RHODE ISLAND INDEPENDENT PRESS EXPO A festival celebrating comics, books & zines!
PROVIDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY & AS220 150 EMPIRE ST. / 115 EMPIRE ST.
SEPTEMBER 24 & 25 SATURDAY 11-4 / SUNDAY 12-5
RIPExpo is celebrating its exciting third year! Xander Marro is a Special Guest at this year's RIPExpo and will be tabling with an exciting new anthology (more on that later in the digest....) Club Darnell and O Corp. will also be tabling.....
Quintín Rivera Toro was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico in 1978. He holds a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Hunter College, New York - 2001; B.A. in Communications and Film Studies, from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras - 2007; and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island - 2013. He is currently working remotely towards his Ph.D. degree in the Universitat Politécnica de Valencia, in Spain.
He has been awarded the German DAAD travel grant; A full fellowship for the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, Vermont; A studies grant from the National Academy of Design in New York City; He has been an artist in residence at the Ox Bow School of Art, S.A.I.C., in Saugatuck, Michigan; An intern at the Chinati Museum in Marfa, Texas; Has studied with the Escuela Internacional de Teatro de América Latina y el Caribe (E.I.T.A.L.C.) in Cuernavaca, Mexico; He was awarded an Achievement Scholarship from the Transart Institute in Berlin, Germany. An Individual Artist Grant as well as a New Genres Fellowshipfrom the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts. He received a Sylvia Leslie Young Herman Scholarship Award and Academic Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design. The New York Times has called Quintín's work "Striking Contemporary Art" and was selected for Refinery 29 's "Top 10 list of rising NYC art stars" curated by Casey Fremont.
Quintín is an adjunct Professor in the Art Department of the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras, and from 2017-2019 he will be an artist in residence at the University of El Turabo, in Gurabo Puerto Rico.
Quintín Rivera Toro Installation in Dirt Palace Storefront Window
The ghost of the Dirt Palace haunted me since I moved to Providence in the goddam bitter cold of March 2010. As I scavenged for an art community, learning about AS 220, the RISD Sphere and the the rest of the “real” art world, the allure of a bottom up, exclusive, anarcho-feminist art space triggered my imagination in many real ways. As I rode the bus with my toddler daughter to the Empire branch public library, friends who had belonged to this art space before, told me their stories. Freezing fingers while printmaking. Crazy noise bands. Thunderbolt. It all fed my brain with an unknown world for me, which I then came to understand in some ways, years after leaving Providence. This was the punk scene, punk life, punk history, with its rich tradition of social protestation and anti institutional ways.
The opportunity to connect with the Dirt Palace, reference through this installation the musical feminist traditions, and a even deeper layer, the local spanish speaking community, all became synthesised in these two words: Oh Sombra! (Oh Shadow!), a song performed by the early rock punk feminist band from England, Electrolane. The spanish sung sonnet references the work of Juan Boscán a spaniard poet from the XVI century, who writes in a very romantic and pensive manner on the subject of dreams. Dreams such as the ones that accompanied me during my four years of Providence life, with the idea of belonging, same as many of the immigrants, locals and artists who transit Olneyville in search of art action and night life.
I fell in love with this song since I listened to it. I was introduced to it via a mix tape from a cherished fellow artist, who showed me the ways of punk music, its ethics and most of all its beauty. To this private person, this public piece is dedicated, and am forever influenced for the knowledge this brought to my life.
Finally, a BIG THANK YOU to another fellow artist, Ms. Xander Marro, for visiting Puerto Rico and spending the time to share art worlds, for inviting me to participate in the amazing Dirt Palace, central to Providence history, and for her lead by example style of leadership. Lead on Xander. You are gold punk.
Here is the incredible sonnet:
Como aquel que en soñar gusto recibe,
Su gusto procediendo de locura,
Así el imaginar con su figura vanamente su gozo en mí concibe.
Otro bien en mí, triste, no se escribe,
Si no es aquel que en mi pensar procura;
De cuanto ha sido hecho en mi ventura
Lo sólo imaginado es lo que vive.
Teme mi corazón de ir adelante,
Viendo estar su dolor puesto en celada;
Que así revuelve atrás en un instante a contemplar su gloria ya pasada.
