Every four years, the US voting public gets treated to a form of spectacle unmatched elsewhere in the world in the form of our presidential election. The 24/7 news cycle especially provides an endless stream of coverage destined to entertain, inflame, and possibly inform the electorate about those seeking our highest government offices.

None of the humor, paradox and satire that has become part and parcel of this quadrennial exercise escapes the notice of artist Bart Vargas, who promises to present “an exhibition of political paintings that examine and critique the current state of affairs in his beloved homeland of the United States.”

Vargas’ colorful, Pop-inflected work often involves text and symbols that when isolated, enlarged and designed from bold circles encapsulate strong reactions to contemporary flash points. As a wry comment on American Capitalism, Vargas adds that this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will make all works available for purchase, along with stickers, t-shirts and limited edition digital prints. 

The Moving Gallery’s Bart Vargas: A Year of Lies and Other Stories at the Garden of the Zodiac beginning Thursday, June 23 from 7-9pm and running through July 31. The gallery, located at 1042 Howard Street in the Old Market Passageway, is open Tues-Sat from noon-8pm and on Sun from noon-6pm.

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