The Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton is exhibiting David Altmejd: The Vessel until January 29, 2017.
Altmejd is of course the Canadian wonder kid who has taken the international art world by storm as well as representing Canada at the Venice Biennale. As far as this exhibition goes I’m afraid it is a case of be there or be square.
In 2011 Altmejd said this about The Vessel: “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 an arm that is about to throw an object.”
The sculpture is difficult to describe. To begin with it is enclosed in a 20 foot long plexiglass box that contains among other elements hands and noses. It is animate and changes. At times the various elements combine into swans.
Shows To See Before It Is Too Late: Many of us plan to go and see a show only to realize that it has already too late. This Christmas treat yourself to the chance to see some shows which in all probability will never return.