A common man’s Jeff Koons, Dan Arps is a major world artist based in New Zealand, and this huge exhibition catalog is the most important book yet on his work. Arps is an installation artist known for making spaces – dystopic, uncomfortable, decrepit, paranoid, aspirational – that exist in their own reality. Influenced by James Joyce’s concept of the epiphany of daily life, Arps creates obsessively complete environments out of humble and rejected materials. Like Fluxus and Pop artists, he transforms these materials into installations like the “affirmation dungeon,” and other highly detailed, perceptive commentaries on social expectations and the alchemy of empty spaces. Also featured are insightful essays by Dan Arps, Jon Bywater, Matthew Hyland and Narelle Pathways.
9.25 x 8.25 inches / 340 pp / 320 b/w and 295 color
Retail Price: $59.95
MICHAEL LETT, NEW ZEALAND