Evoking the passage of time and its corrosive ravages, New York artist Daniel Arsham brings his signature erosion technique to more cherished items, this time musical instruments. All new works, The Future Is Always Now at Galerie Perrotin features plaster casts of guitars, turntables, microphones, boomboxes, speakers, keyboards and the like, whose volcanic and obsidian composition has been degraded and fossilized to the point of no return.
Fashion followers may recall that, in 2005, Hedi Slimane commissioned Arsham to create the dressing rooms for his new Dior Homme store in Los Angeles. The designer’s only requirements were “a hook, a seat and a mirror.” Thus, Arsham’s implemented a hollowed-out, excavated look in which walls appeared to be in mid-crumble.
Daniel Arsham, The Future Is Always Now, June 12 – July 26, 2014, Galerie Perrotin, 76 rue de Turenne, Paris