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.
A U G U S T Anthony Rundblade Catastrophe Parade
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.
Catastrophe Parade by A.D. Burton
Opening: August 5, 2018, 9am–12pm
The artist will be in attendance every Saturday & Sunday 9am–3pm
Catastrophe Parade by A.D. Burton is an exhibition inspired by a found poem and painting by the author and artist A.D. Burton. The poem appears to be a series of largely American news headlines appropriated from print and broadcast media, creating a disjointed and unstable tableau. The found painting is a watercolor depicting an occupant-less farmhouse secured behind razor wire—isolated, but otherwise unaffected. Together these found articles influenced a series of sculptures and prints intended to reflect the anxiety, obsession, inaccessibility, lack of control, and fevered excitement produced by a sensationalized, 24-hr news cycle. The exhibition reflects two simultaneous truths—the manipulative effect a continually produced narrative has on its viewership, as well as, the necessity of an informed populace, capable of understanding the nuanced complexity of media reports. Surely, the despair felt today, as it has been felt in past decades to varying degrees, cannot exist without the opposing hope and momentum to progress to a point of equilibrium.
Dirty Dark Place Brings Contemporary Art to a Corner of the Kyle Flea Market
TimeOut Austin, May 9, 2018
Christie Blizard Performing at Dirty Dark Place for Austin’s Fusebox Festival
Glasstire, April 21, 2018
Robert Jackson Harrington: “All on the Line” at Dirty Dark Place
Glasstire, February 10, 2018
New Art Space Opens Outside of Austin With a Stellar Lineup of Shows Scheduled
Glasstire, January 9, 2018
Glasstire Top Five
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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