DANIEL ARSHAM, THE ARTIST THAT DOES IT ALL

DANIEL ARSHAM, THE ARTIST THAT DOES IT ALL

by Stella Hughes
3 min
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Daniel Arsham has been active as of late. The NYC-based artist self-describes as “straddling the line between art, architecture and performance”, and often operates outside of the more traditional mediums of art. The creative is also an old hand at collaborations, as well as being firmly implanted into the fashion world. Late last year, he exhibited in Berlin, as well as collaborating with Tiffany & Co on an iconic Tiffany Blue basketball in Feb.

Recently though, the artist has released a new publication, entitled SKETCHBOOK. The project, published in conjunction with No More Rulers, is full of previously unseen sketches, mock-ups and conceptualisations, compiled over the last decade. Giving readers an insight into the process of creating his art, the book offers a look at the often overlooked beginning stages of a project: hinting at the artist’s internal thoughts when just getting started.

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With the content being so broad (and including elements of fashion, art, gaming and history to name a few), the publication was bound to attract a wide audience – catered to at a recent book signing in Paris just this week. Exhibited at Perrotin Paris, the signing also sat within a wider exhibition of some of the artist’s previous works and books.

Back in NYC, Arsham also gave Shaq a tour of his art studio. Taking up a bright, large warehouse, we saw some of the artist’s most iconic pieces – including his Pokemon sculptures, KAWS chair and eroded car.

Other recent projects for the artist include a collaborative effort with Stone Island just last month – which saw Arsham Studio customising a Porsche 930 and Mercedes Unimog 404. Crafted using reimagined Stone Island fabrics, the project encompassed a desert-smoked film, with the final cars being shown in Stone Island’s LA store. The release also saw a very limited apparel collection – jumpsuits and bags – which were only available to select friends and family. Must be nice.

With his finger on the pulse of where points of fashion, art, cars and culture intersect, its clear that Daniel Arsham is not one to be nailed down to any specific genre. We’d love to tease what’s coming next – but with Arsham, you never quite know.

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