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Ghost of a Dream

Wassaic, New York

Artist Statement

Our work embodies the essence of opulence while being constructed of materials that typically end up in the trash. We 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, a travel poster promising a luxurious vacation, art world ephemera, or a lottery ticket that gives the possibility of a future full of rich decadence; we use these remnants to both re-create people's dreams, and portray the dreamer.

In April of 2016 we had our wonderful daughter, whom has now become part of our practice, as everything in our personal and professional lives was already completely intertwined with one another. Holiday comes with us to the studio, on residencies, on material collections trips, you name it. While we have not made work directly about our daughter, she has a big impact on the practice. She has changed our hours, our systems, and our outlooks on the world; She has improved our purpose, our thoughts on what is worth fighting for, and most definitely improved our sense of schedule. The biggest change that our work has gone through since our daughter’s birth is that it has become more political. This is somewhat inevitable because of the year she was born, but really it is because we are paying attention to the future as we now think of the world in terms of our daughter’s future rather than just our own. We have always made work about peoples hopes and dreams, but through this new lens we have begun to make more work about issue based aspirations rather than wishes.

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Artist Biography

Ghost of a Dream is the collaborative project of Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom. We make our work about people’s hopes and dreams out of the ephemera created trying to attain those aspirations. We began working together in 2007 shortly after getting married and our collaboration has been our full time practice ever since.

Our current solo exhibitions are , “Tomorrow is Here”, at the new MAAM museum in Boston, and “Aligned by the Sun (through the revolution)”, at the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill. We will have our next solo exhibition in Paris at Galerie Paris-Beijing this winter. “State of the Art”, a recent traveling exhibition included our work that has shown at Crystal Bridges Museum, The Telfair Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Dixon Gallery and Gardens Museum in Memphis, Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville and The Mint in Charlotte. Other recent solo exhibitions include A Devil to Pay, CES Gallery in Los Angeles; The Fair Housing Project, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; A Good Run of Bad Luck, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; and Gone the Sun, Galerie Paris-Beijing in Paris, France.

We have received the support of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Artist Resource Trust, Jerome Foundation and received the first annual Young Masters Art Prize in London, 2009. We have received artist residencies in Berlin, Basel, Beijing, France, and venues throughout the US including Bemis Center, ISCP, Smack Mellon, Wassaic Project, the Joan Mitchell Foundation AIR in New Orleans, Elsewhere Museum, and will attend the Rauschenberg Foundation AIR in 2023. In 2015 we co-founded a one month annual residency program in Italy titled ArtGarda. We are also currently the Embedded Critics at the Wassaic Project in New York.

Our work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Vogue Magazine, Hyperallergic, BlouinArtinfo, ArtFCity, W Magazine, Interview Magazine, and World of Interiors. We have also been featured on Good Morning America (HAHAHA), VICE has made a documentary about our work on the VICE Art Talks series, and the Southern Foodways Alliance in conjunction with 21C Museum has made a short film on the reading room installation we made for them at Old Miss.



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