New York, NY, May 29, 2015: The Dream Machine is setting up shop in the Hamptons, NY for the Summer. Inspired by Richard Hamilton’s iconic 1956 photo-collage Just what is it that makes today’s home so different, so appealing?, the Dream Machine is a customized Airstream that is part exhibition space part travel trailer and constitutes the most ambitious weR2 production to date. It will present new functional objects inspired by and produced in collaboration with artists. The Dream Machine will be at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill July 2-5 and then at the Silas Marder Gallery from July 9 through early September.
For its Hamptons edition, weR2 has commissioned a work by artist Ryan McGinness to wrap the aluminum exterior of the bullet-shaped vehicle and will launch new cloth cocktail napkins by Kate Shepherd and a limited edition beach blanket by Mary Ellen Carroll. Other functional designs commissioned by weR2 available this summer will include throw pillows by Eric Brown, wearable notecards by Nathan Chrislip, hemp tote bags with embroidered cannabis by Francesca Gabbiani, playing cards by Moyna Flannigan, scented candles by Jason Middlebrook and serving trays by George Venson. Additional products will be available from AREAWARE, ArtSpace, Artware Editions, K/LLER Jewelry, Jussara Lee, LOREN, Paul Marlow, Phaidon Books, Andrew McAteer, HYDE/ Robyn Shapiro, Tiko, Bosch and more.
On Independence Day weekend, the Parrish Art Museum and weR2 will bring the Dream Machine to Water Mill with conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll’s Public Utility 2.0, the 21st-century land art analog that retrofits unused television frequencies for two-way broadband connectivity. Carroll will set up a DV (digitalvision) broadcast station daily from 11am to 5pm on July 2, 3, 4 and 5. Connectivity will be made via VUUM’s ‘Super WiFi’ devices, software defined radios developed through Rice University’s Wireless Network Group and with backhaul support provided by SkyPackets. Throughout the summer weR2 will offer a considered selection of programming with topics ranging from oysters to helicopters with artists from the Parrish permanent collection. Programming will include a selection of talks in Spanish.
On July 9 forward, the Dream Machine will be hosted by Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton, where it will be open in concert with the gallery through Labor Day.