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David Altmejd in "Boundaries"

In his studio in New York City, French Canadian artist David Altmejd constructs The Vessel (2011) and The Swarm (2011), massive Plexiglass and plaster sculptures that Altmejd describes as “laboratories” within which he can experiment with different materials and ideas, contrasting images of menace with sensual tenderness.

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Series Created By: Susan Dowling & Susan Sollins. Executive Producer & Curator: Susan Sollins. Series Producer: Eve Moros Ortega. Associate Curator: Wesley Miller. Director of Production: Nick Ravich. Production Coordinator: Ian Forster. Consulting Director: Catherine Tatge. Editor: Mark Sutton. Director of Photography: Jarred Alterman, Sunil Pillai, Ian Serfontein, Joel Shapiro, & Yasushi Kishimoto. Additional Photography: Martial Barrault, Dado Carlin, Craig Feldman, Nicholas Lindner, Jared Schiller, & Zachary Spira-Bauer. Sound: Patrick Christensen, Nicholas Lindner, Mark Mandler, Gissy Michael, Roger Phenix, Laurent Rodriguez, & Merce Williams. Assistant Camera: Christopher Aran, Amy Bench, Jeymes Cabala, Nick Esposito, John Marton, Clair Popkin, Michael Pruitt-Bruun, & Yahia Zadek. Field Producer: Charles Atlas & Mariana Valdrighi Amaral. Production Assistant: Logan Needle. Voiceover Artist: Karen Huie. Assistant Editor: Crystal De Boulet, Dahlia Fischbein, Morgan Riles, Bahron Thomas, & Alex Zustra. Tabaimo Translation: Hitomi Iwasaki, Justin Jesty, Keiko Koshihara, Manami Beer, Manami Fujimori, Ashley Rawlings, & Reiko Tomii.

Art Direction and Design: Open, New York. Online Editor: Don Wyllie. Composer: Peter Foley. Voiceover Artist: Jace Alexander. Sound Editor: Margaret Crimmins & Greg Smith. Sound Mix: Cory Melious. Sound Assistant: Steve Giammaria. Artwork Animation: Frank Ferrigno. Graphics Animation: Urosh Perishic.

Artworks Courtesy of: David Altmejd; assume vivid astro focus; Tabaimo; © Lynda Benglis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; © 2011 Robert Morris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; Cheim & Read, New York; & James Cohan Gallery, New York. Archival Footage & Photography Courtesy of: Lynda Benglis, Photograph by Hans Namuth; © 1991 Hans Namuth Estate; Rick Castro; Steph Goralnick; Patrick Hersant; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Kristy Leibowitz; Kat Mareck; Kleber Matheus; Tom Powel; Anand Sarabhai; Dermot Smyth; Ufer! Art Documentary; Video Data Bank; & Josh White. Travel Agent: Lita Gottesman & Sue Mackiewicz.

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David Altmejd

With an almost childlike fascination for objects that grow, transform, and reshape themselves, David Altmejd creates sculptures, suffused with ornament, that blur distinctions between interior and exterior, surface and structure, representation and abstraction. Meaning, for Altmejd, does not exist in advance of the work in process. His interest lies in the making—the building of an object that will generate meaning. Using armatures in the forms of giants and angels that convey both human and supernatural energies, he abandons standard narrative conventions in favor of an exploration of materials, processes, and structures.

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“I don’t need to make sketches of the sculptures I make, before I make them. Because I don’t think that there’s a lot of difference between putting ink on a piece of paper and, you know, gluing little pieces of crystal on plexiglass in space.”

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