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Fuzzy Daydream is mixed media awash in meaning

In Fuzzy Daydream — an appropriate show to see after the holidays — artists Lydia Diemer, Betsy Hunt and Lindsey Schmitt consider consumption, memory, waste, repurposing and personal identity through textiles. The group offered a virtual artist talk on Jan. 3, and what stood out to me was how much the pandemic loomed in the […]

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Exploring the Great Migration: Axis V installation at PS1 brings past into present

Axis V, on display at Public Space One‘s 229 N Gilbert St location, is a site-specific multimedia work by current Center for Afrofuturist Studies resident Bleue Liverpool, a New York-based interdisciplinary artist. The piece, according to copy provided, “conceptually transfigures the infrastructure of the gallery into a navigational axis line … travers[ing] both intimate geography […]

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‘I hope it’s gonna be a catalyst’: City dedicates the Oracles of Iowa City mural

The Oracles of Iowa City mural is finally completed after months of work. The figures stand tall over East Burlington Street with two stark messages: “Black joy needs no permission” and “Weaponize your privilege to save Black bodies.” Artists Antoine Williams and Donté K. Hayes designed the nearly 70-foot murals that now decorate the Capitol […]

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Watch: The art of an all-day art-a-thon

Searching for new ways to share art during the pandemic, Public Space One decided to reinvent the telethon — raising money like old-fashioned telethons, but also celebrating the work of the artists it collaborates with. PS1 Director John Engelbrecht said that for the 24-hour event, artists were asked to “share inside your studio, or share […]

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Watch: One trashy art show

Studio Visit: Post Consumer Content Post Consumer Content, a series of art installations curated by artist Louise Fisher, featured the work of five area artists over the course of five weeks in July and August. Each week, one artist displayed work outside Public Space One that took used items most would discard, and showed how […]

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Downtown Iowa City Arts Showcase: Public Space One opens virtual gallery featuring Georgian-American artist Nina Kintsurashvili

The social isolation created by COVID-19 forced mixed media artist Nina Kintsurashvili and Public Space One to rethink how art can be shared with the community during a crisis. Working with digital artist Austin Caskie, Kintsurashvili created the interactive exhibit “Unattended Act,” a series of five of her paintings. The online exhibit is hosted by […]

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