Fictional archeology: the future as written by Snarkitecture’s Daniel Arsham
Artist and designer Daniel Arsham – co-founder of the trailblazing Brooklyn firm Snarkitecture and responsible for such innovative immersive art-cum-architectural projects as ’The Beach’ – has just completed an exhibition that further showcases his considerable creative talents. Art enthusiasts are already embracing ’The Future Was Written’, staged at the Miami Design District’s YoungArts Gallery and curated by no less than the recently appointed Miami Pérez Art Museum Miami director, Franklin Sirmans.
Arsham’s efforts fall into the categories of sculpture, architecture and performance, making for an immersive and continually evolving experience; it’s ‘fictional archeology’, he says, rationalising the thrust of the show.
Within the gallery, Arsham has placed some 2,000 chalk casts of works as disparate as film reels, Leica cameras and computers which he defines as ‘relics of the past’. Among them are casts of Grecian-style hands and regal heads, along with an electric guitar or two, all which are placed on a bevy of pedestals, with some strewn across the floor with black painted chalkboards cloaking the walls.
As to the transformative and participatory nature of the exhibition, gallery goers are invited to take up those chalky objects to create their own drawings throughout the two story space. Within hours of the preview party, upwards of hundreds of designs marked the gallery walls –a newly found public creativity galvanised under Arsham’s fanciful influence.