Bound Figure: Installation by Daniel Arsham
An installation consisting of a solitary figure enveloped in white drapery that distorts the gallery's architecture. It is unclear whether the figure is trapped in plaster or hiding behind an external force but the wall-intervention challenges notions of materiality and is full of impact when viewed in the gallery space.
In all of these works, I alter something that everyone knows. I manipulate the surface of architecture or the material of it. Sometimes it’s a surface and sometimes it’s the depth of the wall. I’m always looking for various ways that I can transform these things. They stretch like fabric, sometimes appear to be eroding like a natural formation, creeping back into the architecture, and sometimes they appear to be melting. These different states of transition inspire my work. Oftentimes there are figures that interact with the architecture by wrapping themselves up in the walls or appear to be hiding behind the surface. They’re always doing so in a very subtle way, which allows the viewer to believe that these things are actually happening, like the wall is stretching and could be eroding.On view at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery Nov. 22 – Jan. 7.