Daniel Arsham the sculptor of time
What if you could travel through time to see a mixture of past, present and future colliding? The work of NY artist DANIEL ARSHAM brings that collision into architecture, performance, and sculpture, highlighting the curiosity of design.
Inspired by his childhood memories of seeing the wreckage of Hurricane Andrew in his hometown, Miami (FL), he transforms time into something we can cherish.
“I have this sense that the present is like a knife’s edge. It doesn’t really exist. It’s so fleeting. In that way, time doesn’t have a shape, and, sometimes, my memories don’t feel like memories – they feel like predictions,” said Daniel Arsham in his film 'Hourglass: Past'.
Speaking of things that last thru time in the form of ideas & strength of materials, during Design Miami back in December, Daniel got his inspiration from home with a scale replica of his living room, complete with furniture and artworks.
The main pieces of the soft-green immersive installation were his suede Cleveland Chair, Paris Chaise Lounge, and Shanghai Chair, featuring postmodern shapes scribbled with sharpie pen designs by Arsham himself, that he'd never intended to publicly show.
The real-life version has kids playing around and a more welcoming vibe, we can tell you that. His Long Island escape is a 1971 masterpiece by architect Norman Jaffe, speaking to Daniel's cravings for architecture perfection.
"Being an Artist is like being an Alchemist. Bring a few materials together to a new purpose and the sum is infinitely more valuable than the materials alone."
Besides having a retreat only for family, Daniel Arsham focuses on mass culture with works such as Bronze Basketball that pretty much traveled thru time. The classic leather Spalding ball gets its timeless material swapped for a bronze in decay after fire hit it. His connection to basketball was created when he was a kid, back in the glory days of Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing.
We're all for turning basketballs into future archaeological discoveries, HBY?
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