Artist Alex Da Corte wants you to be scared.
Slow Web, pictured above, uses common building materials like vinyl siding and plywood to foreground a luminous orange neon spider’s web, creating an homage to a classic symbol of creepiness. The web is partially detached from its frame, drifting off to the left. How did it break free? Is there a ghost in the house or was that just a strong, cold breeze?
Another work, Good Window with Candle (Purple), pictured below, uses the same materials as Slow Web, but the shutter-flanked candle beneath an open double-hung window feels more solitary than sinister.
The exhibition, which runs through March 18, is accompanied by a book of short but spooky stories and stories to bring the eerieness out of the gallery and into the world.
C-A-T Spells Murder is up through March 18 at Karma’s East Village gallery (188 East 2nd Street). More details on the show and hours of operation can be found here.