in, and was swallowed whole. Plush, vibrant purple carpet falls underfoot and climbs up the walls, and varying electric glows emanate from every room with mesmerizing sounds and music.
Traveling through the second floor gallery is mesmerizing and disorienting as sur-reality envelops and pulls the viewer from room to room. Threads start to form across the exhibition of fantasy, created identity, and psychological narrative. A couch-sized pair of red lips holds a long silver cigarette, and nearby a giant spider peers out menacingly from a car-sized tissue box.
A ten-year span of work is united by a rabid obsession with consumer culture and desire, and framed wonderfully in the exhibition’s attention to surface and lighting.
Next week I’ll return to my How to Stay Sane as an Artist and Art Teacher series, but in the meantime, get out and see some art! It’s a great way to re-set and refresh before getting back to work.
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