Notes from ningyo editions studio and gallery

A Little List of Killer Kids in Film and Literature


( From David Cronenberg’s The Brood)


It seems you can’t walk out your own door these days without running into some child or other: they’re in strollers or tied to each other with ropes in wagons so they don’t run off into the streets.  They’re walking in packs with mittens hanging from their sleeves.  I’m also assuming they’re in school.  What’s more, everyone is having them – so it’s not a passing fad.  For no good reason I decided to compile a short list of some of the best examples of the Killer Kid sub-genre.

Some will point out serious omissions: the kid from Steven King’s Pet Cemetery; Thomas Tryon’s The Other, or James’ The Turn of the Screw and it’s beautiful film adaptation The Innocents.  Most of these I don’t feel like re-reading (or re-watching) and so cannot write about with authority.  An incomplete list to say the least, so please post any glaring omissions in the comments. Read the rest of this entry »


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Greg Cook’s Review for The Boston Phoenix of “I Wouldn’t Worry About It.” Verbatim.

I don’t know if this is like re-tweeting (but it’s not like there’s anything wrong with re-tweeting – hell, I’ve done it!), but in the interest of keeping the posts on this blog regular (and perhaps showing off?) I reproduce Greg Cook’s review of my show from the November 21st edition of the Boston Phoenix.  Without further ado: Read the rest of this entry »

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A Brief Interview for “I Wouldn’t Worry About It” at Laconia Gallery


A.  I want the work to serve as a mirror to everybody’s inner conflicts and demons.  Al art is in the end subjective.  Just because one person deals with anxiety and depression does not mean that the sharing of these ordeals through their art cannot, hopefully, bring comfort to those dealing with a different set of ordeals, be they other mood disorders or the general existential ennui that life dishes out on a regular basis. Read the rest of this entry »

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Closing of the ningyo editions Gallery and Thoughts on the Boston Globe Review

The Closing of ningyo editions’ Gallery Space

Now the Captain he was dying/ But the Captain wasn’t hurt
The silver bars were in my hand/ I pinned them to my shirt.

-Leonard Cohen

I realize my quotations that preceed these entries are becoming increasingly cryptic, but this one feels appropriate, and I leave it to the sapient reader to make heads or tails of it.  And so… It is with with a bang and not a whimper that I announce the closing of the gallery space of ningyo editions.  Read the rest of this entry »

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(I’m a) Stranger to Kindness: The Drawings of Norma Hoffmann

Go, pencil! Faithful to thy master’s sighs!

   Go-tell the Goddess of the fairy scene…

-Anne Radcliffe

Cabin, 3.75 x 5.875″

Like an apparition out of a Victorian Gothic novel, Norma Hoffmann’s fey, unsettling presence haunted the farmlands and banks of Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts during the last decades of the 19th century.  Aside from an occasional police report for trespassing and public drunkenness (erroneously – in reality her erratic behavior was due to her emerging psychotic breakdown and possible schizophrenia), and a single line obituary in the Concord Enterprise from 1904, there is very little on record to confirm that Norma Hoffmann ever existed.  What we are left with is a small, remarkable trove of drawings done in graphite, none of which exceeds 8 x 10 inches in size. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Dark Side of Home

“The stones of the house rise up and kill those inside… statues of bronze begin to breathe.”

-Boyd Rice

“A home can be a shell, or a kind of second-skin

or it can be a coffin that you bury your body in.”


Curated by Beth Kantrowitz (of bkprojects and Drive-by Gallery),the group exhibition The Dark Side of Home runs through April 8th, 2011 at the Cushin-Martin Gallery at Stonehill College in Easton, MA.  The show features, David Curcio (who is also the writer of this blog – full disclosure), Judy Haberl, Kathleen O’Hara, Remi Thornton, Millee Tibbs, and Douglas Weathersby. Read the rest of this entry »

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