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Filmed in early 2011, two of David Altmejd’s assistants describe the experience of working for the sculptor in his Queens, New York studio. Shown preparing new works for Altmejd’s 2011 show at Andrea Rosen Gallery, the assistants provide unique insight into Altmejd’s creative process. Time-lapse photography captures the team at work on the large-scale sculptures The Vessel (2011) and The Swarm (2011).More information and credits
Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Susan Sollins. Camera: Jarred Altmerman, Nicholas Lindner & Zach Spira-Bauer. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: David Altmejd. Theme Music: Peter Foley.
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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.