In December 2014, David Altmejd signed his first edition of prints, a portfolio of 21 intaglio prints with pigmented inkjet and hand additions entitled Ringers. After a year of collaboration, the project started to take shape into the form of series of portraits composed of photographs the artist had taken of studio assistants and the staff and students working in the Neiman Center. Within the portfolio, Artistic Director Tomas Vu-Daniel, Assistant Director Marie Tennyson, and Master Printer Doug Bennett, as well as a number of MFA students, can be found as source images for Altmejd's creations. Altmejd inverted each photograph to create a new creature, identity or gem. For each image, painstaking effort was taken to embellish, develop and build each portrait, making each a precious new jewel. The set of prints was debuted at the Edition's and Artists' Books Fair in November 2014.
Faye Hirsch reviewed Ringers in the March/April 2015 issue of Art in Print.
David Altmejd was born in 1974 in Montreal, Canada. He currently lives and works in New York. In 2001, Altmejd received his MFA from Columbia University. His most recent exhibitions include Flux a retrospective exhibition that has traveled from the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris to the Mudam Luxembourg and the Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal. and Juices at Andrea Rosen Gallery. His work is in the public collections of the Art Gallery oF Ontario, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, and the Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal.