Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"A Day in the Life of a Daycare Toilet", by N, Washington, D.C., mixed media

The temperature of the art world runs hot and cold and draws from the same tap as the political thirsts of this great nation. And you don’t have to be one of the top eleven online art critics in the Midwest to sense the discord in both. But leave it to N, a DC-based (where else?) “commode-artiste” to bring both worlds to a head – pun intended, of course. Entitled “A Day in the Life of a Daycare toilet”, N cheekily adorns the throne with all the trappings befitting the title – slinkys, racecars, various magnets, even a peppermint. We expect as much. Now, off we go to naptime, yes? No. N begs us to open our eyes and see the forest for the trees. Decorative as it may be, this is lipstick on a pig, folks. Distraction as message. And in a town where Glenn Beck can rally his true believers while claiming no politics, N’s piece feels right at home. No matter how you dress it up, it’s still nothing more than a shitbox. Well done, N.

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