Navigating the blurred lines between architecture, performance, and sculpture, Daniel Arsham’s works transform the familiar into the beautifully surreal. If you’re looking for Daniel Arsham original prints and editions for sale or would like to sell, request a complimentary valuation and browse our network’s most in-demand works.
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Born in 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio, Daniel Arsham’s passion for art mingled with his fascination for architecture from a young age. This foundation laid the groundwork for a multi-disciplinary approach that defies easy categorisation. Attending Cooper Union in New York City, he honed his craft and began exploring the intersections of art, architecture, and performance.
Arsham's oeuvre is characterised by its play on forms, challenging perceptions of space and structure. He takes everyday items – from musical instruments to sports equipment – and reconstructs them in unexpected materials like volcanic ash, crystal, and quartz, transforming them into archeological discoveries from an imagined future.
Arsham's art consistently grapples with our perceptions of time. While most artists capture moments, Arsham encapsulates epochs. His sculptures, with their decaying-yet-futuristic appearance, seem to defy chronological placement. They act as bridges, linking ancient histories to speculative futures. By presenting artefacts of times yet to come, Arsham compels viewers to reconsider their linear understanding of time and ponder on the transient nature of existence.
When Arsham collaborated with choreographer Merce Cunningham, it was more than just an intersection of two artistic minds; it was a fusion of temporal and spatial expression. His stage designs, marked by their ethereal aesthetics and clever play with architectural elements, enhanced Cunningham's dance narratives. The synergy of their combined artistry transformed the stage into an evolving tableau, where movement and visuals coalesced to tell a richer, more multifaceted story.
Beyond conventional canvases and sculptures, Arsham broadened his horizons through Snarkitecture, co-founding it with Alex Mustonen. This venture wasn't just about producing aesthetic marvels; it was an exploration into the essence of spaces and structures. The installations produced by Snarkitecture don't just occupy space; they reimagine and reinvent it, prompting those who engage with their work to see the familiar world through a more curious and whimsical lens.