Daniel Arsham, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Installation view, 2012. Glass, EPS, EPS foam, drywall, paint, resin, shattered ceramic. Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño  Daniel Arsham, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Installation view, 2012. Glass, EPS, EPS foam, drywall, paint, resin, shattered ceramic. Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño  Daniel Arsham, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Installation view, 2012. Columns, 2012 (front). Glass, EPS, drywall, paint. Storm, 2012 (back). Glass, resin, EPS, lighting fixtures, fans, musical score. Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño Daniel Arsham, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Installation view, 2012. Columns, 2012 (front). Glass, EPS, drywall, paint. Storm, 2012 (back). Glass, resin, EPS, lighting fixtures, fans, musical score. Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño Daniel Arsham, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Installation view, 2012. Glass, EPS, drywall, paint. Storm, 2012 (back). Glass, resin, EPS, lighting fixtures, fans, musical score. Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño 
Daniel Arsham. Photographer: Guillaume Ziccarelli
Daniel Arsham, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Installation view, 2012. Glass, EPS, EPS foam, drywall, paint, resin, shattered ceramic. Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño 
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Daniel Arsham, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Installation view, 2012. Glass, EPS, EPS foam, drywall, paint, resin, shattered ceramic. Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño 
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Daniel Arsham, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Installation view, 2012. Columns, 2012 (front). Glass, EPS, drywall, paint. Storm, 2012 (back). Glass, resin, EPS, lighting fixtures, fans, musical score. Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño
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Daniel Arsham, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Installation view, 2012. Columns, 2012 (front). Glass, EPS, drywall, paint. Storm, 2012 (back). Glass, resin, EPS, lighting fixtures, fans, musical score. Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño
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Daniel Arsham, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Installation view, 2012. Glass, EPS, drywall, paint. Storm, 2012 (back). Glass, resin, EPS, lighting fixtures, fans, musical score. Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño
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Daniel Arsham. Photographer: Guillaume Ziccarelli

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Daniel Arsham

Daniel Arsham’s residency will push the definitions of the visual and performing arts in the spirit of experimentation that has driven FWM programming for the past 35 years. Connecting the lines between art, architecture, dance, and theater, Daniel Arsham mines everyday experience for opportunities to confuse and confound our expectations of space and form. Arsham is known for subverting existing architectural structures in unconventional, playful ways: façades appear to billow in the wind; figures seem wrapped beneath the wall’s surface. His cross-disciplinary practice, historical inquiry, and satirical wit combine into an ongoing interrogation of the real and the imagined. Arsham’s collaboration with FWM will culminate in an exhibition—slated to open December 2012—and live performance choreographed by frequent collaborator Jonah Bokaer.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is grateful to John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for its generous support for the participation of artist Daniel Arsham in the Museum’s renowned Artist-in-Residence Program. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge is a $9 million initiative funding innovative projects that encourage and enrich Philadelphia’s communities.


Bio

American, born 1980 Cleveland, Ohio
Daniel Arsham graduated from Cooper Union and received the Gelman Trust Fellowship Award in 2003. In 2004, he participated in the group show Miami Nice at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris, which began representing Arsham in 2005. As one of the founders of the seminal Miami artist-run space The House, his interest in multi-disciplinary artist collaborations began early. Legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham asked Arsham to create the stage design for his work eyeSpace in 2007. Following this project, Arsham began designing for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for performances in Australia, France, and multiple locations in the United States. In 2011, Arsham created the set for the final three performances of Cunningham's legacy tour at the Park Avenue Armory. Despite never being trained in stage design, he has continued this practice, collaborating with Robert Wilson as well as Jonah Bokaer, a former Cunningham dancer. Arsham’s ongoing work with Bokaer includes REPLICA, which has been performed at such esteemed venues as The New Museum in New York; Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno in Valencia, Spain, and The Hellenic Festival in Athens, Greece. His most recent collaboration with Bokaer, titled RECESS, had its world premiere at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival in 2011. Arsham and Bokaer will present a new collaboration with David Hallberg at Le Festival d'Avignon in France in July 2012, followed by another premiere at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in August. To further explore the possibilities of spatial manipulation, Arsham founded Snarkitecture in 2007 with partner Alex Mustonen to operate in territories between the disciplines of art and architecture. Their imaginative practice recently won the commission to create two large public artworks for Miamiʼs new Florida Marlins ballpark, which opened in April 2012.