Locust Projects presents Welcome to the Future, Daniel Arsham’s first major exhibition in Miami since 2010. Arsham is known for his sculptural and architectural works, which wrap or destabilize recognizable structure and forms. This installation creates an excavation trench in the gallery’s floor, holding calcified artifacts, such as boom boxes, electric guitars, Nintendo controllers, VHS tapes, Walkman’s and other 20th century media devices of the like. The trench presents the recent past as archeology, a world of technological objects whose obsolescence was built in the design. Rather than regarding these objects as individual sculptures, the artist presents them as a mass below our feet, producing a new narrative of production, history and discovery.
Daniel Arsham (born 1980, Cleveland, OH) employs elements of architecture, performance, and sculpture to manipulate and distort understanding of structures and space. He become widely known at the age of 25 when he was asked to design his first of several sets for Merce Cunningham’s productions. Arsham is one half of the art and architecture collaborative Snarkitecture, and helped found the seminal artist-run spaces The House and Placemaker gallery in Miami. Arsham’s work has been exhibited at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris and Miami, Storefront for Art and Architecture and Sean Kelly Gallery in New York, the 2nd Athens Biennial in Athens, Greece, and Miami Art Museum and Museum of Contemporary art in Miami.