The (Art)chitecture Of Daniel Irsham Explores The Surreal Zones Between Form, Misuse, Materiality, And Confusion

by • March 17, 2011 • Art, DesignComments (0)2976

Tom Dubicanac, my professor/mentor when I was getting my architecture degree, cemented in my  mind the best definition of surrealism.  I will never forget his thick Eastern European accent spitting forth these words: “Surrealism is the combination of two or more objects that are dislocated in space and time for the creation of new potential realities.”  The incredible work of Daniel Irsham would qualify beautifully under this description.  Yatzer recently interviewed Daniel about his designs and what he’s up to next.  Here’s an excerpt:

A manipulation of something that we already know and something that we have a specific sense about has always been at the heart of Daniel Arsham’s work. In his work, the familiar and the surreal, the architectural and the artistic, the alteration of the ancient and the re-evaluation of history are common and constant themes. Defining his work Daniel Arsham explains that he does both art and architecture. “There is a lot of the work that manipulates architecture and causes it to do things that it is not supposed to do,” he explains taking us to his works where the walls look as if they are melting or rippling.

… Snarkitecture [a joint collaboration with Alex Mustonen] is a collaborative practice operating in territories between the disciplines of art and architecture. Working within existing spaces or in collaboration with other artists and designers, the practice focuses on the investigation of structure, material and program and how these elements can be manipulated to serve new and imaginative purposes. Searching for sites within architecture with the possibility for confusion or misuse, Snarkitecture aims to make architecture perform the unexpected. (Snarkitecture is represented by Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin).

To read Yatzer’s full profile of Daniel Arsham please visit To see more mindblowing works by Daniel (including his drawings and paintings) you absolutely MUST check out his website at

Source: Yatzer

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