Check it out!! The Dirt Palace has a new website at long last! Along with images from 15 years of window installations and bios of past and current members, we now also have galleries of the space and archives galore!! Do you have photos or ephemera that you think would be cool to add to the mix? Send it our way!! We're getting organized! www.dirtpalace.org
ALEX HAMMONDlives and works in Brooklyn, New York and is currently working on her MFA in SVA’s Art Practice department. Her work investigates the construction of grand narratives and utopic visions, their uses and hazards. Hammond grew up in California’s Sacramento Valley, a region defined culturally and economically by back-to-the-land hippies, corporate agribusiness, biotechnology and urban sprawl. After spending years in San Francisco, Hammond became fascinated by the dominant language of hypercapitalist technology culture, its rhetoric of redemption through profit. She was obsessed by the fact that this self-proclaimed cloud-based culture of app-development and megaservers actually was located somewhere, and that that somewhere was California, the historic land of milk, honey and boom and bust economics.
The Walliecamp Fortune Factory installation employs verbal and visual imagery of the desert landscape of the American West, a site inscribed with myths of heroic freedom, masculinity, and self-reliance as well as histories of genocide, exploitation and ecological crisis. Hammond uses this imagery to investigate constructions of the American Dream as it relates to labor, wealth, technology and quests for spiritual enlightenment. In other words: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
A site-modified presentation of the Walliecamp Fortune Factory was installed at the Dirt Palace for January of 2015. Window text enumerated "facts and fantasies" regarding the economics of American life in the 21st century. Windows were painted with the following texts:
A modular epic landscape that inspires in spite of architecture… imagine:
MICHAEL MENCHACA's work is heavily informed by his background. As the child of two Mexican immigrants, his work reflects a desire to bridge his Latin roots and contemporary American culture. His chosen medium, printmaking, lends to the history of art and language in Mexican-American culture, and his work continues to be an exploration of the iconography and symbology of Pre-Columbian civilizations.
Menchaca’s work is an allegory that re-imagines the history of the Americas. He presents metaphors of contemporary social issues with a uniquely pre-Hispanic visual vocabulary. His symbols and motifs harken to those of ancient South American culture specifically; however, his imagery speaks widely to human communication and history.
Rachel adopted her first puppy in February of 2015. This new companionship is filling a number of emotional voids for Rachel. Rachel spends a lot of time smiling now. Rachel is finally Perfectly Happy.
MONTHLY PICTORIAL TREAT FROM THE DUSTY SHELVES OF THE DIRT PALACE
FURTHERING THE QUEST TO SPREAD FUN LIKE GIN AND JUICE, MOSTLY GIN
New Book about the epic and revolutionary Bookmobile project! This book came as a surprise gift to us in the mail. Is there anything better than getting surprise books in the mail? The answer is no. There is actually nothing better. After melting with joy, we did a little investigation and figured out that our pal Coral Short was part of how this book found it's way to our shelf. Thanks Coral!!!
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