Dream House is a “sound house environment” created by composer La Monte Young and visual artist Marian Zazeela. It isn’t what you’d expect to find in the glamorous streets of Tribeca.
Shoes are removed before entering. As you walk through the door, the purple light and deep sound hits you. A purple hue fills the entire apartment and a loud drone vibrates through your chest. Once inside you’re left to sit, walk, spin, meditate or do whatever this experiential artwork encourages you to do. Gently turning mobiles hang from the ceiling, casting elegant shadows on the wall. A shrine to Pradit Pran Nath sits in the corner. In a separate room, still flooded with purple, Zazeela’s wall sculpture “Ruine Window 1992” is the only feature.
The sound and visuals come together to create an overwhelmingly meditative experience. As you move, the drone gently changes: it’s almost as if the sound waves are the only thing causing both you and the art to sway. If you shut your eyes you’ll feel like you’re floating. Stay as long as you like. This purple cocoon is more comforting than the world outside.
Dream House, 275 Church Street, Floor 3, New York, NY 10013.
Photo: Hannah Hoskins.