The longer you think about its themes of personal integrity versus selling out, the more naive The Bargain becomes. Certainly, we're living in a cynical age when people who refuse to go for the buck are ridiculed. A toast to Swen for putting these issues back in the moral context they deserve. But the idea that being a dirt-poor, unappreciated artist is its own reward is presented sans the scrutiny that Swen applies to life as a rich, prostituted talent. The Bargain strives to make a point about the consequences of a decision many people would never think twice about, then shortchanges us with a blinkered viewpoint.
The Bargain runs through April 28 at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary. Call 871-