A couple of our favorite works at the What Do I Owe You? exhibit that we saw a few weeks back were by the artist duo Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was that go by the name of Ghost of a Dream. Ghost of a Dream create sculpture, collages, and installations typically using discarded materials popular culture; mostly discarded lottery tickets and romance novel covers, though much of their other works involve handwritten type and positive and negative areas created by it. But, getting back the the lottery tickets: it’s interesting to see the juxtaposition between the luxurious items they depict and the discarded elements used in hopes of reaching those lofty goals, whether it be wealth via lottery tickets or the dream of love via romance novels. These collages and installations are intricately detailed creating impressive patterns that look more like Oriental rugs than thousands of scratch-off game cards. The artists state, “The “scratchers” are collected from gas stations, grocery stores, bars, and streets around the world. The scratch tickets represent real dreams that usually disappear just as quickly as they came.”
Update: Just came across this interesting interview with these two over here.