Alex da Corte at Luma Westbau, Zurich

08 October 2022 - 15 January 2023
Conceived in 2022, Alex Da Corte’s ROY G BIV is both a video installation and an ongoing performance. The video set recreates a gallery in the Philadelphia Museum of Art—the artist’s hometown museum—that houses sculptures by Constantin Brancusi (1876–1957). Da Corte plays four characters in the video: the artist Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968); Duchamp’s female alter ego, Rrose Sélavy; Duchamp dressed as the Joker in Tim Burton’s 1989 film Batman; and one of two figures in Brancusi’s sculpture The Kiss (1916), who comes to life via stop-motion animation. The accumulation of color and eventual emancipation of The Kiss is central to this story of love, loss, and transformation.
The cubical structure onto which Da Corte’s video is projected will be painted a series of colors over the course of the exhibition by a professional housepainter. The performance riffs on John Baldessari’s (1931–2020) video Six Colorful Inside Jobs (1977), for which the artist painted the inside of a room one color per day for six days, and brings the emotional labor and color journey of ROY G BIV into the viewer’s space.
October 8, 2022