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Revised call from Public Space One

How does artmaking fit into your life when working a full-time job  (or several part-time jobs), performing domestic chores, being  politically engaged,etc.? Does your work change, in scale or ambition,  or become about your situation in some way? Do you find other avenues to express your creativity, and if so, what do they look like? Is it  possible that the routine systems of maintenance and care that you are  practicing everyday are in some ways art or can be art, or have you made them into art?

As a stepping off point for this exhibition we look towards Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ “Maintenance art manifesto: proposal for an exhibition, ‘CARE’” and are particularly interested in artists whose practices may: • Give new meaning to routine maintenance activities such as care and cleaning; • Foreground systems of maintenance critical to our functioning at home, work, and the world at large; or • Ask questions about what must be maintained, why, and by whom.

We ask interested artists to submit a piece  or project, along with a short statement related to these questions. If  chosen, both will be displayed in a group exhibition at Public Space One in Iowa City in December 2015, opening December 11. Send submissions to by November 15.

Rachel Buse