Monday, July 11, 2016

July 2016 digest

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DIRT PALACE

JULY 2016

SLITHERIN' STRONG d'SSSPITE SCUMMER SLIME <=========(:)---<




SAFE TRAVELS, JIEUN! WE LOVE YOU!

 

 
 
JULY WINDOW ARTIST: BROOKE GOLDSTEIN
Consume & Convey
a Quilt Installation at the Dirt Palace Storefront WindowGallery
by Brooke Erin Goldstein
Consume & Convey is a presentation of Americana inspired quilted works I made in 2002 juxtaposed with each other for the first time. Consumer culture and the vast american transitioning landscape has always fascinated and inspired me.
America is the birth place of quick consumables. Wether it be fast food (microwavable tv dinners) or Pop culture (tv media) we seem to devour it and always be hungry for more. This can be both exciting as we are always innovating with a desire to move forward but also disappointing as we lean towards the surface of things and celebrate superficiality.
You can also look at our transitional landscape in the same way. From cities to forests, deserts to mountains the diverse beauty of our country is immensely unique. However we homogenize our roadways with the corporate consumer landmarks of chain restaurants and motels that are both nostalgically comforting and similarly alienating.
The opportunity to show these Americana inspired works together for the first time in the Dirt Palace Storefront WindowGallery is particularly exciting to me during this transitional time in our country’s political history.
Bio:
Brooke Erin Goldstein is an artist, curator and stylist living in Providence RI. She was born in New City, NY and began taking art and sewing classes at the age of 3. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Textiles. Her creative professional career started with her work as a technical, textiles and surface Designer in the apparel industry. Brooke currently sits on the exhibition committee at the Jamestown Arts Center. She has road tripped through all the continental U.S. States except for Nebraska. Brooke currently owns and operates 4 creative businesses and is dedicated to the promotion and empowerment of entrepreneurship world wide.
For more information on Brooke check out her website - brookeeringoldstein.com
or find her on Facebook fb.me/brookeeringoldsteinartanddesign
Instagram @begoldartstylepets
Pinterest begartstylepets and
Twitter @begoldartstyle




 

*****UPDATES*****

 


RECTRIX is honored to be exhibiting her performance The Sound of It Hammering Against the Skirts
at Grace Exhibition Space, in Bushwick, this July.

Taken from Zornoza's recent songbook, The Sound of it Hammering Against the Skirts is structured into six vignettes: The Ax that Cuts Silence, Don’t Close the Door of Night, Have You Loved Any Well Down There?, How Firm the Foundation, The Bell that Never Stops Ringing,The Sound of It Hammering Against the Skirts.
Other performers: Alison Nitkiewicz, Chrissy Wolpert, Rebecca Mitchell, Nieve Cross, and the Bell singers.



Xander went to the desert with a bag of books. Here are a few things she's looking at: a few things she's reading.



Daniella has some new plans involving motors. She is going on tour in August with 2 piece rock outfit, Mother Tongue, and recently designed a hat.



Nina has ecstatically kept both her feet fully planted in the ocean state for the entire month of June. During this time, she collaborated on a tenderness-based curatorial project, made some work for an upcoming show at AS220, made more small animations, and caught two sea robins and a baby black sea bass from an inflatable dinghy. As happy as she is to be home, she's also looking forward to the end of July, when she'll be returning to the Penland School of Crafts as a studio assistant.

ALISON NITKIEWICZ

Alison is designing and printing the posters for Foo Fest this year.  Here is a sneak peak!



Her new band, Milkmaid II is playing a few shows in July and August.


 
SARAH ROSE LEJEUNE


Next week Sarah Rose is off to the Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY where she will be working for the next six months. SR was awarded a studio intern position there assisting artists-in-residence, helping teach workshops and classes, maintaining facilities, and working on various other studio projects. During her time at the WSW, SR is also excited to dive deep into her own handmade milkweed fluff paper and steel sculptures, and a series of mezzotints about pavement cracks. Try not to forget about her-- Sarah Rose will be back at the Dirt Palace in January. 


O HORVATH

O will be tabling at the BOSTON HASSLE BLACK MARKET this weekend!

WHEN: Sunday, July 10th @ 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
**Rain date: July 17th**

WHERE: 420 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain!
The location is T accessible, just a two minute walk across the street from Green Street Station on the Orange Line.

WHAT: This one-day outdoor event will spotlight a featured artist, and boasts everything from secondhand to handmade: artwork, zines, body care, records, baked goods, patches, pins, books, T-shirts, leather goods, knits, woodwork, pottery, vintage clothing, jewelery, tea, hair cuts, tarot card readings, face-painting, portraits, & more


some GIFS from an animation inprog...

