Thursday, December 26, 2013

December Digest

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The Dirt Palace is so saddened and heartbroken by the passing of two friends
Blake Soltys (left) and Joseph Buzzell (right).
Their presence as artists, musicians and friends will be missed.
Our hearts go out to friends and family.


Do you need health insurance?

The Dirt Palace will be hosting a health insurance info session by
Health Source RI

(deadline for signing up for January 1st coverage is December 23rd)
Wednesday December 11th 6pm
at the Dirt Palace

Come to the Dirt Palace on Wednesday, December 11th at 6pm to learn about your new health insurance options through HealthSource RI. The session will take about an hour. On HealthSource RI, single people can earn up to about $46,000 a year and get a tax credit to help them purchase health insurance. Single people earning under about $16,000 a year qualify for free health insurance. A family of four can earn up to $94,200 and get help paying for insurance too. We'll have a quick presentation and some computers so you can check out your options.
About the installation from Alison
"I create work that subverts normative ideas about femininity by re-contextualizing imagery in a way that is aggressively feminine.Feminine embodiment, queerness and objectification are major themes in my work. I question the boundary between attraction and fear. My work is a direct response to my experience as a queer person, to my objectification as a woman and to the damaging ideas and roles I have been fed by mass media and visual culture. For me, art-making is a way of navigating and publicly rejecting a world that continues to objectify and degrade women and their bodies.”
For the Dirt Palace window I created an illuminated shrine . Much of my work refers to stages or frames—places that seem to be intended for actions to happen within, to be penetrated and used for performance or display of objects. The storefront window gallery's placement within the context of such a busy intersection is coincidentally relevant to the content of my work. Not only was I able to construct a large-scale public work, but I unintentionally ended up having to install on a busy Saturday night, which meant that I was lit up and on stage for anyone passing by.  Installing the window was interesting because while I felt on display, I was also the one with agency over the display and was actively framing myself. By focusing on building “frames,” I hope to draw attention to the supporting structures and to the false concept of the void. Using the existing format of the window, I was able to create new architecture that was self-aware and intentionally public.
The installation consisted of CMYK screen prints on acetate, dried roses, fabric, string, foam board and nails.
The Dirt Palace wants to send a big thank you to everyone who was able to attend the most recent fundraiser,"Frankenbrunch." It was a sweet and delicious time, and your support will help the Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery continue to show art installations in Olneyville Square, thank you!
Extra special thanks to our guest chef Chris Mulligan. Chris made so many loaves of gluten free buckwheat bread and suordough from the Bread and Puppet starter. He also made a sweet apple pastry and kept the mood wonderful as DJ Rolls Beyonce! Thank you Chris for bringing it!


New tea towel design by Xander Marro headed to the Post Office real soon...Here's a quick pic from the drying rack! Bringing "dirty dish rag" to a new level (can you see the "dirty" hidden picture). Still looking for some gifts? Check out the Dirt Palace Tea Towel set on our Etsy
Get them all at once or give them as a gift that keeps giving for 2014***
Muffy locked herself in the silk screen studio for months, low flying in clouds of audiobooks and the entire 12 seasons of Cheers. Cheers is good company, but can make you feel weird when you're drinking alone while watching it.
The product of that labor is a new run of shirts and leggings for adults and kids.
check them out!
Enter code FREESHIPPING at checkout
Order by December 19th for Holiday arrival.
Next Saturday, December 14th she is selling at the Bust Holiday Craftacular in NYC, New York friends come say hi! The sale is from 10am to 7pm at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St at 6th Ave.
Sunday, December 15th she will be selling at New Urban Arts Cardboard Pancakes Holiday Sale.  The NUA sale is from 11 am to 4 pm at 705 Westminster St.
If you see something you like on Muffy's Etsy please feel free to send an email or call her at (401)374-5559. She gladly welcomes studio visits or local pickups for Holiday shopping.
She is really excited to liberate herself from the Groundhog Day of screen printing, and will be debuting lots of one of a kind items in 2014.
Wishing everyone Holidays full of joy you can't buy.

Jieun has been figuring out the ups and downs of production. Many new works in progress, including new jewelry designs and coming up: new Dirt Palace tea towel!
Here is a picture of her first show table at the Holiday Alumni Sale. Though her shop is in dire need of an update (check back in a week or two!) you can see her wares at Use coupon code DIRTDECEMBER for 10% off purchases of $50 or more, active until Jan 1, 2014.

Thea Ulrich spent much of November drawing, painting, starting a new job and then deciding to quit it.... 
Here is a painting from her new series:

Here is a photo of a cranberry bog that she took while she was at the cape for Thanksgiving:


After a busy month hosting final events at Building 16, Angela's taking a moment to breathe and organize her studio before launching into a new collaborative puppet show about the 1970 occupation of Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. To be perfromed with David Lamoso at Summer Street in January!


Alison did the Dirt Palace window for November. (see above)
The last weekend in November/first weekend of December, she deinstalled 3 art shows in 3 days, making her fresh out of art shows. She is looking for new opportunities, but in the meantime is working at a cafe/movie theater, burning xmas tree-scented candles and turning 23 on December 12th.
She also went to Canada for a weekend in November which was fun and cool. Here is a beautiful pic of the moon rising over Montreal.

