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The Time magazine cover has been widely interpreted as portraying Trump as a devil because of the placement of the “M” above his head. Yet this isn’t the first time a Time Person of the Year image could be construed this way. More interesting are the many other subversive elements in the work by the London-based photographer Nadav Kander. Journalist and critic Jake Romm identifies other features as subversive, including the chair, the pose, and the color.
#critiques There has been quite a bit of writing reviewing and critiquing my portrait of Donald Trump seen on the cover of Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year issue. “Perfect” I say because any writing that demonstrates enquiry sheds light onto the many layers a good piece of work should have. It at once promotes others to think more about what they see around them (hard with the amount of popular imagery coming at us from every direction) and it shows the possibility that we can deepen into work we look at and let our own personal story give up its secrets and feel emotion triggered by what it sees (if of course this interests you). Some excellent writing can beautifully suggest and unlock a thought trail you’d never imagined before. The more of this the better, because your interest and knowledge becomes more acute. So bring it on! What I miss from a lot of this writing is a simple “in my view” put at the beginning or the end of a sentence occasionally. I mind this because it’s you and only you that hold the narrative to the picture and therefore another’s truth may not be yours. There is no dictionary that defines the meaning of a photograph, just a viewers view. I try with all my image making to leave the ‘door open’ so a viewer can come in and feel around for themselves. A glance back by a sitter might mean one thing to one person and something so different to another, just because, as said above, our life stories are so different from one to another. I looked to make a portrait that respects this crossroad in history with no political view of my own. Thank you for so much positive feedback. #trump #timemagazine #portrait @time
Aria Watson, a young Oregon-based artist, has produced a stunning series of photographs that underscores the barbarity of Trump’s statements about women. In each picture, a model has different words from one of Trump’s misogynistic quotes written across her body. The work reminds us that there are real people effected by language which to him is no more than locker room conversation. Her art is more noteworthy when you hear Aria explain that she wasn’t even old enough to vote against Trump.
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.
Phillip Kremer, a Houston-based artist, has created digitally manipulated images of Trump. He moves facial features to stunning affect with a result that is at times hilarious and disturbing, leading others to suggest he may be the most terrifying artist on the web. He’s done this for other politicians, including Newt Gingrich and Ted Cruz, but the Trump pieces are some of the most numerous in his oeuvre. The technique is especially appropriate for Trump, suggesting what he might look like if his carefully prepared face were as grotesque as his policies, values, and behavior.
British sculptor and photographer James Osterer has created a compelling effigy of Trump, made almost entirely out of animal parts. Although only a photo of the sculpture was displayed at his Hong Kong show, it was crafted by using pig, fish, and other animal parts to create a monstrosity as grotesque as its subject. This isn’t the first time that Osterer has worked with food, but for Trump the medium is especially fitting.