Ghost of a Dream

Born 1977 (LW), Born 1974 (AE) / USA
25 April 2014

Ghost of a Dream

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GHOST OF A DREAM
Collaborative of Adam Eckstrom (AE) and Lauren Was (LW) / USA

Ghost of a Dream was started in 2006 by artists Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was, but came into full bloom in early 2008 when they started working more on their collaborative work than their individual projects. They make work based on the common desire and ramifications of fast easy money.  Their current project revolves around the lottery system. As people scratch, choose numbers and place bets, they think about what they would do with all that cash. Ghost of a Dream builds pieces with the spent dreams of loosing lotto tickets. They collect “scratchers” from gas stations, grocery stores, bars, and streets around the world.  The scratch tickets represent real dreams that most times disappear just as quickly as they came.

Eckstrom was born in Saint Paul, MN. Was was born in Philadelphia, PA.  Was and Eckstrom met while attending graduate school at Rhode Island School of Design, where Eckstrom received his MFA in Painting in 2005 and Was received her MFA in sculpture in 2004. They were married in 2007. Their work has been exhibited in New York, Rhode Island, Miami, Berlin, London and Basel. Was and Eckstrom received a grant from RISD in 2008 to make the first piece in the Easy Money series, The Dream Car. Their work has been written about in Time Out, Providence Journal, Intersection Magazine, Art of England, and Chief Magazine among others. In 2008 they received an artists in residence funded by the Joan Mitchell Foundation at Oxbow School of Art. In January of 2009 they received a 6-month residency in Basel Switzerland, which ended in June, at which time they returned to Brooklyn.

EDUCATION OF ADAM ECKSTROM:

2005:
Rhode Island School of Design, MFA Painting with Honors

1999:
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, BFA Sculpture and Photography

EDUCATION OF LAUREN WAS:

2004:
Rhode Island School of Design, MFA Painting with Honors

1999:
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA Concentration in Sculpture

GRANTS & FOLLOWSHIPS:

2014:
LMCC Process Space, 5 month invited residency on New York’s Governors Island

2013:
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2009:
IAAB, six month residency, Basel, Switzerland (1.1.09-6.30.09)

2008:
Artist Projects, Rhode Island School of Design, Material grant and student labor to make a large-scale installation.
Oxbow Fellowship re-granted from The Joan Mitchell Foundation?City Sol, Material Grant

2006:
D.U.M.B.O. Improvement District Material Grant

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2014:
Seven Decades of Optic Art, Davidson Contemporary, New York, NW

2013:
Day is Done, Galerie Paris-Bejing, Brussels, Belgium

2010:
Fly By’s Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark?Against Surfing Art &Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL (catalogue)?Future Perfect The Freedman Gallery at Albright Collage, Reading, PA (catalouge)

2009:
Young Masters Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, England (catalougue)?Will it Happen Elga Wimmer Gallery, NY, NY?Summer Festival The Wassaic Project Wassaic, NY?Special Project, Volta Show 5 Basel, Switzerland (catalogue)?Runnin’ on a Dream, Scope Art Fair Basel, Switzerland (catalogue)?The Art Parade, Deitch Projects, Creative Time and Paper Magazine?Word Up, Broadway Gallery, NY, NY? Talent Preview 09, White Box Gallery NY, NY

2008:
Money Mania, Roving Installation in South Beach pools during Art Basel Miami?In other Words, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA?Ghost of a Dream, Space at Alice Rhode Island, Providence, RI?Suckers and Biters, Chashama Gallery, NY, NY (catalogue)

2007:
This is not New York, This is Berlin, Salon Mastul e.V., Berlin, Germany

ARTIST LECTURES:

2014:
Visiting Critic, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

2010:
Albright Collage, Reading, PA

2008:
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Oxbow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

PUBLICATIONS:

2014:
The Brooklyn Artist Ball sets the table, Interview Magazine, April 17

2009:
Art of England magazine, Yound Masters Issue 63?
Premier Art Scene magazine, Scope Basel 2009?
Satchi.com, Top 10 Artists at Art Basel, Volta and Scope

2008:
Time Out New York, December 18- 31
Chief Magazine Issue 13?For Biennial fans, Providence Journal March 6th
Intersection Magazine Spring Issue?Lottery Tickets become Dream Car, Providence Journal March 18th

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