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Trump 24K Gold-Plated

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    San Francisco (made)

  • Date:

    2016 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wang, Angie (designers)
    Fox, Mark (designers)
    Design is Play (designers)
    Oscar Printing Company (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embossed poster

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Angie Wang & Mark Fox / Design is Play

  • Museum number:

    E.57-2017

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf DR76, box LOANS

Physical description

Poster on black paper entitled 'Trump 24K Gold-Plated' depicting a motif utilising four rotated, interlocking letter Ts embossed in gold to form a swastika in the black negative space between the letters.

Place of Origin

San Francisco (made)

Date

2016 (made)

Artist/maker

Wang, Angie (designers)
Fox, Mark (designers)
Design is Play (designers)
Oscar Printing Company (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Embossed poster

Dimensions

Height: 572 mm, :, Width: 480 mm

Descriptive line

Embossed poster by 'Design is Play' entitled 'Trump 24K Gold-Plated'. San Francisco, USA, 2016.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

The work was selected as the Poster of the Week by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Culver City, California, in the week running up to the United States Presidential Election of 2016. The designers explained, "Let's be clear: for some Americans, the attractive aspects of Donald Trump’s public persona can obscure his repellent views. The tension in our design between positive and negative space—between luxe gold foil letters and the matte black swastika—is meant to mirror this dualism, and it is a tension that makes some uncomfortable.”

The designers were inspired by Jesse Reed and Michael Bierut's design of an official H monogram for Hillary Clinton's campaign, so decided to create an unauthorized poster for Trump. In their own words as quoted from a press release issued with the poster:
"Whereas Hillary's H pulls one's eye to the letterform itself, the narrative implicit in our design requires the viewer's gaze to oscillate between foreground and background; between typographic form and counter-form. The form comprises four gold rotating letter Ts which are emblematic of qualities projected by Donald Trump and largely accepted by his supporters: strength, success, wealth, and revolutionary (ie. impolitic) speech. The counter-form suggests a conflicting narrative, however: namely that Trump's disruptive and divisive rhetoric is creating metaphoric negative spaces in the fabric of American society. These spaces- fracture lines really - snake through the design's square silhouette to reveal a swastika. And while the swastika is historically a symbol of dynamism and cyclical renewal associated with the sun, in this context it simply evokes hate speech and nationalist demagoguery".

Techniques

Embossing

Categories

Posters; Politics; Typography

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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