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NEW ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE AND SUMMER ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE AT THE DIRT PALACE !!
 


BRIDGET FERAL


















Bridget is settling into this new home, and then also making new music for a new tape, planning a tour in Europe with number one Snakedog, and doing sound all over Pawtucket. Her band Messy Boys is playing the Noise Lounge at MWM on July 10, and she'll be doing her solo music thing for an art show at Stream Gallery in Brooklyn on July 15.


NIEVE X



NIEVE X. VOCALIST, PERFORMER, AND VISUAL ARTIST


SASHA WISEMAN



Sasha Wiseman is currently an MFA candidate in nonfiction writing at Washington University in St. Louis, but in a former life she was a member of the Dirt Palace back in the days when you could still get snowed on a tiny bit in the upstairs bathroom. In June of 2016, twelve years after spending her first night under the pressed-tin ceilings of the Palace, she returned to do a month-long residency focused on writing and research for her thesis (which she describes as "like a coming-of-age story, but weird.")


 
***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



👽 this month's hilite is VOID VACATION #2 by Rose Ghostly who will be doing a residency at the DP this month! 👽

 
 





 

Monday, June 13, 2016

SITE VISIT #3 - SPACE GALLERY, Portland Maine


2016! The Dirt Palace is getting strategic (making a plan)! 
As part of this process we're visiting some organizations/space that we admire and hope to learn from. 

This post is part of a series of profiles of spaces that we have visited. This project is 
supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

SPACE Gallery: http://www.space538.org/
Interview with Executive Director, Nat May: http://www.space538.org/who-we-are-0
At a Glance
Founded: 2002 by Jon Courtney and Todd Bernard.
Budget: $600k (not including new studio rental activity)
Staff: 7 admin (3 full time 4 part time) as well as a 6 person events staff who may work as little as 1 night a month
Board of Directors: 10
Board of Advisors: 13
Committees: (include board as well as other community members with specific skills)
Finance
Development
Marketing
Ad-hoc Capital Campaign
Ad-hoc Committee for Building Purchase
Ad-hoc Committee for Facade Improvements

X: The origin story of Space is not too dissimilar to that of many Alternative or Artist Run Spaces and according to Executive Director Nat May it went something along the lines of: There was a lot of idealism and energy at the beginning and we were not smart enough to quit.


P: This was something that we totally related to. I’ve often said that I was too young and naive to know what we were getting ourselves into at the Dirt Palace. ( I’ll just speak for myself on the young and dumb tip)


X: Nat, who became the Executive Director, was not a founder. He came along about 6 months in to help out with bookkeeping and grant writing. Thirteen years later and a budget that’s increased over ten fold, it seems as though Nat is still doing a big chunk of the bookkeeping and grant writing. This also follows a frequent narrative path for Alternative Spaces, where the E.D. stays pretty connected to core tasks that are not always glamorous, but provide efficiencies for the organization. There are two factors that seem critical to Space making it out alive from the “chaotic and vulnerable” early days (that so many projects stagnate and eventually wither in). First, they developed a community support system that believed in their mission/vision and that felt a need for what Space sought to offer.  Second, they had a highly sympathetic landlord who actively wanted to see them succeed and was an active cheerleader, champion and advisor.  While Nat is not sure of how much the founders and early participants had an awareness of the 60’s & 70’s NY artist space movement, founder Jon Courtney had lived in Winston Salem and had been involved with The Warehouse.


Space’s mission and approach to programs are summarized below:

SPACE is a nonprofit organization that supports contemporary arts projects, champions artists, and encourages an open exchange of ideas.

Grounded in the belief that vital communities are activated by experimentation, conversation, and camaraderie, SPACE engages a wide audience with provocative arts programming and category-defying events. As a nexus for curious minds, we collaborate with original thinkers and invite the public to participate in the ongoing pursuit of adventurous ideas.


From our versatile arts space in downtown Portland, Maine, we:
●  Showcase music
●  Present film screenings
●  Curate visual art exhibitions
●  Facilitate lectures and discussions
●  Rent studios to artists with active practices
●  Oversee a statewide arts regranting program
●  Foster conversations about issues of social justice
●  Engage the public in community events and open forums
●  Collaborate with other nonprofits and performing arts organizations


X: This all sounds well & good, but to understand how awesome Space is, it’s useful to know HOW MUCH of all of those things Space actually does. They hold about 210 events a year, 10 full blown gallery exhibitions, produce a variety of off site public programs & now (as of 2015) rent studios to about 30 individual artists and a co-operative printmaking facility.  


