ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

#TOMORROWSPAST

Prinsengracht 282, Amsterdam

This autumn gallery Ron Mandos will exhibit the new work of the multi-disciplinary artist Daniel Arsham (USA, 1980). Famous for moving between different media such as drawing, painting, sculpture and architecture, this show will focus on his latest sculptures especially produced for #TOMORROWSPAST. Icons of modern culture such as the radio, a polaroid camera and Mickey Mouse will be displayed in an unusual manner that is both intriguing and sinister.

During the opening talented New York based choreographer Jonah Bokaer (1981) will perform one of his pieces. 

Growing up in Florida Daniel Arsham has always been surrounded by natural phenomena in the form of hurricanes and floods. It is no coincidence that as a result the power of nature and the effects on our culture play an essential part in his oeuvre. This battle between architecture and nature has been visible in different ways throughout his practices, such as his gouache paintings of natural environments. In these paintings architectural forms interfere with the landscape by manipulating it with geometric shapes.

Other important works of Arsham are his wall pieces that consist of organic forms that seem to naturally arise as part of the architecture of the wall but at the same time alter that structure by reshaping it and therefore questioning it’s own existence. This time, architecture is not penetrating the natural environment as in the gouache paintings, but are the natural and organic shapes manipulating the architecture of the building.

This tension between nature and culture is also visible in this upcoming exhibition. The sculptures that are on display refer to the popular culture as we know it, but at the same time have a lugubrious character since it looks like they have barely survived a big fire. Hole burns and missing parts give the smiling Mickey Mouse and the flashy portable radio a certain transiency that once again reveal the devastating power of natural phenomena over cultural production.

Jonah Bokaer is a choreographer and media artist. He has dedicated a short lifetime to expanding live performance through choreography, digital media, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and social enterprise, in the United States and internationally.

 

Addition to this exhibition we will showcase the video A step On the Sun by American video artist, photographer and performance artist Janet Biggs (USA, 1959). 

ABOUT Daniel Arsham

New York based artist Daniel Arsham work explores the fields of fine art, architecture, performance, design and film. Raised in Miami, Arsham attended the Cooper Union in New York City where he received the Gelman Trust Fellowship Award in 2003.

Soon thereafter Arsham toured worldwide with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as the company’s stage designer. The experience lead to an ongoing collaborative practice which continues as Arsham works with world renowned artists, musicians, designers, and brands.

Arsham’s uchronic aesthetics revolves around his concept of fictional archaeology. Working in sculpture, architecture, drawing and film, he creates and crystallizes ambiguous in-between spaces or situations, and further stages what he refers to as future relics of the present. Always iconic, most of the objects that he turns into stone refer to the late 20th century or millennial era, when technological obsolescence unprecedentedly accelerated along with the digital dematerialization of our world. While the present, the future and the past poetically collide in his haunted yet playful visions between romanticism and pop art, Daniel Arsham also experiments with the timelessness of certain symbols and gestures across cultures.

In 2008, Arsham co-founded Snarkitecture with architect Alex Mustonen. Snarkitecture is a collaborative design practice established to investigate the boundaries between the disciplines of art and architecture. Snarkitecture focuses on the reinterpretation of everyday materials, structures and programs to new and imaginative effect. The studio's work includes installations, architectural environments and objects for a diverse range of clients such as Beats by Dre, Calvin Klein, COS, Design Miami, Gufram, Kith, New Museum, and Valextra.

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