For Bart Vargas, waking up on Nov. 9, 2016, felt like living in an episode of “Black Mirror,” the sci-fi thriller on Netflix. The Omaha artist said he felt the need to express his emotions about the results of the U.S. presidential election and this new era of America’s collective history.
After more than 11 months of work, the result is “One Year Later: Trumplings,” which opens Friday, Nov. 3, at the little gallery. The exhibition and fundraiser will showcase more than 300 ceramic effigies of President Trump created by Vargas.
The three-dimensional works come in two versions: Trumplings – the president’s head on the body of a baby, and Twitter Twits – the president’s head on the body of a bird. The first Trumpling was cast on the day of Trump’s inauguration, and Vargas has committed to casting a piece every day while Trump is in office.
All gallery proceeds and a major portion of the artist’s commission from sales will benefit local nonprofits affected by President Trump’s administration, including Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.
“One Year Later: Trumplings” runs through Nov. 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00pm, Saturdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm and by appointment. For more information, call 402.681.1901.