At a recent studio visit to artist Daniel Arsham’s Long Island City workspace, the invited guests saw a juxtaposition of science, and art plus a Bentley with one of today’s top contemporary artists. The event was hosted by Duane McLaughlin, founder of Ärt Maison.
On one side, there was a section displaying his architectural renderings, with the studio assistants wearing “lab” coats; and everywhere else were shelves full of his previous composed relic artifacts which he is known for.
The Dec. 22 event at the studio near MoMA’s P.S. 1 celebrated a new fellowship program named for Arsham that supports young, aspiring artists.
The studio visit, organized by Ärt Maison, was in collaboration with luxury automaker Bentley and featured a blue Bentley Bentayga, described as the world’s most expensive SUV, in the garage of Daniel’s studio for guests to “ooh and aah” over.
The Daniel Arsham Fellowship was announced Dec. 6 during Art Basel in Miami, where Arsham grew up, with a party hosted by online marketing power couple JR and Loren Ridinger of SHOP.COM, at their historic Casa de Sueños Estate in Miami, Florida. The annual art event is co-hosted & designed by Duane McLaughlin and Amber Ridinger McLaughlin of DNA Atelier, with the fellowship being presented by the Ridinger-McLaughlin family with the National YoungArts Foundation. The fellowships, awarded to one artist per year, include a grant of $25,000 and a year-long mentorship with Arsham. The inaugural recipient was Shenequa, a Caribbean textile designer and interdisciplinary artist who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, who often uses cotton, yarn, and synthetic hair to explore the many layers of her heritage.
Arsham, who is currently based in New York, explores the fields of fine art, architecture, performance, design and film in his work. He has been featured in multiple museums and other art institutions, including MoMA PS1.
Arsham’s works on display during the studio visit included mostly large-scale installations such as sculptures of arms or ribbons emerging from the white walls. There were smaller sculptures of variations of animals such as frogs, teddy bears, rabbits and cats, and sculptural pieces of old-fashioned electronics such as Sony Walkmen and Polaroid cameras among numerous other items.