Dan Arps

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Dan Arps, Schreber Monument, (Washed Jedi), 2015, polyurethane, paint, 330 x 420 x 45 mm

Dan Arps, Soft Grid (Evil Olive), 2015, polyurethane, paint, 900 x 900 mm

Dan Arps, Plastic Mouthfeel II, Installation detail, Michael Lett, 2015

Dan Arps, Plastic Mouthfeel II, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2015

Dan Arps, Tree Form, 2015, dye-sublimation print on satin, 1700 x 1200 mm

Dan Arps, Painting for Welfare Office, 2014, polyurethane resin, paint, 340 x 430 x 45 mm

 

Dan Arps, Freedom Farmers, Installation view, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2013

Dan Arps, After Hobson Gardens, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2013

Dan Arps, Weak Idea Grid Study I, 2011, paper, acrylic on canvas, epoxy, steel, wood, 610 x 515 x 65 mm

Dan Arps, Hobson Gardens, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2011

Dan Arps, A Rock That Was Taught It Was A Bird, Installation view, Artspace, 2010

Dan Arps, A Rock That Was Taught It Was A Bird, Installation view, Artspace, 2010

Dan Arps, Explaining Things, Installation view, Walters Prize, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2010

Dan Arps, Explaining Things, Installation view, Walters Prize, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2010

Dan Arps, Soft Grid (Evil Olive), 2015, polyurethane, paint, 900 x 900 mm

Dan Arps, Plastic Mouthfeel II, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2015

Dan Arps, Painting for Welfare Office, 2014, polyurethane resin, paint, 340 x 430 x 45 mm

 

Dan Arps, After Hobson Gardens, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2013

Dan Arps, Hobson Gardens, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2011

Dan Arps, A Rock That Was Taught It Was A Bird, Installation view, Artspace, 2010

Dan Arps, Explaining Things, Installation view, Walters Prize, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2010

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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.

 
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Dan Arps, Schreber Monument, (Washed Jedi), 2015, polyurethane, paint, 330 x 420 x 45 mm

Dan Arps, Soft Grid (Evil Olive), 2015, polyurethane, paint, 900 x 900 mm

Dan Arps, Plastic Mouthfeel II, Installation detail, Michael Lett, 2015

Dan Arps, Plastic Mouthfeel II, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2015

Dan Arps, Tree Form, 2015, dye-sublimation print on satin, 1700 x 1200 mm

Dan Arps, Painting for Welfare Office, 2014, polyurethane resin, paint, 340 x 430 x 45 mm  

Dan Arps, Freedom Farmers, Installation view, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2013

Dan Arps, After Hobson Gardens, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2013

Dan Arps, Weak Idea Grid Study I, 2011, paper, acrylic on canvas, epoxy, steel, wood, 610 x 515 x 65 mm

Dan Arps, Hobson Gardens, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2011

Dan Arps, A Rock That Was Taught It Was A Bird, Installation view, Artspace, 2010

Dan Arps, A Rock That Was Taught It Was A Bird, Installation view, Artspace, 2010

Dan Arps, Explaining Things, Installation view, Walters Prize, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2010

Dan Arps, Explaining Things, Installation view, Walters Prize, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2010