Escaping from their daily routine by visiting other cities or countries is a common image people have when they think about traveling. Taking a trip may comfort those who are tired of their repetitive lifestyle and help them to attain new perspective by coming across unexpected new cultures. However, this escape does not have to happen on a journey far away to another region. People also travel to unique worlds every day in their dreams. This special journey is explored in the exhibition Have a Sweet Dream.
Have a Sweet Dream is an exhibition that is held in Ttukseom Art Museum which was remodeled from a storage space to a display area in spring this year. Six artists—Rozy Kim, Jeong Daun, E3, Na Sun-mi, Mark&Sol, and Gai Sonquon—have participated in this exhibition and display their dreamland- themed artworks. As most people take the everyday experience of sleeping and dreaming for granted, the artists challenged that complacent attitude by placing those fanciful space to reality, giving the uniqueness of this dreamland voyage.
An Unusual Structure for the Voyage
When entering the gallery, the visitors first check-in at the ticket box, just like checking in at a hotel at the front desk. The entire museum resembles a hotel, with one floor with many rooms along a hallway. Because a hotel room is one of the most comfortable and cozy places to rest during a trip, the visitors become more relaxed and view the artwork in a peaceful atmosphere. This precise and delicate structure effectively reflects the main theme of this exhibition— dreamland—by continuously generating a calm and comfortable atmosphere just like a hotel room.
Walking along the hotel hallway, visitors enter six different rooms which present six depictions of dreams through artwork created by the different artists. Each room has a different theme that is reflected by the various materials and colors of the art. Particularly in the second room, artworks made with clothing are displayed. Long pieces of clothing with diverse colors are attached to one part of the wall, catching the visitors’ attention immediately. Furthermore, there is a tetrahedron-shaped white structure in the middle of the room composed of the same material. This room effectively shows that art can be created from dots, lines, and faces.
After touring the different rooms and entering the white hotel suite, visitors then face a dark and dim room by walking to a bed shaped door attached to the wall. This dimly lit room represents the place where people sleep at night. This room filled with mirrors on the wall leads to a place called the Dream Factory. In the factory, people can make a wish by putting rubber balls into four boxes with icons on the front. Each icon represents common wishes—love, health, career, and money. The visitors pray for their wish to come true and then finally finish their long journey by checking out at the exhibition hall. With this short Healing Trip, people can rest by stepping outside busy society.
▲ Second Room in the Hallway, Photographed by Youn Bo Hyun
Facing Different Types of Dream
The structure of the exhibition as a whole deliberately conveys the diverse features of dreams, with the artwork in the six rooms not having the same atmosphere. For instance, in the first room, there are neon signs, photographs, and videos hanging on the wall. The mixture of the bright neon signs and the darkness of the room blur the dreamlike feeling and reality itself, just like the beginning of sleep. With this vagueness, this room also arouses curiosity about the dream that is about to be experienced because it is unpredictable.
Because dreams are often associated with tranquility, the third room depicts the warm feeling of dreaming. Pink and luminescent objects fill the room, alluding to the joyful experience of dreams. On the other hand, the fifth room has a grim atmosphere, displaying paintings that depict the negative motions of nightmares. These rooms with their various descriptions of dreams evoke not only the coziness of sweet dreams but also the fear of nightmares.
▲ Entrance of the Dreamland, Photographed by Youn Bo Hyun
Keep Dreaming and Do Not Give Up
Overall, different forms of art are displayed, such as photographs, paintings, sculptures and even video. The diverse artworks help visitors to focus on the different features of dreams and intrigues them more than monotonous displays and methods would do. Furthermore, as there are photo spots for visitors who like to take photos in front of the art on display, visitors can record their experience of the exhibition. This is impressive because the balance between watching and experiencing art by taking photos is well designed and immerses visitors in the exhibition. In particular, people who like to actively participate in an exhibition and look around dreamland will not regret visiting this exhibition.
Dreams have two forms: the ones we experience while sleeping and those we want to achieve in life. This exhibition intends to encourage young people by reminding them of their dream, and presenting the diverse meanings of dreams. The moon is the main object in the fourth room, which usually appears at night when people are asleep, so the visitors can recall their memories related to dreams and make wishes on the moon. People in modern society actually have less time to think about their dreams compared to when they were young. When visitors check out after wishing in the “Dream Factory,” maybe someday their dreams will come true in the journey through life.
Venue: Ttukseom Art Museum
Date: May 10, 2019 to October 13, 2019. Closed on last Monday of the month
Time: 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. (The last entrance is at 7:00 P.M.