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.