Produced by: Matthew Marks Gallery
Created by: Alex Da Corte
The artist’s first one-person exhibition in Los Angeles in seven years, it consists of an immersive installation featuring new paintings and sculptures.
With a focus on the idea of the home and domesticity, Da Corte has transformed the gallery to evoke a 1960s modern interior. At the installation’s center, a carpeted conversation pit features upholstered sculptures of furniture, lighting, and design objects, which reference iconic mid-century design as well as futuristic furniture seen in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 adaptation of A Clockwork Orange.
The titular work of the show, The Dæmon (2023), is a painting in twenty-four parts based on diagrams included in Terence Conran’s 1974 publication The House Book, here reimagined to include a cat traveling through a house. Several panels depict lamps toppled by the cat, echoing a nearby sculpture of a knocked-over house plant. In another room, a stained-glass window and a neon light shine on an oversized sculpture of a cigarette resting on a mirrored mosaic table. In the words of the artist, “I’ve always wanted to remix objects and recycle them in ways where what they’re representing is not static, it’s constantly in flux.”