Pete Cowdin never settles for saying something when he can make a statement instead. At Reading Reptile, the Brookside haven that he and his wife operate for discerning parents, he makes sure that young readers get their first anti-mass-market lessons (also: cupcakes). On the store's blog, writing under his nom de provocateur, A. Bitterman, he lashes out at big-box retail and other demons in a witty, borderline-maladjusted voice. For a husband and a father of five, that's plenty to do, yet this year Cowdin also unleashed two stunning visual-art exhibitions (also billed as work by A. Bitterman). An enormous undertaking funded by a Rocket Grant (money from the Andy Warhol Foundation, administered by KC's Charlotte Street Foundation and the University of Kansas' Spencer Museum of Art), Point of Interest | Homo Vulgaris mocked up a national park — in Cowdin's yard. To achieve the right effect, he produced brochures mapping his "Upper Lawn Trail View" and put out a brass plaque reading, "Sometimes we travel long distances so that we can be in nature. We confuse nature for the natural world, and this has generated a kind of madness." Point taken, dude. While that stunt was still attracting, amusing and challenging the curious, he installed a different set of pieces called Lot 18 at the Subterranean Gallery. To create those images, Cowdin had aerial photographer Jon Blumb fly over his home while he was stretched out naked on the roof, showing what a badass he really is. Point taken again, dude.