Born Montreal, 1964
Lives and works in Montreal
Alexandre David creates works that are not meant to be solely looked at but rather inhabited or corporally experienced. His practice can be understood as a hybrid between architecture and sculpture, creating installations that capture precise instances in time and space. The viewer, in turn, is able to navigate freely within these new contexts. Immersive and encouraging exploration, the constructions prompt visitors to consider the possibilities of architecture within architecture (different parameters, freedoms and orientations), thus deconstructing the agency of space itself. Participants are called upon to challenge the conventional narrative established between pre and post-minimalist sculpture by engaging in new ways of negotiating fabricated space.
In 2012, David and Parisian Laundry were honored by winning Best Exhibition at a Private Gallery at the Gala des Arts Visuels for the artist's first solo exhibition, Split. One year prior, David conceived of Une place ou deux for the Quebec Triennial at the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal. The installation was a critical intervention into the conventional parameters of the idealized space of the museum. David's work has been shown in museums and galleries across Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland and France. In fall 2013, David was the subject of L'un sur l'autre at Parisian Laundry and in 2015 exhibited a solo show at G Gallery (Toronto). He pariticipated in a residency at Studio Let 777 (Dubrovnik, Croatia) in summer of 2015 and completed a site specific project at HUB (Nantes, Frances).