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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.




Sean Ripple

March 2018

For REMOTE STORAGE, Ripple has made a triptych peasant scene or genre view for the internet-enabled age, using 39 books from The University of Texas at Austin’s Fine Arts Library (FAL), the same 39 books from his personal collection, and Tumblr. Inspired by Bruegel’s painting The Triumph of Death, the Kyle Flea Market, and the University’s decision to transfer close to 60% of FAL’s titles to an offsite storage facility, the work is primarily a meditation on trauma, death, and loss as they relate to the rise of digital culture.

During the exhibition run, the 39 books from the FAL will be on view at DDP behind a locked glass door on Saturdays and Sundays. Mondays through Thursdays, Ripple will hold public viewing hours inside the FAL using his own personal copies of the 39 books. He will also be digitizing various titles from the stacks during this time and will be requesting participation from the public to help him with this task. 

At the end of the exhibition run, Ripple intends for the books to be returned to the library in an effort to archive/bury his peasant scene within the tomb of the academy.


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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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