P: What is also amazing about Space is the quality of their programing. They hold true to their vision of “provocative arts programming and category-defying events”. So much of the model that we are used to in regards to community arts spaces is providing the services of both space and opportunities for its artists constituents. Space and opportunities have been prioritized as the most needed resources for artists. Space Gallery offers both of these, however also actively curates exciting content from within and outside the Portland community. I think it is easy to forget how much an impact importing ideas, experimentation and dialogue can have on a the local dialogue. The intentional curation of these events is an important part of what Space does that sets it apart from many other artist run community spaces.


X: While we didn’t get super nosy as to ask for data about attendance at their events, I can offer anecdotally that people show up! A few years ago I had a gallery show at Space, this show included a display of masks that people were invited to try on and be photographed in at the opening. At the end of the night I had taken 500 pictures of people wearing masks! Not everybody participated, so the actual number of people who came through the doors over the course of the night was likely higher.  To put this in perspective, Portland has about a third of the population of Providence. I can not think of any opening that I’ve ever been to, especially for a relatively unknown out of towner, that 500 people showed up for! There was some kind of “First Friday” type coordination going on with art-spaces in the area...but still, that’s a VERY enthusiastic art going public. This enthusiasm translates into sustainability as well, as about 26% of their operating budget comes from income that is contributed, with contributed income growing between 10 and 15% in the last 5 years. The remaining 74% is split basically evenly between earned income from events (about 37%) and grants (about 37%).  Space also makes great use of community members who want to be involved. There is an active volunteer base of 30-40 people who plug in in a variety of ways.

X: One of the strategies that Space has employed in thinking about resources has to do with being frugal with grant writing time. They don’t chase down grant opportunities that are a stretch or not cost efficient to apply for and manage. That said, Nat credits some relationships with foundations as being super important to the development of Space in general. He specifically cited the Warhol foundation’s investment in Space as being a “Game Changer”, in terms of inspiring Space to build a strong Board that could support the work of Space as it developed, to do internal capacity building, and to connect with peer organizations across the country.  For me listening to Nat talk about the growth and development of their “awesome” board was really inspiring. I think that it is super common for young organizations to feel a tension around working with board members who really “get it” and can be trusted to understand the vision and support the strategy and decision making of leadership (for whom this is often a life’s work), and working with board members who have a ton to offer, but are outside of immediate circles. Nat talked about a board that NEVER mucks things up with staff by getting involved with programming issues and that it seems has a comfortable culture, and a strong mandate and has an incredible track record of getting things done.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

SECRET POWERS


DIRT PALACE

MAY 2016




REMEMBERING LOUISE
NOTE: CHANGED MEMORIAL DATE
WE'VE CHANGED THE DATE FOR THE MEMORIAL THAT WE WILL HOLD FOR LOUISE DECURTIS. PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE. WE WILL GATHER ON HER BIRTHDAY, AUGUST 27TH. PLEASE BE IN TOUCH IF YOU'D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE.

 
WDPRI PRESENTS...the unveiling of WDPRI, Al's video premiere, the long-awaited release of the Taskmaster/Darnell split CD, and performances by The Powers, Herb Chambers, Feminist Conference, and Taskmaster. A Truly incredible line up!

WDPRI is a new Dirt Palace venture broadcasting audio live from the Dirt Palace facade and into Olneyville Square. Come be a part of WDPRI's maiden voyage into the airwaves. Relax across the street in front of Cricket Wireless and the panaderia and listen to the show broadcast LIVE for all to hear and enjoy! Not to be missed! But don't worry folks, even if you do miss it, expect plenty of programming from WDPRI in Summer 2016. Rock on! 

 
 
APRIL WINDOW ARTIST: MANTON AVENUE PROJECT

The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) is a non-profit organization that unites young people living in Providence's Olneyville neighborhood with local theater professionals to create original plays together.  The Manton Avenue Project's mission is to nurture the unique potential of young people living in Olneyville though out-of-school programs focused on playwriting, mentorship, and bringing young people's voices to the stage. 
Our window display at the Dirt Palace includes props from our recent play production, Into The Deep: The Narragansett Bay Plays. These plays celebrate the rich diversity and history of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay. We are currently preparing for our next play productions, which will be held in May at the AS220 Blackbox in downtown Providence. Happy Birthday Old Faithful: The National Parks Plays is the culmination of The Manton Avenue Project's Playmaking program. Ten young playwrights, third and forth graders, have each written a play set in one of the United States' 410 National Parks. 
Admission is free and open to the public. 

