Name Amon First

David Altmejd. Photo : Marc Domage

Le Grand Théatre, 2016

Mixed media
441,3 x 137,2 x 106,7 cm
Presented by Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
Courtesy of the artist and the gallery

David Altmejd was born in Montreal in 1974. He lives and works in New York.

Le Grand Theatre is a colossal neo-baroque sculpture. David Altmejd creates highly detailed sculptures that often blur the distinction between interior and exterior, surface and structure, representation and abstraction.

For the artist, the process of making is paramount – he is interested in how the act of constructing an object and the disregard of traditional conventions regarding the use of materials generates meaning.

In his recent series of large-scale semi-figurative sculptures he used seemingly random objects creating connections and juxtapositions which resonate between the different materials. Inspired 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 destabilize - as well as multiply - the spaces around them.

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