The Polka Dot Princess’s Fear of the Phallus

This story originally appeared in Dirge Magazine on April 7, 2017.  The retrospective exhibition of Yayoi Kusama’s artwork currently on display at Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum showcases a 6-decade career hallmarked by obsessive, mind-bending repetitions of patterns and immersive viewer experiences. The exhibition has turned into a social media sensation. An Instagram selfie in a Kusama infinity room such…

Doll Part Art: Visual Feasts Made of Plastic Bodies

This story originally appeared in Dirge Magazine on Jan. 26, 2017.  Barbie body harvesters are turning your favorite childhood toys into unnerving and unforgettable works of art. Dolls placed into scenes of sin and sexuality create disarming juxtapositions. Detached, neatly contoured limbs and severed, big-eyed heads make an uncanny valley torture chamber. Scroll down and feast your…

Doll Part Art: Visual Feasts Made of Plastic Bodies

Barbie body harvesters are turning your favorite childhood toys into unnerving and unforgettable works of art. Dolls placed into scenes of sin and sexuality create disarming juxtapositions. Detached, neatly contoured limbs and severed, big-eyed heads make an uncanny valley torture chamber. Scroll down and feast your eyes on the depravity of Mattel-perfect bodies dragged into…

Constructing New Realities: The Unique Vision of Artists with Schizophrenia

As English artist Louis Wain’s schizophrenia worsened, his adorable anthropomorphic cat drawings turned into psychedelic pet portraits full of bright colors and repeating patterns. All of a sudden, his calendar-ready artwork twisted into something uncomfortable and otherworldly. The change in Wain’s work is profound and brings into question how much his illness influenced his art.  …

#100DucksDC Half Century Mark! (44-50)

I’m going to put one hundred luminescent duck sculptures in a visible location somewhere in Washington, D.C. While working on this street art project, I’ll document my progress online. You can see all the ducks created so far by going here. I’ve made it to 50 ducks! This is some sort of accomplishment and not…

#100DucksDC German-Berman Guest Ducks (37-39)

I’m going to put one hundred luminescent duck sculptures in a visible location somewhere in Washington, D.C. This post documents the creation of ducks 37 through 39. You can see all the ducks I’ve created so far by going here. Andrew Berman and his husband David German have consistently supported my writing and other cockamamy schemes.…