The artist to represent Canada in the 2007 Venice Biennial, Altmejd's large-scale sculptures are crystalline, hairy, decomposing, holy-hollow and pastel-painted. Often an important component of the sculptures are low lying plinth like supports, which give a museum-type feel to the werewolves, birds,
Ray's primary thematic concerns center around containment, integration, isolation, and self-sufficiency. A leader in Conceptual Realism, Ray's best work offers a metaphor for the gap between the literal and the symbolic (or the known and the unknown).
His art is compelling in its representation
If you walk into a room and find everything you held dear in childhood degraded, chances are it's a Paul McCarthy installation. McCarthy is known for shocking, sexually charged pieces that feature benign cartoon and pop-culture characters -- Olive Oyl and Santa Claus, among others -- in a bacchanalia