Looking at art can be exhausting. You’re on your feet all day, climbing gallery level after gallery level. Your brain is working overtime to take in all the visuals, deciphering the meaning in every piece. That’s why they have comfy benches in most museums. But sometimes those seats aren’t quite enough. Sometimes, the sculptures themselves beckon.
Spoony Sleeps on Sculptures is an illustrated zine created by Los Angeles-based creative studio Vacancy Projects that lets us live out our gallery sleepover fantasies. We dream vicariously through Spoony, a dog who looks suspiciously like a familiar black-and-white beagle, and who succumbs to the Sandman’s call in a veritable institution of world-famous sculptures. The four-legged art lover ignores the ropes and bollards, snuggling right on top of the sculptures he’s been gazing upon. He perches on the Pietà, cuddles up to a KAWS, snoozes on a Jeff Koons, and naps atop a Keith Haring.
Spoony’s opportunistic napping feels simultaneously defiant—like a peaceful protest towards stuffy gallery etiquette—and also full of respect and admiration, as though Spoony’s full-body immersion in the artwork is the ultimate show of appreciation.
All images of Vacancy Projects
Have you ever imagined Amy Winehouse or Nick Cave as a Chihuahua, Neil Young as a Vizsla, or PJ Harvey as an Afghan hound? That’s exactly what San Francisco-based artist Michael Gillette has done through his unique illustration project, blending beloved, iconic music legends, both past and present, with their dog counterparts. Pack of Dogs, our first foray into book publishing, is a celebration of pup and pop culture for music and dog lovers alike.
August 25, 2020