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. They are eroded casts of modern artifacts and contemporary human figures, which he expertly makes out of some geological material such as sand, selenite or volcanic ash for them to appear as if they had just been unearthed after being buried for ages. Always iconic, most of the objects that he turns into stone refer to the late 20th century or millennial era, when technological obsolescence unprecedentedly accelerated along with the digital dematerialization of our world. While the present, the future and the past poetically collide in his haunted yet playful visions between romanticism and pop art, Daniel Arsham also experiments with the timelessness of certain symbols and gestures across cultures.
Arsham is well known for his high-profile collaborations with brands including Adidas, Dior Men, Rimowa and Porsche, while his work has been shown at PS1 New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art Miami and The New Museum New York, among many others. At Semi Permanent, the artist will to the stage (on the evening of Friday 15 October) to discuss his creative process and his recent projects, including a global collaboration with jewellery house Tiffany & Co., offering rare and unrivalled insight into the mind of one of the world’s leading creative practitioners.