Daniel Arsham. Obsidian Eroded Shell Sign, 2014. Obsidian, shattered glass, and hydrostone 29.5 x 27.5 x 3.5 in (74.93 x 69.85 x 8.89 cm)
Born in 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio. Lives and works in New York City.
Architecture is a prevalent subject throughout his work; environments with eroded walls and stairs going nowhere, landscapes where nature overrides structures, and a general sense of playfulness within existing architecture. Arsham makes architecture do things it is not supposed to do, mining everyday experience for opportunities to confuse and confound our expectations of space and form. Simple yet paradoxical gestures dominate his sculptural work: a façade that appears to billow in the wind, a figure wrapped up in the surface of a wall, a contemporary object cast in volcanic ash as if it was found on some future archeological site. Structural experiment, historical inquiry, and satirical wit all combine in Arsham’s ongoing interrogation of the real and the imagined.