SCAPE 7 - Common Coop Co-op
by Dan Arps & Fiona Connor
Dan Arps' SCAPE 7 work encourages us to consider the way that public space is being redefined in the current environment.
Dan Arps' work explores and responds to the contemporary urban environment. His installations, sculptures, paintings and videos fuse architecture, public space, nomadic structures, politics, philosophy and history, and expand on Modernist traditions of abstraction, alienation and the everyday. Frequently integrating found objects, Arps sees even the most mundane items as up for grabs, and through the employment of joke structures he creates works that range from the humorous to the unsettling.
Currently studying towards a Doctor of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, Dan Arps previously gained a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 2006. Arps held his first solo exhibition in 1999 and since then has exhibited extensively in New Zealand and abroad. In the past four years he has held solo exhibitions in Auckland, Melbourne and New York. Arps has participated in many group exhibitions and events throughout New Zealand and internationally, including at the 2012 Cologne Art Fair, the 2011 Frieze Art Fair in London, and the 2004 São Paulo Biennial. In 2010 Arps was awarded the Walters Prize for his 2008 exhibition Explaining Things at Gambia Castle, Auckland. The book, Dan Arps Affirmation Dungeon, was published by Clouds and Michael Lett in 2011. Dan Arps is represented by Michael Lett, Auckland and Neon Parc, Melbourne.