  

 
MAY WINDOW ARTIST: KRISTINA BROWN
KEEP IT UP
INSTALLATION BY KRISTINA BROWN

MATERIALS
PAINT, WOOD, STRING, TIE LINE, PICTURE FRAME, MIRROR, PLASTER, RUBBER GLOVES, WHITE SHIRT, HANGER, TEA POT, IRON, MEAT TENDERIZER, LEATHER BELTS, WOMAN’S RED SHOE, CHILD’S SLIPPER, CAST IRON SKILLET, WISK, WATCH, FIVE STUFFED HEADS, CLOTH, SCREEN PRINTED PAPER AND TEXT. 

KRISTINA BROWN IS AN INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST WHOSE WORK TOUCHES ON THEMES OF FEMINIST STRUGGLE, SOCIAL REPRODUCTION, IDENTITY, TIME, AND NAVIGATION. IN “KEEP IT UP” CONCEPTS OF LOVE AND LABOR, PERSONAL HISTORY AND SOCIAL CONTEXT, ARE REPRESENTED, NOT IN OPPOSING DICHOTOMIES, BUT WITHIN A SPECTRUM OF TENSION AMONGST MULTIPLE ELEMENTS.    





 

*****UPDATES*****


O HORVATH

O is holding on for dear life thru mars retrograde (also thanks beyonce!!!!!)

They will be projecting visuals at PVD's next DYKE NIGHT under the name CIRCLE SYMBOL 

Aurora PVD on Wednesday, May 18th 8pm-1am
❤️ ft. DJ Haram, DJ Precolumbian, CMOV (as Tearglyde) ❤️





How Firm a Foundation
Watch the Video
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Pippi Zornoza and Rebecca Mitchell performance as part of
Luna Loba Parte Dos (for worm moon)
Poster by Katrina
for the RECTRIX/HOUSE RED COLLABORATION
that happened at Capitol Records with an extra sick lineup
May 3rd


NIEVE CROSS/RECTRIX COLLABORATION
UPCOMING
June 8th at Dusk with
Power Monster
Kintaan
and False (Minneapolis)

DANIELLA BEN-BASSAT



Daniella is still working on her CD and doing a lot of mulching in various gardens. She will be performing solo as Taskmaster at the long awaited WDPRI opening ceremony on May 19, and her 2 piece band Mother Tongue will be playing at Tommy's Place on May 28 with Blue Shift, Cream Candles, and Angels in America. Additionally, a 4 piece band that she is in called Wex will be playing in Philadelphia on May 25 at Kung Fu Necktie.

 


 
Alison will finally be screening her (hopefully) finished video as part of the WDPRI launch onThursday, May 19th

!She is also working on the poster and art for AS220's Foo Fest 2016 


XANDER MARRO



Sometimes illustration/design jobs are just jobs & sometimes they're the best for a variety of reasons including a) I get to draw cool stuff it never would have occurred to me to draw b) the person/people I'm working for with are really smart and have awesome ideas about design c) the content/ideas/politics of I'm being tasked with making a picture around are near and dear to my heart. On rare occasions jobs like these come along that are awesome on all 3 levels! It was a dream to get to letter the text "essays on misogyny and capitalism" & to work with Anne in general. Check out the details on her forthcoming book Body Horror here.
 



Sarah Rose is spending ten days of May out at the Ox Bow School in Saugatuck, Michigan as a Nell Meldahl Scholarship recipient for the 2016 Paper and Book Intensive. Her piece crowdedwas recently published in a special section of PACKET Bi-Weekly Issue #078 curated by Vanessa Castro and Alexandra Wuest. She is still working through the Intergenerationalityedition for Hand Papermaking Magazine, as well as an edition for a Mid America Print Council Biennial Conference portfolio. SR is still teaching the Introduction to Contemporary Papermaking course at Dieu Donné in NYC, NY, assisting artists in the studio there, and this month even found some time for her own paper projects. In any free minute, Sarah Rose has been sewing, expanding her nothing to see here series, and becoming increasingly obsessed with welding.

 



Nina has been continuing to split her time between her own studio in Providence and the fabrication studio at MASS MoCA. She's been busy looking for the magic in the every day and turning it into tiny animations.


***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

Wondering if WDPRI is real? Take a gander at what library books we've been reading. Don't worry though...we have yet to mastermind the technology to broadcast the infamous brown note. But did you know that the crack of a bullwhip is like a mini sonic boom? Anyway we ARE prepared to not take any BS from Cricket wireless!!!! Next stop, off grid in outer space in the future past.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Mad Hare-y March! April Fool n' Folly Feast


DIRT PALACE

MARCH 2016

 JOKERS ARISE! >:) FOOL FEST COMETH >:)


DIRT PALACE FOOLS BRUNCH FUNDRAISER!!!!
This Sunday April 3rd, 11am - 3pm (or till food runs out)
$7-$12 Sliding scale
Guest chef Josh Plotkin
DJ Afternoon
All proceeds will help fund the Storefront Window Gallery!!!


