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To take in a whole Ben Garrison cartoon is crushing, because of how saturated and strange his particular artistic terrain is — it’s as overstuffed as the busiest Brueghel, and the taxonomic depiction of every disposable perversity and ugliness is clearly something like the soul of the work. Bit by bit, it is legible: Garrison’s towering and increasingly muscular depictions of Trump are ridiculous relative to the chowder-bodied real thing, but also so goofily gormless that they provide perspective on the particular hero worship at work. His sweeping, boiling swampscapes offer a queasy glimpse at the world as the artist sees it. Nothing is concealed or even really coded, but that doesn’t make it any easier to comprehend. Everything is labeled, but that doesn’t mean it makes sense.

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