David Altmejd

Born in Montreal, 1974.
Lives and works in New York and London, UK

What inspired The Vessel was a movement. The movement of something that retracts a little, to gain energy just before throwing itself forward. Like a wave that draws back and swells with water and energy and is about to crash; or the movement of arm that is about to throw an object. The idea of creating a sculpture that is too structurally and spatially complex to be grasped all at once comes from an interest in nature. The experience of nature is an experience of details that results in the impression of something great. In this way, I wanted The Vessel to be experienced through an infinite number of material details that would lead to the impression of an immaterial grand movement.

The Vessel 2011
plexiglas, chain, plaster, wood, thread, wire, acrylic paint, epoxy resin, epoxy clay, acrylic gel, granular medium, quartz, pyrite, assorted minerals, adhesive, wire, pins, and needles
260.4 × 619.8 × 219.7 cm
Purchased 2012 © David Altmejd,
Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Photo © NGC

Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012 exhibition catalogue
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa