Tivon Rice's dog is asleep on the job. Actually, being asleep is the job. His slack mouth fills Rice's video screen, which is the size of a large flashlight. There's snoring on the soundtrack as the dog's long, flat tongue flutters behind the broken-picket fence of its wet, white teeth. The video is a good example of a new movement that might be called the malignant benign. The dog is napping (benign), but his mouth looks like a tunnel of death (malignant) at a carnival, accompanied by drool.
Excerpt from Lawrimore artists spin different realities from the same themes. Regina Hackett, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 8/16/2006