Donald Dump: how Trump the Pottymouth triggered artistic overload | Art and design
IIs visually shaming presidential candidates the best way to boycott them? Last week a picture has surfaced the consummate and vulgar US presidential candidate Donald Trump with his face wrapped around a lip-shaped urinal by Dutch designer Meike van Schijndel. This is a snapshot of the men’s restroom at Belushi’s Bar in the Auberge St Christopher’s Inns in Paris – but it’s not real. It is a Photoshopped masterpiece by two Californian artists, William Duke and Brandon Griffin.
Since Trump ran for Republican candidacy, the megalomaniac billionaire has sparked a fiery and comedic “Trump art” movement. Unlike Shepard Fairey, who painted the poster of Barack Obama Hope in 2008, artists fight with Photoshop, spray cans and brushes covered in menstrual blood. Trump has become the art world’s wild card – or, oddly enough, their trump card.
Better candidate for a meme than for president, Trump has been creatively transformed into an Oompa Loompa, a drag queen and a pile of fly-attracting poo. You could call it the anti-Trump art movement, or just the Donald Dump genre.
The toilets seem to be a common theme: we had Trump toilet paper and 3D printed Trump anal plug. New York street artist Hanky, which started from the observation that Trump rhymes with discharge, created a Manhattan mural depicting Trump in the form of dung. “My job is usually light, but this guy is the worst,” Hanksy said. “The fact that American citizens applaud his name shows you how deeply lost we as a nation. God help us all if this bogeyman with a wig receives the Republican nomination.
Trump’s inflammatory statements about Mexicans kicked off the artistic response this summer. There was a fleet of Asset piñatas, and the In decline art collective created a mural on the border of Tijuana titled ¡Rape Trump! “We don’t support rape, but shine a light on Trump’s hateful comments,” an unnamed artist in the group said. The mural shows, in Spanish, how to get to Trump Tower in New York City. “Street art and graffiti have always been a powerful voice in our culture. It doesn’t look like America is going to stop producing bully pigs anytime soon, so we should have plenty of source material to continue our fight from the outside.
There is also a program called Painting with Donald Trump online, which allows you to play with images of his face. Portland artist Sarah Levy, meanwhile, painted Trump using a menstrual blood-stamp and brush covered after his public insinuation about a new menstruation presenter.
Trump’s comments on Syrian refugees elicited a response from the satirical Syrian artist Holy Hoax. The artist has created over a dozen artworks of Trump as Disney villains, and Photoshopped him in drag. “My biggest problem with Trump is his racism,” the artist said. “In my art, I always try to make people aware of all the bad things he does so that he doesn’t win elections. I think this is negative publicity.
Recreating Trump as a drag queen criticizes the thin line between politics and entertainment. “They put on a face, perform in front of an audience and synchronize their speeches – the only difference is that, unlike drag performers, these leaders don’t know when to take off their costumes,” said Saint Hoax, who also created a sex doll. inflatable Trump and gifs that show it with Kardashian Botox before and after. “Trump provides artists, satirists and comedians with enough material to criticize him, but ironically I think he’s happy with all of these reinterpretations of himself. His strategy is to stay in the spotlight as much as possible.