Tonight! November 6th at 7pm! Back to the World, an exhibition of new drawings from Sean Alexander opens at psOne! The show will be on display through November but tonight (from 7-9) Sean joins us in introducing his work to the discerning art-going public of Iowa City. Check out the Daily Iowan article here.
This show is the heart of Iowa City Underground (the basement gallery art walk that’s happening this evening, where have you been?) and is really a beautiful thing. But that’s just my opinion. Come check it out for yourself.
Here is the rest of the Underground info:
1st Stop (6-8 pm): 103 E. College St. (basement of old Savings and Loan Bldg): Understanding the Understood: Eric Asboe & John Engelbrecht: multimedia (yeah!) & letter service
2nd Stop (7-9): 129 E. Washington St. (basement of Jefferson Bldg): Back to the World: Sean Alexander: exquisite drawings
3rd stop (9-11): 220 W. Benton St. (basement of Caleb E, Chris R, & Josh Bs): Dia de los Muertos: offerings & celebration
October 23, 2009
Public Space One is pleased to take part in Iowa City Underground, the November 6th basement art gallery excursion. The evening will kick off at 6PM at Arts Iowa City (102 E. College St) with Understanding the Understood, new configurations of old information by Eric Asboe & John Engelbrecht. At 7PM, some kind of psychic, magic tunnel will open and we will take it to PS1 for Sean Alexander’s, Back to the World, a selection of new drawings from this Washington-(state)-based artist. Around 9 (give or take) the excursion will drift westward into the newly fashioned Benton Street Gallery (The BS Gallery: 220 W. Benton St), where the evenings festivities will climax in a belated celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Hope to see you along the way and as always, more information to follow…
October 20, 2009
November looks great… The beginning of the month will bring on an onslaught of north-westerners, beginning with Sean Alexander (from Washington, image above) who will open his month-long exhibition in our space on Nov. 6th. There are a couple reasons I can think of to come check him and his work out: 1. he’s nice & 2. it’s good. His reception on Nov. 6th at psOne will be part of the as yet untitled “basement gallery train” (followed gatherings at Arts Iowa City & The BS Gallery), so plan on a full evening out (more details to come)… and a few short days later Mt. Eerie, Tara Jane O’Neil, and No Kids will play a show in our space ($5, 9pm, Nov. 9th) which promises to be mind-expanding to say the least.
October 17, 2009
That’s right! It’s time for installment #2 in our M0+# series, this month’s prompt is: Terror (and special admiration will be bestowed upon the teller who comes up with the funniest story related, however remotely, to this theme.) And again, a dollar or two donation, can get you a cold soda and a special M0+# print.
While you’re down in the space check out the gallery. The oO0O0Oo Show rolls on in its ever morphing state and has been a beautiful thing to watch unfold. I will have a slide show of its multiple states up soon. The oO0O0Oo Show welcomes Fulbright scholar and Life of Discovery artist Anne E Wilson who has installed a piece from her series “Flowers not Food” in our space (see below).
Thanks for keeping up with us & hope everyone enjoys the stories tonight!
October 12, 2009
October 8, 2009
Morning: Dropping off of Aquariums
1:00-2:00 Gathering of Personnel
2:00-3:00 Parade of sorts at Studio Arts
3:00-5:00 Free Art School : Letter-writing at psOne
October 7, 2009
October 6, 2009
A resident of Poetic Village steps out of line. The AOO appeals for further investigation. We aspire to craft a better object. Communication continues outside the village. We ask for reflection or come join us in the wilderness.
October 5, 2009
We had a wonderful WiP weekend at psOne. The event was successful in so many ways but most importantly to us, it did a wonderful job of mixing up and bringing together the many cross-disciplined artists, writers, and performers in our city. We would like to thank Andrew Peterson and Richard Wiebe for putting it together and energizing our space with its spirit. We will be using its manifestation as inspiration for future events. We were thankful to be able to hold its gathering masses on both Friday & Saturday night and pleased we could provide such a flexible, accommodating space. There is documentation of the various events on the WiP website and we have our own documentation that will be in the form of a .pdf on its way soon.
