Friday, August 4, 2017

RAIN DATE IN EFFECT - WORKDAY AT WCH IS NOW SUNDAY!

WEDDING CAKE HOUSE HEAVY LIFTING AND GIN-N-TONICS WORKDAY IS NOW SUNDAY! BOO RAIN! YAY SUN! 80% CHANCE OF GRUMPY RAIN DOWNPOUR TOMORROW...100% CHANCE OF FUN SMILEY SUN ON SUNDAY! THANKS GANG!

Saturday, July 29, 2017


DIRT PALACE

JULY/AUG 2017

2nd WEDDING CAKE WORK PARTY
SATURDAY SUNDAY AUGUST 6th

NEW ARTIST IN RESIDENCE MEMBER SPOT OPENING UP OCTOBER 1st

SUBLETS & MORE!





Missed out on the first "Heavy Lifting, Gardening & Gin and Tonics" Workday? We'll be doing a 2nd Volunteer Workday at the Wedding Cake House Saturday SUNDAY August 6th (RAIN DATE IN EFFECT). We'll get started at 1:30 pm, and start wrapping up for food and drink around 5pm. If you can RSVP and let us know if and when you're coming that would be amazing!! e-mail us at dirtpalacepublicprojects@gmail.com

If you have work gloves, wear em! We'll have dust masks, hand wipes, and tools on hand.
Interested in learning more about the Wedding Cake House project? You can find that info HERE
or --- follow our blog about work on the house HERE
Dirt Palace is looking for a new Artist in Residence Member October 1st

The Dirt Palace is a self organized collective that supports women artists by providing affordable studio space, facilities, shared resources, opportunities and a culture of cooperation. The Dirt Palace is trans-inclusive, strives to be accountable and to work intersectionally.

Seeking experimental feminist with projects that will make use of our current facilities: Legal live/work space with: screen printing shop, letterpress, animation stand, music rehearsal room, wood shop, large shared space for building bigger projects, and library.

Members are expected to attend weekly meetings, monthly work days, do regular chores, keep the kitchen clean, and take a leadership role over running some aspect of the collective project vaguely falling under the conceptual roof of “The Dirt Palace”. If you are interested, all of this (and more!) will be explained in our epic 20 page document called “the Occupancy and Consciousness Agreement” that we will e-mail you upon request. Residencies at the Dirt Palace average about 24 months. We are looking for a commitment of at least a year minimum.

Rent and expenses end up breaking down to about $450 - $470/month:
Rent - $295/month
Heat - $60/month (paid all year round)
Electric - $57 - $69/month (varies)
Internet - $13/month
Sundries - $10/month (TP, dishsoap,etc)
Netflix - $5-$6/ month (optional)
Parking is included.
We have one cat (baby) and can not take any other cats at this time.

If you would like to learn more contact us at dirtpalace @ yahoo dot com


SUBLET AVAILABLE EARLY SEPT-MID OCTOBER 

$350 for very nice lofted bedroom, access to shared work spaces including bandroom, print shop, and more! 

One beautiful cat, 6 roommates, afternoon light.

email maren.rose.jensen@gmail.com for more details (:-)




JULY WINDOW ARTIST: MEG POWERS

Meg Powers is a professional costume designer and inter-disciplinary artist with an emphasis on filmmaking, puppetry, doll-making, and comics art. Her work typically examines the intersection of lesbian desire with the gothic, fantastical, and grotesque. Recent works of note include: animated visuals for sci-fi / Bowie-centric, gay dance party series, HUNGER CITY, (for which Powers also organizes and dj's), puppet and costume design for the debut performance of Steven Glavey's WOLVES, and direction, design, and performance credits for the short film, The Diabolical Doctor Vysarius, which aired on Flux Factory's STROBE Network. Powers also edits and illustrates a mature sci-fi /fantasy arts anthology magazine, WARLOCK WASTELAND, and is currently hard at work on its second issue.

MATER LACHRYMARUM, MATER SUSPIRIORUM, MATER TENEBRARUM is a meditation on the artist's assumption of a cosmic disappointment in humanity as embodied through the archetypal feminine trio: the fates, the witches Macbeth, and especially, the Three Mothers of Sorrow originating in Thomas de Quincey's essay, "Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow," and channeled aesthetically through the lurid and kaleioscopic influence of Dario Argento's adaptation of de Quincey's feminine grotesque in his Three Mothers trilogy.