TrY CAPS is a community based youth program located in the Olneyville section of Providence that exposes youths to art and culture. TRY CAPS mission is to provide arts experiences to a diverse group of youth, encourage leadership and problem solving skills; through the use of mentors, apprentice and real life experiences.
This year the members of the Try Caps 4-H Club decided they wanted to help their community by learning more about homelessness and trying to find a way to help people who are homeless. Their installation in the Dirt Palace window will reflect the past 9 months of their research and work.
The above poster titled Wallpaper for your Secret Macrame Detective Agency Black-light Room where you will look into the Future with Jodorowsky is a repeat design for the wallpaper show - which is an epic & awesome celebration of the visions of so many amazing Providence Pattern lovers, guided by the generous and very patient hand of Taylor M. Polites - it's at 186 Carpenter - seriously, not to be missed!
In other news, see you at RIPE!!!!...Anyone want to come over and walk around in circles with me tonight (Monday). I'll be collating and drinking beer all night, and by all night I mean ALL night. I'll give you a copy of the new DMNS book Leaving, which I'm still too nervous about finishing (and superstitious) to release details about...but I swear that it's a comp of heavy hitters and you WILL want one!!!
Daniella will be revealing some breathtaking products at the RIPExpo. Also available will be the recently unavailable Lite Rock 105 double cassettes - featuring many minutes of genuine radio programming with some broadcast-ready covers interspersed throughout. Additionally, the four-piece band that she is in, Wex, will be performing at Puffer's Fest.
O will be at RIPExpo with some exciting new shi(r)t!!!!
New from O CORP available in HOTT NEON SALMON and RASPBERRY GALAXY bleach splatter
available for purchase at O HORVATH WEBSTORE local? wanna purchase online and pick up? use code "NEIGHBORS" for free shipping!
Nina spent a couple weeks down in NC as a studio assistant at the Penland School of Crafts, where she stitched a funhouse quiltscape with chase williwrm greene
Then she came back to town and had a show at the Wurks Gallery with Trina Powers to mark the completion of The Tenderness Project, a ten month long collaboration between the two that involved over sixty participants from places as close as lil rhody and as far as the Ukraine:
After that she had a solo show at AS220's Reading Room, There are so many holes to fill, which will be up until September 23rd.
Al is clinging onto summer as long as possible while also eagerly anticipating the splendor that is Fall in New England. She was the artist for Foo Fest in August, and got to design the poster, promotional materials and photobooth!
She is also starting to work on a new short film.
Her band, Milkmaid II, is attempting to release a split by the end of the month!
Sarah Rose is still at The Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, ever so far away from Providence. Right now she is working on a handmade paper production project for WSW, as well as her own works for upcoming shows in October and November. SR has been making metal and paper sculptures, sewing paper envelope quilts, and embroidering "lost socks." ((Look back at her website in the next couple of weeks to see some of these new works.)) The Hudson Valley is treating SR well, but she misses the Dirt Palace dearly!
Nieve is a performing artist and singer currently learning various forms of vocal expression. She is currently interested in collaborating with musicians with knowledge about experimental jazz music. Her work currently has been focused on transmisogyny, depression/mental illness, and male rape. She is working with other artists currently in Providence RI, where she has played at local venues over the past few years. She also recently sang in a part of a large piece by Pippi Zornoza at the Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn, NY.
Bridget is off to Europe for a couple months to play some shows with her pals Sam Slater and Wilted Woman/miss Eel and to work on the Bedroom Community 10 year anniversary show at Iceland Airwaves. She’ll be back home in November.
MONTHLY PICTORIAL TREAT FROM THE DUSTY SHELVES OF THE DIRT PALACE
FURTHERING THE QUEST TO SPREAD FUN LIKE GIN AND JUICE, MOSTLY GIN
This digest's hi-lite is Second Culture Press' gorgeous HERLAND/DIRT PALACE zine! Part of their BURN DOWN AFTER READING exhibition and zine series, SSecond Culture Press (based in Ireland) paired interviews with artists' collectives with works that inspire them. The selected text that accompanies the DP interview is a selection from Charlotte Perkins Gilman's futurist feminist fantasy HERLAND. This is a beautiful littel zine and is a part of a really exciting series which we'll have in our library for perusing and plotting over.............. come visit!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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...
NEW ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE AND SUMMER ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE AT THE DIRT PALACE !!
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.
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.")
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.
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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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