Tuesday, September 15, 2009

lose #1

today in our mailbox we got michael deforge's 24 pg b&w masterpiece, a copy of which he so kindly donated to our library!! i don't even know what its about. actually i kind of know what its about, its an epic story about a tiny man who has to go to hell and has several darkly humorous and/or mildly depressing interactions with multiple melting once-adorable characters, speckled between vignettes illustrating the super-real misery of the justice league america & friends. presumably to achieve freedom, our tiny man hero must reach the drooly eyeless pinnacle of mt. ABANDON. it's sort of like looking in a mirror.
deforge draws minute brilliance in the form of tiny triangles, cirlces, an abundance of sweat and details detail that most others would find irrelevant. he's also totally mastered comics in black and white, which i feel like is an often underrated achievement these days and uses a computer in a way that might spark the question "really? he uses a computer?".
additonally, despite a slew cameos by famous cartoon characters such as bullwinkle, homer simpson, dottie or whatever, garfield, mr fantastic, the waitress from that strip about the lawyer bird and the entirety of the JLA including totally wasted batman, never does the suspension of disbelief falter and never do you feel like deforge has made a comic that is anything but his own.
also, can we just talk about 'dogs in college'? i don't even know. so charming. i like that deforge draws great comics so i don't have to.
there are more pictures below! if you want your own copy you can PAYPAL michael.deforge(at)gmail(dot)com $5 plus $1.50 shipping to north american or $3 overseas published 2009 by koyama press
ADDITIONALLY if you want to be cool just like mike deforge, you can donate your comic or zine or book or whatever to the dirt palace library collection and maybe i'll blog about it like a total blog nerd!!! mail to: dirt palace, 14 olneyville sq. providence ri 02909 u.s.a.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

dirty cheap yard sale!

hello! this sunday, september 13th we're having some semblance of yard sale from NOON-4PM on our 'front porch' next to the art window (which has some new stuff in it byyy the way) facing olneyville square.

the yardsale will feature exotic goods from distant lands such as:
  • functioning pump organ (mysterious!)
  • homemade vegan muffins
  • giant 18-ft sturdy-as-a-mountain wooden ladder
  • a inkjet printer (that needs a USB cord and color ink cartridge)
  • fancy photo paper (color or b&w? who can say! 18x24?)
  • handmade furniture
  • outrageous wood stove
  • books? i would assume? all yard sales have books
  • preserved blood from a variety of authentic vestal virgins
  • one million hats with various debateably "ironic" logos
  • aaaand frog
stop by on your way back from the speedway!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

August Window: Erik Ruin

"Featuring the first of a series of an open-edition lending library of large banners on the theme of liberation to be made to various causes, events and monuments, Ruin's hope is to evolve/construct a set of images that reflects not only ongoing liberation movements but also more personal methods and movements of liberation - in the sense of individual escape from societal structures and pressures."

updating our mailing list!

It's true. I'm collecting addresses for the DP so we can mail you one measly postcard a month informing you about our fabulous window artist. Please send email addresses to dirtpalace@yahoo.com You're spectacular!


human beast is the nicest band!!! it's like noise/distortion/pop/jam, sort of like distant electrical storm--- catchy (but not nagging!), fun to watch but not because of novelty-- also with girlscreams, wonderful singing and vibrating static. maralie plays the microphone and eli plays the tiny twisty thing that's electronic while stretching. sometimes maralie takes off her blank face and has totally freaky white eyeshadow on, and then i suddenly feel like i'm too close and try and back up (in a good way) but there's a pole behind me so i can't. maralie is like a tiny rapper who doesn't rap and eli is like the best kind of pink gumbie if gumbie was less boring (and wasn't wearing flared pants). anyway currently human beast is on tiny tour! i love to see them so this is great, because other people can see too.
here they go!!!:
SEPT 8 Kansas City, MO.. crossroads info shop
SEPT 9 Iowa City, IA…… tba
SEPT 10 Bloomington, IN.. Rachel’s cafe w\ Universe
SEPT 11 Columbus, OH…. help help!!!
SEPT 12 Pittsburg, PA….. generator show
SEPT 14 W. MASS………. inquire
additionally, the best part about this post is you can download their album soft and removable without feeling like a sketchy internet thief cuz they posted it themselves!! i dunno which one is my favorite favorite track but i really like oignons and i wanna hurt!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

weird shit we have in our library part 2

godzilla file!!!!! yeah!!!!! it's an 11x17 folder with sixteen or something 11x17 glossy b&w prints of drawings by (possibly) north american artists of godzilla! published by dark horse comics in 1988
featuring work by: arthur adams, paul chadwick, doug widley, mark badger, cynthia martin, alan moore, bill wray, hilary barta, ryan brown, kevin eastman, peter laird, steve lavigne, steve bissette, michael dooney, eric talkbot and jim lawson
sorry for the wicked crappy photos

besides the folder cover, this one by cynthia martin is totally my favorite:

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

weird shit we have in our library part 1

judex by judex? plus noise-core cd. 5 color silkscreen book printed by le dernier cri, hyper surrealist french realist screenprinters. not that weird i guess. kind of though.

july window "safety school"

"safety school" by william and joe buzzell, june/july 2009
"William and Joseph Buzzell transform the front window of the Dirt Palace into a 'Safety School'. The installation focuses on presenting information about the plethora of city run and non profit programs, ad campaigns and initiatives designed to help the citizens of Providence."
here are some photos:

go here to see more photos of this window: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dirtpalace/tags/willandjoe/


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