The Wall House Museum (Le Musée Territorial), located at La Pointe on Gustavia Harbor on the Caribbean island of
Saint-Barthélemy, along with Art Saint Barth in collaboration with Perrotin Gallery, invite the artist Daniel Arsham to present
Moonstone – a special site specific exhibition. Featuring installations, artwork and for the first time, a selection of photography
by the artist, all of which work in tandem with and in contrast to the architecture of the historic 18TH Century cultural center.
The artist will display a series of photographs taken during a recent trip to the island. “I spent time in St. Barth last year and I went out a lot at night and took photographs of the island and the stars and the moon. I’m bringing some work that incorporates this notion of the moon, this notion of placing colour onto the moon.” Sculptural works in the show include a sculpture of the very first instrument Pharrell Williams ever made music on which Arsham modeled the forms out of geological materials, and Moon flag, created especially for the Moonstone exhibition. The film Future Relic will also be screened throughout the show.
In his work Daniel Arsham experiments with a variety of materials: crystal, volcanic ash and sand. His characteristic monochromatic palette and focus on the formal quality of objects is in part due to his partial colour blindness. However, now, with special glasses that partially correct his colour blindness, Arsham has begun to explore new artistic horizons. "I like to use materials in the way that they are not meant to be used," he has said. "Whether it is a wall melting, or a boom box decaying."
About Daniel Arsham — Born in 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Miami, Florida, Daniel Arsham attended the Cooper Union in New York City where he received the Gelman Trust Fellowship Award in 2003. Solo exhibitions of his work have been organized at the VDNH Museum, Moscow, Russia (2017); the High Art Museum, Atlanta, GA (2017); the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2016); the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH (2015); the Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA (2012); and Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York (2011). Select group exhibitions and biennials include the Yinchuan Biennial of Contemporary Art, Ningxia, China (2016); the OCA Museum, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2015); Musee d’Art Moderne, Saint Etienne, France (2014); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (2013); the New Museum, New York (2011); the Athens Biennial in Greece (2009); and MoMA P.S.1, New York (2005); amongst others. Arsham’s work is featured in numerous international public and private collections, including the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; DIOR Collection, Paris; the Four Seasons, Miami; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM); and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
About the Wall Museum — The Wall House Museum of Saint-Barthélemy is a recently restored historic building dating from the Swedish period, 1785 to 1878. The Museum features artefacts and pictorial documents of Saint-Barthélemy’s past and is a testimony for present and future generations. Connected to the port and the rest of the island, the Wall House Museum plays an important role for the rest of the island, providing a unique space for art and cultural events.
About Art Saint Barth —Forged in the spirit of facilitating a cultural exchange and highlighting international talent, Art Saint Barth aims to engage and connect a network of artists and art lovers in Saint Barth. Art Saint Barth intends to prepare the foundation for the discovery of contemporary art by organizing artist residencies, curating exhibitions and artistic events in various cultural sites of the island.