Collective ideologies – education systems, cult groups and extremes of belief – have played a critical role in Dan Arps’ practice, which responds to consumer capitalism, dated design and the detritus of everyday life. Using pre-fabricated commercial materials and processes that combine mark-making and casting, Arps’ installations transform the gallery into a distinct reality not usually at home in an art context. More recently Arps has realized a set of digital paintings that rematerialize and flatten the physical gestures of art-making.
Dan Arps was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1976. He graduated with a BFA (2000) from the University of Canterbury, MFA (2006) and Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts (2014). In 2010 Arps was awarded the Walters Prize by international judge Vicente Todoli for his installation Explaining Things at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Recent exhibitions include Necessary Distraction: a painting show, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (2015) and Local Knowledge at the Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt (2011).
Dan Arps currently lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand.