Friday Five with Daniel Arsham

Daniel Arsham, while known in most circles as an artist, also brings architectural elements to his work blurring the line between the two and creating a genre all his own. After graduating from Cooper Union in 2003, the New York-based Arsham got down to business showing his work at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, The Athens Biennial in Athens, Greece, and The New Museum in New York, just to name a few. While continuing to bridge the gap between all dimensions, Arsham partnered with Alex Mustonen to found Snarkitecture in 2007 helping to “make architecture perform the unexpected.” For this week’s Friday Five, we get a chance to see where this artist finds inspiration.


1. Every once in a while I will come across something that I wish I had made. I’m fascinated by markers of our everyday life that can be subtly altered to create a whole new world. This black and white flag does that for me and its creator Chris Stamp is someone I follow closely.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

2. Lawrence of Arabia is one of my favorite films of all time. The cross filtering of cultures in the film would today be something completely polemical. It is perfectly bizarre.


3. The best clothes are those that make you feel a certain way when you put them on. The arms of this En/Noir shirt have the feeling of leather but are in fact a waxed gradient over an amazingly soft Moleskin. I have two of these.


4. I’ve been following BOYCHILD on Instagram. Not since Leigh Bowery have we seen such a complex per-formative figure.

Photo by Grant Delin

Photo by Grant Delin

5. James Turrell is one of the few artists whose work will still be around in 1000 years. His entire worldview and practice remind me of why art is important.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.