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Published by Galerie Paris-Beijing
ISBN: 979-10-90176-43-0
Editor: Galerie Paris-Beijing
Pages: 92
Size: 210 x 285 mm


Excerpts from the preface by Christian Viveros-Faune

Some artists wait around for their retrospective. Others, like the young collaborative team of Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom, a.k.a. Ghost of Dream, design their own survey. A reflection on “what we've done and how we got here,” their new exhibition, “Day is Done,” presents older styles of their work in brand new guises. Lurid but thoughtful, their most recent display mulls over this duo’s signal triumphs and failures (thematically, at least, they could be one and the same). It also proposes novel ideas for instantaneous overnight success. They’ll come in handy for picking a “winner” — if you still believe such a thing exists after seeing their show.

Featuring large-scale and discrete pieces made from Lady Luck’s recycled leavings, Ghost of a Dream’s current exhibition sources its material straight from the global fantasy factory. Drawn from sources like casinos (playing cards), convention centers (carpet), corner delis (lottery tickets), sports shops (the discarded marble bases of old trophies), the inspirational and easy reading sections of cheap bookstores (self-help and romance novels), and Lalaland itself (video clips of old movies and songs), their many found objects are repurposed as sculptures, collages, room-sized installations, and moving image and auditory works. Taken together, they sound a uniformly brassy Wah-Wah note — like the losing wail on The Price Is Right. Despite their peppy peacock coloring, these works advertise something other than scratch-off happiness and rosy dreams deferred. Instead, they brutally pump the pathos of $1.50 ambitions, ideals crumpled, illusions trashed, and dreams roughly and cruelly trampled underfoot.


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Founded in Beijing in 2006, Galerie Paris-Beijing opened its second space in Paris in 2009. In 2014, it changed its Parisian address and moved into a 400 m2 space at 62 rue de Turbigo. A pioneer in representing contemporary Chinese photography, Galerie Paris-Beijing is now embracing a new multidisciplinary and international approach to its programming.

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