Monday, April 6, 2009

David Altmejd

David Altmejd is a Canadian artist (born in Montreal in 1974) who lives and works in both Montreal and London, England.

In 2001, he completed his Masters of Fine Arts at Columbia University. He also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Universite du Quebec A Montreal.

Since graduating with his MFA, he has taken part in many high profile group shows at important spaces as impressive as Artists Space and Deitch Projects, both in New York City.

David Altmejd's sculptures mix seemingly random objects such as decapitated werewolf heads with graffiti-style Stars of David, stained Calvin Klien underwear, towers made of mirrors, plastic flowers and faux jewlery, to create sculptural systems loaded with what he calls “symbolic potential” and open ended narratives.

Werewolf heads have appeared so frequently in his work that in the contemporary art world, they are widely recognized as being closely affiliated with this artist.

Davids instillation piece 'the index' is now on display @ the AGO I highly suggest paying the $20 bucks to see that and all the rest of the contemporary art collections.

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