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Watch Now: Daniel Arsham's Architecture Anomalies and Color Shadows in Tokyo

May 23, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018Perrotin and Nanzuka Underground, Tokyo

Daniel Arsham has quickly become one of the most innovative and acclaimed artists in contemporary art. His creations, whether building environments that feel like future-relics, or his immersive and mind-bending installation work, challenge our imaginations about what art can be, and what gallery experiences should be.

From May 23—June 30, 2018, Daniel will have two solo shows on view in Tokyo: Color Shadows at Galerie Perrotin and Architecture Anomalies at Nanzuka Underground. Both exhibitions were set-up quite differently, yet both explore Arsham's unique practice and ability to transform a traditional space into something immersive and special. For Shadows, the work on display ranged from cast sculptures made from geological materials, plaster and metal, and, a first for Arsham, bronze. This presentation shows Arsham pushing his works, a mixture of playful pop iconography that feels like it wad thrown a thousand years into the future and re-discovered in a new context. It's not just casted cameras or techology; its Hello Kitty, backpacks, teddy bears, and Tweety Bird. There is an innonence and sophistication to the dichotomy. We as a society aren't just going to leave behind examples of our intelligence, we will also leave behind the things we play with, the pop-culture we have tried at length to preserve. 

For Architecture AnomaliesArsham transformed the gallery with his eye-catching and deceiving installation sculptures. This is where you had a chance to see his famous silhouettes behind walls, puncturing out. Or, his clocks being pulled across walls, knots tied in corners, hands reaching out from what appears to be nowhere.  Or, as stated by the gallery, these new works are thematically "structures that contain phenomena which cause deviations and deflections unexplainable on grounds of scientific common sense or principles." This idea of unexplaniable wonderment through a disciplined practice is where Arsham shines. Both shows attest to his masterful experimentation, with materials and the installation process. If you get a chance to see the work in person, you will begin to see the works of an artist just at the precipice of a long, enduring career, with new ideas consitently bubbling on the surface, or protruding through the gallery walls. —Evan Pricco

Film by Chop em' Down Films for Juxtapoz Magazine.