Daniel Arsham sets up shop at Galerie Perrotin's Hong Kong branch. Continuing to refine his signature aesthetic, "Fictional Archeology" features five eroded sculptures of contemporary human figures and body parts, and two installations displaying casts of modern artifacts. The archetypal postures of classical sculpture serve as inspiration, as do images and plaster casts of Pompeian victims, who were famously solidified in ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
Next to the sculptures appears an entire wall with black chalkboard paint. In front of it, casts made out of chalk representing body parts, as well as various modern artifacts, are left on a pedestal at the viewer’s disposal. Visitors are invited to grab these objects to write or draw on the wall. In the process of mark-making, the casts in chalk will erode away throughout the length of the show, further epitomizing Arsham’s idea that archeological fiction can only skim the truth.
Make sure to drop by if you find yourself in Hong Kong between September 11 and October 10.
Galerie Perrotin 50 Connaught Road Central Hong Kong