David Altmejd's current show at Andrea Rosen Gallery, involves two large scale Plexiglas enclosures and one smaller sized, elevated on platforms. The Vessel collectively includes plaster cast arms and hands that form the shape of swan-like figures and shapes. The images of waves cresting, made of Plexiglas; Altmejd uses objects to simulate motion and space. Metal chains, thread, string, Plexiglas, plaster cast mouldings of: ears, hands, wrists, arms and noses. Spools of thread, semi-precious stones/rocks, glass that is shaped in the form of stones in their natural rock formations and pyrite. A plaster cast decomposed head with prosthetic eyes lies in a visible corner next to The Vessel. In The Swarm, a Plexiglas enclosure houses gold-tone metal chains, thread and Plexiglas in the shapes of a swarm of bees. And ants are doing what they do best, working. And finally in the Architect 2, which is in the back of the gallery displays a Plexiglas enclosure (smaller than the first two) with semi-precious rocks and stones in their natural formations. On the wall is a "figure coming out" of the wall. This figure and a large hand dug wingspan. I was very impressed and entranced with the enormity of this project and the extreme attention to detail. It's a thought provoking show that makes you wonder how this was executed and the enormous amount of patience need to complete the work. The Vessel, The Swarm and Architect 2, Must see. At Andrea Rosen Gallery thru April 23rd. - Madame J.
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