The WiP was also the perfect event to kick off our AOO (pronounced: eh-ooooo meaning Artists of the Occupation) show and in conjunction with that we will be offering Free Art School through this week with the culmination being at 5PM on Friday, October 9th, our theme is Homecoming in the traditional sense of the term. We will have more details soon.
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October 2, 2009
Like I wrote on youtube: Adam Roberts’ Poetic Village is now open. Stake your claim at Public Space One. Word con, de, & ob struction now through Sunday (Oct. 4th, 2009) as part of the WiP and October’s AOO (Artist’s of the Occupation).
October 1, 2009
The first week of occupation is work-in-progress, piggy-backing off the WiP festival, and setting the scene for a month of everchanging exhibition featuring Occupation Artists: Bounnak Thammavong, Aruttapol Ruangkanjanases, Inae Choi, Lana Carriere, Travis Holle, Qiaochu Zhang, Hayley Richardson, Sadie Smith, Christine Koch, Julie Schafer, Emily Dunlay, David Dunlap, Younghee Yim, Josh Black, Angela Dieffenbach, Max Hanner, Hannah Weinman, and Ellen Zev Siebers. And for the opening and duration of the WiP festival: Adam Roberts and his piece “Poetic Village.”
The opening reception will take place in a narrow time slot 7-7:30 on Friday evening (Oct.2) between WiP panels, and we are okay with this because there will be an event each week for the Artists of the Occupation. Next week (Oct. 9th) they will gather early in our space (5ish) in preparations for Homecoming. And again, more info is on the way…
September 30, 2009
WiP is less than a day away! And PS1 has miraculously doubled in size to accommodate the sheer magnitude of this event. Here is the PDF program for the event!
September 29, 2009
Welcome to our October Exhibition, an ever-changing presentation and event schedule at psOne. The preceding images document the unfolding of the opening exhibition as it coincides with the WiP festival. We will squeeze in an opening for our 17 October artists (at 7pm this Friday, Oct. 2) between Works-in-Progress panels.
This month we will host a slew of events from exhibitions, residencies, and screenings to polished storytelling, professional letter-writing, and a parade. A schedule of events, as well as more info about the Artists of the Occupation, is on the way.
September 21, 2009
It is less than two weeks until WiP invades psOne. Check out info here: WiP and hold on to yer hats!
September 15, 2009
Do you have a story to tell? Then join us for an evening at Public Space One as Iowa City begins its own version of The Moth<http://www.themoth.org/>. The Moth is a not-for-profit storytelling organization that invites people to share their own true stories. Each month a new theme will be unveiled and anyone in attendance can tell their story. There are no notes allowed on stage, so come prepared. Our debut month’s theme is: Beginnings. All are welcome as storytellers or listeners.
MothUP Iowa City!
Public Space One
129 East Washington Street (basement of the Jefferson Building) Friday September 18th
Stories begin around 7pm
September 3, 2009
Our September show, (s k i n o f a w a v e), will be open to the public tomorrow evening at 7 o’clock (see details two posts down or the story in the Daily Iowan). At 8:30 we will switch gears (or light another burner) and begin the Anthology reading:
Becky and the Stove Anthology
We are excited to host these two events in conjunction but ask gallery goers who are not attending the Anthology reading to be respectful of their noise levels when it starts at 8:30. Thank you and we look forward to this weekend at PS1.
September 2, 2009
September 1, 2009
Opening Reception: September 4 at 7:00 PM, Anthology Reading to follow at 8:30
Exhibition up through September 26th
Imagine the words and the page they are written upon as being separate. The letters become a delicate lace, forming small windows within an a, or an o, larger windows between each word and paragraph. The lace of the letters floats over the white page like foam on the skin of a wave. The words are carrier birds, charged with voice and meaning. But, what is the page?
Consider a line of poetry:
said the fish: lift me. fell me said the ash.
and the stars went suggestible to shape.
