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My heart's aflutter!

  • William Leavitt's Studio 3716 Eagle Rock Blvd., Studio H Los Angeles, CA 90065 USA (map)

My heart’s aflutter!

I am standing in the bath tub

crying. Mother, mother

who am I? If he

will just come back once

and kiss me on the face

his coarse hair brush

my temple, it’s throbbing!


then I can put on my clothes

I guess, and walk the streets.


-Frank O’Hara, "Mayakovsky"

The character in Frank O’Hara’s poem “Mayakovsky” does all his crying and wanting in the bathroom, unable to leave the house. Dorothy Hoover’s exhibition, My heart’s aflutter! is saturated by a similar mood of tragically unfulfilled desire.

Detailed yet anonymous landscapes and interiors are rendered as small scale models or turned into fabric wallpaper and banners. Their theatrical vocabulary suggests an empty stage where something might just happen.

Around the corner are five sculptures that make up an individual body of work, The House of Atreus. Each piece is a miniature set, moving loosely through the narrative of Aeschylus’ Agamemnon.

The themes of this Greek play, blood revenge and family curses, feel a different than “Mayakovsky’s” unrequited love, but they certainly contain their own kind of hunger.