UPCOMING (IN & OUT OF THE GALLERY)
April 30-May 27
Ms. Bigfoot: A Fan Fiction
a video installation by
Jaime Raybin & R.D. King
An alienated teenage monster truck undergoes a feminist awakening through writing fan fiction. Experiencing a lack of representation in the real world and in mainstream pop culture, she constructs a universe with her own substantive meaning using the internet as her platform.
Mon. April 30, 5-7pm
opening reception & zine release
Jaime Raybin and R.D. King are collaborators from Nashville, TN. Their work is bright, playful, and subversive, using mediums that include installation and video. There is often an interactive or performative element in their projects.
Their film “Ms. Bigfoot: A Fanfiction” won Best in Show at Coop Microcinema in Nashville. It has also been screened at Ludlow House in New York, Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, and the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art in Athens, GA.
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).
Gallery FAQs and Logistics
The image below shows our gallery/performance space layout. The performance space may be used for one-time events associated with the gallery, but will also host improv, theater, music, readings, screenings, etc. by various Iowa City groups throughout the course of each exhibition. You can see documentation of some previous exhibitions here.
What supplies do you provide to artists?
Because we are an almost completely volunteer-run space on a very limited budget, we are not able to cover shipping to the gallery or most materials.
We do provide: promotional exhibition postcards, reception food, basic installation supplies/tools, and white paint.
We can usually provide: b/w printing/copying (up to 11x17") in decent quantities, access to printmaking equipment and an industrial kitchen, homestay accommodations and home-cooked meals for visiting artists, and local scavenging/borrowing for installation items.
tech/furniture available for gallery use:
8 pedestals of varying shapes and sizes
a handful of flat and slanted wall shelves
40" flat-screen monitor with USB and A/V inputs (smart TV)
16" flat-screen monitor with A/V inputs
small portable speaker set
scrolling LED display
random assortment of furniture
Can I sell my work in the gallery?
We are a non-commercial gallery and therefore do not focus on making art sales or showing "sellable" work. However, you are welcome to price your work. If work sells, we ask for a donation of 20% of the sale price. We are also happy to host projects that engage with economies beyond the traditional gallery model.
Can I propose time-based and/or participatory work?
Yes!! We encourage artists to propose performances, screenings, happenings, workshops, etc. either as their project or in conjunction with a gallery exhibition.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!