David Altmejd creates highly detailed sculptures that often blur the distinction between interior and exterior, surface and structure, representation and abstraction. For Altmejd, the process of making is paramount – he is interested in how the act of constructing an object generates meaning. Altmejd often defies traditional material conventions. In his recent series of large-scale semi-figurative sculptures he used seemingly random objects (such as hessian, polystyrene, chains, fur, crystals and resin casts of his hands and of exotic fruits) to create resonant connections and juxtapositions between diverse material elements. In his complex installations involving Perspex structures and vitrines, Altmejd often pairs symbolic objects, such as crystals and taxidermy birds and animals, with virtuosic applications of materials such as plaster, glitter, minerals and mirrors. Motivated by the invisible worlds that often exist just beneath the surface of things, the artist reveals the hidden structures in his own works through negative spaces: gaps, holes, fissures and crystal filled orifices are a recurring motif. In contrast, the reflective surfaces of his mirrored sculptures are impenetrable and both define and destabilise, as well as multiply, the spaces around them.Read More
David Altmejd’s work was the subject of a major survey exhibition entitled Flux shown at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, MUDAM in Luxembourg and the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal in 2014-15. Other recent solo exhibitions include David Altmejd: The Orbit, MOCA Cleveland, 2012; David Altmejd, Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, 2011 and Colossi, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, 2010.
David Altmejd represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and his first public sculpture The Eye, a commission from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, was unveiled in 2012.
David Altmejd was born in Montreal, Canada in 1974. He lives and works in New York.
Text courtesy Xavier Hufkens.
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