Tuesday, June 19, 2018

May News

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DIRT

PALACE

MAY 2018

Dirt Palace has a sublet available June 1st for the month of June (and potentially July as well!) 

Legal live/work arts space with: screen printing shop, letterpress, animation stand, music rehearsal room, wood shop, large shared space for building bigger projects, and library. Rent with utilities included ends up being around $425. 

Contact dirtpalace at yahoo dot come if you're interested!

Dirt Palace is looking for a new Artist in Residence Member for July
 

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.


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 “TheDirt 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.

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.


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



 
 
MAY WINDOW ARTIST: Tony and Marina Balko
 
Party at the Dirt Palace!
Polystyrene Foam, Mirror, Rhinestones, Steel, Aluminum Wire, Tin, Acrylic Paint, Hydrocal, DC Motor, LED Pinspots

Dimensions Variable
Tony and Marina Balko        2018
Nothing says “party” like a bottle of wine… or a cluster of grapes. Get your Bacchanalia on with friends of the Dirt Palace, whose digits are placed forever out of reach in a jerk move of mythological proportions. Throw your hands in the air and wave 'em like you just don't care!

Marina and Tony Balko are artists, a married couple, and frequent collaborators.  Their relationship and work celebrate excessive consumption and general revelry, and the shit you have to deal with when you decide to live that way.





*****UPDATES*****


EVENT ALERT: NO WINE, MANY WOMEN, ONE SONG - STORIES OF THE WEDDING CAKE HOUSE


Our friends at PPS are organizing a lecture about the old days of the Wedding Cake House by the fantastic historian and story-teller Taylor Polites. Wed May 23rd 5:30-7pm at the Bell Street Chapel. Info here. We'll open up the house afterwards if you want to pop in and check out what's going on. Rumor has it that Joe DeGeorge will be doing a musical interlude that is a rendition of a song that was played at the house long ago (that's the one song).  Hopefully someone will record this! Want to record it? hit us up! Pic of Pippi & Xander wearing matching outfits looking like gargoyles working on the balcony roof by Sara Wintz who just happened to be driving by at that moment. 


 
JOSEPHINE DEVANBU
In my first few weeks here, the Dirt Palace –both the place and its people– have proven generous, unknowably vast, and rich in hard-won knowledge.
This may, I gave a a talk at Open Engagement, an artist led conference committed to furthering dialog and support for the emergent field of socially engaged art. For context, “socially engaged art,” or “social-practice art”, or their predecessor “relational aesthetics” are academic terms for art practices that engage real people, relationships, and systems– often outside the art world– as the medium in which the work of art exists.
Along with my collaborator Maia Chao, I presented on Look at Art. Get Paid., a work we’ve categorized as social practice that pays people who don’t normally visit art museums to visit one as a guest critic of the art and institution.
 
Caption: This is an image of our ad in RIPTA to find participants for our pilot program at the RISD Museum We hosted 42 guest critics each paid $75 for their time and insight.
By paying cash to visit mainstream art museums, Look at Art Get Paid. challenges the notion that art museums offer a universally valuable experience, calling out costs of entry that go beyond admission such as time directed from paid or domestic work, navigating cultural codes of a historically white institution, viewing one’s cultural through a western gaze (if at all) and investing in a space without knowing it is invested in you. The project aims to redirect funds to working class folks whose expertise and guidance is desperately needed in the movement to hold these institutions accountable. (see lookatartgetpaid.org to hear guest critic’s thoughts on the RISD Museum and to read more about the project).
Open Engagement made space for us to speak directly with artists, organizers, and cultural workers we’ve long admired about how Look at Art. Get Paid. can operate in solidarity with ongoing resistance to the white supremacist and colonial legacies that continue to shape even “progressive” art institutions from the board of trustees down. Thank you to the folks at Decolonize this Place, Museum Hue, and People’s Cultural Plan who took the time to talk with us!


