Everybody Has a Birthday and Almost Everybody Has a Palm

Work by Kayle Karbowski

June 2-July 1
opening reception: Fri. June 2, 5-8pm (Iowa City Gallery Walk)
film screening and zine release: Sat. July 1, 7pm

Everybody Has a Birthday & Almost Everybody Has a Palm is the manifestation of a parallel world which has experienced a major spacetime disruption. The resulting convergence of multiple realities has a profound effect on the beings who experience it; they have gained the ability to see the past, present and future all at once.


In this exhibition, Karbowski blurs the line(s) between astronomical phenomena and her favorite pseudosciences to explore the magic of being human despite the seemingly trivial nature of our existence. Through sculpture, embroidery, moving image and sound, she asks us to reimagine how we came to be and our choice to continue onward.

“In some ways, Everybody Has a Birthday & Almost Everybody Has a Palm is a collection of origin stories. I’m sort of creating my own using feminism, queerness, astronomy, quantum mechanics and the pseudosciences I secretly believe in. I guess it’s not really a secret anymore. I know somewhere, there is a universe where the patriarchal laws of this world don’t apply, and if I can’t find it, I’ll just keep creating it.”




stay tuned!


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
DVD player
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.

More questions?
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