Friday, April 6, 2018

April 2018 Bubbles and Rubble

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APRIL 2018

People have been asking – When are we going to have another workday at the Wedding Cake House? Well... now that it is spring ?!? (Is it?), we are aim to please! If you have an interest in coming over and lending a hand with physical labor, we're ready to take you up on it! Skip the gym & come and help us move bags of rubble to the dumpster, or move the “infamous” holly and thistle steam radiator to the 2nd floor. Still have a chill? Warm up by steaming off wallpaper

We'll likely have about 3 tons of bagged plaster rubble (150 ready to go 40ish pound bags) to move into a dumpster & many hands will make much lighter work of this! There will also be other jobs for people without the need for heavy lifting!

We'll get started at 2:00 pm, and start wrapping up and making bubbly cocktails and mocktails at around 5pm. The amazing Lucie Searle will once again grace us with her fantastic cooking. If you can RSVP and let us know if and when you're coming that would be great!! e-mail us at

If you have work gloves, wear em! We'll have dust masks, hand wipes, and tools on hand.
Interested in learning more about the Wedding Cake House project? You can find that info HERE
or --- follow our blog about work on the house HERE
or follow us on instagram @weddingcakehouse_renovations


"You can ride a horse
Some horses don't want to be ridden
Some horses don't want to be ridden sometimes"

Born in Portland, Oregon and living and working in Providence, Rhode Island for the past 7 years, I am often reenacting the longing for and migration towards The mythic West. Using textiles and detailed pencil drawings, the window collages together imagery of a glamorized western ideal and aims to create an ungrounded atmosphere of compartmentalization and control.
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Vanessa Gilbert is
 a creative producer, interdisciplinary artist, and educator from Providence, RI who works with humans, objects, and digital media. She makes, produces, and directs performance works of varying scales, from miniature puppet theatre to multi-day performance festivals and opera. In 17 years with Perishable Theatre, Vanessa honed her curating skills founding both Blood from a Turnip-RI’s only late night puppet salon- and the Resident Artist at Perishable Theatre program. She has developed and taught classes in theatre history, theatre for social change, directing and producing for learners of all ages. Vanessa is a proud member of the Magdalena Project, an international network for women in contemporary theatre and she instigated Magdalena USA, a seven-day festival of workshops and performances with artists from around the world. Her work has been featured at Perishable Theatre, the HERE Arts Center, The Castle of Imagination Festival (Ustka and Gdansk, Poland,) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, among others. She received her MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College in May 2015.

Rectrix - Pro Arts Gallery - Oakland , CA 3/24/18
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RECTRIX just got back from touring the west coast with House Red and is performing at the Ende Tymes festival this weekend
in Brooklyn at Silent Barn

And with HIDE, Gyna Bootleg, and YU/F at Psychic Readings 4/11/2018

I’ve been actively trying to break this curse that was put on me in 2014, when I was traveling and reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Regrettably, it was the only book I brought with me, and I blazed through it, until I reached the final chapter, which I decided to save for my flight home. Big mistake. In case you haven’t read it, the “curse” is a major theme in the book. I got food poisoning and slept for the entire 24 hour flight. I haven’t been able to complete a book since then. I think I need that exact copy back, MJR!!!! 

Besides my literacy struggle, I’ve been diving deep into self-exploration—experimenting with sewing, painting, and performance. For Maren’s show opening in February (also Lunar New Year!), I did a performance piece titled, "frontiers of love," about a buncha things: most importantly, my place within the Diaspora and proximity to whiteness. Made a piñata for Pisces season (see above). And in March was included in the Sweater Show at Trade Pop Up with a painted “sweater." 

This summer is the stage for my up-and-coming collaborative projects, yet to be announced in detail ;). Sometimes a rando airdrops you a Beesechurger and you must accept! (This actually happened to me...)

Daniella has been painting.
Also recently played a show with an optical tremolo and two guitars (Thank you for footage):
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*****ADDITIONALLY****, she is subletting her downstairs studio! 6x8 foot workspace expandable to 8x8 with access to larger common space for bigger projects. Storage space, wood shop, potential access to printmaking facilities. 125$ a month for a 3-4 month lease (flexible here). E-mail for more info!

