Check Point: an Introduction to Child's Play
an exhibition by Chelsea A. Flowers
Chelsea A. Flowers' practice explores subversion to popular culture and how “otherness” is created, and social and cultural critique of her environment. She explores these ideas through comedic troupes, physical play, nostalgic memorabilia, and participatory performance. In her exhibit, Check Point: An Introduction to Child's Play, she will seek to answer the question, “Can we build communities through Play?” She has created a game that tests social, cultural, and emotional knowledge. By questioning “Did O.J. do it?” “What day did Beyonce turn Black?” “Can you walk like an Egyptian?” the game also wants to know if you can “list seven young men and/or women who were murdered by police in the past four years.” A Player will be challenged in various means. The game will ask them to be okay with not knowing an answer, and to feel even more comfortable with knowing how to ask for the answer. That’s the functionality of a community. We create our own communities based on what we share and how we care for one another. Participants will be able to show their care through play (verbal discussion), dance (intellectual conversation with one’s body) and investigation (openness to learning).
A video installation by Jaime Raybin & R.D. King.
“Ms. Bigfoot: A Fanfiction” tells the story of of an alienated teenage monster truck who undergoes a feminist awakening through writing fan fiction. During the six-minute film, the monster truck protagonist experiences a lack of representation in both the real wold and in mainstream pop culture. Using the internet as a platform, she constructs a universe with her own substantive meaning.
The film will be featured on loop as the centerpiece of an installation that references and expands the surreal world within the film. The viewer is invited to have a seat on a giant pink tire and watch the film inside of a crudely drawn teenage hangout/chain restaurant.
Join the artists at the opening reception on Monday, April 30, 5-7p, which will include the release of a new monster truck art zine!
Iowa Lakeside Lab Artist-in-Residence Program Alumni Group Show: Artists and scientists are both asking questions about the world, they’re just doing it in different ways. This is the driving approach to the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program at the Iowa Lakeside Lab. Iowa Lakeside Lab is a biological field research station located on West Okoboji Lake in the northwest corner of Iowa. The Lakeside Lab AIR program accepts artists from all around the country working in any and all media to reside on the Lab’s campus, interact with scientific community, make work connected to the environment, and facilitate connections between the arts and the sciences. This exhibition represents work made by AIR alumni since 2014.
Exhibiting artists: Eric 'Oz' Andren, Mary Claire Becker, Amanda Breitbach, Paul Crow, Scott Dickson, Cathleen Faubert, Rachel Kauff, Quin Kennedy, Mark Koven, Kelsey Reckling, Brian Schorn, Corey Smith, Benny Melton, Joseph Mougel, Lisa Gordillo, and Alex Braidwood