To understand this poem, the reader must participate in visualizing the images the words introduce. The reader must rummage through her own memory until she finds a suitable likeness for the fish, the ash tree, a formation of stars in the sky. This process benefits both the reader and the poet. Without the exterior cues that the poet’s words provide, the reader’s memories would lie sleeping, possibly fall away. Without a reader, the poet’s words are equally dormant. The white of the page isn’t empty, it is full of all it allows us to imagine. The page becomes a screen on which we can see the poet’s thoughts and the reader’s memories collide. It’s here, that an exchange takes place and a new, collaborative image is formed. This exhibit is meant to explore the possibilities of exchange that can take place in these blank spaces, between artists and poets, artists and musicians, and artists and the public.
A r t i s t s a n d W r i t e r s: Emily Harris, Eleza Jaeger, Hil Jaeger, Katie Parry, Eva Wylie, Julia Schwadron, Geoff Hilsabeck, Eliza Fernand, and Ben Estes
A r t i s t s B i o s
E v a W y l i e is a print-maker living in Philadelphia, PA. She received her BA at Allegheny College with a years study at the Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. She went on to receive her MFA in printmaking at Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania. She has been awarded numerous grants including a fellowship from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, a PCA Grant, the Ora Lerman Trust Artist Residency, and the Bracht Award from Tyler School of Art. She has had solo exhibits at Vox Populi Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design, The Fleisher Art Memorial, and The Philadelphia International Airport. She has participated in many group shows including, A Delicate Constitution: Reconsidering the Decorative Aesthetic at The Philadelphia Art Alliance and Pattern and Decoration at Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.
In her work, she organizes found images into an elaborate ornamental design. The ornamental, is depicted on the surface within a spatial context. This allows her to convey conceptual layers that mirror the layers that exist in the process of screen-printing. To construct a complete colored image, you need at least four color screens. Each color contributes essential information. Without black, there would be no under shadow, no evidence of weight. Eva uses found images such as the label of a water bottle depicting an idyllic mountain spring and makes this label a window through which a different reality is presented. The viewer has a personal relationship to the image because it is a common cultural reference. This relationship bumps up against the context through which it is employed by the artist and an exchange occurs. e: www.evawylie.com
J u l i a S c h w a d r o n is a painter, who taught at The University of Iowa in the Painting and Drawing Department. She received her BA from the University of California at San Diego and a MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania. While working towards her MFA, she attended a summer session focused on critical theory at Temple University Rome. She has participated in a many group shows on the East Coast and now in Iowa. Recently she was featured in the Iowa Artists, 2008 show at The Des Moines Art Center and Icon, Iowa at Icon Gallery in Fairfield, Iowa. She was awarded the Joan Mitchell Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. She attended residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Oxbow School of Art, and the Hambidge Center.
Julia creates paintings that are derived from a combination of references, photographs or images of other paintings. Others are concentrated portraits of discreet objects, such as a bouquet of dead flowers, or the depiction of a jigsaw puzzle, which as paintings can push the viewer past initial recognition. These paintings are not meant to force the viewer to think through specific narratives, but rather to inspire a kind of remembering, recalling, or deja vu. The process Julia uses to paint involves layering several perspectives onto the same canvas. She may be looking out a window and painting what she sees ten times in one day so that there are layers of light and color, captured across the distance of the day. e: www.juliaschwadron.com
E l i z a F e r n a n d Eliza Fernand is a mixed media artist living in Oakland, California. She received her BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She has participated in myriad of performances and exhibitions including Volcano Love at Lumen House, Skelatal II at the Bowery Poetry Club, and Flight of the Mechanical Bumble Bee at the WCO Center in New York City. She has attended residencies at Lobot Gallery in California, 2Angles in France, and Peters Valley Craft Center in New Jersey.
