David Altmejd, ‘Untitled 1 (Transitional Figures)’, 2013, Xavier Hufkens
David Altmejd, ‘Untitled 1 (Transitional Figures)’, 2013, Xavier Hufkens

About David Altmejd

“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.

Canadian, b. 1974

Solo Shows on Artsy

David Altmejd: L'air, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
Louisiana One Work: David Altmejd - The Flux and the Puddle, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek
David Altmejd, Brant Foundation, Greenwich

Group Shows on Artsy

Dream Machines, James Cohan, New York
Main Room, Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal
Science of dreams, Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal

Fair History on Artsy

Xavier Hufkens at FIAC 15