For the past few months Xander has been working on a publishing project that's close enough to speak aloud about. As part of a book series that presents thematic collections of writing/pictures by visual artists/musicians/performers/people who have some affiliation with a broad and vaguely defined "world of art", she presents Witch Fingers. It's either a book of spells, or one big spell, or a book of fairy tales or one big fairy tale. As of yesterday it's printed, in boxes, and ready to be collated and bound. Contributors include: Christopher Forgues, Kate Schapira, Joanna Ruocco, Alison Nitkiewicz & Julia Moses, James Talbot Frain, Sussy Santana, Aaron Anderson, Carrie Collier, Mickey Zacchili, Shey Rivera-Rios, Polina Malikin, Sasha Wiseman, Anna Purna Himel Wagner, Olivia Horvath, and Liz Luisada. Are you someone who secretly likes to walk in circles and collate...tonight! tomorrow! text Xander (or respond to this e-mail), she'll feed you beer and/or chocolate. Want to buy this book? Keep your eyes on the Dirt Palace will be listed soon!
Also now that it's winter here is a quick movie about slaying (inner) demons in the snow.
Snow Thunder - Diana Joy
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From the forward: "Your House is Mine" is a collection of images and texts concerning the broad and essential issue of housing on the Lower East Side. The project is an implicit demonstration that art can function as a means of resistance. "Your House is Mine" took us four years to complete. The writers and artists included are all connected with various organizing groups which seek to curtail the excessive and abusive uses of private property.
1988-1992 Published 1993 by Bullet Space (20 years ago!!) in newsprint edition of 10,000

Saturday, December 7, 2013

November Digest

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Yes! that's right! what this over-blingeed (till the point of illegibility) flyer says is true!
This Sunday November 10th 10am-3pm

Come to our breakfast / fundraising event for the Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery!
With guest baker / DJ  - ROLLS BEYONCE
fine print
Dirt Palace presents....
Sunday November 10th, 10am - 3pm (or while supplies last)
$5 - $10 donation



October's Window artist was MUFFY BRANDT

Muffy was thrilled to have to opportunity to make the October installation at the Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery.
She loves Halloween and was really excited to make something fun for people passing through Olneyville Square, and hopes it read well in the view from school bus windows.
She went a little bonkers getting excited about screen printing.  Enjoying a break from printing on fabric for her business, Muffy decided to print her own perfectly vivid shade of neon orange and glow in the dark ink onto sheets of paper to use as the base for her designs.
Those sheets and some hologram paper mounted on boards were hand printed with a futuristic floor plane and posable skeletons.  Situated on a neon infinity the skeletons, large and small, were positioned in varying states of mischief, revelry, macabre, and gymnastics.
The whole installation was inspired by researching vintage Halloween decorations, masks, and costumes.  Ben Cooper, Collegeville, and Beistle google searches and a lot of Ebay coveting led to the desire to make what she couldn't afford.  Her love of costume and mischievous transformation came together with an innocent creepiness. 
Muffy hand painted different classic Halloween mask personae including: Vampire, Bat, Spider, Frankenstein, Cat, Medusa, Cyclops, Witch, Skeleton, and Devil.
The Halloween masks are available on tote bags and patches on her Etsy store
Stay spooky.




Angela has been nesting in her new room in the Dirt Palace and pretending her Ford Taurus is a truck by packing it full of enormous piles of cardboard, bamboo, and scrap fabric. As part of the Providence HONK! Festival (PRONK!) committee, she recently worked in collaboration with local artist/ parade-planner extraordinaire Beth Nixon (of Ramshackle Enterprises) on a RISCA-funded project matching local artists with community organizations to create large-scale visuals for the festival's parade. You can read a mostly-accurate article about the parade from the Providence Journal. Angela is also working with puppeteer Maryann Colella of The Badling Menagerie to create a cantastoria about 19th century Italian bandit Michelina de Cesare for the Boston Anarchist Bookfair, and is fine-tuning an original puppet show called Field Mouse Rides the Archipelago for the upcoming goodbye party for Olneyville mainstay Building 16.


Here is a snapshot of some of Jieun's recent small sculptures as installed in front of Pippi's beautiful wallpaper at the beginning of October at BCA.

Here they are in a box.
Jieun's been working away in studio getting ready to partake in her first craft show-- the RISD Holiday Alumni Sale on December 7th! Several new designs are in progress. Check out a selection of her pieces at
She will also be teaching a two week bookbinding course at AS220 beginning next week- sign up here!, here is Jieun dressed as the solar system.


Thea Ulrich spent most of October in Italy, wandering around sketching fountains, photographing the negative spaces between buildings, and admiring the footwear on ancient sculptures. 

She was sad not to be able to attend the opening of the Dirt Palace's show at the BCA in Boston, but her work is there through November - go and check it out! 



Alison is installing in the Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery for November. Expect more dead roses, CMYK silkscreened "stained glass" and string art. Been drying out these little babies for a few weeks. 

And here's another sneak peek: 

Muffy loves Halloween season,the only thing that makes it ok that Summer is just a dwindling memory.
She had a great time making a Greek Vase of Artemis with head holes cut out so visitors can take their picture in the scene.  It is part of the  Dirt Palace's room at the About, With & For exhibit at the BCA Mills Gallery.  Visitors have sent in pictures, but this is her favorite. 

She really loved printing all the parts of the Dirt Palace Store front window this month.  She had a great time researching and making and assortment of Vintage Halloween Masks, printed on bags and patches.  If you're still feeling spooky check out these ghouls

and use coupon code HAUNTME for free shipping thru Friday November 8. at
Hope your Halloween was Bat Shit CRAZEEE 



After casting a few spells in the spooky season, the new moon of November was all about nagging (mostly herself). Books inch closer to "real".  See you in December for a real report once some stuff gets finished! 


In between Masters work, facade project management, and watching Children of the Corn 1 - 9
Rectrix is creating a new album - Psycho Bitch as an homage to Bernard Herman

Eye Loop was screened at  the 3rd Annual MACABRE, HORROR, WEIRDO, FREAK short film screening at AS220

Eye Loop
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