"Do they talk, then? O, no! mighty phantoms like these disdain the infirmities of language. They may utter voices through the organs of man when they dwell in human hearts, but amongst themselves there is no voice nor sound; eternal silence reigns in their kingdoms. They spoke not...they whispered not; they sang not; though oftentimes methought they might have sung, for I upon earth had heard their mysteries oftentimes deciphered by harp and timbrel, by dulcimer and organ. Like God, whose servants they are, they utter their pleasure, not by sounds that perish, or by words that go astray, but by signs in heaven, by changes on earth, by pulses in secret rivers, heraldries painted on darkness, and hieroglyphics written on the tablets of the brain. They wheeled in mazes; I spelled the steps. They telegraphed from afar; I read the signals. They conspired together; and on the mirrors of darkness my eye traced the plots. Theirs were the symbols; mine are the words."- Thomas de Quincey, "Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow"
https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=-2dkM3CPb7o
http://eyeballjellomold. tumblr.com/search/meg+powers
https://www.facebook.com/ megpowersartdolls/
http://instagram.com/eyeball_jello_mold
http://warlockwasteland. tumblr.com/getyourcopy

JUNE WINDOW ARTIST: CAROLINE RAE ROBINSON


Caroline Rae Robinson is an artist and printmaker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2016 with a degree in Printmaking. Her work focuses on transcending bodily and neurotypical hegemony, and fabricating alternative realities as a mechanism of coping. Wading through a quiet chaos of self-evaluation and doubt, she examines how feminized concepts of psychological and neurological health influence how we define agency and how we assign empathy.




*****UPDATES*****

Megan is the new resident at DP!

They just got back from a trip to the west coast where they were tabling at Tijuana Zine Festand did a collaborative reading at Junior High in LA with their friend Noah (cuddle formation) who made beautiful bleeps and bloops behind their poems. They are now on the road selling merch for Japanese Breakfast on their tour with Tegan & Sara. They have a poetry chapbook coming out with publishing house TXTbooks that'll be out sometime later this summer called A Stick With A Rock On It. They are a true leo and their birthday is August 7th please don't forget to find them and say HBD.

If you want to keep up with their writing / find out info on the new chapbook you can sign up for their newsletter at http://0202ff.com/hello or follow them on insta/twitter @docs.google / @mgnmnwtz
Maren had some new drawings and a painting up at SBF 3 at Penny Gaffe along with Roby Newton, Chrissy Jones, Crystal, Tess Brown-Lavoie and Kartina Richardson.  More on her website: marenjensen.net
Milkmaid ii plays the Downtown Boys/What Cheer record release on August 11


DANIELLA BEN-BASSAT



Made 50 different fabric collage posters for Ballroom Marfa's Maria Minerva event and is writing more music.

SICK ROAD - the 2011, Worms in Women and Cattle full length album, along with some live tracks, will be released on ANNIHILVS on August 11th
Pre-orders can be made HERE 


O HORVATH

B^) DOING FINE B^)
XANDER MARRO


Holding onto the rails during these lion days of summer


ALISON NITKIEWICZ

Alison is Enjoying RI in the summertime :) 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Heavy Lifting!

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DIRT PALACE

JUNE 2017

HEAVY LIFTING WORKDAY AT THE WEDDING CAKE HOUSE!!!!




So, many people have shown us so much (very appreciated) excitement about this project and expressed an interest in coming over and lending a hand with physical labor & we're ready to take you up on it! Skip the gym & come and help us move bags of rubble to the dumpster, longing for some time in the sun, come and help us mulch and prep for future plantings, always wanted to lift some claw foot tubs up flights of stairs, we have tubs to move!!

In all seriousness though, we're simultaneously daunted and excited by this project, and humbled by all of the support that we've been getting and promise to make your efforts to help out extremely efficient and as fun as possible. We'll likely have about 3 tons of bagged plaster rubble (150 ready to go 40ish pound bags) to move into a dumpster & many hands will make much lighter work of this!

