David Altmejd

12.11.15 - 31.1.16

David Altmejd has created one of the most attention-grabbing works of the last few years in the field of sculpture and installation. The Flux and the Puddle was a fascinating and frightening work about the body and its place in the world.

The work is owned by Collection Giverny Capital, on long term loan to the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Canada.

Born in Canada in 1974, David Altmejd pushed ideas and representations of the body and all its features to extremes and in The Flux and the Puddle ended up with a gigantic model with references to ecosystems and computer circuits. This work, from 2014, was like the Baroque ‘cabinet of curiosities’ translated into our own Big Bang era, sending us on a strange voyage through the work, driven by curiosity, intuition and close inspection.

The Flux and the Puddle

With its 328 x 640 x 714 centimetres and with figures and formations in among other materials wax, mirrors, plaster, acrylic paint, latex, feathers, ink, wood, steel wire and quartz mounted in a confusing multitude of Plexiglas cases, this work quite simply was an extraordinary experience.


“When I make a sculpture, I don’t want to control it intellectually. I want it to create its own intelligence.” That's how David Altmejd described his work 'The Flux and the Puddle' in Louisiana Channel's interview with the artist. Among other things, Altmejd also talked about his sculpting method where he worked in a detail-oriented and microscopic manner to build and think a bigger a structure.


Louisiana One Work was a new series in the museum’s exhibition practice. The series presented unique single works, often on the large scale – as Louisiana had done earlier, for example in 2012 with Ed Kienholz’ Five Car Stud, and in 2015 with Richard Mosse’s video installation The Enclave.