Friday, January 1, 2010

David Altmejd

David Altmejd's work actually strangely caught my eye a little over a year ago, as I was sunbaking on the beach and reading a British Harper's Bazaar magazine- no kidding! There was a teeny photo of a close-up on one of his lemmings-esque mindblowing sculptures and my reaction was "What the hell is that?"

Ultimately, on further research I discovered his indescribable work- maybe it's the use of mirror (reflection, camoflage and obvious forced audience inclusion) the pastel tones, incorporation of plants, or the sheer plethora of textural juxtapositions that make his work so complex and intriguing.
Either way, it's pretty awesome, and I can't wait to be able to see one in person, and then (possibly) finally figure out what the hell is going on there!
Anyway, Altmejd is a Canadian-born artist, who six years after concluding his studies was asked to represent his country at the 2007 Venice Bienalle making him one of the youngest artists ever to have the prestigous opportunity.

A lot of his work seems to focus on representations of human and animal forms with exposed internal architecture, which happens to be home to elaborate collage or labyrinths of figurine scale sculptures and found object.
These small worlds imply a narrative, yet seem to not allude to any subject matter that may be intrinsic to the developing story at hand- ultimately leaving it up to the audiences imagination to construct hypothesis and dreams regarding as mentioned earlier.. what the hell is going on..
check it out!

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