Political Candidates, Busted

Washington D.C.-based artist Melissa Ichiuji’s latest works are a brutal commentary on politics. The former Alvin Ailey dancer has seen success for her work with erotic soft sculptures, but for her latest exhibit, Fair Game, the imagery is stark and brutal. “I wanted to play with traditional portraiture and settled on doing busts,” Ichiuji says. “It’s a play on words in how the media is out there looking for the next sound bite or gaffe, ready to ‘bust’ political leaders from both parties.” Ichiuji brings two pieces and a slide show from her D.C. exhibit to the entertainment and architectural lighting agency Alios (1217 S. Main St.) at 4 p.m. Oct. 28. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is shown, with darkened, closed dead eyes, his head open to reveal a variety of metal gadgets. President Obama appears to have a brutal wound as well, although the piece has been altered, in a controversial move, by the hosting gallery in Washington. Next year, Ichiuji hopes to return to Vegas with an equally “mind-blowing” exhibit showcasing rock icons.