elastic walls – daniel arsham

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installation, sculpture

Daniel Arsham, Sheet (2007), EPS, plaster, paint, fabric and rubber

New York-based artist Daniel Arsham (previously here) creates wall installations that bridge the gap between art and life, spectating and interacting and sculpture and installation. This is the world where gallery walls come alive, solid forms become malleable and a surreality takes over from the ordinary. His three-dimensional work challenges our assumptions of what three-dimensional art should be, what constitutes solid form, and asks us to think about the properties of materials and structures.

Daniel Arsham, Curtain (2007), EPS foam and plaster gauze

Daniel Arsham, Corner Knot (2008), EPS, plaster, paint and joint compound

‘A wall is meant to approximate a solid form,’ says Arsham in an interview with the New York Times. ‘A lot of these works dismember that quality. They make architecture do things it’s not supposed to do.’

Arsham challenges the way we see architecture and with his creative works warps the norms of how architecture is meant to act. These works interact playfully with their settings and make us look twice.

Arsham has just partnered with Christian Dior on a special window installation for the fashion house’s New York, Paris and Milan stores, to be unveiled shortly!

Follow the link to Women’s Wear Daily to see his fibreglass sculptures for Dior, and to Booooooom! for more examples of his work.

Daniel Arsham, Untitled (2011), The Armory Show

Daniel Arsham, Building Cavity (Wall) (2008), EPS, plaster, paint and joint compound

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