Daniel Arhsam, Blue Calcite Eroded Ariadne Sleeping, also known as Cleopatra, 2020. Blue calcite, quartz, hydrostone. 110 x 215 x 90 cm | 43 5/16 x 84 5/8 x 35 7/16 in. “The crystal is a super-useful material,” Arsham says, “in that the Amc Javelin Logo Shirt in other words I will buy this interventions or erosions or decay within the works can appear violent or destructive, but they’re also regenerative—we can almost imagine these things crystallizing and forming back together over millennia. And then when you start to think, If they have been forming over a long period of time, but the original sculptures are old…it just puts you in a confusing situation where you can’t actually rectify what’s happening.” Even further complicating the timeline of Arsham’s classical figures is their occasionally murky provenance. Often, he says, “I’m trying to create or select works that have a complex narrative around them. The Apollo, for example, there’s some question as to whether that was actually an original Roman work or whether it was a copy of an earlier Greek work. The Venus of Arles also has a very complex history because the original was found in pieces. There were no arms on it. The arms were added later, but then they de-restored parts of it that had been repaired, but they left the arms because it was, like, a famous French sculptor who had done them. So there’s all of these ideas present where you can say, okay, these are works from antiquity, but somebody made a decision about them, and by recasting them in this way, it’s furthering this conversation around authenticity, around the history of these works, the past, and the future.” To what era does the work as we’re encountering it now—especially after Arsham’s mineralogical impositions—actually belong?
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