Eliza’s sculpture, installation, and performance works thrive on the combination of sensual and familiar materials; the interaction between our bodies and objects in space; and the fluctuating border between reality and surreality. By converting old clothing and bedding into fabric collages, She plays with an arrangement of memories. Upon recognizing a material from your past, a history of associations plays in the viewer’s mind. Each viewer experiences the collages differently by employing their own particular recollections, while some images and patterns will evoke collective reminiscing. e: www.elizafernand.com
E m i l y M. H a r r i s is a Brooklyn-based artist, originally from MN. She received a BFA from Kenyon College, OH and has exhibited her work in venues in New York; Ai Gallery and Bridge Art Fair, Chicago, IL; and internationally at 2B Gallery in Hungary; Bratislava, Slovak Republic and The Museum of Arts & Crafts, Itami-shi, Japan. She most recently participated in a three person show at SUBLETTERS GALLERY in Bushwick, Brooklyn entitled “Wild Combination.”
Her love and familiarity of the Midwest’s blonde fields and open skies inspire her drawings and textile work. Combining a geometric playfulness with material pattern and texture, she collages different types of fabrics and prints to create intuitive and wonder-filled sculptural vignettes. Recycling old fabric and prints, she calls attention to the inherent beauty that history and experience have on material objects. She uses collage as a means of reconfiguring experience to suggest a multitude of possibilities for understanding one’s path. The bold lines of the mono-prints become multiple windows, filled with patterns and light, spliced and translucent. The patterns become the figure’s thoughts made visible. Because we see the thoughts as abstractions not illustrations of something concrete and incontestable they are open for us to enter into and use. e: www.emilyharris.com
G e o f f H i l s a b e c k is in need of some bio info.
K a t i e P a r r y received her BA in Studio Art from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. She moved on to complete her MFA in Fibers from Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania. At the finish of her first year, she received a scholarship to study in Rome, Italy for a summer class focused on critical theory. After graduation, Katie taught and exhibited her artwork in Michigan, Philadelphia and New York. She was most recently featured in the group shows By-the-wind-sailors at the Flux Factory and Admirer at 31 Grand in New York City. She is now living in Iowa City.
Katie has been focused on making animated drawings that incorporate music, dialogue and carefully crafted two-dimensional sets. The sets weave together 3-d drawings, watercolor, layers of transparent material, and light. When she relocated to Iowa City, she created an art collective with Eleza and Hil Jaeger. Eleza is a poet who is presently creating a mythology based on stories her father told her when she was young. Hil has taken aspects of Eleza’s poems and set them to music. Katie is translating the images the words of the poems inspire into something visual and alive.
H i l J a e g e r is an electronic composer, musician and DJ. Trained as a classical pianist, she studied under renowned pianist Marjia Stroke and contemporary composer Bruce Adolphe. At 17 she won Lincoln Center’s Musicians Concert competition and performed at Alice Tully Hall. After becoming immersed in electronic and modern composition, she is now focusing on exploring the connection between voice and electronic sound. Her songs intertwine sequencing, live instruments, samples, choirs and multiple takes of her own voice, and are solely performed, recorded and produced by Jaeger herself.
Currently she is working with poet Eleza Jaeger and visual artist Katie Parry to create a live performance piece, during which she programs, layers vocals, plays and sings live while a visual landscape of stop motion imagery is projected onto the stage. e: www.myspace.com/hiljaegersound
E l e z a J a e g e r spent her undergraduate years at Williams College, working closely with Louise Gluck on a thesis which went on to win The Bullock Prize for Poetry and the the esteemed Hutchinson Fellowship Grant for emerging artists. Eleza continued to write after graduation, working with Dean Young and Mark Jarman before being accepted to the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She is currently teaching Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and working on a manuscript of new poems.
B e n E s t e s is a MFA candidate in Painting at The University of Iowa. He refers to his paintings as “dusky.” The paintings belong to a time of day that holds onto light as we hold onto memory. It is a time of changing over. For a moment it is both day and night; we see one in relation to the other. Then day is replaced by night before our eyes. This is always happening but a painting holds the moment still enough for us to notice. With slices, revealed layers, and cut-aways in the canvas he asks the question, “What is it to look at, and what is it to look through?” Why do you see beauty in other people that you can’t see in your own face? If you see these things in a painting will the painting reflect this beauty back to you like a mirror? Can the painting show and give? If this is possible, than an exchange can occur between the artist and the viewer made possible by the lens that the painting provides. The dusky moment is what is true about day showing us night or what is true about us meeting what is true about the painting. Held, in one still frame.
