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Oscar Oiwa: Dreams of a Sleeping World

  • Art, Drawing
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  1. Photograph: Michael Juliano
    Photograph: Michael Juliano
  2. Photograph: Michael Juliano
    Photograph: Michael Juliano
  3. Photograph: Michael Juliano
    Photograph: Michael Juliano
  4. Photograph: Michael Juliano
    Photograph: Michael Juliano

Time Out says

Find peace in chaotic dreamscapes at the premiere of this solo exhibition from Oscar Oiwa, which includes four large-scale surreal landscape paintings, plus an 800-square-foot site-specific mural, Dreams of a Sleeping World. Using nothing more than a Sharpie (OK, actually about 120 of them), Oiwa and his four assistants have drawn dreamy illustrations onto the side of an inflated, white nylon dome at Pasadena’s USC Pacific Asia Museum (it took them about two weeks to finish the work).

Once inside the small upstairs gallery, you’ll be greeted by Oiwa’s landscape paintings. But we think most visitors will want to make a beeline for Dreams of a Sleeping World. You’ll need to take your shoes off or cover them with provided booties, as the interior of the dome is a bit delicate. The museum says it’ll allow 10 visitors inside at once and, unlike the Broad’s Infinity Rooms, they’re not really in a hurry to kick you out; if there’s a line forming, your time inside will be capped at a generous 10 minutes. Oh, and you’re absolutely welcome—in fact, even encouraged—to lay on the bed in the middle of the dome and take it all in.

There’s no additional cost to see the exhibition, and it and the rest of the museum are free to visit on Thursdays from 5 to 8pm and on the second Sunday of the month.

This dreamy dome is decorated entirely using markers

You can see it for free on Thursday nights. Find out more here:

Posted by Time Out Los Angeles on Thursday, January 9, 2020
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Included in museum admission ($10)
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