Maren makes a bittersweet departure this month-- "feeling filled up by a year at DP and grateful for the time and space allowed to heal grow learn etc etc etc." She's heading to the gold country region of California to get closer to home and try something different. 
You can buy some of her older drawings, t-shirts, furniture, clothing, tchotchkes, art supplies, etc at a Yard Sale of sorts at Dirt Palace, Sunday, April 8th from 3pm-6pm. Bring your $
Maren currently has artwork installed in the Dirt Palace Window, learn more above :) 

If you will miss her too much you can follow on IG @puddlleofmud (two L's there) or come visit me in CA.

I'm on tour for the month of April with Japanese Breakfast which is boring news beyond that i'm writing a new book, working on a video to project during performances so people can stop looking at me, loosely planning a tour of my own. Cheez its and red bull for breakfast. Someone teach me drums 203-615-1795

Also my book 'A Stick With A Rock On It' is now stocked at Ada books, please go buy it there's a poster included
Waiting for something to live on the branches aside from the plastic bags. Seriously, when the flowers pop, going to spend a whole day smelling them. Please dear sky, give us a spring day! 


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Dirt Palace is looking for new Artist in Residence Members May and June

The Dirt Palace is a self organized collective that supports women artists by providing affordable studio space, facilities, shared resources, opportunities and a culture of cooperation. The Dirt Palace is trans-inclusive, strives to be accountable and to work intersectionally.

Seeking experimental feminist with projects that will make use of our current facilities: Legal live/work space with: screen printing shop, letterpress, animation stand, music rehearsal room, wood shop, large shared space for building bigger projects, and library.

Members are expected to attend weekly meetings, monthly work days, do regular chores, keep the kitchen clean, and take a leadership role over running some aspect of the collective project vaguely falling under the conceptual roof of “The Dirt Palace”. If you are interested, all of this (and more!) will be explained in our epic 20 page document called “the Occupancy and Consciousness Agreement” that we will e-mail you upon request. Residencies at the Dirt Palace average about 24 months. We are looking for a commitment of at least a year minimum.

Rent and expenses end up breaking down to about $430 - $450/month:
Rent - $295/month
Heat - $60/month (paid all year round)
Electric - $57 - $69/month (varies)
Internet - $13/month
Sundries - $10/month (TP, dish soap,etc)
Parking is included.

If you would like to learn more contact us at dirtpalace @ yahoo dot com


I’ve always seen my creative practice as a lifestyle to me, I make art that expresses the complexity of my life experiences
. Art gives me a serenity that more materialistic pursuits cannot satisfy. When I make art, I create everything purely from the heart. Art is everything to me, it’s so surreal from my point of view.  I consider myself an abstract artist, but I am always eager to explore new techniques and ways of making. I have produced painting, silkscreen, fashion, sculpture, & much mo


Maren is preparing work for her show Safety Orange, opening Saturday February 17th, 2018 at Machines With Magnets. The opening includes performances by good locals Dana Heng (Dirt Palace Member), Early (Emily) Shinada, and Russian Tsarlag--EARLY from 6-9pm so get there early! $8 suggested donation. 
Maren will also have some drawings in an art show, New Romance, which opens in Providence on February 10th at The Steeple, 317 Friendship St, 5-9pm. 

Please attend !

"Cherry on Bottom" -Maren Jensen
Dana is preparing to host the second annual Providence Pizza Week (One Night Only!) at the end of this week. She’s also getting ready for a performance at Maren’s gallery opening at Machines with Magnets this February, and working on a piece for the “Sweater Show” at Trade Pop Up in March. In January, Dana was in Mexico City and saw some smooth piñatas (see above)—a huge source of inspiration for the next piñata that will debut at Runnin' Thru The 401's Pisces dance party at MWM. She just “really” got “into” tea—mostly the drink, but also the gossip. Be careful, she might subtweet you lol!


Daniella been making paintings and watching Ozzy Osbourne music videos. Recently bought a mouse pad from Megan, and will also have work in "New Romance" - flyer below. Soon she is going to Florida to see a manatee.




