Dealing with Donald Trumplethinskin : Portrait of the 45th President of the United States

Michelle Kuo, editor of Artforumwrites in the January 2017 issue that with Donald Trump as the next president of the United States “Art must counter image with image—constructing pictures but also precipitating their undoing, their disruption, their unmooring.” I fully agree. Just after his election, I took official Wikipedia photo portraits of The Donald and with the acidity of a golden shower buried these images in gilded visual noise: denying (to some degree) Trumplethinskin’s recognizable presence in the resulting series of computer-robotic assisted paintings and animations called Portrait of the 45th President of the United States. The idea of this series is to symbolically refuse to acknowledge Trump. To stop reproducing him and his brand. To bury him in a shower of visual noise.

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About josephnechvatal

Since 1986 Joseph Nechvatal has worked with ubiquitous electronic visual information, computers and computer-robotics. His computer-robotic assisted paintings and computer software animations are shown regularly in galleries and museums throughout the world. From 1991-1993 he worked as artist-in-resident at the Louis Pasteur Atelier and the Saline Royale / Ledoux Foundation’s computer lab in Arbois, France on The Computer Virus Project: an experiment with computer viruses as a creative stratagem. In 2002 he extended that artistic research into the field of viral artificial life through his collaboration with the programmer Stéphane Sikora. Dr. Nechvatal earned his Ph.D. in the philosophy of art and new technology at The Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA) University of Wales College, Newport, UK and occasionally teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (SVA). His book of essays “Towards an Immersive Intelligence: Essays on the Work of Art in the Age of Computer Technology and Virtual Reality (1993-2006)” was published by Edgewise Press in 2009. In 2011 his book “Immersion Into Noise” was published by the University of Michigan Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office in conjunction with Open Humanities Press http://openhumanitiespress.org/immersion-into-noise.html. You can follow him on Twitter at @twinkletwink Homepage here: http://www.nechvatal.net
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