Episode #170: Filmed in early 2011, two of David Altmejd's assistants describe the experience of working for the sculptor in his Queens, New York studio. Shown preparing new works for Altmejd's 2011 show at Andrea Rosen Gallery, the assistants provide unique insight into Altmejd's creative process. Time-lapse photography captures the team at work on the large-scale sculptures "The Vessel" (2011) and "The Swarm" (2011).
With an almost childlike fascination for objects that grow, transform, and reshape themselves, David Altmejd creates sculptures, suffused with ornament, that blur distinctions between interior and exterior, surface and structure, representation and abstraction. Altmejd abandons standard narrative conventions in favor of an exploration of materials, processes, and structures. In diorama-like tableaux, Altmejd pairs objects laden with symbolism—crystals, gold chain, and taxidermy—with virtuosic applications of materials such as plaster, thread, and mirrors.
CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Susan Sollins. Camera: Jarred Altmerman, Nicholas Lindner & Zach Spira-Bauer. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: David Altmejd. Theme Music: Peter Foley.