Megan's been making elf hats and playing dress-up. Thinking about the dress a lot. Went to beavertail one day and it was nice. Just ordered some more mouse pads, email her for one (

I found out if you go to the third floor of nordstrom's in the providence place mall and go to the back right corner there are these really beautiful tiles all over the floor made by children that are mainly ocean themed. it's in front of a cafe that looks so large as to likely be a portal to another dimension, i can't be sure. the whole area is very magical

She'll be on tour with Girlpool for the month of February send her your blessing and catch her back at ny olneyville system in march xo

If you go to the RISD museum you can pick up a guide to some of Xander's favorite things in their collection. You might have to ask for it though, because they keep it behind the desk, so that the sight of Lynda Benglis with a weird knotty phallus won't damage any young eyeballs.
Might you happen to be in Berlin around Valentine's day? Come see X and this show on the 15th. And then there will be a show at the end of the month here

Work in progress......
Rectrix @ Flywheel Easthampton MA 4/29/17
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Year End and Around the Bend

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Keri King is a multi-disciplinary artist with roots in Providence, RI whose large-scale public art installations have been featured at Providence Public Library (2017), the Pawtucket Arts Festival (2017), PVDFest (2016) and Providence Art Windows (2015). Her work around space and narratives has recently expanded to include scenic design for Olneyville-based theatre company, the Wilbury Group. Keri is a current artist-in-residence at AS220. She enjoys teaching Integrated Arts to students K-8 at the Wolf School, and has moonlighted as a guest speaker at Brown University, Bryant University and the RISD Museum.
    When I first began preparing for this install, it was spring and my original renderings were colorful, the tone of the work lighter. But, by this moment in 2017, those plans felt out of step with the state of the world and my own internal rhythms, so I made a decision to shelf them and leaned into a palpable need to draw from a place more contemplative and with bite.
    Each of the 2 featured panels started as a small-scale collage. As I chopped and resized and shuffled my Victorian-era source materials ..fantastically fragile women fainting and scarlet women shunned, passive nudes in ethereal landscapes... I thought about my history as a woman and the recurrence of having my body elevated by men and my voice - my creativity, intellect, emotions, financial agency - repeatedly diminished and stifled. It's happened in my journey to be recognized as a professional artist; in battles with bitter landlords and lecherous bosses; and especially in my romantic partnerships... This deceptively simple kneeling figure was able to hold a spectrum of experience for me and helped me to express a complex, quiet, and excruciating feeling. I didn't want to leave her alone in a window, though. It felt problematic and I had this sense of responsibility to her. So I created the image of a man, being lifted by the cool and examining feminine hand, muffled by a lacy handkerchief. Not without humor and it's own contradictions - presenting him there as an emotional counterweight balanced the piece, and was genuinely cathartic.
    I am grateful to the Dirt Palace as a space where it was safe for me to try some new things and spend a few days working out my relationship with new materials, primarily of light, and unpack new narrative content. And I am pretty psyched to share this work at an empowering feminist space and radical arts institution in our city.
    Untitled Diptych, 2017
    collage reproduced on backlit film with led lights and other materials including cardboard, paper, and fabric


    Tommi Parrish is an Australian cartoonist living in Montreal. They paint lonely pornographic teen drama’s. Tommi has books out with 2dcloudfantagraphic’s, perfectly acceptable pressand leylines.


    Girls Rock! Rhode Island
     is a volunteer-based non-profit that uses music creation and critical thinking to foster empowerment, collaborative relationships, and the development of healthy identities in girls, women, trans and gender non-conforming youth and adults. We envision a world in which gender and identity are assets, not limitations, and where girls and women actively claim their own strengths and expertise to pursue goals of their own design.
    Our signature program is Girls Rock Camp, where participants learn an instrument, form a band, write an original song and perform live in front of an audience in just five days. We run two Girls Rock Camps in the summer - one for middle schoolers and one for high schoolers.  Ladies Rock Camp is the same idea but for adults and over just three days. Registration is currently open for the next Ladies Rock Camp, happening March 16-18 at JamStage in Pawtucket!
    We moved into our new headquarters located at 769 Westminster Street in Providence a little over a year ago, which has enabled us to offer more year-round programming, including a free weekly music drop-in program and gender discussion group for youth. We're also able to offer more Group Music Lessons for youth and adults year-round. This winter we have classes in ukulele, drums, vocals, keyboard, guitar and bass! Register by January 15th!

