David Altmejd's First French Retrospective Arrives in Paris

January 28, 2015 10:05 PM

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Born in Montreal in 1974, David Altmejd is a sculptor based in New York City. Rather than the substantial materials and rigid forms of traditional sculpture, he usually combines malleable, volatile organic substances -- polystyrene, expandable foam, synthetic hair, coconut, epoxy gel, gold, plywood, latex paints -- into heavily worked forms and characters.

The materials frequently seem to be punching through each other to create new substances, reveal more detail in the work or subvert the lifelike figures that he has created. His sculptures range from realistically proportioned but gently mutated humanoids in eye-catching color schemes ("Untitled 1 (...

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