As we know, President-Elect Barack Obama will be stepping into office in January 2009. He is now known as the “wired” president, but did you know he’s an art movement as well? Most artwork produced that revolves around Barack himself came out during the pre-election period as people wanted to show their support, at the same time promoting him. But since he has won the election, the “Barack art” keeps on coming.
The Artworks come in all different mediums, but it seems that a lot of the pieces distributed online tend to be from digital art forms. Coincidence that Barack being “wired” would fuel these digital works? Probably not, but to me I think it’s an interesting concept. Why now? Why didn’t art movements take off before when other American elections were taking place? Maybe the idea of being “wired” to the youths of the world relates to being “cool” and in touch with what’s really going on. After all the old, out-of-date presidents prior, why wouldn’t they want to promote and idolize a guy like Barack by creating artworks of him.
As it stands right now, everything Barack touches turns to gold. Barack art is selling like there’s no tomorrow. As many sites online are out to make a buck by selling these artworks, I would hope that most artists would be doing it just for the sake of showing their appreciation and support. On the other hand, if the opportunity arose to make some money at it, I’m not sure if I could really blame the artists who make a few dollars at it. After all, the world has gone “Obama Crazy.”
Hundreds of sites have been popping up that showcase “Barak art,” even sites like the Obama Art report that are specifically dedicated to the art movement. Another site, Design for Obama, is a free site that shows how graphic designers best support Barack obama.
So maybe this gave Barack a slight advantage over John McCain’s campaign. Having attractive, well designed shirts and clothing that McCain seemed to lack.
Not only did the movement take-off online, exhibitions have sprouted all around the world as well. One American exhibition can be seen here, and another I found interseting is this gallery all the way in Paris, France.