Joan Mitchell Center

Ghost of a Dream

Collaborative project of Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom
Sculptors
Brooklyn, NY
March 6 - 31
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Ghost of a Dream is the collaborative efforts of Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was. Their work embodies the essence of opulence while being constructed with materials that typically end up in the trash. They mine popular culture searching for discarded materials that people use trying to reach their goals. Whether it is a Hollywood film that transports the viewer into a dream reality, or a lottery ticket that gives the possibility of a future full of rich decadence; they use these remnants to both recreate people’s dreams, and portray the dreamer. Ghost of a Dream began their collaboration in 2007 after meeting at Rhode Island School of Design where they both received their Masters Degree (Was in Sculpture, 2004 and Eckstrom in Painting, 2005.) Among their most recent exhibitions they have participated in is “State of the Art”, a traveling museum exhibition that has shown at the Crystal Bridges Museum, The Telfair Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Art; with plans to travel to several more venues around the world. Ghost of a Dream is currently working on a solo show for CES Gallery in Los Angeles titled “A Devil to Pay”. Other recent exhibitions include “The Fair Housing Project”, which discusses the viability of the worlds art fair system, at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn New York, “Falling from Paradise” at The Satellite Show In Miami, FL, “A Good Run of Bad Luck” at Binghamton University in NY and “Gone the Sun” at Galerie Paris-Beijing in Paris, France. Ghost of a Dream is represented by Galerie Paris Beijing, with whom they had a solo show in the Paris location in 2015, the location Brussels in 2013, and the Beijing location in 2010. The collaborative is also represented by Galleri Christoffer Egelund in Copenhagen.  The collaborative has received the support of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Joan Mitchell Foundation and Jerome Foundation and received the first annual Young Masters Art Prize in London, 2009. Ghost of a Dream has attended residencies in Berlin, Basel, Beijing, France, various cities around the United States including The Bemis Center, ISCP, Smack Mellon, Wassaic Project, and in March will be attending the Joan Mitchel AIR in New Orleans. They co-founded their own residency in 2015 at Garda Lake in Italy titled ArtGarda. Their work has been written about in publications such as The New York Times, Vogue Magazine, HyperAllergic, BlouinArtinfo, ArtFCity, W Magazine, Interview Magazine, World of Interiors, and has been featured on Good Morning America and VICE Art Talks.
 

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the Center of Convention

the Center of Convention

2014, discarded art fair/trade fair ephemera, 96 x 96 x 96 inches

TRIUMPH and tragedy

TRIUMPH and tragedy

2013, tragedy written in pencil on the wall over 50,000 times, 150 x 1100 inches

Remember When Tomorrow Came

Remember When Tomorrow Came

2011, discarded lottery tickets, wood, plexiglass, speakers, and mirror (audio in collaboration with Superspirit), 96 x 102 x 54 inches

Songs about Rainbows

Songs about Rainbows

2013, discarded used playing cards from over 100 casinos, wood, florescent lighting, audio. Sound component is a collaboration with Nolan Gray, 96 x 264 x 100 inches

One in the Same and Under Its Spell

One in the Same and Under Its Spell

2013, two channel video of actors say “yes” on one, and “no” on the other and ink on paper, drawings are 22 x 30 inches each

Day is Done

Day is Done

2013, 28 channel video installation of hollywood sunset scenes aligned by the horizon, 45 x 380 x 248 inches
 

The Minor Fall and the Major Lift (TRIUMPH / TRAGEDY)

The Minor Fall and the Major Lift (TRIUMPH / TRAGEDY)

2013, Marble bases from discarded trophies, 9 x 78 x 11 inches

Where the Frontier Ends and Begins

Where the Frontier Ends and Begins

2014/15, five channel video made from from old western films, televisions, media players, mdf, and wiring, 61 x 87 x 20 inches