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Daniel Arsham Artist Talk
Premiere Presents at How Museum in Shanghai
Artist Daniel Arsham’s aesthetic revolves around his concept of fictional archaeology. Working in sculpture, architecture, drawing and film, he creates and crystallizes ambiguous in-between spaces or situations, and further stages what he refers to as future relics of the present. A huge number of everyday items were taken out from primitive functional context, “preserved” in his words, “like the petrified wood or the figures of Pompeii”. The dialogue between past and future is coagulated in modern civilized artifacts after being calcified by geological materials including volcanic ash, obsidian, glacial rock, and rose quartz. The duality of time has endowed the virtually-built archaeological site with a unique rhythm, which reflects the pattern of production and consumption under the mainstream ideology as well as contemporary urban experience.
This lecture systematically illustrates how the artist organizes and analyzes the concept and philosophy of his artistic practices. Out of what consideration does the he choose unconventional materials such as volcanic ashes, crystals, obsidian to represent his ideas? How does his work refer to and re-appropriate the traditional sculptures and paintings in art history? How does he examine modernism, represented by Le Corbusier, as an artist with proximity to architecture? How does he critically select and absorb different aesthetic conceptions from the various fields of architecture, sculpture, stage design, and film?
After the lecture, the artist will take a Q&A session interacting with audiences. He has a deep understanding of language constructed by globalization and social media. His multi-disciplinary collaboration is an extension of personal art practices, bridging audiences and traditional cultural barriers. Seats are limited and all are welcomed!
About The Artist
Raised in Miami, Daniel Arsham attended the Cooper Union in New York City where he received the Gelman Trust Fellowship Award in 2003. Structural experiment, historical inquiry, and satirical with all combine in Arsham’s ongoing interrogation of the real and the imagined. His interest in collaboration began early. In 2004 legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham asked Arsham to create the stage design for his work eyeSpace. Despite never being trained in stage design he has continued his practice, collaborating with Robert Wilson, as well as a sustained collaboration with Jonah Bokaer. To further expand the possibilities of spatial manipulation and collaboration, Arsham founded Snarkitecture in 2007 with partner Alex Mustonen to serve new and imaginative purposes. Arsham’s most recent collaboration with world renowned musician and producer Pharrell Williams involved the recreation in Volcanic Ash of Pharrell’s first keyboard.
Arsham’s work has been shown at PS1 in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, The Athens Bienniale in Athens, Greece, The New Museum In New York, Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, California and Carréd’Art de Nîmes, France among others. A first monograph of Arsham’s work was published by the French Centre National des arts plastiques and a second one was published by Galerie Perrotin in 2012.