Daniel Arsham mines coveted consumer goods and iconic images to create his conceptual objects and sculptures. The artist then casts and refinishes his work to mimic the effects of erosion and subsidence to create monuments to our current obsessions, as if the objects were rescued from Pompeii.
That same excavation urge also drives many of his installations, which range from layered broken walls to geodex-filled caverns and melting portals. From room-enhancing environmental installations for leading brands and museums to elaborate sets for classical dance, Arsham twists elements of architecture to create immersive aesthetic experiences that appeal to the divided attention span of a contemporary audience.
The Daniel Ashram coffee table book is presented as an introductory guide to Arsham's desirable world and offers a complete overview of his practice. The late Virgil Abloh discusses Arsham's contribution to a post-media artistic landscape, a thread developed by Hans Ulrich Obrist in a conversation with the artist that outlines art historical precedents. Steven Matijcio discusses the artist's projects and collaborations, which range from sets for Merce Cunningham's dance company to clothing and sneakers with streetwear icons Ronnie Fieg and Adidas to projects with James Franco and Pharrell Williams to films with Mahershala Ali.
Title: Daniel Ashram
Size: 278 x 311 x 33 mm
Size: 256 pages
Weight: 2300 grams