If you’re a fan of Donald Trump, here’s a tip: You’re gonna wanna pass on “IndigNation: Political Drawings by Jim Carrey, 2016-2018” at Maccarone Gallery in downtown L.A.
Turns out the rubber-faced actor with the rapid-fire wit (yeah, that Jim Carrey) and star of “The Mask,” “Liar Liar,” “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and “Dumb and Dumber” is also a self-taught cartoonist with a scathing pen, and in this show, he’s venting his spleen at all things 45.
In a series of acrylic-and-marker cartoons and caricatures, Carrey has been churning out his incendiary pieces with ferocious regularity. Perhaps that’s not surprising, given the surfeit of inspirational sewage spewing out of the political scene these days. His modus operandi is to debut and distribute them, accompanied by caustic captions, via Twitter, so many of the assembled works will be familiar to some.
In the mix: Carrey skewers Supreme Court “Injustice” Brett Kavanaugh; there’s a snarling, hissing Lindsay Graham, who is so angry, he looks to be on the verge of an aneurysm; and “Self Unmade Man” Jared Kushner basks in hellfire’s glory as flames lick up the walls of his financially fraught and aptly addressed 666 tower in Manhattan. But it’s not just pols Carrey takes a marker to: pimple-faced “Fakebook” founder Mark Zuckerberg gets a big thumbs down, and there’s nothing funny about sad-faced funnyman-cum-felon Bill Cosby.
Vibrant in color but jet black in spirit, Carey’s visual style and pun-heavy humor evoke a lovechild of R. Crumb’s palsied penmanship and grotesquely exaggerated body parts and the absurdist observations of late Playboy cartoonist B. Kliban.
“IndigNation” is a bit of a hunt to find, housed as it is in a former warehouse in the arts district east of DTLA and hard on the concreted banks of the LA River, but that just adds an appropriate grittiness to the subversive vibe of the work. It’s definitely worth the effort for those on the left of the political spectrum and, on second thought, maybe even for those open-minded enough on the right. You know, that whole “keep your friends close and your enemies closer” thing…