Galerie Perrotin is pleased to announce Daniel Arsham’s first exhibition in New York. The exhibition will feature sculptural pieces, breakthrough use of color as well as a large scale installation. This will be the artist’s eleventh show with Galerie Perrotin.
Daniel Arsham’s sculptural works are poetic constructions made up of juxtapositions of form and material: a 16mm film projector rendered in ash and hydrostone, or a 20th century iconic guitar, formed out of white glacial rock dust, its crumbling areas integral to its haunting beauty. Transforming compressed elemental materials such as stone, crystal and ash into carefully chosen important cultural artefacts, Arsham offers a brief glimpse into our current culture and its signifiers, as if seen far off into the future.
Through advances in biomedical prosthesis, the heretofore color blind Arsham began to wear corrective contact lenses earlier this year that allowed him to see a number of colors for the first time. It was by all fair measures an epiphany for an artist whose personal and artistic identity has been formulated in/by the tonal values between black and white. And yet, while augmented eyes have opened a vast new spectrum of materials for Arsham to employ, the world of expanded vision quickly became an ambivalent experience for the artist. In the first bodies of work created since he began to use these lenses as tools, we will see how the widening of perspective has paradoxically prompted Arsham to delve deeper into the psychological infrastructure of social blindness; of the hermit, the hoarder, the myopic visionary. This new dimension of color tints the patina of the path but does not alter the course of the artist’s anachronistic archaeology. It translates an expanded chromatic spectrum into a two-way lens that also sees backwards, behind the eyes of the obsessive recluse – the solitary maker of worlds real and imagined – that has become as much a signature of Arsham’s objects, environments and films as a surrogate.