David Altmejd Creates Sculptures That Blur Concepts

Modern artist David Altmejd creates sculpture art that often blurs 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 and the unconventional use of materials gives rise to meaning.

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L’oeil, 2017
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L’oeil, 2017
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Daybreak, 2014
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Man with Black Sweater, 2018

In David Altmejd‘s figurative art, the human body in relation to processes of decay, renewal, and transformation is a principal theme, with more recent sculptures appearing to either create or destroy themselves. David Altmejd‘s modern art sculptures, which range from monumental to head scaled works, often incorporate a myriad of unexpected materials (such as plaster, polystyrene, chain, hair, quartz, mirrors, and casts of hands and fruit), the combinations of which can be captivating, disturbing or extremely poetic.

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Untitled 9 (Bodybuilders), 2014

 

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The New North, 2007

Motivated by the invisible worlds that often exist beneath the surface of things, the contemporary artist reveals the hidden contemporary art structures in his own works through negative spaces: gaps, holes, fissures and crystal-filled orifices are a recurring motif. David Altmejd is also known for his earlier series of vast Perspex vitrines filled with labyrinthine arrangements of symbolic objects and materials. In these mesmeric works, precision and order conjure an aura of mystery and magic.

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Le grand théâtre, 2016
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L’heure, 2016
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Untitled, 2017
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La charge, 2016

While the vitrines draw viewers into the heart of a complex world, his mirrored modern sculptures, which date from the same period, are resolutely impenetrable. Thanks to their reflective surfaces, they both define and destabilize, as well as multiple, the surrounding space.

 

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