Steven Arnold began the series from which this example is drawn in late 1974, shortly after his return from Spain, where he worked with Salvador Dali on the completion of his Theatre-Museum in Figueres. To see more of this series, and other examples of Arnold’s art, visit our GALLERY page.
An excellent example of the intricate shrine scenes that Steven Arnold created in every corner of his Los Angeles studio, Zanzibar. This particular image highlights not only Steven’s flare for interior design, but his talent for assembling found and inexpensive items into large, elaborate assemblage sculpture.
“[This is] the reinvention of art in America, free of the vices of ambition – insist on yourself.”
“I want images to be complicated, not smart, designy little things. I’m bringing back density – pieces that take time to look at.”
Ever the trendsetter: Steven Arnold in the early 1970s, years before The Rocky Horror Picture Show made it’s debut. This image was widely distributed, and may have helped to inspire Rocky Horror’s gender-bending antihero, Frank N. Furter. Styled by Nikki Nichols.
“The photo here is of [myself and] my girlfriend at that time (1984), the vivacious Angie Bowie. To be photographed by Steven was an event of extravagant surrealism and high art. His studio was decorated in way that transported you into another world entirely, and you didn’t ever want to leave. Steven was such a sweet and gentle soul, and he was a joy to create with. I miss him so very much, but I’m thankful to have been able to collaborate with him – it was heavenly.” – Robert Musselman