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La Rose

2010

David Altmejd talks about the work La Rose

Plexiglas, synthetic hair, glue

The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut

La Rose

2010

I’ve been making a lot of sculptures in Plexiglas boxes, Plexiglas structures, and usually what I do is make a sort of abstract world develop inside the Plexiglas box. And I use the Plexiglas boxes as an invisible structure that I can use to hang things and make things develop and permit the viewer to see everything at once, as if the viewer had X-ray glasses and was able to see every detail, every space inside the structure, all at once. So it was important also for me to create the opposite. This is maybe the reverse, or the complete opposite. It’s like the black hole compared to the sun. It was important for me to create that, to have a black hole instead of a sun. So in that case, the eye cannot have access at all to most of the volume contained in that sculpture. And that is something that I find very interesting. If you look inside the little hole, there is an opening, and it sort of gives you access to that space, but it’s impossible to access it, which I find, just in the way that it opposes itself to everything else around it, I like that.