Downtown artist Diane Bush camps up campaign season.
America, You’re Screwed, acrylic on wood panel, by Kat Tatz
Betting on election outcomes isn’t quite legal in Las Vegas, but colorful commentary most certainly is. That’s lucky for Downtown artist Diane Bush (no relation to the former first family), who in honor of this campaign season has put together “Dishing It Out,” a series of socially engaging art events to rock, schlock, and mock the vote.
“Over the last 10 months we’ve gathered together political art from around the country,” explains Bush. She invited artists across the nation to create satirical work, in any medium, representing any of the 16 major party candidates who have made this election season oh, so memorable. And for the next event in this series, the family-friendly “Let America Break Again” (on October 19, at the Arts Factory, coinciding with the final presidential debate, at UNLV), some of those pieces of art have been turned into commemorative gold-trimmed art plates, which attendees will be invited to smash.
Remaining shards will be made into a community mosaic. “It’s a patriotic art carnival where the public can smash plates, in a campy atmosphere,” says Bush. There will also be live entertainment, pictures with Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty, jugglers, and face painting, of course. The whole series wraps up on election night (at the Victor Xiu Gallery inside Art Square) with “Final Tally.” Gallery walls, says Bush, “will show new work, and I will project works from throughout the year outside the gallery.” Election results will also be projected, and, if you’ve got the stomach for it, parked right outside will be—what else?—taco trucks.