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.
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.
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.
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.
New York artist Geoffrey Stein has assembled a portrait of Trump comprised of papers from his bankruptcy filings. Trump has a calm expression, which is an effective in drawing attention to the business papers of Trump’s failures that Stein used for the work.
Political sculptor and graphic designer Fernando Sosa has created butt-plug sized versions of Trump. The artist, based in Orlando Florida, fabricated the pieces using a 3-D printer. While this isn’t the first time he’s developed butt-plug versions of political leaders, the medium seems especially appropriate for Trump. In his artist’s statement, Sosa seems especially animated by Trump’s comments on immigration and has made the work widely available. “I like the mental picture of his face going into people’s asses” Sosa told the Huffington Post.
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New York artist Deborah Kass has created an update of Andy Warhol’s anti-Richard Nixon poster. The work uses the same combination of orange, blue, and yellow as the Warhol original. Warhol is an especially appropriate subject to mimic as he has appropriated so many images himself.
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.