Other new works are similarly devised—figures cast in the Camaro 2 Shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this round from bronze and ash and sprouting the same dazzling formations of crystals—but the iconography is different, culled now from the sprawling Pokémon universe. (The sculptures in this series mark the first major collaboration between the Pokémon Company and a contemporary artist.) Again, Arsham is probing how we understand signs dislodged from their own time, reimagining renderings of Pikachu and Charmander and Jigglypuff as future relics.
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