April 2010: Lindsey Beal – Reproduction(s)
March 2010: Jill Kambs – Rhetoric of Love
February 2010: Keith Varadi – Richmond, VA
Cloak Wheel – An exhibition of paintings and drawings taking on the familiarities of language.
January 2010: After X-mas Super Slasher Silent Auction / Fundraiser Sale
More than 50 international, national, & regional artists donated over 90 artworks in a two-week long silent auction. 100% of funds raised for: gallery functions, promoting upcoming exhibitions & performances, and implementing new programs, such as Free Art School.
December 2009: Mariah Dekkenga – Iowa City, IA
November 2009: Sean Alexander – Longbranch, WA
Sean was in town for the opening reception and did an interview while preparing for the show with DI reporter Hanna Rosman available online here.
Iowa City Stylee
John Engelbrecht is an MFA candidate in photography at the University of Iowa. Coming from a background in traditional photographic practices, he is interested in the processes from which we derive and express meaning. This is manifested in the continual mining of the present moment resulting in a variety of working methods and forms. The objects derived from this approach describe a universe that is mutable yet united, paradoxical yet pertinent, but always a by-product of a much larger notion; anyway, anything he talks about is almost always cancelled out by the next wave of thought.
This exhibition is a survey of the last three years of his work. As he tries to avoid the pratfalls of a terribly boring summary, and not be completely off-key in his characteristically self-reflexive banter, and remain on task in effectively describing what one can expect if one is so inclined to make an appearance at his show, as well as not lose the listener in a labyrinthian sentence structure, or loose, loquacious alliteration, or any of his endless entropic metaphors or his weary wordplay ways or indict them in cryptic inditements so complex that the only way to solve them is to abandon them, he says, “I use a lot of words in my work so it should come as no surprise that I am lost in the locution of this paragraph, this language I love.” Just be thankful you don’t have to read his thesis.
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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.