    This installation was designed by two teen Girls Rock Camp alums, Tessa and Zhania, who have both also participated in our GRIT (Girls Rock Internship and Training) program, serving as mentors and leaders at the younger camp. They chose "UNIFY" and "SUPPORT" from our organizational values to represent their experience as campers:

    Music as a Force for Change
    We focus on music’s ability to mobilize, unify, and invigorate people to create social change. Music is a powerful tool that connects individual expression to collective thoughts, emotions, and actions.  Creating music within a band requires not only collaboration, respect, and support, but also individual effort, skill building, and expression.  Our goal is to use music’s unifying force to empower individuals and communities to join together and create positive change for themselves and for society as a whole.
    Do it Yourself!  Do it Together!
    We believe in the do-it-yourself spirit that empowers individuals to act and create on their own.  We also believe that we are stronger together.  The process of creation and self-expression develops personal ownership and self-efficacy, which are transferable life skills that need not be fostered in isolation.  We share skills and learn from each other in a safe, supportive, intergenerational environment in which positive modeling, room for experimentation, and feedback are valued.
    The posters on the left are a small sampling of the incredible artwork made over the years by volunteers for our Girls Rock Camps and Ladies Rock Camps (including Alison Nitkiewicz, Kevin Czap, Julia Gualtieri, Kendra Plumley, and Jennifer Hrabota Lesser).
    The coloring book pages on the right are from the Women Who Rock Coloring Book Vol. 2, published by Girls Rock! Rhode Island, featuring 30 pages of hand drawn illustrations by artists and music fans.
    We are always looking for volunteers for both year-round and camp programming, as well as donations of both cash and music gear. If you are interested in volunteering or donating, visit our website: http:
    Contact us at or 401-443-2869
    Did you know that Dirt Palace has a not-for-profit component named Dirt Palace Public Projects (DPPP)? To learn more about the DPPP board of Directors, go here. Dirt Palace Public Projects has got a bunch of exciting things coming down the pike. Here are links for more information: To learn more about our upcoming Wedding Cake House project go hereor follow our blog to keep up to date on breaking news!



    SL is subletting at DP for a month! 

    A book, I LOVE YOU (Retrofit) is almost done. It's three stories - two previously published, one, no guarantees attached.

    She'll also have a mini coming out next month from Birdcage Bottom, PICTURES OF BANANAS AND FUNNY BUGS.

    Links to prints and other books are all at and all originals are for sale. Contact or @slautow on IG

    Dana has entered The Zone, which is her brainstorming period. It's a parking lot in the desert at dusk. It includes lots of sketching, Tweeted thoughts (#LogLog-ing), perfecting her pastry, reality TV, and extreme organization of objects in the spaces she inhabits. Check her insta for process/updates, and click on her header name for a link to her not-really-up-to-date portfolio. New website in the works for the new year! And now here's a selfie w/ a handmade holiday pillow...can be made to for deets.


    O has been cooking up some weird new 1's for the new year- follow them on instagram or check out the webstore for future updates!

    Drawing ladies straining to kiss lamb tails
    Rectrix performed at the Boston Hassle's new space – the Dorchester Arts Project
    with Suicide Magnets. Thanks to Omari Spears for taking this great pic
    Upcoming performances will be with KTB, Suicide Magnets, and Craow at the Funky Jungle February 4th and a West Coast tour with House Red in March
    Megan is home after traveling for the past few months and is writing poetry about the new family dollar outside their bedroom window. Friendly reminder you can sign up for their newsletter here

    They had a poetry chapbook released in September by TXTbooks called A Stick With a Rock On It that you can buy here or available locally by asking them irl / emailing them at There will also be copies available at Ada books in the near future :')

    PROFESSIONALLY they are starting an amazing cool job at an artist management company called Citrine Management and are finally making their job dreams come true :')


    **Daniella is subletting her downstairs studio! 6x8 foot workspace expandable to 8x8 with access to larger common space for bigger projects. Storage space, woodshop, access to printmaking facilities. 125$ a month for a 4-6 month lease. E-mail for more info!**

    She has also been making shirts...(see above and below)

    Maren is spending some weeks in Oregon and California while making new work for a show at Machines with Magnets opening on February 17, 2018.

    She currently has some marker and pencil drawings for sale. Contact or direct message on instagram @puddlleofmud 
    see you in january!

    Getting into winter. Drawings with ink. Plotting resolutions for possible revolutions. Fan art for literary works. Binge reading. Frost heaving old ideas onto the pyre. Who's sending me these mystery post-cards?  looking forward to new pen pals for regular correspondence and/or noncommittal love-letters.


    Before you make all kinds of resolutions about going to the gym check out this book about "anti-exercise". 2018 THE BODY HAS ITS REASONS!!! "In our fragmentary vision of the body, we see only the symptoms - a bad back, a round stomach, muscles that ache after sports, awkward coordination, unsatisfactory sex. And we try to attack the symptoms through traditional exercises with force the body to act against itself, as if it were an animal to be tamed. The the body does not need to be educated; it needs to be liberated"