This is O's last month at the Dirt Palace after two residencies and five fabulous years!!!! They're moving back to Baltimore to be a librarian, inherit at least two cats, and sweat it out in the subtropical weather. They will miss falling asleep on the dumpy library couches, "borrowing" roommates' nutritional yeast in the middle of the night, house karaoke outings, pumpkin-based collective dinners, spanking Baby the cat, interrupting during house meetings, swapping Wilhelm Reich facts, and everyone they've been lucky to share space with during their tenure. They'll be back 'cause they're too sentimental to stay away for long- in the meantime catch them on the ole' instagram, or freak twitter, or librarian twitter, or place some garbo plastic animals in a marylous cup and hum a stevie nicks song 2 summon them for a sec. Oh yeah, and come take away their stuff at YARD SALE SATURDAY MAY 26 10AM TIL WHENEVR. Love you guys so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



 

Here is a photo of me in my room (shot on a cellphone). I’m currently taking 35mm portraits of people in here to try and immortalize this temporary installation of a living space. In the past few months, I’ve been helping organize the second annual QTZ (Queer/Trans Zinefest; say it like “cuties”) with some of my pals. Come check it out at AS220’s Queer Arts Fest on June 16th from 11am-4pm! [Facebook // Website]. I’ve also been very very quietly working on my DP window display for June shhhhhh. All the while building and scheming and transitioning into a collective space for poc. More details tbd.
 

RECTRIX is performing June 5th with Lower TarJ. DesosaTimeghost andVOSP at Machines with Magnets 

and at New England Underground Fest 3 in Boston June 15th at the Cambridge Elks Lodge and Hardcore Stadium.
http://neundergroundmusicfest.tumblr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/events/582344458788071/


Also performing in a new project with Daniella Ben-Bassat (called Empty Field) onJune 28th at Machines with Magnets with Changeling, Mar and Obaku
 



DANIELLA BEN-BASSAT
  

Spending time on the west coast after a month-long tour trying to figure out my next moves, look at the bottlebrush trees and convince someone to drive me to the closest forest so far no takers

I booked a show on SATURDAY, MAY 26 at our house with Horn HorseHSFB and ॐeed. HornHorse (of Lily & Horn Horse who played our NYE party / is my favorite band) + HSFB are on a mini tour from Hudson, NY and both make beautiful electronic music. ॐeed is one of my favorite friends who will be visiting us from VT. The show is going to be in the laundry room, it's the day after I get home, it'll be special, more info here

Oh also i'm tabling at QTZ fest this year please come
 
God, new self check out at Price-Rite. Everything is confusing these days. Self medicating with a spring diet of bananas, cilantro and magnets. 


 
***DIRT PALACE LIBRARY HI-LITES***
 
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May Hi-Lite = TO HELL ON WHEELS - YES THE LIBRARY HAS A SURVIVAL SECTION! YES NOW FEELS LIKE A GOOD TIME TO ASK: HOW MANY DAYS CAN ONE SURVIVE AT 100 DEGREE HEAT ON ONE QUART OF WATER? ALSO THERE WERE STAMPS BETWEEN THE PAGES OF THIS BOOK SO LITERALLY PAID TO LOOK THROUGH IT. OK THE STAMPS WERE FROM THE 90'S.


 


 

Friday, April 6, 2018

April 2018 Bubbles and Rubble

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DIRT

PALACE

APRIL 2018
BUBBLES & RUBBLE VOLUNTEER WORKDAY AT
THE WEDDING CAKE HOUSE

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 dirtpalacepublicprojects@gmail.com

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
 

 
 
APRIL WINDOW ARTIST: MAREN JENSEN

"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.
Find more of my work at: marenjensen.net


MARCH WINDOW ARTIST: VANESSA GILBERT

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.






*****UPDATES*****
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 BEN-BASSAT
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 dbenbass@gmail.com for more info!

 
MAREN JENSEN
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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FEBRUARY 2018

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


 
 
FEBRUARY WINDOW ARTIST: LIZZY SOUR

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





*****UPDATES*****

MAREN JENSEN
 
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 BEN-BASSAT


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.

 



"U KNOW, THE USUAL"



MEGAN MANOWITZ 

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 (megan.manowitz@gmail.com)

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
PIPPI ZORNOZA

Work in progress......
Rectrix @ Flywheel Easthampton MA 4/29/17
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