Meet A New Generation Of Downtown Artists
Last night, likely as a result of a heavy dose of Nyquil, I had a dream that I was Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson, and that I was undergoing a shockingly chill trial for murder in Thailand. It was weird and upsetting, but still somehow totally fascinating, like most dreams tend to be. Not to get too Freudian, but dreams are consistently beguiling, intriguing, and almost addictive—doesn’t everyone want to get into Lucid Dreaming? Or is that just me and weirdos on Reddit?
The interplay between dreams and reality is what fueled a recent Chinatown art show, titled Dreams Come True. The work displayed was an expression of the grey area in between the two, as well as an exploration of less literal dreams (i.e. desires). As the exhibition description stated, “We imagine and create scenarios in our heads, fantasies of our future, visualizing something in our minds with hopes that they then become real.” So real.
Showcasing a broad range of mediums, including photography, painting, video art, and sculpture, Dreams Come True was the perfect opportunity to show work from young, up-and-coming artists, including Milk fave Maya Fuhr, Rachel Wark, Mahyar Kalari, Jonathan Sherman, Lisa Saeboe, and Dick Wagner, who recently appeared in an editorial for our friends over at MADE. Wagner aptly contributed a collage of actual dicks—sadly we can’t show it here, but you can imagine the sexually explicit greatness.
The show was curated by Ebba Pero, Seema Pejman, and photographer Yulia Zinshtein (who recently took some gorgeous photos of the singer Yuna for us). “I’ve always been fascinated with how it affects people when they actually get what they want—the odd event when something that’s been dreamt about is finally handed to the dreamer,” said Pero. “Because it can often be so negative. And I think it’s because over-anticipating things is one of the most detrimental things you can do. That’s not to say that your dream coming true can’t be positive, but it’s interesting hearing about how many different outcomes people have. And what better way to get people to spill their feelings than through their art?”
When it comes to the actual dreams from the curators, it would appear that their subconsciousnesses are just as weird as mine. “I had a dream where I was working as a cam girl but my computer was broken so I was running through trying to get my computer fixed, through hotel bars and water parks, holding up the laptop trying not to get it more broken than it was,” said Zinshtein. “It was very stressful.”
Stay tuned to Milk for more young artists.
All images courtesy of Ebba Pero, Seema Pejman, and Yulia Zinshtein.