Operation Mom's Couch, a solo exhibition by award-winning veteran artist, Eric J. Garcia will be opening Friday, February 26th. This installation-based show will examine the influences and fascination with war and combat, spurred by propaganda and the use of imagery the artist experienced from an early age. Garcia works in a variety of media, including hand-printed posters, ongoing nationally published political cartoons, large-scale public murals, and sculptural installation. His art focuses on contemporary issues from both a historic and political perspective, and serves to expand understanding and educate about the often forgotten or misrepresented versions of American history.
With his newest exhibition, Operation Mom's Couch, Garcia aims to reflect on how propaganda and the use of imagery influenced his understanding of war and combat as a child. He will incorporate both mural painting and sculptural elements to highlight and examine the ways in which these influences affected the fascination he had with “playing war,” and how we might begin to understand how these tools of advertising represent or misrepresent the experience of combat.
Operation Mom's Couch will also be accompanied by an exhibition featuring various sculptures from NVAM’s permanent collection. Both exhibitions will be on display through August 20th, 2016.