Public Space One presents Consumer Content

By July 10, 2020 No Comments

Iowa City arts organization Public Space One will host Post-Consumer Content, a series of art installations outside its building at 229 N. Gilbert St., in July and August. Conceptualized and curated by artist Louise Fisher, the project will comprise 5 consecutive outdoor artworks by eastern Iowa artists between July 12-August 14.

Inspired by Fisher’s interest in ecology, sustainability, and collectivism, the installations are themed around the negotiation of the physical and social impact of artmaking materials and presentation. Fisher says, this project provides “a space to merge creativity with direct action…installations and performances will take place outdoors; allowing public participation and disruption to the urban landscape.” She hopes that Post-Consumer Content will create an opportunity to “imagine creativity after the art market; a circular way of making with mutual survival for the artist and viewer.”

Post-Consumer Contents’s participating artists are:

  • Jager Palad, an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa whose work draws from the waste of industrial production and consumerism (on view July 12-17)

  • Caitlin Mary Margarett, an artist who combines performance and object-making with an interest in feminist spirituality, systems of flourishing, and suffering (on view July 19-24)

  • Ayla Boylen, a Cedar-Rapids-based climate activist and artist (on view July 26-31)

  • Tim Tabor, an Iowa City artist and childcare provider whose sculptural work repurposes discarded and previously-used objects  (on view August 2-7)

  • Peggy Fitzgerald, an artist and educator who will co-create a Wunderkammer (Cabinet of Curiosities) with youth participants from the Prairie School of Art (on view August 9-14)

With assistance from the PS1 Media Arts Co-op, Fisher will produce short videos capturing each installation and an interview with the artist, making the artwork accessible to those who can’t visit in person. Caitlin Mary Margarett’s installation will also include an performance on Monday, July 20, which will take place outdoors for a socially-distanced and masked audience.

The installations will be available to view on-site for drop-by visitors anytime during their run, and are the third outdoor project to take place at PS1 during the pandemic. While PS1’s indoor spaces, including its gallery, still remain closed, PS1 Program Director Kalmia Strong says, “We have been working to support art experiences that folks can engage in safely, both outdoors and virtually. Post-Consumer Content was already on our exhibition schedule for this year, and it’s wonderful that we are still able to do it even while indoor gallery programming is on hold. I hope that this project encourages people to think or learn more about how environmental issues are intertwined with racial justice and public health.”

More information and documentation of the the project will be available on PS1’s website at: www.publicspaceone.com/events/postconsumercontent

Public Space One (PS1) is an artist-led, community-driven, contemporary art center in Iowa City that aims to provide and advocate for independent, innovative, diverse, and inclusive art spaces, resources, and opportunities for any and everyone.


PS1 is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a Division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.