Daniel Arsham's uchronic aesthetics revolve around his concept of fictional archaeology. Working in sculpture, architecture, drawing and film, he creates and crystallises ambiguous in-between spaces or situations, and further stages what he refers to as future relics of the present. They are eroded casts of modern artifacts and contemporary human figures, which he expertly makes out of some geological material such as sand, selenite or volcanic ash for them to appear as if they had just been unearthed after being buried for ages. Always iconic, most of the objects that he turns into stone refer to the late 20th century or millennial era, when technological obsolescence unprecedentedly accelerated along with the digital dematerialisation of our world. While the present, the future and the past poetically collide in his haunted yet playful visions between romanticism and pop art, Daniel Arsham also experiments with the timelessness of certain symbols and gestures across cultures.
Text courtesy Perrotin.
Against the backdrop of the natural, geological features of UCCA Dune, Daniel Arsham: Sands of Time stages recent sculptures and related drawings that expand upon his fascination with history, relics of the past, and idea of a 'fictional archeology.'
Daniel Arsham arrives in Hong Kong from New York in time to enjoy the last four hours of his birthday, although with his new show, Fictional Archeology, about to open at Galerie Perrot
On a lazy Sunday earlier this month, I visited a selfie space. Snark Park, a project of Daniel Arsham, Alex Mustonen, and Ben Porto's design group, Snarkitecture, opened last month inside the new mall
Daniel Arsham is an artist unencumbered by the conventions of a particular place or period. Indeed, the very nature of his work and his audience's connection to it suggest that the lines of what const
This first discussion, Virtual Reality: How Will It Influence Art & Design? revolved around the content, narratives, and technology that makes up virtual and augmented reality, and offered insight into our technologically-manipulated surroundings through Arsham’s creative lens. 'My interest has been in where this...
An immersive, site-specific exhibition titled Human Condition is currently taking up residency at a former hospital in West Adams, Los Angeles – once known as Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center. Opening in 1971, it was the first Black-owned hospital in the California city, running until the neighbourhood’s decline and revelations...
Video of the exhibition 3018 by Daniel Arsham at Perrotin New York September 8–October 21, 2018. Video: Guillaume Ziccarelli © 2018
Interview of Daniel Arsham on the occasion of his exhibition The Angle of Repose at Perrotin Paris, October–December 2017
Conversation between Daniel Arsham & Paul Ardenne. On the occasion of the exhibition The angle of Repose Saturday October 14, 2017
During the week of Art Basel in Miami Beach earlier this month, Whitewall partnered with Lexus to host two days of talks at the Faena Hotel. The conversations, titled _Lexus Art Series: Art & Innovati