RISD Grads Make Art From Discarded Lottery Tickets
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Wassaic Project Summer Festival in Wassaic, NY.
How did your first lottery ticket piece come into being?
When Lauren was offered the class, she asked if Adam would like to join her, and they could realize their first large project together, the Dream Car (pictured above). We haven't stopped working together and making big projects since.
We met there, and if it weren't for that offer, we may not be working together today. We still visit often. Lauren still teaches a class now and then, but this year we have spent a good deal of the time out of the country. But we would love it if we could land there. Some of our best friends are there.
Your works astonish in their detail. Can you estimate the amount of time required to bring one of these works to completion?
The Car took two months, six weeks with 10 RISD student assistants. The Dream Home took us six months, which we built during a residency in Basel Switzerland. So each one takes a good amount of time, and usually during the duration of making a piece we are in the studio at least 70 hours a week.
We are currently in Wassaic doing a residency with our friends at the Wassaic Projects. We love it here. It just so happens that two of the four directors here are RISD alum as well. On September 1st we are going to Beijing, China to create a show start to finish which will open at the Paris Beijing Gallerie on October 9th. Then we will return to the States.
Following that we will be doing a project in Bologna Italy for Art First Bologna. It will be a site-specific installation in one of Italy's most beautiful sites, the Oratorio in Santa Maria Della Vita. We are also in serious discussion with the Nicolas Robinson Gallery about having our first solo gallery show in the spring, and we have a solo show in the fall of 2011 at Gallerie Christoffer Egelund in Copenhagen Denmark.
Photo of Eckstrom & Was: Jeff Barnett-Winsby
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