Monday, June 19, 2017

Heavy Lifting!

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JUNE 2017


So, many people have shown us so much (very appreciated) excitement about this project and expressed 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, longing for some time in the sun, come and help us mulch and prep for future plantings, always wanted to lift some claw foot tubs up flights of stairs, we have tubs to move!!

In all seriousness though, we're simultaneously daunted and excited by this project, and humbled by all of the support that we've been getting and promise to make your efforts to help out extremely efficient and as fun as possible. 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!

We'll get started at 1:30 pm, and start wrapping up and making gin and tonics at around 5pm. If you can RSVP and let us know if and when you're coming that would be amazing!! 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



We were super excited to have Caroline Robinson as an Artist in Residence last month while she worked on her installation for the Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery. You can check out her work HERE – and see her installation in our next digest (or up RIGHT NOW in the window)!!!

Sara Wintz is in residence this month working on a long poem about fashion, dance, late capitalism, and the singular. Ugly Duckling Presse published her first book, WALKING ACROSS A FIELD WE ARE FOCUSED ON AT THIS TIME NOW, in 2012. Read more about her work here:


Ignorance is not knowing anything and being attracted to the good. Innocence is knowing everything, and still being attracted to the good.”
    • Clarissa Pinkola Estes
With this work I am exploring the innocence in eroticism. Being aware of the complexities of sensuality brings us to a place where “goodness” exists in a nuanced state. There is not one way to experience sexuality. Each person has their own erotic literature. Maintaining innocence in sexual exploration invites the individual’s sensual story to be continually expanded upon through accumulating an understanding of the sexual self. What constitutes positive sexual expression is unique to a person’s experience. The evolution of our sexuality writes a story with anecdotes no less strange than Alice’s adventures rattling around Wonderland.

Abigail Wamboldt is a Providence Rhode Island based artist and activist. Her sweetest dreams include founding an art collective called Meat Merkin and she prefers to show only in spaces that remain unaffected by the aspects of the art world that are driven by the corporate patriarchy. Transforming experiences include making art in post Katrina New Orleans, and working as an artist assistant to Public Works Artist Lara Lepionka. She received a BFA from Montserrat College of Art, and an MFA from the University of New Hampshire. She currently teaches at the Community College of Rhode Island and Montserrat College of Art, and is a volunteer with The Center For Sexual Pleasure And Health.

New Fruit set the table . . .
We set the despised ornament, the centerpiece a bouquet of sores . . .
We set the gruesome ornament, cleaved with our discontents . . .
We set the abandoned ornament, but with a new arrangement of cutlery . . 

The table is set stilted. The scene has been over for a long time. The crack of wood. A knot of hair and wax. We ask: what is the use of a chair, here? Or any spatial pretension, for that matter? The cruel object within the scene of desire. We are the ones who invited you. Can you see us? While we were waiting we softened earthward, the cushions rotted out of our chairs. The table is uninhabitable. With multiflorate mycelial eyes thawed and content to spoil the soil the white cloth white porcelain white silence we spilled forth our discontents. Mouths and mouths and mouths unlocking. Now, we sweat nectar…By the putrefying force of our fullness the table fell.

New Fruit 
is a feminist run art collective and studio in Portland, ME. As a member/artist run studio space we strive towards dismantling the white supremacist hetero patriarchy through sharing art, building space and creating resources. As a collective of artists we view art-making as world-making and the pursuit of individual liberty and collective liberation.
The tide pulls. What are we talking about? What is going on here?
more info :





O was thrilled to VJ at Aurora PVD's Dyke Night for the second sweaty summer in a row >:)


They've been hard at work on some weird new wares that debuted at Providence's first ever Queer and Trans Zinefest this past weekend..... up in THE STORE and DIRT PALACE ETSYsoon..... in the meantime, keep them company on INSTAGRAM for sneak peeks, studio shots, and daily trips to ♡♡♡MARYLOUS♡♡♡

Working on recording some solo country confusion under "Darnell", same old motor guitar drones under Taskmaster, and cooking up some new Mother Tongue jams with Tess. Also gardening and making t-shirts

**ALSO** July 22 Mother Tongue show at Psychic Readings with Pyramid, Holy People, and PUZZLEHEAD from Vancouver!!!

**AND** Playing a Taskmaster show in Western Mass on July 30


Maren finished the third Broadcast Flesh, a "newspaper" of sorts. 

She's also been working on a new website called that's meant to be a content dump for images and text found in past and future printed versions of the newspaper. 

Sad country songs are coming up at the Firehouse, July 2 and July 6 at Space Cloud

Alison (and Maren's) band, Milkmaid II, has a bunch of shows coming up this summer!
June 22nd at Machines with Magnets with Secret Boyfriend, Ylaro and Violet
July 14th at Machines with Magnets with Lightning Bolt and Doomsday Student
July 22nd at Aurora with Barkley's Barnyard Critters, Buck Gooter & Rat Jelly
August 11th at Aurora with Downtown Boys, TBD
Milkmaid II recently updated their bandcamp with some shitty recordings, feel free to check em out at


Bridget has a new album — listen to it here!!
She had a wonderful tour with Wilted Woman and Dj ShlucHT in May, and now she is moving to Berlin.

Pippi spoke about her work at her Alma Mater last week as part of the
SVA MFA Art Practice Summer Lecture Series

Picture of RECTRIX performance at Nothing Changes NYC



Now that Xander & Pippi's lives are revolving around a "19th Century ornamented house of New England" we thought it time to dig this old favorite book out of the stacks. It features New England architecture with Gothic elements, cool explanations of the hand tools used to build these visionary space ships and there's even a spread of the competing New England Wedding Cake House (in Kennebunk, Maine) which interestingly was also renovated by a team of women!

dream a little dream ///ur dreams are my nightmeows/// forward to a friend