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Japanese street artist 281_Anti Nuke brings the chant “NO TRUMP, NO KKK, NO FASCIST USA” to life. In the minimalist, geometric rendering, Trump is depicted with the same triangles used for the other to figures who flank him. To show just how similar Trump is to the KKK, he is only distinguished from by his overtanned orange face, poofy hair, and red tie. According to Japan Today, the artist has left the tag throughout the Shibuya neighborhood of Tokyo while the New Yorker notes that he has a cult following in the city.
A newly formed artists’ collective, dc2standingrock, uses the large letter style of mid-Century postcards to draw attention to the terrors of the Trump administration. Constructed in DC’s McPherson Square park, the site of the OccupyDC protest in 2011, the work was entirely initiated and completed on inauguration day. The wavy lettering, typical of vintage postcards, draws attentions to the countless problems of the Trump administration, from ties with Russia, to environmental degradation, to defunding Planned Parenthood. Measuring over 40 feet in length, the artists hope that it will remain as long as possible. After a painting in response to the Dakota Access Pipeline, this is only the second work of these talented and creative artists.
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.
Veteran LA-street artist Robbie Conal has created a series of wheatpaste posters featuring a deeply textured black and white drawing of Trump. They’ve been spotted on the west coast, New York and DC. The image appears between bold lettering, giving the work an Orwellian quality.
In Washington DC, October 25
In Brooklyn. Thanks to Untapped Cities.
American street artist Hanksy has created a wall mural featuring a turd bearing Trump’s likeness on Orchard Street in lower Manhattan. Hanksy has an affinity for using puns in his art. Although the rhyme between Trump and Dump is appropriate, though there are many other similarities between Trump and feces. Hanksy made important efforts to propagate the image, including developing a site where it can be downloaded.
Update, January 6: The mural has been painted over by the building’s owner, but the website remains up and the image continues to be widely used.
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.
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.
British-based street artist Pegasus has imagined Trump in full Nazi attire. Stenciled in black and white and painted on a Bristol pub, across Trump’s body is the reminder that “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.
According to the Huffington Post, the work earned Pegasus death threats.
Lithunian graphic designer and street artist Mindaugas Bonanu made a wheatpaste mural showing Putin and Trump locking lips, an update of the famous cold-war ear work, “My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love “ of Brezhnev and Erich Honecker kissing in a socialist embrace. Putin and Trump are wearing the most Russian of leisure wear, a training suit. The image, which first appeared on a Vilnius restaurant, has been widely circulated, thanks in part to a website where the image is available on shirts, cups, and iPhone cases.
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?