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David Altmejd lives and works in Montreal. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Galerie Clark and Centre des arts actuels Skol in 1998. He has also participated in several group exhibitions including Artifice 98, organized by the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, Stimulià at the Maison de la culture Frontenac, and Les bricolos at Galerie Clark. In addition to his sculptural practice, David Altmejd also uses video as a means of expression; he took part in the Seizièmes rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (1998) and the Festival international du cinéma et des nouveaux médias de Montréal (1997).
Among the ambiguities that David Altmejd retains to populate his lower gardens, the serious cohabits with the playful, the precious neighbour with the bauble, humour spawns with the incongruous and DIY sometimes takes on a serious air. From these gaps, the artist imagines circuits, sets up a device, not to demonstrate or dismantle a "machine" (how does it work?), but rather to highlight and accentuate the effect of ambiguity and what it produces on the reception of the work. In the relationship that is established between elements that seem to be out of all congruence, a polarity is established from which an energy-producing dynamic arises. The artist speaks of his work in terms of devices that generate psychological energy. This energy, which sometimes comes to the viewer's attention, is received by the spectator either through surprise or through the strangeness it takes on. A certain humour emanates from these connections and the effect of strangeness produced. But as soon as the smile is provoked, we remain in suspense, not knowing if the comic effect has not closed in on us. A hint of irony may have stung us.