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LaBeouf, Rönkkö and Turner, “He Will Not Divide Us”

The performance art trio of Shia LaBeouf, Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner created a compelling protest installation that the artists intend to run for the length of Trump’s term in office. Launched on inauguration day, the piece centers around a camera mounted at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens beneath the title of the work. Visitors are encouraged to state “He Will Not Divide Us”, prompting one visitor to make the statement his mantra for over three hours. The camera’s feed can be viewed 24 hours a day at hewillnotdivide.us. Protest art is often blunt, which works effectively in this interactive and participatory work. The artists use every element of the piece – from the title, to the URL, to the installation lettering, and the words contributed by thousands of participants – to make a succinct statement of protest. Hopefully there will be other feeds in other cities so that others who are not in New York can also make their statement as part of the project.

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Anonymous, “All Seeing Trump”

An anonymous artist has created an interactive mobile installation modeled after the Zoltar carnival game in the Tom Hanks movie “Big”. The Trump as a fortune (or misfortune) teller is complete with eyes that light up and cards that tell the user’s future. By having the machine recite Trump’s quotes nearly verbatim, the silliness of his policies is heightened. The work forces us to look at what the future would be like if Trump were President and the dark humour of this piece is something that Edward Keinholz would appreciate. The machine has its own website and an affiliated Twitter account. According to CNN, “All Seeing Trump” was fabricated by Characters Unlimited, makers of Zoltar.

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INDECLINE, “The Emporer Has No Balls”

The anarchist collective INDECLINE has installed lifesize scupltures of Donald Trump in five cities. Suggestive of sculpture by Ron Mueck or Charles Ray, Trump is depicted completely nude. Though made out of clay, concrete, rebar and resin, the piece is similar in concept to the work on paper by Ilma Gore. Trump’s pose, with his arms folded and resting on his gut, make him seem reserved and aloof. His scowl suggests he’s indifferent to his nudity as he is to the future of the country and common decency.

The work was fabricated by Joshua Monroe, a Los Vegas-based artist who has a background in set design. He worked under the alias “Ginger” to avoid backlash from Trump supporters.

The Emperor Has No Balls. Union Square, NYC #INDECLINE . . . . . (photo: @thejasongoodrich)

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Update: The original sculptures have generated so much attention that additional versions have been commissioned and are installed in Miami and New Jersey after the originals were taken down by authorities.

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t.Rutt, “T.RUMP Bus”

The artists collective t.Rutt has transformed a Trump bus into a mobile installation and performance art piece. The two t.Rutt artists, Mary Mihelic and David Gleeson, purchased the bus after the Trump campaign posted it for sale on Craigslist following the Iowa caucuses. The piece has more subtlety that a lot of Trump protest art, not least of all because at first glance the bus looks to be a regular Trump campaign bus. Upon closer examination, the Trump banner has been transformed to T.Rump with the slogan “Make Fruit Punch Great Again”. Gently alluding to Trump’s fascist tendencies, the side window the artists have listed some things Trump might do in his own version of “My Struggle”, including “To love myself” and “To not exploit bankruptcy”. Another window has a “manhood measuring station”.

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David Smith, “I’ll Be So Great for America It’ll Make Your Head Spin”

Texas artist David Smith (not to be confused with the David Smith of “Cubi”) has sculpted a metal weathervane featuring Donald Trump’s face at the top. Its title, ““I’ll Be So Great for America It’ll Make Your Head Spin” is taken from an actual Trump quote. The Trump face and the arrow directional are arranged to turn with an dollar sign extension, so that Trump is “always following the money”. Also fitting its subject, the weathervane “spins maniacally”. Though Smith appears to specialize in weathervanes and other sculpture, he does some great architectural drawings as well.

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Anonymous, Trump Tombstone installation

On Easter Sunday, an artist who does not want to be acknowledged erected an installation in New York’s Central Park. Consisting of a granite tombstone with Trump’s name but no date of death, the work is something that could be done by street artists such as Swoon. The grave marker emphasizes that Trump is dead to the world in so many respects. Or, it could be taken to highlight the gap between his own limitless ego and mortal constraints. Alternatively, it could contrast the significance of Easter and Trump’s moral qualities. Reporters spoke with the artist, who was careful to conceal their anonymity, while explaining that it was performance art intended to “shake him awake”. It’s too bad it was only up for a few hours before park staff took it down. It was reported that the Secret Service was not contacted, but would this be the same if he were President?

Someone placed an actual Trump tombstone in Central Park

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Update: The artist behind the work is  Brian Andrew Whiteley, according to the New York Times coverage .

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