Shana Nys Dambrot reviews Bettina Hubby’s Dig the Dig 7.18.13

If you’ve been to Bergamot Station Arts Center in the past few months, you may have noticed the giant hole where Track 16 used to be. But you also may have noticed something special with this particular construction site — the augmentation of the dirt movers and nylon fences with a series of artist visits. Orange safety cones were transformed into flower stands, photographic banners were hung, and there was even the occasional mirrored disco ball. All that is the handiwork of artist and designer Bettina Hubby, the Santa Monica Museum of Art‘s “resident construction artist” since May. Hubby’s ongoing project, Dig the Dig, seeks to transform the site into a location for collaboration, inspiration and unique social interaction. Together with a host of participating painters, sculptors, performance artists and entertainers, Hubby has been working all summer toward the residency’s culmination — a Sunday-night potluck dinner party complete with an inflatable bar, specialty cocktails, accordion music, interactive sculptural installations, a music video premiere for the project’s theme song, a Fallen Fruit-engineered lemonade-based storytelling event and, yes, disco balls. There’s even a perfume in the works. Hubby is no stranger to reimagining the public ritual, from bus tours to conceptual boutiques to indie weddings. Creating and displaying art in unusual contexts, and inviting an eclectic array of colleagues into the mix, is kind of her thing. But with this project, she takes to a whole new level the idea of transforming the unpleasant into the beautiful. Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., Building G1, Santa Monica; Sun., July 21, 6-9 p.m.; free, potluck contribution and registration required. (310) 586-6488,
Sun., July 21, 6-9 p.m., 2013

Click here to view original article