Canadian artist David Altmejd's vitrines, at times, remind the viewer of biological systems or ghostly specters. Building his elaborate systems in transparent boxes, he creates forms conveying change and transformation that appear to float free while trapped in space.
"These are incredibly detailed, amazing sculptures by a young artist who is making very powerful work," says MOCA chief curator David Norr.
It's fitting then that the New York City-based Altmejd is one of 16 artists chosen to be part of Inside Out and From the Ground Up, MOCA's opening exhibit that looks at our relation to space and the built world, as well as the boundary between inside and out.
His is the first work of art visitors to the new museum will encounter within the walls of a gallery, and it promises to be a striking one. Altmejd is creating a 22-foot vitrine that examines the ideas of entropy and regeneration.
"This piece is going to be a great surprise for people coming through the building," Norr says.
Built specifically with the Toby Devan Lewis
Gallery's 70-foot-deep and 20-foot-wide dimensions in mind, it will be one Altmejd's largest vitrines to date.
"It has very interesting proportions," Norr says of the gallery space. "The piece that he is doing is really going to fit in there in a way that makes the work sing."