Are You Confused Yet?

the vessel david altmejd“The whole point of art is to perplex and confound.”  Andrew Kear the chief curator at the Winnipeg Art Gallery is describing David Altmejd’s ideas about art.  Altmejd’s huge detailed work The Vessel is currently on display at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and it certainly does perplex and confound.  There is no easy explanation for what it is all about.  Yes the piece does appear to be a kind of vessel as its name suggests, a vessel filled with a multitude of the most interesting things.  We see parts of bodies…

hands moulding the vessel david altmejdHands moulding and shaping things

ears the vessel david altmejdEars

noses david altmejdNoses

bees david altmejdThere are containers filled with insects and…………………

swan the vessel david altmejdGiant shapes that look like swans or musical instruments and ………………

spools of thread david altmejdyou see spools of thread tongue depressers david altmejd the vesseland large wooden pieces kind of like wings of some sortthe vessel by david altmejdAndrew Kear  says David Altmejd likes to see what the unintended will bring to art. He likes to discover what accidents will happen as he constructs an art piece.  That makes for the creation of art that definitely makes you think and ask questions and use your imagination.  I can hardly wait to show The Vessel to kids.  I know they will find all kinds of things in this artwork I haven’t discovered yet. 

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