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
A heartfelt thank you to all the photographers, artists, illustrators, and writers who trusted us, dived in, and brought us delight, grace, excitement, courage, wilderness, and wonder over the last five years. Their work not only reflects the bonds we share with our animal companions, it also celebrates their spirit.
None of this would be possible without our four-legged counterparts who sprinkle magic dust time and time again, and our readers, who embraced this kooky idea, rallied around us, and made this world theirs too. With friends like these, who needs nine lives?
February 5, 2019