Art Basel Cities Week

‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ Catalog

September 6 – 12, 2018

Alex Da Corte

Kermit the Frog, Even, 2018

Arenas Studios

Artwork

Kermit the Frog, Even, 2018
Vinyl
Approximate dimensions: 18 m x 5 m x 7 m

Alex Da Corte’s immersive installations use light, sound, and color to present familiar images and objects in new and unsettling ways. Kermit the Frog, Even is a replica of a damaged Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon depicting the Jim Henson character. The balloon was used repeatedly over the years until it was accidentally deflated when it ran into a tree during the 1991 parade and was afterward permanently retired. With its larger-than-life balloon characters floating above the streets of New York, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is a wholesome American tradition, but the image of an impaled Kermit the Frog hints at a sinister reality that might lie beneath a veneer of prosperity – an impression Da Corte underscores by placing the deformed frog in a former power plant. Installed among the steel beams of Arenas Studios, Kermit the Frog, Even, is once again trapped – this time not in a public, televised pageant, but in an abandoned cathedral of industry, permanently immobile and alone.

Performers: Bárbara Pampin, Felipe Álvarez Parisi, Franco Mehlose, Ramiro Birriel, Daniela Lakz, Giuliana Mariel Paladino
Costumes: Paola Parrotta

Special thanks to Arenas Studios for hosting this ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ work.

Visitor Information

  • Arenas Studios, Av. Don Pedro de Mendoza 965, La Boca
  • Thursday, September 6, through Wednesday, September 12, Arena III, 10am-6pm
  • Free entry, no ticket required
  • Also on view at Arenas Studios: Alexandra Pirici
  • In La Boca, please stay on the main streets, stick to recommended routes and use licensed taxis to and from the neighborhood. We recommend visiting all artworks during daytime only. Avoid visiting the area after 6pm or exploring side streets.

Biography

Born 1980 in Camden, New Jersey, USA
Lives and works Philadelphia, USA

Alex Da Corte is a painter, sculptor, installation, and video artist whose fun-house environments instill a gothic overtone to pop art. He studied film at the School of Visual Arts in New York and printmaking at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, before earning an MFA from the Yale University School of Art in 2010. He was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2012 and selected for the Biennale de Lyon in 2015. His recent solo exhibitions include ‘Easternsports’ at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (with Jayson Musson, 2014); ‘Le miroir vivant’ at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2015); ‘Free Roses’ at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams (2017); ‘Slow Graffiti’ at Secession, Vienna (2017), and ‘Harvest Moon’ at the New Museum, New York (2017). He has also participated in group shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (2017), the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (2016), and more.

The artist is represented by Gió Marconi, Milan.