Ghost of a Dream is the collaboration of artists Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom. Eckstrom received an MFA Painting (Honors) 2005, and Was an MFA Sculpture (Honors) 2004, from Rhode Island School of Design. They have had numerous solo exhibitions including exhibitions at Davidson Contemporary in NYC; Colorado Springs Fine Art Center Museum; Galerie Paris-Beijing in Beijing, CN; Gallerie Christoffer Egelund in Copenhagen, DK; Santa Maria Della Vita in Bologna, IT; and The Freedman Gallery at Albright College in Reading, PA. They have been included group shows including ones at The Courtauld Institute in London, UK; Hendershot Gallery in NYC; and Elga Wilmer Gallery in NYC. They have been awarded the Young Masters Art Prize in London, IAAB Residency in Basel Switzerland, a studio through Smack Mellon Studio Program, The Bemis Artist Residency, Artist Projects Material Fund from Rhode Island School of Design, Vierter Stock Projektraum in Berlin DE, the Oxbow Fellowship, and a DUMBO Improvement Grant. Their work has been written about in publications such as ARTFORUM.COM, Whitewall Magazine, World of Interiors, City Weekend Beijing, The Independent Newspaper in London, Global Times Beijing, Yatzer.com, Time Out New York, and Intersection Magazine.
Our sculpture and installations embody 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 romance novel that someone reads to enter into a dream reality; a religious track promising the glory of eternal life; or a lottery ticket that gives the possibility of a future full of rich decadence; we use these remnants to re-create people’s dreams.