May 23, 2009
May 5, 2009
These works should have been in the video too… (they are included in the show)
April 29, 2009
This Friday May 1st should turn out to be a great night at psONE.
Big Car Collective – Outside/In: This Show’s About You
Opening Reception: From 7-9pm
Let me introduce you:
Cindy Hinant is a mixed media visual artist living in Indianapolis, Indiana whose work explores themes of nostalgia, distance and romance. She received BFAs in Sculpture and Ceramics from Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis. Her work has been shown at universities and cultural centers across the United States including the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; The Drawing Room of Portland, Maine; The 930 Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky and the Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, Georgia. For more info: cindyhinant.com
Tré Reising grew up in Columbus Indiana playing on a majestic indoor playground filled with bulbous red and blue forms, Astroturf hills and stainless steel trim. His art making practice is influenced by his experience playing on this functional work of art. Reising’s last show studied paintings relationship to sculpture in an effort to disintegrate his own notions of what separates the two. He receives his BFA in sculpture from Herron School of Art and Design in May.
- How long have you been creating art? I have been creating art off and on all my life but I really picked it up in college when I met a girl who inspired me to work creatively.
(You don’t have to share the girl part only if you think it helps.)
- What got you involved and interested? “They were just going to throw this away!” is a common phrase I have repeated over the years. I have always been fascinated by how things work. My collecting of objects is a search for understanding; possibly a searching for my palce?
- Ø What is your main inspiration or is there a theme or obsession with your work? I like to collect objects that are weathered worn bent or broken. I focus on their shape form and potential to combine with other objects. Sometimes a sculpture comes together right off and other times it takes days. For more info: www.toddbracik.com
Jim Walker works in photography, video, collage, installation and audio. He’s the founder of the Big Car Collective and lead curator at Big Car gallery and heads up the Outside/In project.
Walker’s video and audio work with the collective were featured in On Procession, a 2008 show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He has shown collage, photography and video in many group shows in Indiana. He most recently took part in a two-man show at Uncle Freddy’s Gallery in Highland, Indiana and had a solo video/audio installation at the Harrison Center for the Arts in Indianapolis in Indianapolis. For more images: www.walkerart.com
Anna Rae Landsman
my name is anna rae landsman, i was born in chicago illinois at a hospital that no longer exists. currently i am limited to my gallery exhibitions to the Midwest of the USA.
Based on the histories provided and/or that I have sought out, I have come to the conclusion that the history of art as a whole has certainly referred to its immediate environment. However, within the contemporary frame (at the least) we have watched the majority of art that is chosen to be recorded (and this doesn’t even approach the inquiry of what is there that is not recorded as art) be both made for artists or those that can read the language of art and presented in an elitist framework. With that being said, I am currently trying to forgive that by making “art” (and I put it in that category loosely) that is responsive to the environment and outside of that intimidating framework of prerequisite intellectualism. For more info: annaraelandsman.com
Jeremy Efroymson received his BA in Film and Video Studies from the University of Michigan in 1990 and his MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago in 1996. He works primarily in photography, installation, and found object sculpture.
My work centers around finding beauty in familiar, everyday objects. I travel frequently and always try to have my camera with me. In between taking shots of my family and children, I am often struck by the beauty of an object or landscape.
My background in writing makes me particularly aware of the text in signs and the strange and ironic wordings that sometimes occur. There’s something about the bright colors, terseness, and directness that appeals to my visual and intellectual senses.
I often photograph signs and sculpture which have been given a new and richer meaning through their context in the real world. As the objects become weathered from exposure to the elements, they distance themselves from their manufactured past and become part of the environment. My work deals with the boundaries between the man-made and the natural environment.
