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Check Point // Chelsea A. Flowers
Jun
2
to Jun 29

Check Point // Chelsea A. Flowers

Come play Check Point, Chelsea A. Flowers' game show/art installation, in the gallery throughout the month of June.

Detroit-based 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). 

http://www.chelseaaflowers.com

Lauren Leving writes about Flowers’ work:

"Flowers’ work is also a form of activism, using humor to shape a safe environment in which she educates others about oppressive institutional structures.... the artist is removed yet present in these potentially uncomfortable dialogues. The visitor shifts into the role of performer, which creates a unique situation in which audience members are simultaneously speaking to and confronting themselves."

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Ms. Bigfoot: A Fan Fiction on view in the gallery
Apr
30
to May 27

Ms. Bigfoot: A Fan Fiction on view in the gallery

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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 world and in mainstream pop culture. Using the internet as a platform, she constructs a universe with her own substantive meaning.
The film is 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 pastel 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!

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Travis Kraus exhibition at PATV (a Public/Public collaboration)
Apr
13
to Apr 30

Travis Kraus exhibition at PATV (a Public/Public collaboration)

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The kickoff of the Public/Public collaboration with PATV, co-presenting the work of Travis Kraus!

Opening reception April 13, on view through the end of the month during PATV's open hours.

Travis is showing work created from recycled material during a 17 year period as a small business in downtown Iowa City called the futon shop, but that is just a small part of the story:

Travis writes: 
"Each tiny scrap of my futon-based work is attached to a person or memory or artifact from that place. I cannot separate the pieces from my connections to the amazing people that I was fortunate to call employees and friends. That is why this exhibition would be a retrospective of the nearly two decade futon shop era of my life.

August 30th, 1996 is the day that my boss Eric Shaw was shot by an Iowa City police officer. He owned the futon shop before me- I purchased it from his estate a few months after his death when I was just 21 years old. Eric was speaking on the phone in his own art studio when I cop assumed a light and an open door meant the place was being burglarized. The exhibition would not dwell on this dark piece of Iowa City’s history, but I also can’t overlook how much this date has shaped my life.

Eric himself also deserves to be recognized for his art and legacy of helping shape police reform. However, Eric is one piece of a long history that involves dozens of stories and amazing people. This exhibition is about the surrounding stories from that time period."

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At the Intersection of Art + Science: Iowa Lakeside Lab Artist-in-Residence Program Alumni Group Show
Mar
2
to Mar 25

At the Intersection of Art + Science: Iowa Lakeside Lab Artist-in-Residence Program Alumni Group Show

The Iowa 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.

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