Thursday, August 21, 2008

Obama posters

There are some powerful images gracing posters for the Obama campaign. The images are becoming very recognizable, particularly this one by Shepard Fairey:

There is a version of this same poster that says Hope, too. It is nice seeing positive imagery like this for a presidential campaign coming from artists. These artists are coming together in The Manifest Hope Gallery to "highlight themes of the progressive grass-roots movement surrounding the Obama Campaign - Hope, change, progress, unity and patriotism."

A show of these images opens on Sunday at The Manifest Hope Gallery, housed within Denver’s Andenken Gallery. The description of the show is as follows:

"Manifest hope will showcase some of the finest modern contemporary artists, acclaimed NY painters and sculptors, activated grass roots and street artists, and present the most widely recognized pieces seen throughout the 2008 presidential primary campaign, as well as newly commissioned works and previous works on loan from some of the United States top artists."

This is not the first recognizable image by Fairey. I hadn't linked the Obama poster with these other images at first, but looking at his portfolio on-line is like popping in a new CD and realizing you know some of the songs already. Like this one:

and this one:

And some that are political in nature, but with a positive message. This one seems to state his main theme:


Birdlashes said...

That is interesting! Some artists get famous, but others infiltrate our culture anonymously. It's amazing to think how influential this guy is, without being "known"!

Anonymous said...

Great post sis! I love the Walk The Line poster and the Make Art Not War one too.
(Still not sure on Obama. Can't quite seem to trust him. Why my Mitt dropped out...VP isn't enough. DAMNIT MITT!!!)

beastmomma said...

I agree with birdlashes. Also, I think that manifest hope is a great way for artists to be involved in various social movements.

Planet Books: I am curious about whether or not you trust McCain more than Obama. I feel more unsure of McCain because he seems to have changed so much over the past two years.

Anonymous said...

I don't trust either of the Presidential candidates. I'm in a quandry about where to put my vote actually. If McCain selects Romney as his VP I don't know if that will be enough for me.
I still have not decided and am feeling more like an Independent every day.
I'm watching the DNC this week and will hopefully feel a little clearer but I figure if I'm not clear by now then when will I. I watch the news constantly over here and am scouring the web for information every day.
Thanks for asking me what I think though BM!

beastmomma said...

Of course Planet Books! I saw the DNC tonight and really enjoyed Michelle Obama.