Not Normal: Art in the Age of Trump

Brandi Merolla, The Big Blue Wave, 2020, colored pencils and ink, 11 x 14 inches (Not Normal)Eric Almanza, With This Fire, A Rebellion Will Rise, (2017) Oil on canvas, 15 x 30 inches (Not Normal)Gary Aagaard, Half-Cocked & Loaded, (2020) Oil on canvas, 20 x 10 inches (Not Normal)Holly Ballard Martz, Trophy for tyranny (tarnished reputation), (2019) NY Times, brass stencils, brass, aluminum rivets, 10 x 21 x 5 inches (Not Normal)Nancy Ohanian, Deep State, 2016, digital (Not Normal)India Tresselt, Our Daily Bread, (2017) Embroidery and applique on felt, 7 x 5 inches (Not Normal)Jamie L. Luoto, America, She Was Asking For It, (2018) Gouache on paper, 15 x 19 inches (Not Normal)Mark Bryan, The Shit Show, (2018) Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches (Not Normal)Michael D’Antuono, Mixed Messages, (2019) Oil on canvas, 66 x 44 inches (Not Normal)Michele Pred, Pro Choice: Nasty Woman (from the Power of the Purse series), 2017, Vintage purse with electroluminescent wire (Not Normal)Valerie Patterson, Not My President, (2016) Acrylic, 18 x 24 inches (Not Normal)Penny Mateer, 6:3:2020 Lives Buffeted by Terrorism and Injustice, Hand-cut newspaper collage, 7 x 5 inches (Not Normal)Rob Pratt aka Sam Adams, Trumps Last Supper, (2019) Hand embellished digital painting, Size variable (Not Normal)Tm Gratkowski, Seven Deadly Sins, (2018) Paper on paper, 19 x 12 inches (Not Normal)Squeak Carnwath, Pants on Fire, (2017), Oil pastel on slate chalkboards. Dimensions variable. Photo by M Lee Fatherree. (Not Normal)Victoria Sybrandi, D is for Donald, (2017, updated with mask 2020) Mixed media on linen, 23.6 x 15.75 inches (Not Normal)Cabell Molina, It’s All My Fault, (2019) Mixed media on canvas- newspaper pages, vintage wallpaper, acrylic paint, 30 x 24 inches (Not Normal)

The new book project, Not Normal: Art in the Age of Trump is a powerful and frequently unsettling collective archive organized by curator Karen Gutfreund. The book interprets the presidential lowlights of the last four years across contributions from scores of artists whose eclectic mediums and styles share one thing – a sense of urgency to reverse this destructive course on which our democracy has been set.

This unequivocal protest against the malfeasances of the Trump administration features nearly 150 artists and more than 350 original works, ranging from Tm Gratkowski’s meditation on deadly sins to Squeak Carnwath’s classroom chalkboard, Robb Pratt’s doubletake on the Last Supper, and Brandi Merolla’s Hokusai-inspired blue wave. Some works are more outrageous, scatological, and satirical, while others poke holes in the aura of nostalgia for a simpler, aka more racist society.

And now, art from the book forms the basis of a new music video from The Irrational Library and graphic illustrator TRIK, for “More of the Obvious Less,” the lead track off of the We…are Doomed collaborative project.


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