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
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.
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.
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 Tar, J. Desosa, Timeghost and VOSP at Machines with Magnets
and at New England Underground Fest 3 in Boston June 15th at the Cambridge Elks Lodge and Hardcore Stadium.
Also performing in a new project with Daniella Ben-Bassat (called Empty Field) on June 28th at Machines with Magnets with Changeling, Mar and Obaku
Daniella has been jamming.
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 Horse, HSFB and ॐeed. Horn Horse (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.