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daniel arsham: the fall, the ball, and the wall
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jan 29, 2012
daniel arsham: the fall, the ball, and the wall



pixel cloud (new york), 2010
plastic, paint, 53.25 x 79.2 x 67 inches
© the artist, courtesy oh wow gallery


daniel arsham ‘the fall, the ball, and the wall’
at oh wow gallery in los angeles,
on show until february 16, 2012.

‘the fall, the ball, and the wall’ is the first solo exhibition of the cleveland-born-and-NY-based-artist and architect daniel arsham in los angeles.

BALL
‘ball’ refers to arsham’s a large-scale, hanging mass of 20000 polyethylene balls in shades of gray, from the set of
merce
cunningham’s final performances, it is a three-dimensional hanging sculpture based from the pixels of a hyper-magnified photograph of a cloud formation.




pixel cloud, close-up

© the artist, courtesy oh wow gallery


pixel clouds
© the artist, courtesy oh wow gallery


WALL
the ‘wall’ alludes to arsham’s sculptures which alter the surface of the gallery wall.
his structural interventions cause
walls to appear in a state of flux, as if they are melting or dripping, reverse the notion of architectural rigidity
and of a partition’s standard presentation.


big drip’, 2011,
fiberglas, joint compound, and paint, 48 x 96 x 8 inches
© the artist, courtesy oh wow gallery


‘hiding figure’, 2011
fiberglass, gypsum, paint and shoes, 86 x 50 x 12 inches
© the artist, courtesy oh wow gallery


‘curtain’, 2007
EPS foam, plaster gauze, 82.8 x 48.75 x 6.75 inches
© the artist, courtesy oh wow gallery




‘mail slot’, 2008
bronze, plaster, paint, joint compound, 38 x 23.75 x 2 inches
© the artist, courtesy oh wow gallery

and the ‘fall’ links to a context where structures seemingly defy the laws of nature — ‘I’m trying to create a space where the architecture appears to be in movement,
he explain
s. his aestheticized sculpture and installations realize hypothetical
architectural elements and counter-intuitive designs, queuing
possibilities and coercing
material to behave atypically.


‘vent anomaly (a)’, 2006
plaster, aluminum, paint, 18 x 20.375 x 2 inches
© the artist, courtesy oh wow gallery

 

in the bi-dimensional series of work on canvas, below, the artist depicts realistic building
constructions, which include elements that spell out words,
such as ‘want’ or  ‘oops’.



‘untitled’, 2009
gouache on mylar, frame: 42 x 52 1/2 inch
© the artist, courtesy oh wow gallery


‘okay’, 2011
inkjet print and acrylic on canvas, 76 x 53 inches
© the artist, courtesy oh wow gallery


‘oops’, 2011
inkjet print and acrylic on canvas, 51.25 x 74.25 x 1.625 inches
© the artist, courtesy oh wow gallery

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