Laurie and I are both fans (and friends) of Dorian Katz, aka Poppers the Pony. Poppers’ art is usually erotic, frequently whimsical, sometimes extremely pointed, and always worth seeing. Her work has been on display at Wicked Grounds in San Francisco since January 15 (and will be there through April 30). On Saturday, March 30, from 6-8 pm, Stacked Deck Press, which has featured Poppers’ work in several publications, will host a reception and coloring book party at Wicked Grounds for their Butch Lesbians of the 50s, 60s, and 70s Coloring Book. We imagine Poppers pawing the ground in pleasure and anticipation.
Dorian Katz’s drawings make me feel good. They make me laugh, put me at ease, titillate, inspire, seduce, and provoke me. Her spectacular species function like comfort animals who take me away to colorful fantasy worlds where tantric Olympics are possible, providing much needed respite from the traumas that perpetually unfold in ordinary reality.
The article goes into the ways that Katz pairs art and science, serious thought with delightful images:
In yet another playful art-meets-science experiment, Katz created A Field Guide to Horses by Poppers the Pony (2016), a zine that combines the facts of certain species, such as seahorses (unique because the male seahorse can get pregnant), Bretons, and Fabellas,5 with fictions concerning their adventurous sex lives. Katz’s humor is complemented by her interactive approach, which lends an embodied and psychic force to this extraordinary, animalistic, and ecstatic body of work: she’s provided audiences with opportunities to participate in her work by inviting them to color her images…
Read the whole article, which also has more images than I could fit here, including some in color.
If you live in or near San Francisco, come to Poppers’ reception on March 30, and if you can’t make the reception, be sure to check out the show before it closes on April 30. I can promise you that Poppers’ work will make you smile … even while it’s making you think. And you never know … it might also make you whinny.