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David Altmejd

Untitled, 2019

Expanded polyurethane foam, epoxy clay, resin, epoxy gel, quartz, steel, cement, lighter, glass eyes, crayon, Sharpie
34 × 18 × 18 in
86.4 × 45.7 × 45.7 cm
This is a unique work.
On loan
location
Long Island City
David Altmejd
Canadian, b. 1974
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“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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David Altmejd
Canadian, b. 1974
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“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.

David Altmejd

Untitled, 2019

Expanded polyurethane foam, epoxy clay, resin, epoxy gel, quartz, steel, cement, lighter, glass eyes, crayon, Sharpie
34 × 18 × 18 in
86.4 × 45.7 × 45.7 cm
This is a unique work.
On loan
location
Long Island City
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