Makers’ Mark: The 2014 MAD Biennial Opens its Doors to New York’s Top Creatives
Infestation is composed of three layers: Ant Infestation, Stack Infestation, and Stairway to heaven.
Steven: "There was this neighbor boy I thought was cute. 'Sooo, David... we can dig in the dirt, we can swing, or we can kiss.'"
William: "Weren’t you like six?"
Steven: "He’d come around asking for William, and I would say, 'He’s upstairs,' to which David responded, 'You don’t have an upstairs.'"
William: "Steven liked to say, 'We have a stairway to heaven.'"
Steven: "The creek next to our school was forbidden by our mom, but we loved to play in and around it."
William: "I am allergic to poison ivy and so it would be very obvious if I had been in the creek."
Steven: (Grimacing) "He’d wake up the next day swollen and covered with a rash. Unrecognizable."
Steven: "Ant infestation 1986."
William: "We opened our red Lego box, and hundreds of BIG black carpenter ants poured out."
Steven: "Thousands! Millions!"
William: "That was the beginning of ant infestations in our lives."
Steven and William Ladd, Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, Missouri. September 4th-November 2014. Curator Michael Baxley.
Function and Fantasy: Steven and William Ladd. Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California. 2014. Curator Christine Knoke.
Steven and William Ladd: Shaboygen. The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, New York. 2012, with a performance.
Steven and William Ladd: 9769 Radio Drive. The Contemporary Museum, Hawaii. 2011. Curator Jay Jensen.
About Steven and William Ladd
American, based in New York, New York