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Riley Hanson: Essay Included in “C-A-T Spells Murder”

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An essay by Stamps alumnus Riley Hanson (BFA 2017) is featured in C‑A-T Spells Murder, a book of collected stories published on the occasion of Alex Da Corte’s solo exhibition C‑A-T Spells Murder at Karma New York.

Fear, like any emotion, is much larger when the immediate threat is not present. When it arrives personified it is often familiar. When we try to escape it, only strangeness awaits. Karma is pleased to present Alex Da Corte’s C‑A-T Spells Murder, for which the artist has employed video, sculpture, and painting to create an immersive environment.

Alex Da Corte (b. 1980, Camden, New Jersey) received a BFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art. His first survey exhibition, Free Roses, was held at MASS MoCA, North Adams in 2016. He will mount a solo exhibition at Kölnischer Kunstverein in April. Other recent solo exhibitions include BAD LAND, Josh Lilley Gallery, London; Slow Graffiti, Secession Building, Vienna, Austria; A Man Full Of Trouble at Maccarone Gallery, New York; 50 Wigs at the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark; A Season in He’ll at Art + Practice, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); and Le Miroir Vivant at The Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2015). In 2012, Da Corte was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. He lives and works in Philadelphia.

An eponymous book of 24 spooky essays and short stories has been published on the occasion of the exhibition.

C‑A-T Spells Murder, Edited by Alex da Corte and Sam McKinniss, features essays by Dan Allegretto, Al Bedell, Alissa Bennett, Ian Bosak, Tommy Brewer, Charlie Fox, Noël Freibert, Francesca Gavin, Riley Hanson, Jonas Kyle, Sam Mckinniss, Bob Nickas, George Pendle, Kaitlin Phillips, Tommy Pico, Sarah Nicole Prickett, William Pym, David Rimanelli, Collier Schorr, MT Shelves, Jeremy Sigler, Zach Smith, Amy Rose Spiegel, and Jia Tolentino.