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Evri Kwong attacks America’s social ills with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. In his exhibition “Just Pretend Everything is OK,” the artist takes on consumerism, racism, terrorism, domestic violence, drug abuse, and homophobia in his Sharpie-penned indictments of our culture. By depicting horrific events—the dragging and beheading of James Byrd, or the victims of a school shooting pleading for their lives, for example—in comic-strip panels, Kwong makes them a little easier to digest, but even when he juxtaposes such tragedies with their supposed causes, he offers no solutions—or even hope for the future. By choosing easy targets, he manages to make heavy matters entirely uncontroversial—after all, who would disagree with a denunciation on evil?
THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW FROM 11 A.M. TO 4 P.M. TUESDAY to SATURDAY, TO MARCH 22 AT THE KATZEN ARTS CENTER, 4400 MASSACHUSETTS AVE N.W. FREE. 202-885-1300.