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Artist - Daniel Arsham

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Established in the heart of America, New York, Daniel Arsham is a well-known visual artist whose eyes have a distinctive sense of recognition when it comes to combinations which have led him to become one of the top visual artists in the city.

Daniel Arsham graduated from the Cooper Union in New York City with a ‘Gelman Trust Fellowship’ Award back in 2003. Arsham’s visual artistry is interdisciplinary, allowing him to become the Ace of all forms of Art, including architecture, art and performance.

As a fresh graduate, Arsham was immediately onboard the team of Merce Cunningham’s Dance Company as a stage designer. His collaboration with one of the team’s former dancer, Jonah Baker, is still on-going.

His career picked up pace when he had the opportunity of working on the stage design, lighting and costumes for “eyeSpace”- a project of the well-known dance choreographer, Merce Cunningham. The performance took place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami and thereafter, the two collaborated on a number of different performances for the Festival National de Danse de Val-de-Marne.

During this eye, Arsham also caught the eye of the fashion industry’s diva, Hedi Silmane , asking him to design the changing rooms for the LA outlet of Dior Homme’s new store. Daniel Arsham worked with his signature plaster erosion style, giving the rooms a perfectly blended appearance.

Daniel Arsham also constructed one of his on-going collaborations back in 2007. Jonah Bokaer, a former Cunningham performer sought inspiration from Arsham’s work at the Galerie Emmaneul Perrotin in Paris and incorporated the concepts in his own choreography. Together, the two came up with ‘REPLICA’ which is a work of art that integrates lighting, built space and objects to dig deeper into the subjects of pattern recognition, memory loss and perceptual powers. Since then, REPLICA has toured in many cities.

The next year brought with it a new venture that allowed Arsham to materialize his artistic instincts. He introduced a new architectural work of collaboration with his partner, Alex Mustonen, known as Snarkitecture, where the duo exhibit their creative mindfulness through effective action by manipulating existing objects that already exist within a certain boundary to serve a fresh and innovative meaning.  The collaboration is a hit and the duo was sought after by many interested clients including big names such as Orange Bowl for two projects.

Snarkitecture’s founder and co-founder are focusing on ‘Dig’ at present which is an architectural intrusion at Storefront for Art and Architecture in NYC. The gallery is under-construction and uses  ‘a cavernous space for work and play.’  

Snarkitecture’s masterminds dexterously designed Architizer- an award winning online publication site.

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