Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Downhill into December

my luv is increasing//and transcends common sense
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Wednesday December 19th
6 – 7:30pm
Artist Talk / Interview

Artist Shey Rivera in conversation with Josephine Devanbu
Supported through the Art Culture and Tourism department, as part of theWoonasquatucket River Greenway Arts project, the Dirt Palace will be commissioning artists to make new work in conversation with the river, its history, and the future plans for the neighborhood greenway, October 2018 - July 2019. 

Our second event “Stormwater” Features the installation by artist Shey Rivera in our Storefront Window Gallery. Join us December 19th at the Dirt Palace while they talk about their work on storm runoff in urban settings.

Along with the window installations that The Dirt Palace is presenting, there is a RFQ for new public art in Olneyville that is currently live (deadline January 2nd, 2019!)

Memorial Retrospective for Cyndi Wu
Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 6 PM – 9 PM
159 Sutton Street Gallery
more info

Shey Rivera Ríos (pronouns: they/them) is an arts manager and multi-genre artist active in the mediums of performance, installation, digital media, and poetry/narrative. The creations spam several genres and a myriad of topics, from home to capitalism to queerness to magic. As an arts manager, Rivera engages with art and culture as a catalyst for social change through placekeeping, community-driven design, cross-sector partnerships, and creative industries. Rivera is also a performance curator and producer of interventions that activate people creatively. They are an active member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) and board member of the Alliance of Artist Communities. They are also a Fellow of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI), a Brown University Public Humanities Community Fellow, and have completed residencies in Santiago, Chile, at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Santiago alongside Las Proceres feminist collective; and in Pittsburgh, PA, at City of Asylum and BOOM Concepts Gallery. 

"Stormwater" is a mixed media installation reflecting on the environmental issue of storm runoff in urban settings. The piece pushes back on urban renewal by proposing green space instead of more concrete developments. The sunflower is Yoruba deity Oshun, goddess of the river. This is a digital prayer/spell that becomes physical in the predominantly Latinx neighborhood of Olneyville in Providence, RI.


***Downstairs studio / work space available*** - 6x8 feet expandable to 8x8 feet. includes use of wood shop, storage space, access to large common area for bigger projects, opportunity for print shop access. 1-3 month lease - flexible! $125 per month. please email for more information!*  

New Years alert! Send us winter greetings! zines! love! cards! we'll take what ever we can get! Also do we usually send you a New Year's card? Do you want one? This year is an illusion. We are all illusions. But we'll still send you a postcard. Hit us up at if you want to make sure that your address is correct. 
Maia and I on the National Mall after pitching at the National Gallery and Hirschhorn. We may or may not have slept the night before.

We’ve been running all over the east coast for the past few months–  back and forth to Philly for the residency at Haverford College, pitching Look at Art. Get Paid. at about a dozen art museums (including the Whitney, the Smithsonian American Museum of Art, & Mass MoCA). It’s been a nerve-wracking blessing to propose the project so widely, and a joy to have such a solid collaborator and community through it all. Lots of hoops to jump through– and savor– yet.

Drawing some and preparing for the dark and cold.
Send your address to gretron(at)gmail if you'd like a postcard 


Bonedust Fruit of the Ash was released on Annihilvs!! - to purchase the digital album go here
To purchase the CD or other formats go to Annnihilvs here

RECTRIX had a blast performing in the midwest this past week.


Had a great public conversation with Cody about eels. If you have any information about the eels in the Woonasquatucket River, please text the eel hotline at 401.400.1750. Also, more Neil Young Zuma shirts available! -


I had a great public conversation with Daniella about eels. I also got a new job in digital preservation, whatever that means. Have you ever heard the French term "to end up in the decor"? It means "to drive your car off the road."
⁘ Cathedral, a public bathroom on your cell phone, is available for download. "The gestures are small, tensile, vibratory." Soon featuring poetry by former Dirt Palace member Megan Manowitz and music by current Dirt Palace member Daniella Ben-Bassat. ᴅᴏᴡɴʟᴏᴀᴅ ɴᴏᴡ . . .


Rotating schedules and digging into the darkness and night. Also thinking about travel and drawing. And so thinking of Henna, night dweller and comics queen of Berlin. Here is a picture I drew of her last winter. Her feet aren't really fucked up like this though.  Here is a link to her drawings etc. Learn Finnish by toggling between her queer feminist bingo in English/Finnish! Working on scheme to import her "Femmes for Satan" hologram bags... 


New to the Dirt Palace Library! New to the world! Anne Elizabeth Moore's book on Julie Doucet. Not to brag, but our copy is autographed!! Laugh out loud at passages like: "Men eager to share their opinions - which invariably included an admission that Doucet's work had sexually excited the speaker. Why the doings of so many dongs was thought to be of interest to me was beyond my comprehension."

venus in blue jeans//venus in furs/// forward to a friend


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EELS in the Olneyville Square??


6 – 7:30pm
Artist Talk / Interview

Artist Daniella Ben-Bassat in conversation with Cody Ross
Supported through the Art Culture and Tourism department, as part of the Woonasquatucket River Greenway Arts project, the Dirt Palace will be commissioning artists to make new work in conversation with the river, its history, and the future plans for the neighborhood greenway, October 2018 - July 2019.
Our first event “EELS in Olneyville Square? PROOF!!” Features the installation by artist Daniella Ben-Bassat in our Storefront Window Gallery. Join us while she talks about her work and research into the eels in the Woonasquatucket.

Daniella Ben-Bassat's eels installation in the Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery
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Daniella Ben-Bassat is an artist and musician based out of Providence, Rhode Island. With an interest in making paintings, music, and sound sculptures that reveal the presence of the mystical in the mundane, she draws inspiration from trash, nature, spirituality, and psychedelic culture. Her work aims to exist in a tenuous space that warbles between morphing abstraction and the material of the everyday.
"I first found out about the eels in the river at a 4th of July party. People were throwing chicken pieces into the water, and the eels were swarming. Equally mesmerized and furious that no one had told me about this phenomenon sooner, I needed to know more.

Eel larvae migrate from the Atlantic's Sargasso Sea -- floating for about a year until they reach fresh water in the Woonasquatucket (an Algonquin word for "where the salt water ends"). As they approach the shore, they become more pigmented and yellow, mirroring their increasingly muddy surroundings. Sexual differentiation only happens once the eels are between 1 and 3 years old, and it's highly dependent on environmental factors like population density. With a high tolerance for pollution, they live in the river for between 5 and 20 years until they reach sexual maturity and their physiology changes in preparation for their return back to the sea to spawn. Their digestive tracts get smaller and their pectoral fins get bigger to improve their ability to swim long distances. The skin becomes thicker, the composition of their body fluids changes, and their retinas adapt to prepare for deeper water with less sunlight.

Determined to capture video of my neighbors, I purchased two orders of chicken nuggets at the local Burger King and a friend joined me at the river with an underwater video camera. We found a 2x4 piece of wood and fastened the camera to it. We also fastened pieces of chicken nuggets to the wood with some strong Gorilla Tape. The long piece of wood, once submerged in the Woonasquatucket, would allow us to get underwater footage without actually going into the river, and the pieces of chicken nuggets would lure the eels close enough to the camera to capture some (hopefully) good shots. This technique proved to be flawless in execution. The eels were most excited about the chicken nuggets that were fully submerged, and were less likely to get the pieces of chicken that were bobbing on the surface of the water."