SUNDAY JUNE 25th
We'll get started at 1:30 pm, and start wrapping up and making gin and tonics at around 5pm. If you can RSVP and let us know if and when you're coming that would be amazing!! e-mail us at dirtpalacepublicprojects@gmail.com

If you have work gloves, wear em! We'll have dust masks, hand wipes, and tools on hand.
Interested in learning more about the Wedding Cake House project? You can find that info HERE
or --- follow our blog about work on the house HERE

 
 

MINI RESIDENCIES

We were super excited to have Caroline Robinson as an Artist in Residence last month while she worked on her installation for the Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery. You can check out her work HERE – and see her installation in our next digest (or up RIGHT NOW in the window)!!!

Sara Wintz is in residence this month working on a long poem about fashion, dance, late capitalism, and the singular. Ugly Duckling Presse published her first book, WALKING ACROSS A FIELD WE ARE FOCUSED ON AT THIS TIME NOW, in 2012. Read more about her work here: http://sarawintz.com.


MAY WINDOW ARTIST: ABIGAIL WAMBOLDT


STRANGER THINGS THAN WONDERLAND
Ignorance is not knowing anything and being attracted to the good. Innocence is knowing everything, and still being attracted to the good.”
    • Clarissa Pinkola Estes
With this work I am exploring the innocence in eroticism. Being aware of the complexities of sensuality brings us to a place where “goodness” exists in a nuanced state. There is not one way to experience sexuality. Each person has their own erotic literature. Maintaining innocence in sexual exploration invites the individual’s sensual story to be continually expanded upon through accumulating an understanding of the sexual self. What constitutes positive sexual expression is unique to a person’s experience. The evolution of our sexuality writes a story with anecdotes no less strange than Alice’s adventures rattling around Wonderland.


Bio
Abigail Wamboldt is a Providence Rhode Island based artist and activist. Her sweetest dreams include founding an art collective called Meat Merkin and she prefers to show only in spaces that remain unaffected by the aspects of the art world that are driven by the corporate patriarchy. Transforming experiences include making art in post Katrina New Orleans, and working as an artist assistant to Public Works Artist Lara Lepionka. She received a BFA from Montserrat College of Art, and an MFA from the University of New Hampshire. She currently teaches at the Community College of Rhode Island and Montserrat College of Art, and is a volunteer with The Center For Sexual Pleasure And Health.
 
APRIL WINDOW ARTIST: NEW FRUIT


New Fruit set the table . . .
We set the despised ornament, the centerpiece a bouquet of sores . . .
We set the gruesome ornament, cleaved with our discontents . . .
We set the abandoned ornament, but with a new arrangement of cutlery . . 


The table is set stilted. The scene has been over for a long time. The crack of wood. A knot of hair and wax. We ask: what is the use of a chair, here? Or any spatial pretension, for that matter? The cruel object within the scene of desire. We are the ones who invited you. Can you see us? While we were waiting we softened earthward, the cushions rotted out of our chairs. The table is uninhabitable. With multiflorate mycelial eyes thawed and content to spoil the soil the white cloth white porcelain white silence we spilled forth our discontents. Mouths and mouths and mouths unlocking. Now, we sweat nectar…By the putrefying force of our fullness the table fell.


New Fruit 
is a feminist run art collective and studio in Portland, ME. As a member/artist run studio space we strive towards dismantling the white supremacist hetero patriarchy through sharing art, building space and creating resources. As a collective of artists we view art-making as world-making and the pursuit of individual liberty and collective liberation.
The tide pulls. What are we talking about? What is going on here?
more info : newfruit.net


 



 

*****UPDATES*****

 
O HORVATH

O was thrilled to VJ at Aurora PVD's Dyke Night for the second sweaty summer in a row >:)

 

They've been hard at work on some weird new wares that debuted at Providence's first ever Queer and Trans Zinefest this past weekend..... up in THE STORE and DIRT PALACE ETSYsoon..... in the meantime, keep them company on INSTAGRAM for sneak peeks, studio shots, and daily trips to ♡♡♡MARYLOUS♡♡♡



Working on recording some solo country confusion under "Darnell", same old motor guitar drones under Taskmaster, and cooking up some new Mother Tongue jams with Tess. Also gardening and making t-shirts

**ALSO** July 22 Mother Tongue show at Psychic Readings with Pyramid, Holy People, and PUZZLEHEAD from Vancouver!!! www.deathtopuzzlehead.bandcamp.com

**AND** Playing a Taskmaster show in Western Mass on July 30


MAREN JENSEN

Maren finished the third Broadcast Flesh, a "newspaper" of sorts. 

