Daniel Arsham And Adidas

Accessories, Art, Fashion, Footwear

Daniel Arsham is a New York based artist whose work stands on the line between art, architecture and performance. Architecture has a common presence throughout his work, like eroded walls and landscapes where nature takes over structures. There is also a playfulness within existing architecture. He makes architecture do things its not supposed to, confusing the expectations of space and form. His sculpture works are dominated by simple and paradoxical gestures, like a figure wrapped in the surface of a wall. Structural experiment and satire combines Arkham’s work of the real and the imagined. His memories are a core part of his process, using his memories as a prediction of things to come and the effect his own work has on him. The artist’s has had collaborations in the past with design-brands Public School and Richard Chai. His latest is in collaboration with adidas, setting up an audio and visual concept at KITH to recreate an experience of discovery through the past present and future of the adidas brand. The center piece of the exhibit is a working New York payphone done in adidas blue, while the visual and audio elements hint at a deeper meaning. Visitors can physically interact with the exhibit, Arsham and adidas set up a phone line for the public to call. the number gives more info about the collaboration and gives callers a chance to win an exclusive art piece by Arsham created for adidas. In the first installment of his short film Hourglass, Arsham’s collaboration continues with adidas with the reveal of an upcoming shoe release. The iconic adidas New York silhouette takes on the artist’s unique vision. The New York is a classic silhouette done in mesh upper with paneled construction, EVA midsole and Dillinger mesh wrapping were the qualities that made the shoe distinctive in the ’80s. These qualities are still in place as adidas decided to bring the shoe out of the archives. Arsham honors the blueprint of the shoe and interprets it as part and inspired by his Future Relic series. The sneaker features an all white canvas upper, with frayed edges, that gives it the distinct Arsham relic-feel. It’s clean and minimalist, aside from adidas branding on one tongue and the artist’s name on the other, Arsham’s stamp on the shoe is only visible under blacklight, where the words “THE PAST IS THE PRESENT” are printed across the midsole. Check out the short film below as it hintsĀ at the sneaker collaboration and stay tuned for releaseĀ details.