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Monthly Archives: November 2016
North Carolina artist and illustrator Jon Bass has produced a stunning work that is a vivid depiction of the raw and savage impulses at work below the well coiffed exterior. The distorted facial expressions are something that Francis Bacon might have painted, though the Jewish star is inexplicable.
Stephanie Sarley, a young artist whose works include a wide range of materials including food, has created an anti-Trump portrait that is a 2016 take on an iconic anti-feminist and anti-suffrage poster. The piece replaces the woman who is bound and gagged in the 1920s version with Trump, while carefully retaining the same coloring, styling, and title as the original.
The Huffington Post asks 21 artists for their thoughts about what Trump’s election means for the future of art and what role it should play over the next four years. Remarks by Zoe Buckman do a great job of explaining why more art isn’t created in response to Trump – the most significant American political event since 9/11.
As artists we need to stop making work only for gallery or museum walls, or the coffee tables of collectors. Rather, in tandem with these shows and pieces, we also need to make work for the people. For free. On billboards, train stations, public parks, etc. In order for that to happen, public art organizations need to be braver and stop highlighting work that is safe and decorative. The boards that control them need to give more power to the curators, and American cities need to lift much of the red tape that hinders and prevents artists from making challenging public art.
All these stakeholders – artists, collectors, gallerists, curators – should be looking at ways to create more Trump protest art, even if it means changing the way they usually do business.
Zoe Buckman, “Champ” (2016)
Light artist Vicki Da Silva has created a work that labels Trump with one of his favored epithets. Using a extended exposure camera and a single shot, Da Silva writes “Loser” in front of the Trump buildings on Riverside Boulevard (which are trying to have the Trump name removed). The technique is something that was explored by Picasso, though he never used it to make a political statement, unfortunately.
British photographer Alison Jackson has staged a series of photos imagining what a Trump presidency will be like. While creative and technically sound, in an era of fake news, these scenes seem so realistic that they risk contributing to misinformation. Though these were not intended as protest, do they serve to validate beliefs about Trump’s behavior? The photos do fit with the rest of Jackson’s work and could be be effective in promoting her book about the “cult of the celebrity”, which was released in November.
Collagist, graphic designer, and blue chip artist Barbara Kruger has designed a cover for New York Magazine. It features her trademark sans serif font overlayed on a close picture of Trump’s tensed face. Kruger started her career as a magazine designer and its good to see her return to her roots for the purpose of Trump protest art.
American graphic artist Shepard Fairey, who is responsible for what is the most recognizable image from the 2008 election cycle, has produced a new work labeling Donald Trump for what he is – a demogogue. The anti-Trump poster appears to use similar materials to the iconic Hope poster. In a move that Fairey told CNN is inspired by Orwell’s 1984, the work focuses on his mouth, the tool for Trump’s demagoguery. Developed in collaboration with the band Franz Ferdinand which has a song by the same name, the bold work is signature Fairey.
I’ve been a big fan of the band #FranzFerdinand since they first hit the scene in 2003. I met the Franz guys at a gig in L.A. a few years ago and mentioned I’d be excited to collaborate if the opportunity should arise. That moment has arrived, and it coincides with a mutual desire to block a certain demagogue from ever arriving at the White House. I’m incredibly proud that Alex reached out to me to collaborate on an image for possibly the bands’ first overtly political song “Demagogue.” I listened to the song and considered my thoughts about #Trump as a sociopath and a destructive force in politics and society. Listen to the song (link in bio), look at the art, and search your own conscience for where you stand on the politics of fear and division versus the politics of hope and inclusion. If you feel as I do, that Trump is terrible for America and the rest of the world, vote and speak your mind. Every act of moral courage makes a difference. Thanks for caring! – Shepard 18 inches x 24 inches #ScreenPrint on cream Speckle Tone paper. Signed by #ShepardFairey. Numbered edition of 500. $60. Available Tuesday, 10/18/16 at 10am PST on ObeyGiant.com in PRINTS. This song and print are released in conjunction with @30days30songs. Proceeds will benefit the @populardemocracy and their efforts towards Universal Voting Rights.
Tennessee-based artist Elena Wyatt has created an abstract yet evocative representation of Trump’s signature policy proposal, the border wall. With a single, red, jagged line through the center of the piece, the work is reminiscent of Barnett Newman’s paintings. Unlike Newman’s work, the colors on both sides are starkly different and not blurred, emphasizing the harsh divide that Trump will cause.