Copenhagen – American artist Alex Da Corte’s latest work, Delirium I, is an intense and visceral, deep red space showing a polarised exhibition inspired by Arthur Rimbaud’s poem A Season in Hell.
The scenic exhibition space, curated in Copenhagen’s David Risley Gallery, evokes a stylised mise-en-scène-style set. Through a series of conceptual visual cues, Da Corte explores the idea of mobile phones as modern-day gateways to a dark, emotional place.
Highly polished and mirrored lattice flooring plays out a grand optical illusion, which on closer inspection is revealed to be made from shiny acrylic. Using different sensory stimuli, from an intense scent of a familiar perfume to signifiers of consumerism such as fake Hermès scarves, the viewer is led on a journey through a scene evoking narratives of lost love, falseness and death.
Spread across two rooms, the exhibition’s colour palette shifts from intense crimson to dark magenta, harnessing the juxtaposition of darkness and light through its design. Red shattered eggshells, thick shiny scarlet liquid and stuffed birds are reminiscent of the theme of dark animalism that we explored in our Sinistry design direction.
For more on the growing desire among consumers for intense emotional stimulation, read our macrotrend The Polarity Paradox.