Offering of Dreams
In March 2020, the artists Ayoung Yu and Nicholas Oh, who work together as AYDO, began an archive of dreams. Yearning for loved ones and communal solidarity in the wake of the pandemic, they collected dreams from different generations of immigrants from Asian-American communities. They received dreams from parents, aunts and uncles, their friends and their grandparents, students and mentors, and carefully inscribed each dream into an ever-growing pool of texts. In return for each dream, following the Korean cultural tradition of buying and exchanging dreams, the artists mailed out small hand-thrown porcelain bottles.
They anticipated that the dreams would reveal commonalities across generations of immigrants amidst shared struggles. The dreams themselves, however, were all so deeply personal—colored by unique psychic repertoires such as childhood homes, ex-lovers, pets, mythological figures–that they resisted any easy overarching classification.
The artists, therefore, position these idiosyncratic archived dreams as embodiments of individual voices that counter orientalist tropes that tend to depict Asian bodies as emotionally distant, unspecified masses with an unlimited capacity for labor or service. At Recess, AYDO hopes to expand their practice to explore a selection of dreams, including their own. Rather than literally reenacting a dream, they use ceramics, ritual objects, ceremonial clothing, and organic elements to build a new imagined world around them and posit dream-sharing as a form of community gathering.
On view: November 11, 2023–January 25, 2024
Marcela Torres and Assembly
September 14–November 10, 2023
KING COBRA and Hue Hallums