Hanksy, Dump Turmp, 2015
Today we cast our ballots and cross our fingers with the hope that the 11 swing states that decide our president each year don't mess this up for America. In this moment of reflection, we're looking back at the dozens of gut-reactions, carefully-cultivated responses, and communal efforts from artists addressing the candidacy of Donald Trump.Shortly after he called Mexicans crossing the southern United States border drug dealers and rapists in 2015, a Mexican-American artist named Fernando Sosa expressed his disdain for Trump by 3D-printing a butt plug in his image. Since then we've seen collages, Photoshop jobs, video art, Deepdream remixes, a tombstone, a hijacked bus, and a nude portrait of the Republican presidential nominee with a micropenis, all attempting to come to terms with the bigot who captivated so many Americans.
Below we have a generous sampling of the best creative musings on Donald Trump's personality and influence. It's difficult to remember a time when Trump wasn't dominating our news cycle, and in time these artworks themselves may be looked at as either scars left on the art world, or our cultural immune system healthy response to an invasive presence.
The Donald Trump Butt PlugDeepdreamed Donald Trump Speech1.35 Billion Donald Trumps Saying "China" at OnceWe Analyze the Donald Trump Campaign's Design ChoicesApocalyptic Political Portraits in Microsoft Paint Johnny Depp's Prosthetic Trump PerformanceRonald McDonald TrumpSarah Levy's Period PaintingsDump Trump Mural
Trump Blow Up DollArtists Repurposed an Old Donald Trump Campaign Bus100 Women Bare It All Against TrumpElection Merch Designed by Twitter HatersAdolf TrumpJapanese Donald Trump CommercialDonald Trump, Ass ClownTrumptendo
Illma Gore's Portrait of Trump with a MicropenisThe Trump TombstoneThe Artist-Run Super PAC
GHOSTBITCHUSA!Dinild TrimpThe Trump Soundbite GameAn Artist Stole Trump's Used Fork…and Kept It
The Champ Kelly Slater Weighed in with an Election-Themed Art ShowKaren Finley Becomes Trump, Bernie, and HillaryThe Oh So Satisfying Trump Urinal"I See Bad Hombres"MIT's Nightmare Machine Turns on The DonaldThe Performance Artist Who Stalked and Campaigned for Donald Trump in the Year 2000Aphex Twin and Weirdcore's Election Spectacular
Follow The Creators Project on Instagram for a refreshing break from Donald Trump-themed art.Every vote counts, so remember to hit the polls on November 8, and check out the VICE Guide to the 2016 Election.Related:An Artist Is Churning Out Steve Buscemi Portraits for Election DayMIT's Nightmare Machine Made Its Scariest Image YetThe First-Ever Artist-Run Super PAC Wants Your Vote