Clementine and I accompanied Linette to Cincinnati this weekend, where she had a number of graphic design-related stops to make. While my mom took Clementine to see Mary Poppins (I’m told that the beguiling nanny-witch flew out, over the audience, and Burt danced on the ceiling), Linette and I went and checked out the Shepard Fairey exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center. And, later that night, after stops at several places, including Melt and Shake It Records, and dinner with our friend Laura, we went over to the Country Club Gallery, where our friend Matt is the Director, to check out the opening of their new Fritz Chesnut exhibition. As I would soon come to discover, in addition to being an accomplished painter, Mr. Chesnut is married to former Saturday Night Live cast member Molly Shannon, who was there with him. An introduction was offered, but instead I chose to run and hide in a nearby furniture store. (I’m not nearly as outgoing as Puppet Mark.) I had a great time, though. Among other things, I got to speak at length with a young woman who designs action figures of comic book characters and professional wrestlers for a living. She, as I would come to know, had just completed work on her first sex toy. Her firm had been hired to produce a Barack Obama vibrator, and she’d been assigned the sculpture work. I asked her if the ears presented any problems, and she laughed. Apparently there had been meetings about his ears, and the possibility of liability, should they snag or otherwise do harm. She assured me that the dangers had been sufficiently mediated.
A day of culture in Cincinnati
By Mark | April 25, 2010