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Make Their Gold Teeth Ache

by Alissa Sheldon

        On Friday, July 10, Moberg Gallery premieres “Make Their Gold Teeth Ache”, a gathering of works by artists seeking to provide illumination on racial identity, awareness, and inequality.  

        The collection, which includes works by artists from Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other U.S. cities, is curated by Des Moines native and globally acclaimed artist, Jordan Weber.  Weber, whose most recent installations, “American Dreamers” and “American Dreamers Phase 2” appeared in New York and Los Angeles respectively, explains the concept of the show:

   When whites develop the ability to see their racial positions from the perspectives of people of color, then this multilateral double consciousness can enable a form of critical interracial dialogue within the walls of art spaces. My goal with this exhibition is to assert a provocative array of work to stimulate our thinking on this important contemporary topic with deep historical roots.

        “Make Their Gold Teeth Ache” includes works from artists John Sims, Dread Scott, Rico Gatson, Mitchell Squire, Loren Holland, Eliza Myrie, Kohshin Finley, and Delfin Finley.  The show runs from July 10 through August 22 at Moberg Gallery in Des Moines.  Opening Reception is Friday, July 10.

Photo:  Dread Scott, ‘On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide, performance still 2,’ 2014. Photograph: Mark Von Holden Photography.

College of Design--Discover. Imagine. Create.


AMES, Iowa — Fourteen Iowa resident artists will share their nontraditional, experimental and hybrid-media artwork in an exhibition Feb. 6-28 at the Iowa State University Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St. in downtown Ames.

“Bits, Pixels and Practice – Oh My! A New Media Juried Show” will open with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6.

Design on Main director Jennifer Drinkwater, ISU senior lecturer in art and visual culture, and coordinator Lyndsay Nissen, graduate student in integrated visual arts, will provide remarks and present awards at 6:30 p.m.

Juror Jordan Weber, the curator of Fluxx Collective in Des Moines, selected 15 artworks from 59 submissions. Accepted artists include:

LaMar Barber, Iowa City (two different pieces)
Brett Budzinksi, Des Moines
Christine Carr, Ames
Tiberiu Chelcea, Ames
Vakhtangi Darjania, Coralville
Bill Gebhart, Ames
Brent Holland, Des Moines
Naoki Izumo, Iowa City
Sodam Lee, Ames
Fidencio Martinez, Iowa City
Nathan Morton, Iowa City
Lyndsay Nissen, Ames
Adam Seiler, Mason City
Sarita Zaleha, Iowa City

Carr is an assistant professor and Holland is an associate professor in the ISU Department of Art and Visual Culture. Lee (originally from Seoul, South Korea) and Nissen are ISU graduate students in integrated visual arts, and Seiler is a senior in integrated studio arts.

Barber, Darjania, Izumo, Martinez and Zaleha are all graduate students in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and Norton is an academic adviser at Iowa.

Media that will be featured in the exhibition include video; digital printmaking; installations incorporating video, audio and text; a lamp produced with a 3-D printer; mixed media; sculpture and hybrid drawing.

In accepting work for the show, Weber said he focused on qualities such as originality and successful execution of the concept.

“We have a seemingly infinite flow of new mediums/materials to choose from in the US, leading to a surge of original artworks in Iowa,” he said. “It is extremely refreshing to view the ‘new media’ works submitted.”

Juror’s talk and funding information
Additional programming in conjunction with the exhibition will take place Friday morning, Feb. 6, at Design on Main. Weber will speak about his work as an artist and curator, including how to make the transition from college to professional practice, in a lecture/question-and-answer session at 10 a.m.

Veronica O'Hern, arts resources coordinator with the Iowa Arts Council, will speak about grants and other funding opportunities in a presentation at 11 a.m. Light breakfast refreshments will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m.

About Design on Main
An extension of Iowa State’s College of Design, Design on Main seeks to strengthen creative connections between the university and the community through arts education, artist-led projects and interactive events. Spring 2015 gallery hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Monday and Friday; 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (closed Tuesday). Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Jordan Weber, Fluxx Collective,
Jennifer Drinkwater, Design on Main, (515) 708-2825,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,