MIAMI ART N’ SOULMarch 4, 2014
Tucked away in the cool Miami shade is the Wynwood art district – home to over 70 galleries and one of the largest open-air art installations in the world. Here lays the origins of contemporary artist Daniel Arsham, a man who’s carving a new form of sculpture in abstract installations.
UO: How would you describe your art?
Daniel: Much of the work I’ve done over the past few years involved taking objects from the past and reforming them in materials like volcanic ash and crystal. The concept is to project them into the future as if they’ve been uncovered on an archaeological site in 10,000 years.
UO: You’ve become well known for your art at a young age. Has there been any hiccups so far?
D: In a practical sense, yes. There’s a lot of trial and error in my work because I’m experimenting with materials that are not typically used in sculpture- like glacial rock dust.
Saying that, all of my work is about failure – the idea that nothing is really perfect or lasting. This is en-capsulated in my art, there are breaks in the material, and things are eroding or decaying.
UO: If you could jump a decade down the line and remind your future self of something important, what would it be?
D: I would probably tell myself to keep time to paint. Painting is the most time-consuming part of my work and really the only aspect that’s solitary. In all my other work, I have collaborators, but painting is really at the core of my practice.
UO: What do you do when you want to escape from your work?
D: I’m in the studio everyday. My work is central in my life so everything is bound up together.
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