She's also been working on a new website called Broadcastflesh.com that's meant to be a content dump for images and text found in past and future printed versions of the newspaper. 

Sad country songs are coming up at the Firehouse, July 2 and July 6 at Space Cloud




Alison (and Maren's) band, Milkmaid II, has a bunch of shows coming up this summer!
June 22nd at Machines with Magnets with Secret Boyfriend, Ylaro and Violet
July 14th at Machines with Magnets with Lightning Bolt and Doomsday Student
July 22nd at Aurora with Barkley's Barnyard Critters, Buck Gooter & Rat Jelly
August 11th at Aurora with Downtown Boys, TBD
Milkmaid II recently updated their bandcamp with some shitty recordings, feel free to check em out at milkmaidii.bandcamp.com

 

Bridget has a new album — listen to it here!!
She had a wonderful tour with Wilted Woman and Dj ShlucHT in May, and now she is moving to Berlin.
Bye!

 
Pippi spoke about her work at her Alma Mater last week as part of the
SVA MFA Art Practice Summer Lecture Series


Picture of RECTRIX performance at Nothing Changes NYC

 
***DIRT PALACE LIBRARY HI-LITES***


MONTHLY PICTORIAL TREAT FROM THE DUSTY SHELVES OF THE DIRT PALACE
FURTHERING THE QUEST TO SPREAD FUN
LIKE GIN AND JUICE, MOSTLY GIN





Now that Xander & Pippi's lives are revolving around a "19th Century ornamented house of New England" we thought it time to dig this old favorite book out of the stacks. It features New England architecture with Gothic elements, cool explanations of the hand tools used to build these visionary space ships and there's even a spread of the competing New England Wedding Cake House (in Kennebunk, Maine) which interestingly was also renovated by a team of women!


 
dream a little dream ///ur dreams are my nightmeows/// forward to a friend

Friday, April 21, 2017


DIRT PALACE

APRIL 2017


 
THE DIRT PALACE IS MOVING FORWARD WITH OUR PROJECT AT THE WEDDING CAKE HOUSE!!!

Maybe you’ve heard rumblings about this and are wondering…what will it be like?  Or maybe you are thinking, “have they finally really lost their marbles?” Or maybe you are like us and are thinking, “I always thought that place WAS the true Dirt Palace”.
Regardless, the thing that we really want to tell you is that we’re wicked excited and very grateful for the support of RISCA and the city of Providence, who have been critical partners along the way.

Here’s a basic quick blurb, and below there are links to more info on our website:
Dirt Palace at the Wedding Cake House is an ambitious restoration project of the historic 514 Broadway property last occupied by the Tirocchi sisters and the couture design business that they ran from the location from 1915 to 1947. The renovation will develop artist in residence quarters which will complement the feminist residency program and facilities at the Dirt Palace’s current location in Olneyville Square.


For more info about the project CLICK HERE
To see our fantastic Advisory Council CLICK HERE
To support the project CLICK HERE

 

 
 

MARCH WINDOW ARTIST: PARIS PARIS


DIY Printed + Cut and Sew Collection Presented with Original Visuals by Paris





FEBRUARY WINDOW ARTIST: HOWIE SNEIDER
 

Contra el viento, Against the wind, is a show of quilts and quilted blankets made over the
past 5-years from discarded materials, thrift store scraps, old clothes and tarps. Here the
blanket becomes a suit of armor, uniform, costume and disguise. They are rough and
quickly made, but in a time of need they are the perfect protection from the cold. And why
not? There is great utility in multifunctional garments.
Contra el viento, Against the wind, is a portrait of the times. A sight not unfamiliar, maybe
from the Women’s March on Washington or at the State House, from TV, or from Standing
Rock. The blanketed figures are us, vulnerable protectors, proud activists, shielding
themselves and others from a relentless wind. They are every member of a working class
that has something to lose, that can be easily controlled and manipulated because of our
economic fragility
and set to fight against one another. I propose that we shield one another instead. We can
make our own soft armour, by using the scraps of the consumer culture, turning waste into
our pride and our defense. We can begin to value each other not on our ability to consume,
but our ability to make and exchange.
We stand against the wind. Estamos contra el viento.

