It is with much sadness in our hearts that we report the loss of our beloved friend, former Dirt Palace member, and brilliant artist Louise DeCurtis. Her rebellious spirit and scintillating sense of humor will be sorely missed. Louise's irreverent Shit Talker zines are some of our libraries most prized possessions (but don't just take our word for it that they are AMAZING, they also exist in the MOMA's collection and are featured in MOMA's historical compendium of women artists - MODERN WOMEN). It was an honor to have known her and to belong to her Sisterhood of the Snake. Our love goes out to all of Louise's friends and family. This spring we plan to have a memorial ceremony for Louise at the Dirt Palace in conjunction with the creation of a permanent installation based on her art work. We don't have a date set in stone, so if you'd like to participate but need to plan travel in advance, please be in touch. In the meantime we are trying to compile as many images of her work as we possible so that we can archive her legacy on the web. Do you have any of Louise's work (Paintings, photographs, zines, writing, flyers, drawings, etc)? If you do, we'd love to get a digital image for our archive. Please send any images to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mimi Chrzanowski physically works in Providence, Rhode Island, but mentally works in a pink-dolphin-shaped submarine with a crew of cute demons. Her installation, Pink Bull, makes public the most popular energy drink enjoyed in the paradise of hell aka Babytown. Read Babytown and other comics at Mimi's website --- http://bbytown.tumblr.com
Ongoing collaborative installation from Dirt Palace members Alison Nitkiewicz and Pippi Zornoza (PANZ) is now in the AS220 women’s bathroom.
December = Days of Masks nights of quilts, afternoons mailing stuff at the post office.
“We don't know muchabout Masks in this culture, partly because the church sees the Mask as pagan, and tries to suppress it wherever it has the power (the Vatican has a museum full of Masks confiscated from the 'natives'), but also because this culture is usually hostile to trance states. We distrust spontaneity and try to replace it with reason” - Keith Johnstone Impro
Winter as one long spontaneous performance mostly indoors. But keep me making the walk to the post office by ordering some stuff! 50 Lampshades of Grey won't last long, and last year's Trouble anthology makes an awesome gift. Some prints, tee-shirts, masks are available at my store through the mail, but most everything on my web-site (posters, dolls etc) can likely be bought – just inquire. Always open to trades, deals, offers of useful services and cold cash discounts for stuff bought direct outta the studio.
PS – "in progress" quilt pictured above features patches by past dirt pals Sam Merit and Mickey Z check out their rad shops too!
She also has some new items in her webstore. If you have always wanted something that says "TAKE MY IDENTITY....PLEASE", "THIS 'TUDE SHALL PASS", or "FEAR IS THE MIND KILLER" hop on over to Club Darnell. Use discount code "SPOONEMS" for free local delivery.
is spending December at MASS MoCA, where she is an artist in
residence at the Assets for Artists studios. So far she has been
making a mess playing with sequins and listening to lots of
apologetic pop songs.
5 years of working on the project, the Dirt Palace Facade is finally
installed! Thank you to One Neighborhood Builders and Chris
Ackley, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Winton
Bell Gallery and Nathaniel Walker, Erika Tazberik, Melanie
Bohrer, Sabina Matos, the Department of Art Culture and Tourism,
LISC and Citizens Bank's Growing Communities Fund, the Rhode
Island Foundation, NEFA, Rhode Island Housing Corporation, Sam
Hogg, Meredith Younger, Doug Borkman, Will Reeves, Shauna Duffy, and
everyone at the Dirt Palace. Without your support, this project could
have never happened.
PANZ finished their ongoing installation in the AS220 womens’ bathroom.
RECTRIX goes into the studio to record this month
is contributing a page to merritt kopas' surgery fundraiser
MURDER REVENGE FANTASY, a
collaborative poem-comic about growing up on the internet. It's a
super exciting project and all proceeds go to an great cause. merritt
also has a bunch of other exciting donation perks (including custom
art, sex toys, and other freaky surprises) listed at MERRITT.HELP
the dirt palace is a feminist art collective located in the olneyville neighborhood of providence, rhode island. visit http://dirtpalace.org for more info! also: subscribe to our mailing list (only 1-2 mailings per month) also: buy zines and comics et cetera from our ETSY STORE!!!!!!!