Dan Arps

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Dan Arps, Seated Figure, 2017, bronze, patina, 950 x 800 x 800mm

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

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

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 1200mm

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

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 65mm

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

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

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

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

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

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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Born 1976, Christchurch (NZ). Lives and works in Auckland (NZ)

Dan Arps’ installations, sculptures, and paintings fuse architecture, public space, and nomadic structures to expand and reflect upon modernist traditions of abstraction, alienation, and the everyday. His work explores and responds to the contemporary urban environment and its related subjectivities.

Arps gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) from the School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch in 2000. He received a Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland in 2006 followed by a Doctor of Fine Arts in 2014. In 2010 he was awarded Aotearoa New Zealand’s premier contemporary art award, the Walter’s Prize, for his exhibition Explaining Things by international judge Vicente Todolí. Arps has exhibited extensively in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia, as well as taking part in multiple international projects. His work was included in Abject Failures, Hastings City Art Gallery (2018); Space Suit, Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2018); Necessary Distraction: A painting show, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2015);  Local Knowledge, the Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt (2011) and the Sao Paolo Biennale (2004).

 
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Dan Arps, Seated Figure, 2017, bronze, patina, 950 x 800 x 800mm

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

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

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 1200mm

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

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 65mm

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