Born in Canada in 1974, David Altmejd pushes ideas and representations of the body and all its features to extremes and in The Flux and the Puddle ends up with a gigantic model with references to ecosystems and computer circuits. This work, from 2014, is like the Baroque ‘cabinet of curiosities’ translated into our own Big Bang era, sending us on a strange voyage through the work, driven by curiosity, intuition and close inspection.
With its 328 x 640 x 714 centimetres and with figures and formations in among other materials wax, mirrors, plaster, acrylic paint , latex, feathers, ink, wood, steel wire and quartz mounted in a confusing multitude of Plexiglas cases, this work quite simply is an extraordinary experience.
The work is owned by Collection Giverny Capital, on long term loan to the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Canada.
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