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Sculptor Daniel Arsham transports us to an archeological dig far in the future, uncovering thousands of crystallized media devices.
Sculptor Daniel Arsham transports us to an archeological dig far in the future, uncovering thousands of crystallized media devices.
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With your help, Locust Projects will produce a major new installation by New York-based artist Daniel Arsham in his hometown, Miami. For the installation Welcome to the Future, Arsham is transforming our exhibition space into an excavation site, digging a trench in the gallery’s floor 25 feet in diameter that holds thousands of calcified artifacts—a muted cacophony of 20th century media devices. Arsham is taking this opportunity to combine his architectural experience with new casting techniques that allow him to produce thousands of objects in a short amount of time. The exhibition will be on view at our space in Miami's Design District from November 2014 - January 2015.

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Locust Projects is dedicated to helping artists realize their visions, no matter how big or technically complicated. For nearly 17 years, we have been the space that says YES to out-of-the-box ideas. Arsham’s exhibition presents us with a new set of challenges—working with structural engineers on safely removing a large portion of the gallery’s floor, and replacing it after the show closes—but we are committed to seeing the artist’s dream project completed. This is an important time for Arsham to test new ideas: the exhibition will be on view during Art Basel Miami Beach right before his first-ever New York solo show. We need your help to raise $7,500 to excavate the gallery floor for Arsham’s homecoming exhibition, and restore the gallery afterwards so it’s ready for the next artist’s big idea. 

Daniel Arsham has the power to transform, warp, and destabilize recognizable structures and forms. In his world, buildings liquefy, petrified figures emerge from the walls fully formed, and the devices we use every day crystallize before our eyes. As a child, Arsham survived Hurricane Andrew huddled in a closet of his family’s Miami home. The wreckage he encountered in the storm’s aftermath had a profound impact on his perception of architectural spaces and contemporary objects, which melt and crumble in his installations, leaving the viewer with the impression that a millennium has passed in an instant.

Mounds of boom boxes, electric guitars, SLR cameras, Blackberries, Nintendo controllers, VHS tapes, Walkmans, film projectors, and portable televisions, rendered in crystal, volcanic ash, and other minerals fill the pit, collapsing linear narratives of past, present, and future. The trench presents the recent past as archeology, a world of technological objects whose obsolescence was built into their design, preserved like petrified wood or the figures of Pompeii. Arsham presents these “new media” devices as a mass below our feet, in a grand gesture that undermines narratives of production, history, and discovery.

$5: Get behind the scenes! We will share updates of the installation in progress with images and video link.

$25: Invitation to our space in Miami’s Design District for the exhibition reception during Art Basel in Miami Beach with an opportunity to meet the artist! You will receive a mailed postcard announcement and be thanked on the exhibition web page + the preceding benefit.

$50: Locust SWAG! Locust Projects was founded by artists, for artists, and many contribute to the design of our exclusive shop items & limited editions. You will receive a Locust Projects tote bag, postcards, and LP pencils + preceding benefits.

$100: Get a piece of Locust Projects' floor as we demo for the Daniel Arsham installation! Become a part of our community with a Locust Projects "Friends with Benefits" level membership + preceding benefits.

$250: Invitation to a private VIP reception during the week of Art Basel in Miami Beach with the opportunity to meet the artist at his exhibition in the Miami Design District. Plus, hit the beach in style with a limited edition towel designed by Los Angeles artist Karl Haendel inspired by his 2013 exhibition at Locust Projects + preceding benefits.

$500: Receive a signed Daniel Arsham hard cover catalog published in 2013, plus recognition as a supporter of the exhibition on our donor wall + preceding benefits.

 $1000: Receive two tickets to our fabulous Spring Fling Fundraiser at the architecturally acclaimed Herzog & de Meuron 1111 Lincoln Road Garage on Miami Beach.Named “The Party of the Year” by Modern Luxury Magazine, this event is a highlight of the Miami social calendar + preceding benefits.

$2500: We will thank you with a private guided walk-through of the exhibition by Locust Projects' Executive Director. In addition, you will receive a limited edition artwork by New York based artist Meredyth Sparks, created in conjunction with her 2012 exhibition at Locust Projects + preceding benefits.

Risks and challenges

Locust Projects’ mission is to support artists as they experiment and expand their creative practices. Our staff is typically helping up to 5 artists at a time produce new, large-scale works for upcoming exhibitions.

We need to keep our space as mutable as possible, and this is an inherently risky venture. Almost every exhibition brings with it unexpected logistical issues, like when the lead artist in an international collaboration became ill and couldn’t travel, or when contractors ran into permitting issues as an artist excavated through the concrete floor of our space.

ABOUT LOCUST PROJECTS
Founded in 1998 by artists, for artists, Locust Projects is a not for profit exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of gallery sales or limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Local, national and international artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work after spending time in the Miami community. Locust Projects engages the community through educational initiatives and programming that are free to the public.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Daniel Arsham (born 1980, Cleveland, OH) employs elements of architecture, performance, and sculpture to manipulate and distort understandings of structures and space. Arsham became widely known at the age of 25 when he was asked to design his first of several sets for Merce Cunningham’s productions. He is also active as one half of the art and architecture collaborative Snarkitecture, along with Alex Mustonen, and frequently collaborates with choreographer Jonah Bokaer. After graduating from Cooper Union, Arsham returned to Miami and helped found the seminal artist-run spaces The House and Placemaker gallery. Arsham’s work has been exhibited at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris and Miami, Storefront for Art and Architecture and Sean Kelly Gallery in New York, the 2nd Athens Biennial in Athens, Greece, and Miami Art Museum and Museum of Contemporary art in Miami.

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