Grenoble, Magasin de Grenoble

David Altmejd’s bird-obsessed installation “Index” at the Canadian pavilion was one of the highlights of the Venice Biennale in 2007. Life-size men had cockerel heads with testicles on their chins; stuffed birds perched on black frames among plastic trees and flowers; a giant werewolf figure, partly formed from glass and crystals, sat splayed on the ground in an unusual state of decay. A bird rested in one of its eyes, a squirrel scampered up its chest and leaves sprouted from the body.

Following this success, the 34-year-old Altmejd – a young art star represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York – is having his first solo show in France. The installation, initially conceived for the Denver Art Museum, continues his obsession with the gothic and the phantasmagoric. It includes male sculptures formed from staggered glass and mixed media, with broken or missing limbs. The tall sculptures manage to strongly evoke the human form, despite their jaggedness. Also included are tall cabinets made from cracked glass. As you’d expect, the atmosphere is deliberately unsettling while revealing the highly original spirit of Altmejd’s work.

February 1 through April 26, 2009
Magasin – Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble
Site Bouchayer-Viallet
155 cours Berriat
38000 Grenoble
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