[Online Exhibition] David Altmejd
5130 W. Edgewood Pl. Los Angeles, CA 90019
Aug 28, 12 AM - 12 AM — ends Sep 23, 2020
With its multiple cast features, uncannily rendered surfaces, and refracted gaze, enter (2020) embodies the paradoxes that make Altmejd’s work such a compelling and vibrant feature of the contemporary landscape. Like many preceding works, the bust of a human figure is portrayed in a state of flux, emerging from its materials in a way that captures the energies of biological, geological, and perhaps even spiritual or metaphysical growth. At the same time, this growth leads to the disintegration of fixed identity, transforming the subject of the sculpture into a being that cannot be described as any one person or thing. Altmejd emphasizes this in-between status by intimately merging the ears of a rabbit—also multiplied—with the body of the bust, generating a hybrid of organs and species. Cradled in its hands, the rabbit acts as a kind of guide, leading us—and the artist—into mysteries of construction and consciousness. The sculpture opens spaces both within itself and within the minds of its viewers, and becomes a portal through which to encounter the past, present, and future of Altmejd’s visionary project.