BECOME A PERSON OF THE PALACE!
NEW MEMBER OPENING IN JULY

Seeking experimental feminist with projects in need of a space for getting things done! Preferably things that will make use of our facilities: LEGAL live/work space! screen printing shop, letterpress, animation stand, music rehearsal room, wood shop, large shared space for building bigger projects, library.  Members are also 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, but we are open to people with short, medium, or long term interest. The room will be opening up in July-- if you are interested getting in touch sooner than later would be better! Send an e-mail to us at dirtpalace@yahoo.com 


ALSO !! SUBLET OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE!!
Interested in subletting/being an artist in residence at the Dirt Palace
for the month of July?!?
Email iadorepippi at gmail dot com for details!!!!




May 21st has been set as a date for the memorial that we will be holding for Louise Butler DeCurtis who passed away last fall. We are hoping to get the word out to her old friends near and far, as well as compile as many photos and images of her work as possible. Please be in touch for more info, or if you'd like to help us with planning.


FEBRUARY WINDOW ARTIST: FRANCESCA CARUSO
True to February, I had been particularly stressed and sad leading up to and during the creation of this piece. I was reading Jorodowsky’s Manual of Psychomagic wherein he prescribes various rituals using a combination of psychoanalysis, tarot, and shamanic practices to help heal spiritual afflictions. It reads like a spellbook listing the problem followed by suggested remedies, starting with difficult relationships to one’s family, childhood, and core identity and branching out from there. I stopped on a ritual for the “devaluation of the female.” Jodorowsky briefly acknowledges the Freudian trope of the female inferiority complex then prescribes various things from walking around with gold coins in your vagina, to painting a self portrait with your menstrual blood on a white sheet and displaying it in a prominent area of the home for guests to see. On every level the dirt palace was an ideal home. Normally averse to direct representation of myself, I was surprised by the alchemical truth I found in this exercise. Not only did I feel very proud of my portrait- I really wanted people to see it. The other half of the piece incorporated grid printed fabric and some snakes I had been playing with for weeks with no real enthusiasm or direction. It ended up a tribute to the multi dimensional and psychologically expansive nature of Jorodowsky’s films. 








*****UPDATES*****

Dirt Palace has a new member Sarah Rose Lejeune!!

SARAH ROSE LEJEUNE



Sarah rose is an (overly) nostalgic papermaker, printmaker and sculptor who recently moved back to providence, RI. she spends most of her time hiding, sewing, and writing letters. Sarah Rose is currently working with artist Joan Hall on a collaborative edition for Hand Papermaking Magazine’s twelfth limited edition portfolio project. More of SR’s work can be found at http://www.sarahroselejeune.com/.




XANDER MARRO


Xander has been making masks all summer, fall & winter and now for spring, you can see them! She'll be showing a selection at the Fuller Craft Museum as part of the showCounterCraft: Voices of the Indie Craft Community, curated by Faythe Levine. It opens May 7th and runs through July 10th.




DANIELLA BEN-BASSAT

Daniella is still working on her album.. She also made a bunch of t-shirts about musicals. If you like musicals or are interested in phantoms, cats, or characters named Cosette please click here: http://danbbass.storenvy.com
Jieun has been working on new stuff, filling orders, and writing some short fiction. Hopefully more on that next month!
Here is a photo of some newly finished custom ~*tiny*~ hair pieces (along side regular/non-custom ones) for ~*dolls*~ soon to be debuted in a hit NBC tv show… 


O has a page in merritt kopas' excellent anthology/chapbook INTERNET MURDER REVENGE FANTASY, now available for download at a-dire-fawn.itch.io/imrf !


RECTRIX PERFORMANCE
02.27.16

Photo by Joseph Mauro

Pippi Collaborated with Rebecca Mitchell this past Sunday
at the AS220 Black box for LUNA LOBA Parte Dos: For the Worm Moon








Nina's been learning that sometimes you just never know what's gonna happen next.  
Al went on a vacation from hell, but it was very beautiful.




***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


This month's hi-lite is the comix collection TWISTED SISTERS, edited by Diane Noomin...... a collection of underground cartoonists featuring some of the most powerful voices in the 90's comic scene including Phoebe Gloeckner, Julie Doucet and Krystine Kryttre (whose work is shown below!)