ALEX DA CORTE
Sculptor, Age: 31
Hometown: Camden, New Jersey
Currently resides: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Many of your pieces are made from what most people would consider to be garbage. Is there something inherently alluring to you about junk?
There’s the saying that “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” The garbage I incorporate is essentially a bunch of old treasures that don’t work for their owners anymore. They’re convoluted fossils, ghosts of desire that point us toward what we are searching for.
Is there anything more beautiful than the smile of an octogenarian Walmart greeter?
That is pretty beautiful, but there’s a crummy wooden fence by my studio in North Philly that a local man named Denny paints for every single holiday of the year. He doesn’t miss any, not even Arbor Day and Grilled Cheese Day.
What’s the most surreal thing that’s ever happened to you?
When I was 10, I was playing Jail Break and I tagged a girl as she was running around a basketball pole. Her “Best Friends” half-heart charm ring got caught in one of the metal grooves of the pole and tore her finger off.
If you had to make a piece of art inspired by a tabloid headline, which would it be?
A neon piece that reads: “LINDSAY LOHAN AS COURTNEY LOVE AS HANNAH MONTANA AS SURI CRUISE.” The title of it would be WTF is Emma Stone?