Howie has lived in and around Olneyville since 2002, he was a longtime member of 
the Olneyville Collaborative and has participated in numerous community art projects 
throughout the neighborhood. Howie loves sewing and hiking and can often be found
bringing something hand sewn way out into the woods. His work is exhibited in galleries,
on the street, in sculpture parks and in the wild. Howie is the Executive Director of 
the Steel Yard where he has worked for the past 13 years.



DIRT PALACE ETSY

Visit our online store if you're into screen printed shirts by Olivia, hand knitting by
Bridget, or years worth of Dirt Palace zines and prints! We'll be adding more
breath-taking works of art in the near future too -- come back often, support our dream
~~~





*****UPDATES*****


New cowgirl at the palace--Maren rolls in this April
She has been working on some drawings about Los Angeles, new writing she is calling “Woman Road
Novel,” new songs with her band Milkmaid II (hi Al, hi Mickey), and some sad country guitar almost ready
to gig.
She welcomes you to visit her website: marenjensen.net !!!!

 
O HORVATH

O will be teaching three weeklong art workshops for kids and teens at the Jamestown Art Center this
summer! We'll be making comics, puppets, games, and learning how to use a 3D printer. For more
information, visit the JAC Camp Schedule.
Follow O on Instagram for peeks at projects/in sketchbooks/under the couch/etc

 
PIPPI ZORNOZA
RECTRIX will be performing April 29th in Western Mass at the Flywheel with Sterile Garden,
Mozzaleum, and Jambomb

and at Nothing Changes NYC May 24th with Alberich

Live recording of The Sound of It Hammering Against the Skirts will be released this year on
Lachryphagy Recordings




Bridget just finished some new music that will be out on Embalming Lately this spring. She’ll be on tour
with Wilted Woman and Dj Shlucht in May — see you up & down the east coast!

 
Have you ever wanted to surgically or conceptually remove misogyny from yourself and/or others...
Maybe like at a party as a ritual act of friendship, kinda like those cervix/speculum parties that I imagine all
of the stoned feminists of the 70's being really into...well this new Anne Elizabeth Moore book Body Horror
isn't exactly about that...But it did send my brain into imagining spaces like that and so many others while
holding an inked up brush and channeling my visions.. There are 15 or 16 of my illustrations among her
essays on topics ranging from apparel industry labor in Cambodia to horror movies to the birth of Standard
time to robots and autoimmune diseases. A review is here. You can order it here. It was an honor to get to
work on this project & you will be happy when you own this book!
Daniella has been playing 12 string guitar and will probably perform with it, an electric guitar, and several
motors during her Taskmaster set at Psychic Readings on April 15th. She performed with her rock band
Wex April 17th at AS220.


She has also been raising several sensitive plant seedlings.


 
ALISON NITKIEWICZ

Alison is working on a new video that she will be screening Friday, April 28th at Penny Gaff with alongside
artists Andrea Williams, Chrissy Jones, Carlos Gonzales, Cybele Collins, and Leah Wishnia.



Her band, MILKMAID II, will be playing a show April 30th at Operatheque with MOTHER TONGUE,
STUPID CHRISSY, JUICY II, and HVAC with MC RAY'S LAWNS.


 

 
***DIRT PALACE LIBRARY HI-LITES***


MONTHLY PICTORIAL TREAT FROM THE DUSTY SHELVES OF THE DIRT PALACE
FURTHERING THE QUEST TO SPREAD FUN
LIKE GIN AND JUICE, MOSTLY GIN




In 2000 the RISD Museum launched an exhibition and publication - From Paris to Providence: Fashion,
 Art, and the Tirocchi Dressmakers' Shop. 
 


From the museum "In their elegant Providence Shop, Italian emigre sisters Anna and Laura Tirocchi sold
French couture clothing to an elite clientele. The shop, remained virtually untouched from 1947 until 1990,
when RISD Museum curators were given their choice of its contents, which included apparel by Paul
Poiret, Lucien Lelong, and dresses in the style of Madeleine Vionnet.
All reflect the advent of modernism in the Paris art world of 1920s and 30s, when designers, painters and
printmakers were collaborating as never before to create fashion. From “Paris to Providence” catalogues
these efforts with beautiful illustrations and six essays that examine the era’s social and art-historical issues."




 
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