Ghost Of A Dream, I Am What I Am, 2010, Variable size, discarded lottery tickets, mirror on foam
Galleri Christoffer Egelund proudly present "WE SPEND OUR LIVES AS WE SPEND OUR DAYS," the first solo exhibition in Denmark with the artist duo Ghost of a Dream from New York. The renowned duo, Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom create ambitious artworks. Where hopes and dreams of the big lottery prize burst, is where these artworks begins. The exhibition presents 16 new works of drawing, collage, sculpture and installation.
Ghost of a Dream is known for their work using discarded scratch cards, but they also use materials such as covers from romantic novels and invitations for exhibitions. They collect the materials from gas stations, bars and streets, or they receive the materials by post.
The shows title "WE SPEND OUR LIVES AS WE SPEND OUR DAYS" emphasizes the duo's interest in what we hope and dream about, and how we, in the easiest way possible, try to attain those dreams on an everyday basis. According to the duo most people dream about wealth, recognition and love - dreams we regularly try to fulfil by buying lottery tickets and self-improvement books.
The exhibition consists of 16 artworks, which suggest how a bright future may look like, and makes us think about our current situation. The collage "End of the Spectrum" for example portrays how the end of the rainbow may look like. The work is made from thousands of discarded lottery tickets and illustrates how eye-catching and enticing these tickets may be on the viewer, but also how depressing it can be for most people, when the unlucky number makes the dream vanish. Another work is the sculpture "I Am What I Am," which offers a repeated read on the work's title through its cyclical shape. The work is made from used lottery tickets, covers from kitschy romantic novels and mirrors, whereby one is confronted directly with his or her current situation and the constant quest for a better life. Finally, it is impossible to overlook the work "Postcards", which is mounted from the ceiling of the gallery. The collage is made of hundreds of old exhibition flyers, which the gallery has posted to the artists. The collage mimics the stucco-decorated ceiling of Gallery Christoffer Egelund, and refers to the many aspiring artists, who also wish for recognition, success and exhibitions at prestigious galleries, museums etc.
Ghost of a Dream consists of Lauren Was (b. 1977, USA) and Adam Eckstrom (b. 1974, USA). They are married, lives in New York and they both graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, USA. In 2009 they received "The Young Masters Art Prize," and they have exhibited in Basel, Beijing, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Miami and New York. They have two major solo exhibitions "So Far, So Close" at the Hunterdon Art Museum, New Jersey and "Remember When Tomorrow Came" on the Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs in 2012.