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Art Watch : Daniel Arsham

Daniel Arsham is our Art Watch Artist for today. This section is brought to you by Art From Us and Divvya Nirula. The Artists we spotlight here can be from any field, across any discipline, and using a variety of media. We share here why we think they are important and worth – watching. Be it genius creators of eras gone by or the upcoming contemporary artist who is yet to have their first show. All come under the purview of Art Watch. 

Today we present to you 3 works by the artist in focus. They are :

  1. “Hourglass 07” by Daniel Arsham 
  2. “Broken Glass Sculpture” by Daniel Arsham
  3. “NY Giant’s Hat” by Daniel Arsham

Daniel Arsham : Art Watch

Today we present contemporary artist Daniel Arsham and his works. Daniel Arsham is an American Artist who lives and primarily works in New York. As an artist Arsham has always found himself drawn to architecture and its functions. He enjoys pushing the boundaries of how we perceive spaces and their uses. Furthermore, his approach to material and subject is humorous and witty, but never flippant or facetious. It is important to note that Arsham as artist and performer invites us to participate in some of his experiments. He sees the viewer as not just consumer, but also as collaborator. He is, after all, interested in how structures and architectural objects define our interaction with the physical world, as well as how and why they house our emotional lives, and our memories. In the end he sees these spaces and their traces as the cornerstones of human experience.

This interview by Complex Chief Content Officer Noah Callahan-Bever for their “The Blueprint” series asks questions and gains insights into the Artist Daniel Arsham and his working process. The reason we share this video here is because it gives us a glimpse into Arsham’s creative journey and what inspires him :

Arsham and I : First Impressions

Let us move from Arsham’s process and material success to when and how we came to know him and his art. We discovered the genius that is Daniel Arsham and his works for the first time at LONDON FRIEZE ART FAIR, 2014 edition. Art From Us and I, Divvya Nirula – came across Daniel Arsham’s works in situ at the fair through his work  “Obsidian Eroded Keyboard” (2014).

Earlier in the same year, Arsham had had his 9th solo-exhibition with Galerie Perrotin, Paris, titled “The Future is Always Now” . In that show he explored the themes of modernity and decay through music and its various instruments and manifestations. It was in that show that “Obsidian Eroded Keyboard”  was first shown. When you see all the works from that show, you realise that Arsham is showcasing childhood memories using nostalgic technology, such as a boom-box, a cassette-tape and of course the key-board.In that exhibition, Arsham presented the viewer with the familiar as unfamiliar. This is a theme that we later discovered is Arsham’s favourite. Needless to say, we were spellbound!

We share with you here a few of his works that always make us stop, look and think.

Daniel Arsham’s “Obsidian Eroded Keyboard” at Frieze London, 2014

The ‘Obsidian Eroded Keyboard’ till today fascinates me. Why? Because it looks to be from another time and place that has gone through a journey of mutation and transformation. The materials in and of themselves are fascinating as well. The keyborad is made-up of obsidian, fragments of  pulverized glass, and hydrostone, and it had an aura of great intrigue. You wanted to know where it had been, who had played it and who had heard the sounds it could make. The question was – could it make any sounds? This was the work that got us hooked on contemporary artist Daniel Arsham and his creative output.

His creations inspire us to weave tales around his contemporary artworks that carry with them a gravitas, as though they are simultaneously from an age gone by as well as the future. Here ends our little anecdote on how and when we were introduced to Daniel Arsham’s works. Let us know if you have a favourite work by him. We’d love to hear from you.

Daniel Arsham – a reaction to the times!

“Daniel Arsham looks and leaps, he is a product of the contemporary times where consumerism is conscpicous, the hype is real and all that we can acquire is never enough. His works to me look like a fevered-meditation of our modern-habits and our modern-sins!”

– Divvya Nirula

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