New York-based artist David Altmejd recently opened his first major exhibition in Asia at the White Cube Hong Kong, coinciding with Art Basel. “The Vibrating Man” will consist of multiple sculptures, as the artist creatively combines crude expressionism with realism.
Using raw materials, the artist manifests a post-apocalyptic fantasy, however, one which is fundamentally positive, restraining as it produces the potential for regeneration, evolution and reinvention.
Sculptures might have heads sprouting out of each other, inverted or sharing a pair of eyes. Some faces happen to be shovelled out entirely, with open wounds exposing depths of mesmerising crystallisation.
Renowned for merging the themes of science, magic, science fiction and gothic romanticism, Altmejd has previously mentioned: “A perfect object for me, is something that is extremely seductive and extremely repulsive at the same time.”
David Altmejd’s “The Vibrating Man” at the White Cube Hong Kong is open now, and is set to run until May 18.
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‘I am much more interested in the object being alive and being able to develop its own intelligence and generate meaning. I do not want to use the piece as a tool to communicate meaning. I want it to be able to generate its own meaning.’ David Altmejd Opening tomorrow, #WhiteCube #HongKong presents ‘A Vibrating Man’, an exhibition of new sculptures by #DavidAltmejd. The two distinct installations the artist has created, presented on each of the gallery floors, offer multiple narrative possibilities in their relationship to one another. On the ground floor, a life-sized figure, the ‘vibrating man’ from which the show takes its title, sits in a lotus position as if in meditation. By contrast, the upstairs gallery contains a profusion of sculpture, including a number of busts, skewered on metal poles and placed on plinths, of different heights and sizes. Image: David Altmejd, ‘The Orchid’, 2019 © the artist. Courtesy White Cube. Photo: Lance Brewer.