Steven and William Ladd, ‘Infestation’, 2010, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Infestation’, 2010, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Infestation’, 2010, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Infestation’, 2010, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Infestation’, 2010, Mingei International Museum
Steven and William Ladd, ‘Infestation’, 2010, Mingei International Museum

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