In his latest exhibition at Perrotin Gallery, Daniel Arsham debuts multiple series of work that draw inspiration from the evolution of his artistic practice over the past two decades – honoring his longstanding collaboration with Emmanuel Perrotin.
Renowned for visually transforming cultural objects into subtly eroding artifacts, Arsham showcases the power of nostalgia by conflating past, present, and future.
He returns to his oeuvre to examine and reflect on his appreciation for the complexities of materiality and space.
Especially of interest is Arsham’s return to painting, his early primary medium, from which he diverged with an ambitious program of sculpture, architecture, and design.
Sculpture is another key theme of the exhibition: In 2019, Arsham was given unprecedented access to the statuary molds at the Réunion des Musées Nationaux Grand Palais, including Venus de Milo, for his first Classical Antiquity sculptures.
In 20 Years Arsham expands upon this series with Veiled Classical Antiquity sculptures, consisting of sculpted drapes over his antiquity sculptures, and Stratified sculptures, where Arsham combines organic and inorganic materials in an alchemic process, including wood, bronze, and polished stainless steel.
We dlso see his Split and Anatopism series. Split uses Artificial Intelligence to juxtapose images of his Classical Antiquity busts alongside Anime characters, pairing two iconic forms of figuration from distinct time periods.
In his Anatopism paintings, Arsham uses the vernacular of print and digital animation to reference important moments from his own career, including Hellenic busts, drawings of eroded cars and Pikachu figures, as well as references to his collaborations with Porsche and Dior.
DANIEL ARSHAM // “20 YEARS” // PERROTIN GALLERY // DUAL SHOW PRESENTED IN PARIS AND NEW YORK
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