Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years its quite possible that you have seen or heard of a Daniel Arsham artwork. The New York based multi disciplinary artist and film maker is best known for his future relic project and collaborations. Since his inception into the art community he has seen a lot of success and has collaborated with many notable figures in the art, design, music and fashion world. I was first put on to Arsham a few years back when I saw one of his Future Relic objects, a Spalding basketball with an eroded exterior complete with extensive detailing cast in white. It was intriguing yet relatable. From that point on I was hooked on his destructive yet well considered style.
I feel like a lot of his aesthetic can be related to trends in the current realm of fashion. Trends including distressing and monochromatic hues are all clearly visible attributes in Arshams art. The post apocalyptic motifs are evident in many of the popular clothing collections seen today, Ye's Yeezy Season employs the same thought process as Arsham focussing on the possibility of a dystopian future, in contrast Margiela employs similar tactics with the use of pattern and distressed texture while pointing to a more utopian future.
Also known to be a sneaker enthusiast, his personal instagram account showcases a versatile sneaker collection including pieces by Raf Simmons, Adidas Yeezy, and exclusive Pharell NMD’s. The future relic sculptures he creates are inspired by everyday cultural objects, as well as personal interest, typically produced in white due to his colour blindness. Intricate with detail and satire, the decaying objects represent his views on the possibility of a desolate future. These items are highly covetable and are often seen in the homes of collectors and streetwear savants alongside the work of Kaws and Medicom toys.
Arsham is also well know for co-founding the design agency Snarkitecture which has collaborated with a variety of big name retail and fine art spaces like the National Building Museum in Washington just to name a few. One of Snarkitectures most successful projects entitled “The Beach” was a site specific installation comprised of nearly a million translucent monochromatic plastic balls. Architecture is a common 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.
Many of his projects are on view throughout the world and his so be on the lookout the next time you find yourself in a prevalent art city. Arsham's first solo exhibition entitled “Circa 2345″ at Galerie Perrotin in New York City next month is certainly a must see.