The right to a dissenting opinion and free speech are extremely valued in this country. Many a patriot has said a word or two out of step from the established rhetoric, but when it is an eloquent criticism of systemic inequity, the statement carries more weight. Cindy Tower's installation Nest Egg at the Good Citizen Gallery (2247 Gravois Avenue, 314-348-4587 or www.goodcitizenstl.com) does just that. Nest Egg is a three-dimensional, sculptural take on the loopholes in the income tax system, which allow the Uncle Moneybags tax bracket to retain as much cash as humanly possible. Made from scavenged materials and taking the shape of an egg-like structure that doubles as a one-person shelter, Tower's Nest Egg physically allows a viewer to take the loophole tax journey to the pot of gold at the end -- an isolated environment made of whatever scraps you can glean on your way through life. Nest Egg opens with a free public reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 1. Good Citizen is open Friday and Saturday, and the exhibit remains up through Saturday, March 30.
Fridays, Saturdays. Starts: March 1. Continues through March 30, 2013