Friday, October 16, 2020

New Covid Relief Grant announcement AND window artists Kobe Jackson and Krystal Difronzo !!




OCTOBER 2020  





Dirt Palace Public Projects in partnership with Providence College Galleries announce the Interlace Grant Fund (IGF). Generously underwritten by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 2020 Interlace COVID Relief Grants provide emergency support to individual visual artists in the Providence-area.

Deadlines: November 8th & December 8th, 2020

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To read an interview with Kobe about their work, check out our blog HERE

Providence based artist Kobe Jackson uses coded visual language to challenge the viewer’s perception of traditional subject matter and provides a counter narrative to the notion of basic. With the ability to skirt gender and racial classification, Kobe has found a sense of belonging and freedom through painting. As a mode of resistance to growing dependency on technology, Jackson’s practice meditates on the simplicity of applying oils to canvas by brush. Reappropriating discarded canvas, Kobe gives new life to that which was deemed worthless. With an energetic visual language, and transgressive air, Jackson’s work conducts psychic repair in a world which is defined by disassociation and disconnectedness. Jackson has exhibited at venues including AS220 (Providence, RI), The Living Gallery (Brooklyn), Pershing Square (Los Angeles), The Barker Hanger (Los Angeles). Jackson was a recipient of the Los Angeles Plein Air Festival, Arts Alliance Award, and has been commissioned by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to paint utility boxes on street corners.



To read an interview with Krystal about their work (interview conducted by Keegan Bonds-Harmon) check out our blog 

Messengers and Promises, 2020

“Animals first entered the imagination as messengers and promises.”- John Berger 

Time has proven to be a difficult thing to grasp in quarantine. The only moments it has felt concrete has been in observing the slow cycles of growth and death of plants and insects that I witness on daily hikes through East Rock park here in New Haven. Or on drives looking at roadsides in the height of New England summer at the towering mullein, the paper crepe blossoms of chicory, fanning Queen Anne’s lace and the already seeded dandelions cracking through pebble and gravel and thriving off exhaust. Feeling thrilled by these resilient weeds full of nutrients and medicinal properties, emerging on the fringes of construction sites, despite efforts to eradicate them. Similarly thinking about the beast of burden, like the donkey in Robert Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar. Its relationship with humans ranging from being lovingly adorned with flowers at one moment and tail lit aflame at another yet continuing on, only able to convey its anguish in a cry. Researching how butterflies feed off of rotting fish and dung for essential nitrogen and other minerals. Trying to find some solace, or a key in these means of survival, growth and endurance in an ever more toxic environment. Looking to the ass’s bray in its refusal to perform labor as a form of protest. 

Krystal DiFronzo’s installations of painted sheets and banners deal with pharmakon and the grey areas between medicine, poison, desire, illness, and its effect on femme bodies and labor through exploitation and myth. She holds a BFA from SAIC and an MFA in painting from Yale. She recently relocated from New Haven, CT, to Ridgewood, NJ. Krystal’s most recent installation, Messengers and Promises, graced the Dirt Palace window in the month of August. I had the privilege to ask about the installation, her process, and the many mining grounds in her work. For further investigation you can find more of Krystal on her website, and in past interviews with the Yale Herald and podcast, Tight Pencils


The Dirt Palace will have slots open for new Artists in Residence this winter. We're working on changing some aspects of our program design and application process. Please be in touch if you'd like more information or know someone who would be a great applicant

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