We Can't Stop Talking About…Political Art

[Image above: (clockwise from left) Shepard Fairey's very famous Hope poster, The Ultimate Colorblindness Test poster (frankly I think this is very clever), I Heart Obama pin, Build your own Obama cube head, Nov. 4, 2008 print, there's the united states print]

TRULY INSPIRED:
Regardless of whether your political affiliation is Republican, Democrat or Independent, it is clear to see that many people have been inspired by the recent change in our American history of electing our first African American president. This is made clear through the thousands and thousands of inspired art, ephemera and general glee that I luckily got to witness at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. ModCloth was kind enough to let me have the day off so I could enjoy the festivities with the 2 million other people who came to watch (yep, that’s right people, I was crazy enough to go)…

Read on to hear about the event and more political art…

My Experience:
After an early morning of riding two hours on the Metro, walking among a sea of people dancing, clapping and yelling, I finally and very happily enjoyed my morning cup of joe. I arrived at the Lincoln memorial, where I watched from a jumbo-tron with 10,000 of my closest new friends the swearing in of our first African American president. It may have been crazy to go. I could have been stuck in a tunnel for 5 hours (like a few thousand attendees were), but somehow the event was painless for me and I was glad to feel a part of history.

Anyway, there were MANY t-shirt, button, and hat vendors (even more than concession stands!) I saw my two favorite items as I was leaving. A vendor kept yelling, “Cause you KNOW he can dunk!” as he held up a shirt of an Obama head transposed on the muscular body of Michael Jordan dunking a basketball. So strange. The second item was a pair of Keds shoes that a girl was wearing below (pretty sweet!):

Some of the other strange imagery of Obama found on the internet, are the drawings, and videos of Obama riding whimsical creatures, such as a unicorn or a narwhal.  This tradition probably started with the first image which is actually from a video created by JibJab during the primaries about all of the candidates. Overall it’s pretty funny, take a look here.

Another interesting project (shown above) is the Spelling Change project.  A group of artists and designers came together to each create a letter of the alphabet inspired by the issues supported by the Obama campaign. These were then printed and photographed on supporters from every walk of life. Take a look at it here and spell something!

While I know that everyone reading, may not be an Obama supporter, I encourage you to take a look at the art that is being created by the every-day person and take note to just be passionate about whatever it is you do believe. Regardless of how I feel about his policies, behavior, or anything else. I am proud of the interesting people around the world who are obviously inspired and therefore creating.

[Image above: (clockwise from left) Street art, Mural and graffiti, say 'Good morning!' with Obama in your coffee, more graffiti]


[Image above: JibJab video]

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12 Responses to We Can't Stop Talking About…Political Art

  1. Vasil 01/22/2009 at 1:13 pm #

    LOVE it

  2. Joe 01/22/2009 at 2:10 pm #

    Awesome post! This campaign spawned some amazing design.

  3. Madalynn 01/22/2009 at 3:22 pm #

    Neat neat! Such creative people :)
    You’re so lucky to have gone!

  4. Maggie 01/22/2009 at 5:55 pm #

    Seriously – awesome post.

  5. Millie 01/22/2009 at 6:29 pm #

    Extremely interesting post. Really enjoyed it.

  6. Tamara 01/22/2009 at 8:07 pm #

    Awesome post. That Jib Jab video cracked me up when I first saw it…

  7. jenn 01/23/2009 at 11:19 am #

    I figured maybe you’d be interested in an artist I am featuring on my site. He’s an amazing sculptor/painter who uses modern US coins as his medium. His latest work is a portrait of Barack Obama made up of pennies and nickles.
    http://www.collectorsquest.com/featured-week/tedstanke.html

  8. Rachel 01/23/2009 at 8:46 pm #

    I am a Libertarian; but why even bother saying its political art? You only talk about Obama, afterall.

  9. Tamara 01/24/2009 at 6:27 pm #

    I hope you all will mention the furor about Aretha Franklin’s hat. Can we bring back the hat? Yes we can!

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/kits-aretha-post/

  10. Serena 01/24/2009 at 8:25 pm #

    While I am an Obama supporter and am oh-so-happy and excited, I agree with Rachel’s point–it’s a bit misleading to label this post “We Can’t Stop Talking About…Political Art.” “…Obama” would be more accurate, or “…Art Inspired by Obama.”

  11. Rob Maguire 02/07/2009 at 3:26 pm #

    Thanks for this collection of Obama images! We tried keeping up with the deluge of Obama art at Art Threat, but it was too much to handle for one little political art blog!

  12. Omer Golan 07/10/2010 at 9:49 am #

    I agree with Bob, you have here an awesome collection of Obama images and a really great blog. Thanks! I’ll keep reading.

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