March 31, 2009
You may have noticed the site has changed a bit, to represent Public Space ONE ‘at large’ and not just the gallery. ALSO: We have added tab, ‘The Wall Space’, this space ( large wall in the performance room and wall space in entry) will host mostly local artists!
A Bit Of NEWS:
Firstly, we our third gallery opening is this Friday. I’ve heard talks of giant strawmen. John will be in the space all week working on his installation…
Saturday April 25th not only will there be a great show in the performance space: Azita w/Wrekmeister Harmonies
BUT – We also are hosting a group of artists from Big Car Collective – Indianapolis, IN here in Iowa City that night! As a part of a gallery exchange with PSONE. Come Saturday night at 7PM to get a preview of the installation and meet/talk with the artists. There will probably be food and drinks as well. Then check out the show.
A photo from an old Big Car show:
March 8, 2009
February 27, 2009
by Contemporary Art & Culture Magazine – Proximity
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6th 7 – 9 PM
February 7, 2009
We at Public Space ONE Gallery are extremely happy with our grand opening event. James was incredibly gracious and generous to come here and share his work with us. This show was a huge learning experience for us and an overall success. Thank you to every one who came out. We look forward to continuing in this first Friday of the month tradition. Here are some photos from the show:
January 15, 2009
February 6th – February 27th
Opening Reception: February 6th 7 – 9 PM
This show is a combination of two related video installations, both dealing with the notion of imperfect translation. In Opera Telephone, the children’s game in which a message is secretly passed from person to person is played with a group of 8 adults. Each participant hears only the person before them and has the unenviable task of trying to replicate what she or he has heard. The appearance of order—of what each participant perceives as rational and encodable information, and the insecurity involved with mistranscription sets the stage as the message disintegrates. The initial message is an aria from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi performed by soprano Sarah Hershman. The sister piece to Opera Telephone is Close Caption. In this installation, a man with hearing impairment tries to keep rhythm with one of his favourite songs while a woman performs a hip hop standard in sign language.
James Sham, a dual-citizen of Canada and Hong Kong, received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008 and his BA in Philosophy and Studio Art from Dartmouth College in 2005. Currently based in the US, James is a current fellow at the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. James was also a 2007 resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Using everything from performance, video, installation and photography, James has exhibited his work in several exhibitions including Four Play, Area Lugar de Proyectos, Caguas, Puerto Rico; MINI-MINI-MAX, Appetite Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Vertical Hold, Ellensburg Film Festival/PUNCH Gallery, Seattle, WA; and MFA Biennial, Delaware Center of Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE. For more information please see: www.jamessham.com.
October 15, 2008
While progress recently has felt difficult, we are taking PSone baby steps.
We’ve been in talks with Big Car Gallery in Indianapolis, IN about working on an exchange show!
While we are still working on the details and dates I am confident this show will be realized.
Here is a description of the concept, in its ‘Art Hospital‘, Bloomington, IN <-exchange-> ‘Big Car’, Indianapolis, IN form:
Outside/In stops in Bloomington
Oct. 24: Opening of Big Car Collective “Outside/In: Bloomington” show at the Art Hospital, 102 W. Allen St. Bloomington, 7-10 p.m. Free.
The exhibition is part of the Big Car Collective’s ongoing project to visit other cities and towns and create shows about these places from our outside perspective. Outside/In is about discovery, spontaneity and the importance of perspective and place. For this exhibition, we are focusing much of our work on the south-Bloomington neighborhood surrounding the Art Hospital location.
Participants in the show at Art Hospital include: Anna Rae Landsman, John Clark, Shauta Marsh, Anne Laker, Jim Walker, Matt Hale, Matt Hall, Todd Bracik Tre Reising, Jeremy Efroymson, Erin K. Drew, Mark Miller, Robert Meko. Work will include photography, painting, video, collage, installation, poetry and audio.
Feel free to contact me, (caleb) email@example.com, if you are interested in being apart of the “Iowa City Team” that will visit Big Car (Indianapolis) to create a show with our eyes (lens).