"The Future is Always Now" is the ninth solo exhibition by New York artist Daniel Arsham at Galerie Perrotin, presenting a new body of approximately twenty artworks around the theme of music.
For this exhibition, Daniel Arsham features a series of new casts based around the world of music presenting eroded sculptures, such as guitars, turntables, a microphone, boomboxes, a walkman and keyboards. These instruments, damaged by the passage of time, are like an archeology of the present. These sculptures are casted in mineral materials related to geology such as rose quartz, glacial rock, obsidian, steel or volcanic ash, resembling fossilized items, found in a futuristic archeological dig. The solo show also includes gouaches on mylar representing disused items exposed to the effect of time, a cassette and eroded CD. A stage with instruments also reconstitutes elements of a performance and four casted tires on the walls evoke a music tour as if a rock band deserted in the main room of the gallery.
These eroded sculptures, future relics, generate a confusion in the audience’s mind by challenging modern assumptions about linear time and history.
From November to December 2014, The Locust Projects, in Miami, will present Daniel Arsham’s work.
Daniel Arsham was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio in 1980. After graduating from Cooper Union in 2003, he received the Gelman Trust fellowship the same year. Arsham’s work has been shown at PS1 in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, the MCA Chicago, Athens Biennial in Greece, The New Museum in New York, Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, California and Carré d’Art de Nîmes, France among others. Daniel Arsham’s artistic practice includes several high profile collaborations with choreographer Merce Cunningham, Producer Pharrell Williams, and Designer Hedi Slimane.