MY DREAM HOUSE

Justin Cipa, Excavate, Mixed Media Sculpture, 2015

Justin Cipa, Excavate, Mixed Media Sculpture, 2015

From Barbie’s Dream House to MTV Cribs to HGTV, the dream house is one of our most durable and accessible cultural symbols.  Everyone knows what a dream house is, and anyone can imagine their own domestic ideal.

Yet the dream house is also something of a paradox.  Whereas an actual dream house seems only achievable by the elite, Dream House, the exhibition proposes that a dream house might only exist within our personal fantasies. That as soon as you build a dream home it becomes simply a house that holds all of the same daily struggles and well-worn rituals.

For this exhibit, Little Berlin has asked a series of artists to interpret their Dream House. Using humor, pathos and sense of the absurd, “My Dream House” creates a glimpse into an alternate world. The result is part set: imagined artifacts, and scenes from dream spaces—and part architectural: hand-drawn floor plans and fantastical scale models.

Works include a life sized tanning bed light sculpture by New York artist Stefan Gunn, ceramic replicas of domestic objects from the sci-fi opus: Solaris by Philadelphia artist Misha Wylie, and an interactive "painting" of an excavation site by Philadelphia artist Justin Cipa.