My obsession runs deep for Alex Da Corte’s environmental masterpiece Die Hexe at Luxembourg & Dayan. Here he has created an architectural intervention of dizzying detail which spans through three-stories setting five immersive scenes. The circular plot unfolds like a movie oscillating between horror and bliss conveying a feeling of something hauntingly elusive. Having visited the installation several times, once with an extended stay, I was taken each time by a different experience. The first was visual overload, my eyes popped with glowing peach gingham wallpaper, plush purple carpet, seafoam velvet walls and patterned linoleum. Then there were the scents ranging from warm apple spiced nostalgia to the sterile minty rebirth of Listerine. What remained were the objects that surpassed their own aura, some pieces from Da Corte’s own spirit artist’s such as Robert Gober and Mike Kelley others from the neighborhood bodega. All swirled into a seductive realm of coexistence, an addictive cycle of emotions reminiscent of the time I was entranced by this Mike Kelley Video at MOCA. Clicking my way through there is no place like Da Corte’s Kansas.
Shoes in order of appearance: Opening Ceremony blush pink grunge platform sandal, Stella McCartney metallic magenta pumps, Valentino rainbow plexi-heel sandal, Dolce & Gabbana gingham t-bar pumps, Sophia Webster printed wedge sandal, Derek Lam denim dress, Jin Soon nail polish in Charme
Luxembourg & Dayan, Alex Da Corte, Die Hexe
Hair by Cosma De Marinis, Makeup by Jessica Sanner, Video by Robert/Michael