Daniel Arsham

American artist Daniel Arsham views his work, which includes paintings, installations, and stage designs, from an almost scientific perspective.
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New York-based artist Daniel Arsham straddles the line between art, architecture, and performance. Architecture is a predominant theme in his work: Environments with eroded walls and staircases leading into the void, landscapes where nature overrides structures, and a general sense of playfulness in existing architecture. Arsham makes architecture do things it shouldn't, looking to everyday experience for ways to confound and thwart our expectations of space and form.

Simple but paradoxical gestures dominate his sculptural work: a façade that seems to undulate in the wind, a figure wrapped in the surface of a wall, a contemporary object cast in volcanic ash as if found at a future archaeological site. Structural experimentation, historical investigation, and satirical wit combine in Arsham's constant interrogation of the real and the imaginary.