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David Altmejd

Canadian, b. 1974

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David Altmejd

Canadian, b. 1974

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Biography

“I think about decay not in a negative way, but in the sense of creating a space for things to start growing,” explains David Altmejd, an artist known for severed werewolf head sculptures and other compellingly grotesque works. Altmejd explores materials, processes, and structures in metaphor-infused, diorama-like tableaux, consisting of taxidermy animals, bondage gear, crystals, Plexiglas, and the like. The Giant 2 (2007)—an enormous mixed-media installation featuring a rotting corpse that hosted birds and squirrels in its caverns and sprouted glittering crystals, beads, and faux flowers—embodies the themes of sexuality, decay, and rejuvenation that recur throughout his work. Recently, Altmejd created Vessel (2011), comprised of nearly invisible Plexiglas boxes that suspend disembodied hands and noses in space. “Everything is supposed to be in balance and the box is the field of energy,” he explains.

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Louisiana Museum of Art
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Group show at a major institution
Palais de Tokyo, and 3 more
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Coleccion SOLO
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Artforum, and 5 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Biography

“I think about decay not in a negative way, but in the sense of creating a space for things to start growing,” explains David Altmejd, an artist known for severed werewolf head sculptures and other compellingly grotesque works. Altmejd explores materials, processes, and structures in metaphor-infused, diorama-like tableaux, consisting of taxidermy animals, bondage gear, crystals, Plexiglas, and the like. The Giant 2 (2007)—an enormous mixed-media installation featuring a rotting corpse that hosted birds and squirrels in its caverns and sprouted glittering crystals, beads, and faux flowers—embodies the themes of sexuality, decay, and rejuvenation that recur throughout his work. Recently, Altmejd created Vessel (2011), comprised of nearly invisible Plexiglas boxes that suspend disembodied hands and noses in space. “Everything is supposed to be in balance and the box is the field of energy,” he explains.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Louisiana Museum of Art
Group
Group show at a major institution
Palais de Tokyo, and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Coleccion SOLO
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Shows Featuring David Altmejd
Articles Featuring David Altmejd
Yeasayer and David Altmejd Collaborated on a Creepy Album Cover
Mar 29th, 2016
Yeasayer and David Altmejd Collaborated on a Creepy Album Cover
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