Arsham’s ‘mythical contemporary archaeology’ erodes familiar forms and changes the nature of architectural structures, classical figures, and even cars into archaeological objects. The artist deliberately selects iconic items that represent the late 20th century or millennial era when technological advancements rapidly accelerated, leading to the obsolescence of many inventions and the digitization of our world.
Daniel Arsham’s artistic style blends elements of romanticism and pop art, creating evocative yet playful visions that intertwine the past, present, and future. He skillfully employs a dramatic play of light, and the erosion of objects to create a distinctive sense of depth and contrast in his art. In his work he explores the universality of symbols and gestures, transcending cultural boundaries and imbuing his works with a timeless monumental quality.