Next Friday night Keith Varadi joins us from Richmond, VA to open his month-long exhibit, Cloak Wheel. The opening reception is at 6PM (with a meeting of Like Minds* to happen before hand at 5:30). Following the reception at PS1, please join us on our short excursion over the icy, Iowa River to our sister space, The BS Gallery (220 W. Benton St.). At BS: the opening of an exhibition by Josh Black and Jesse Weiss as well as a video compilation screening curated by Caleb Engstrom titled On Snow (and for good reason). There will be fire and drinks as well. Please join us.

*The meeting of Like Minds is a continuation of the dialogue that started this weekend at ps1 surrounding the local cultural community/economy, the Art Work conversation. It is not really called Like Minds, but I had to call it something if I am to talk about it. But, whatever it’s called, we are gathering forces before the reception, again, please join us.


Thank you to everyone who participated in our two week long, silent auction, super-slasher-after x-mas, post-holiday stress, gallery fundraiser and haitian relief effort. Thanks to: all the artists who donated work (check out their links from the above SUPPORTING ARTISTS (Fundraiser) link), everyone who came, bought work, brought conversation, or (at the very least) helped us compost! Thanks to all those who helped man the gallery during the two weeks of the show, and in the liveliness of last night. We are humbled and grateful.

We are in the process of contacting all the winning bidders. If you bid, but are unsure if you were a winning bidder, we can answer that question for you (email us at: Winning bidders can pick up their artwork from 12 to 4 tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) or make other arrangements. We also have coupons for 40% off a custom frame job if you are interested.

Thanks for supporting us and being here, being involved.

6:00 – Art Work Iowa City: A Conversation about Art and Labor
(in conjunction with The SAAH’s Intermedia department)

7:00 – Silent auction fundraiser closing (Bidding Ends @ 8:30)
9:00 – Arrange Your Face Anthology

For more info see post below.


January 28, 2010


Friday, January 29th, is a big night at Public Space One in downtown Iowa City. Please join us for a multitude of events.

We will begin the evening at 6 PM with a conversation about Art & Labor. This event is open to the public (as all our events are, hence our name) and is the follow-up/culmination of the Temporary Services Art Work show in the Porch Gallery at Studio Arts. We have invited local individuals and organizations to create new dialogues and actions surrounding the current economic and cultural climate. We are gathering forces (if you will) to propel future thought, amass commonalities, and work for a stronger, more sustainable art scene. If you would like to join this conversation and have a say in how artists and cultural thinkers are treated in our city, please come prepared to speak and engage with others. Like I said, this conversation begins at 6 PM and will be driven by you.

At 7 PM we will transition into a more casual atmosphere with the fundraiser closing reception. The fundraiser has been run silent auction style over the past two weeks and thanks to volunteers we have been open daily 4-6 PM (and will continue to be through Friday night (bidding ends at 8:30 PM)). The money raised through the silent auction will go directly towards increasing what we can offer as a gallery and as a working and performance space. Again, let me remind you of our name and extend this invitation: anyone with a little bit of extra time and energy who wants to get involved with PS1 (in any capacity)- well, we would love to hear from you. We are beginning some new events in the next couple weeks and would love more people to join us. Come to the fundraiser, see the community around us, and approach us with your ideas (or send us an email Through this fundraiser (and a recently awarded grant) we have a few resources beyond just our sweat. We hope to make something special and believe that starts with working with creative, energetic folks such as you.

And if that wasn’t enough, at 9PM the Anthology non-fiction reading series continues. It’s the ARRANGE YOUR FACE Anthology featuring:

Jeremy Behreandt
Miles Fuller
A. Kendra Greene
Leslie Jamison
Erika Jo Brown
Janet Schlapkohl
Jenny Zhang

That is just a bit of what’s happening this Friday night at Public Space One. Thank you for your attention, your support, and keeping up with us. And a special thanks to the artists who donated work to support our space and future endeavors.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS & ORGANIZATIONS (links to artists can be found through Fundraiser in header)

Jon Johnson

Christina Quarles

Eileen Starr Moderbacher

Jill Baker

Katherine Parker Bryden

Nicole Donnelly

Patrick Reed

Aurora De Armendi

James Kelly

Andrea Biller Collins

Mary Laube

Debra Drexler

Youngsoon Chon

Sean Alexander

Caleb Engstrom

Katie Hargrave

Kathranne Knight

Christopher Reno

Zach Stenson

Genevieve Lawrence

Mariah Dekkenga

Kim Piotrowski

Travis Head

Douglas Degges

Pete Schulte

Michael Perrone

Gary Webb

Paul White

Katie Parry

R.C. Sayer

Kate Markham

Kristi Sword

Jaanika Peerna

Jon Gurley

Shawn Skabelund

David Horvitz

Guillermo Martin Bermejo

Julie Schafer

Eric Asboe

Jason Renaud

Christian Mortenson

John Engelbrecht

David Dunlap

Lindsey Beal

Dana Haugaard

Allison Welch

A Literal Letter Service

SUDDEN Brick Works

Ben Franklin

Claim to Frame

Bread Garden Market

Item #84 • A Torso

January 27, 2010

donated by Dana Haugaard

Stacked Blue Sky

David Dunlap says, “Please take this if you need this.”

A gallery goer was heard to remark, “well, I am pretty desperate.”

These are hard times we’re living in.

This item up for sale in the PS1 fundraiser was donated by Jason Renaud. It is a drawing that was made from Denver, CO to Iowa City, IA. It is currently in a moment of stasis at position #68 in our silent auction. The winning bidder can simply & easily resurrect the mark-making process (and send it on its way again), or take it home and deem the drawing done…

Tonight we will begin our two week long, silent auction, gallery fundraiser. We received a plethora of work in all shapes and sizes, but a few of those works came with, well, special needs, or at least, seemed to beg for a participatory caretaker. I am going to a highlight a few of those works in the coming weeks.

The first on my agenda is our donation from David Horvitz. David posted this on his tumblr account on September 9th 2009:

Yes, what we received is being auctioned off beginning tonight. Here is just a taste of what this includes:

David Horvitz’s Taxi Driver

We are looking for the perfect bidder and figure that is someone who may have to complete this project (whatever that means).

The gallery is filled (is still filling) with donated artwork from national (a few international) and local artists who have all donated work for the greater good of PS1. This fundraiser is in celebration of one year in our space (one year of art exhibitions that were all put together with volunteer sweat) with the goal of  sustaining the gallery for the year(s) to come. The art we have for sale is reasonably priced and 100% proceeds go directly to the gallery. More significantly: It represents a good cross-section of the artists who have supported us in the past year (both by showing in our space and attending our events); in short, it is artwork to and for ps1 and is of its substance. We are presenting it to you, offering it, in its state of nakedness (striped of frames, matts, and even (gasp) context), by necessity but also by priority. We’ve worked out deals with local frame shops and can offer discounts on sprucing it up (clothing it) after purchase. We hope you can make it to the gallery in the last couple weeks of January (we are increasing our availability and hours and will be open on a daily basis) to check out the work and buy a piece in support of our efforts and our future.