One of our favourite artists right now is twenty-eight year old Daniel Arsham. Daniel was born in Cleveland, grew up in Miami, and went to school in New York (where he also ended up finally). Daniel has been renowned for his unique art style for quite some time, and has left quite an impression on Miami co-founding two prolific artist-run spaces, The House and Placemaker. He’s also a master collaborator and he’s worked with the likes of Hedi Slimane, Merce Cunningham and Alex Mustonnen.
Most recently, he teamed up with fellow master collaborator (who happens to be another favourite of ours) Pharrell Williams. The two of them set out to produce a new set of sculptures, centered around the Casio MT-500, a relatively obscure keyboard instrument, but one which was formative in Pharrell’s legendary career – and the result was astounding! Like much of Daniels work, the materials used to recreate the keyboard and drum machine make it seem as though they were detected in a distant future or on an archaeological dig. For the project with Pharrell, Daniel has located, uncovered, and recast an original keyboard and drum machine in volcanic ash, rusted steel, crystal and carbon dust.
Check out this video where Hypebeast interview the pair or keep scrolling for some images of Daniels work.