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The Front Room Gallery is proud to present the third quadren nial “Ballot Show”\, which focuses on the American electoral system\, and t he overall notion of voting with a ballot. “The Ballot Show\,” held every 4 years since 2004\, is inspired by the American election\, and contemplates our antiquated electoral-college voting process. 

Historicall y political art has often been associated with repression. This exhibition\ , however\, is motivated by the idea of making a choice\, and what it that choice represents. Steven Gagnon’s diptych\, “Hope” and “Progress”\, parody the famous Shephard Fairey portrait of President Obama\, and feature an un opened six-pack of the hipster beer\, Pabst Blue Ribbon\, as one component and the following serigraph image of the cans empty and smashed. Jason Clay Lewis’s neon sign “Inner Peace $100\, Blow Jobs $20” is about a more basic choice. 

Many of the artists in this show have gone outside o f their wheelhouse to create works specifically for this show. Ethan Crenso n will be doing a performance at the opening in which he will tattoo people with their party affiliation on their hands knuckles a la “Knight of the H unter”. 

Veteran political artists Marshall Reese and Nora Lig orano’s video of a cast ice “Melting Middle Class” might be chilling\, and it might be true. Lori Korchek and Mike Bade have been traveling across the country with a replica of the Oval Office desk\, asking Americans to take a seat as Commander in Chief and tell them “what good they would do for Ame rica.\;” The will have the actual desk as part of performance/installation with the video in the gallery. Emily Roz’s polaroid grids of actors portray ing The President in Hollywood movies leave us with the impression that “Pr esidential” might just be a look. 

During this time of overt p artisanship “The Ballot Show” is not about looking at the candidates\, it i s about looking at the system that created them\, and us.

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