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Project Space


Featuring Texas-based, contemporary artists
at the Kyle Flea Market

29.9891° N, 97.8772° W
kyle, texas


Dirty Dark Place (DDP) is an errant, artist-run project space. Our mission is to collaborate with Texas-based, contemporary artists to develop programming that challenges the dominant structures and strictures of exhibiting art. Picking up where our patron saint Dave Hickey left off with his Austin-based gallery, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, we are dedicated to disrupting the hierarchical and socioeconomic systems that shape access and patronage of contemporary art. DDP is an experiment in community that willfully mismatches place and programming as a means to both incite artists and to provoke new audiences.




The Backdoor Biennial is a 12-month exhibition program of contemporary art, curated and presented by Dirty Dark Place. Programming begins January and will run through December 2018. Each month a different Texas-based artists will create an exhibition, taking over Dirty Dark Place’s current project space in the Kyle Flea Market. 

Deeply skeptical of the selection mechanisms at work in contemporary curatorial practice, the Backdoor Biennial will not have a proscriptive relationship to the exhibiting artists. Rather, artists will work in a collaborative environment and be encouraged to take risks, explore new forms, and work with the site and the market. Moreover, a schedule of supplemental programming will be offered including readings, performances, and screenings. At the end of the year, a catalog will be produced by Cattywampus Press to document and preserve the Backdoor Biennial. 

More than a critique of biennials, art fairs, and the elitist impulse embedded in the institutional presentation of contemporary art, Dirty Dark Place’s, Backdoor Biennial, will forge common ground and introduce new forms to new audiences.


on view

All on the Line

Robert Jackson Harrington

Fancy reception, February 11, 1–4pm


If you love 2-D artworks for their muscular looks, powerful performance, and rugged capabilities, you should be excited about the month of February. That’s because it’s 2-D Art Month, and there is no better time of the year to celebrate art, learn about art, and get great deals on some of the best artworks on the market today. Robert Jackson Harrington places it All on the Line and makes some of the highest conceptual and most functional artworks out there, and he is spending all month long celebrating the men and women who appreciate artwork for work, play, or both. If this sounds like you, head down to Dirty Dark Place in the Kyle Flea Market and help us celebrate. This is what you can expect.

Lots of exciting things happen during 2-D Art Month. As any true artwork enthusiast knows, these drawings, collages and prints have changed a lot in recent years. Today’s patrons demand new levels of economy, comforts, and all-purpose capabilities without sacrificing any of the features their artwork has provided in the past. Robert Jackson Harrington heard the call and offered redesigned and updated versions of some of his most popular drawings, collages and prints beginning last year. 2-D Art Month is designed to introduce artwork lovers to this new generation of artwork, and give them the opportunity to inspect the whole inventory up close. If you have heard about Robert Jackson Harrington innovations but not experienced them yourself, 2-D Art Month is a great opportunity to get caught up.

We have been looking forward to this unprecedented celebration for a while now. Head down to Dirty Dark Place in the Kyle Flea Market to join in all the fun that we have planned. Throughout the month, we will have soda, water and other offers available for people who love art as much as we do.


New tote bags available for sale at Cattywampus Press





We are currently open by appointment only.

Please call (512)720-9894 or fill out the contact form to request an appointment.

Kyle Flea Market
1119 N Old Hwy 81
Kyle, TX 78640

Exit 213 from southbound IH-35
Exit 215 from northbound IH-35

The Kyle Flea Market is open
Saturday and Sunday, 9am – 5pm


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