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b. 1974, Canada

David Altmejd Biography

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.

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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.

David Altmejd Featured Artworks

Spirit Transfer by David Altmejd contemporary artwork
David AltmejdSpirit Transfer, 2019Expandable foam, epoxy clay, epoxy gel, resin, wood, steel, hair, acrylic paint, quartz, glass eyes, pencil, mechanical pencil, metal wire, and glass rhinestones
71.1 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
David Kordansky Gallery Contact Gallery
Le Belge! by David Altmejd contemporary artwork
David AltmejdLe Belge!, 2018Urethane foam, epoxy clay, epoxy gel, resin, Aqua-Resin, fibreglass, steel, acrylic paint, acrylic gel, glass eyes, synthetic hair, quartz, cotton shirt collar, rhinestone
66 x 41.9 x 35.6 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Magic Loop by David Altmejd contemporary artwork
David AltmejdMagic Loopaqua resin, epoxy resin, fiberglass, steel, aluminum, graphite, MSA Varnish
203.2 x 246.7 x 25.4 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Le Fond by David Altmejd contemporary artwork
David AltmejdLe Fond, 2016polyurethane foam, resin, epoxy clay, epoxy gel, synthetic hair, quartz, acrylic paint, acrylic gel, rubber band, steel
31 x 16 x 21 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Untitled 13 (Bodybuilders) by David Altmejd contemporary artwork
David AltmejdUntitled 13 (Bodybuilders), 2015Plaster
203.2 x 57.8 x 57.8 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Untitled 12 (Guides) by David Altmejd contemporary artwork
David AltmejdUntitled 12 (Guides), 2013Wood, mirror
188 x 90.2 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery

David Altmejd Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, David Altmejd, L'air at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
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4 March–9 April 2016 David Altmejd L'air Xavier Hufkens6 rue St-Georges, Brussels

David Altmejd Represented By

Xavier Hufkens contemporary art gallery in 6 rue St-Georges, Brussels, Belgium Xavier Hufkens Brussels

David Altmejd In Ocula Magazine

Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See By Tessa Moldan, Hong Kong

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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David Altmejd In Related Press

Preview: Art Brussels Related Press Preview: Art Brussels 19 April 2017, Elephant

'Art Brussels believes in galleries that support their artists throughout their evolution... We are definitely not interested in showing work in a supermarket-like style.' We speak with Anne Vierstraete, Managing Director of Art Brussels, as the fair nears its thirty-fifth edition.

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The art of management: Interview with Jennifer Flay, Director of FIAC 2016 Related Press The art of management: Interview with Jennifer Flay, Director of FIAC 2016 18 October 2016, AMA

Director of FIAC, Jennifer Flay shares with AMA the spirit of this 43rd edition.  AMA: What are the FIAC’s strengths this year? Jennifer Flay:  We’re very proud of the creation of On Site, found inside and around the Petit Palais; we’ve given the project this name to distinguish it clearly from the Hors...

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Shortlist announced for Canada's 2016 Sobey Art Award Related Press Shortlist announced for Canada's 2016 Sobey Art Award 2 June 2016, Artforum

The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada announced today the five artists who have been shortlisted for the 2016 Sobey Art Award.

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David Altmejd In Video & Audio

David Altmejd: The Heart is a Werewolf Related Video & Audio David Altmejd: The Heart is a Werewolf 16 March 2016, Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

David Altmejd was interviewed by Christian Lund at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in November 2015 in connection to the exhibition of his 328 x 640 x 714 centimetres sculpture The Flux and the Puddle  (2014). Among the many materials used for the sculpture are wax, mirrors, plaster, latex, feathers, ink, wood, steel wire and...

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