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Art Show: Greater Th>n, April 4th @ The Des Moines Building 7 PM -  What does it mean for something to be greater than something else? What does it mean for something to be greater than you? What does it mean for you to be greater than something? For this exhibit, the artist was tasked to explore these questions and respond by creating something “greater than” themselves, specifically through the constraint of creating a work physically larger than their own body.  This one-night exhibit will take over the first floor of the historic The Des Moines Building in Downtown Des Moines, presenting site-specific art in an unconventional space. This space will soon be a restaurant, so GREATER THAN will be your only chance to check out the space before construction in its unfinished state.  Artists presenting: Cat Rocketship Rachel Buse Jon Pearson Bethany Aschim Anna Zaffarano Erin Murry Johnson Amanda Rhoads Ryan Koning  7 - 10pm. BYOB The Des Moines Building is located at 405 6th Ave. Parking is available in the adjacent garages or on the street (free on the weekends).

Art Show: Greater Th>n, April 4th @ The Des Moines Building 7 PM -

What does it mean for something to be greater than something else?
What does it mean for something to be greater than you?
What does it mean for you to be greater than something?
For this exhibit, the artist was tasked to explore these questions and respond by creating something “greater than” themselves, specifically through the constraint of creating a work physically larger than their own body.

This one-night exhibit will take over the first floor of the historic The Des Moines Building in Downtown Des Moines, presenting site-specific art in an unconventional space. This space will soon be a restaurant, so GREATER THAN will be your only chance to check out the space before construction in its unfinished state.

Artists presenting:
Cat Rocketship
Rachel Buse
Jon Pearson
Bethany Aschim
Anna Zaffarano
Erin Murry Johnson
Amanda Rhoads
Ryan Koning

7 - 10pm. BYOB
The Des Moines Building is located at 405 6th Ave.
Parking is available in the adjacent garages or on the street (free on the weekends).

Video of Allison Safford’s Hello Goodbye, cast plaster hands, metal rods, wrire. 2012. 

Response by Cat Rocketship

March 18, 2014

Des Moines’ newest gallery opened with a party last Friday night – it seemed like all of the city came out for the first show at Viaduct Gallery at Des Moines Social Club. 

The show was good. It features a strong mix of local and national artists whose work touched on themes of interaction and the intersections of viewer and artist. Interface includes a number of new media works, including a pirate radio station, a booth in which the viewer overhears a phone conversation, and an image which reacts to live postings on Craigslist personals. 

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Work by Rob Stephens (Source: ohnobody)

With the strength of the exhibited work, Elise Goodman and her Viaduct Gallery crew set a high standard of original concepts illustrated with quality workmanship.

The gallery has room for improvement in the areas of wayfinding and event logistics. Some work is separated from the larger body, and is easy to overlook, especially when clumps of happy art fans crowd the room. PA speakers obscured the exhibition titles. Although the space still feels like a firehouse worn a bit thin, I am excited to see how it becomes an exhibition space as it settles into its home, throws more shows, and reacts to its art.   

Interface remains on view at Viaduct Gallery through April 13.

Visit Viaduct Gallery’s page
Juice Magazine’s gallery of photos at the opening of Interface