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Artist Kevin Champeny Creates Mosaic Portraits of Hillary and Trump From 1,000s of Tiny Middle Fingers

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Dump Truck (All Photos By Gail)

Do you hate Donald Trump? I sure do. Dump (which is what I call him exclusively, with a rare exception being this blog post) sucks ass wildly, and he is destroying our country in ways few, if any, of us could have heretofore imagined possible. Dump’s outrageous suckitude inspires many artists to create art out of his likeness, because it makes him easier to mock. Yay! That being said, I was recently pitched a story on Kevin Champeny, a comntemporary artist whose medium is creating sculptures made up of other tiny sculptures that are related to whatever the larger image is all about. Watch a video on Kevin’s practice at This Link to see him in action and get a better idea of what I am talking about, because he is truly amazing. Even better, Kevin cites Kris Kuksi (one of our favorites) as a major influence. Awesome.

Staying with his favorite medium, Kevin’s most recent project includes two mosaic portraits, Defiance (Dump) and Fair Game/Defiant (Hillary Clinton), each of which are comprised of 4,000 hand-cast urethane Middle Fingers. Just being serious. Even though I am a huge Hillary fan (#StillWithHer), I knew I had to check out these artworks in person, and fortunately that this was not hard to do. A week or so ago, Kevin (with assistance from his friend, glass truck owner Chris, who formerly ran the pop up Sock Truck out of the mobile glass unit) launched the Defiance / Fair Game Glass Truck Tour in New York City. Over the course of four days (May 3rd – 6th) the truck made stops around town, targeting highly foot-trafficked areas like Union Square Park, The Oculus/ WTC, Madison Square Park, Bryant Park, Times Square, and Pier 94 (where Art Fair NY was taking place). I caught up with the truck while it was parked on Seventh Avenue, just across the street from Madison Square Garden / Penn Station at 5 PM on the Friday evening.

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Defiance Portrait

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Defiance Portrait, Surface Detail

Gail and Kevin by Dump

Here I am with Kevin in front of Defiance. Please note that I was originally posed flipping off the portrait, but this is the pose that the photographer sent to me, so, whatever. Kevin looks great and so does the art!  While I am unsure of Kevin’s political leanings, he remains completely nonpartisan when discussing the artworks, and I believe this a smart move. It allows for greater freedom of interpretation by the viewer in experiencing each piece, which is what art is all about. Art!

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For example,  I support and voted for Hillary Clinton, and I still wish she was our President, because that could have prevented so many horrible things that have come to pass since November of 2016.  Sadness. I hadn’t planned on including her portrait in the post, but then Kevin explained to me that he co-titled the piece “Defiant” because of how she stood up to all of the haters and endless bullshit that was lobbed at her. And, when you consider it from that perspective, it also reminded me of this meme, which was created during the campaign by my friend Beth.

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*Sigh* She is my Hero.

Kevin Champeny’s work is unique, intricate and thought provoking. Get more information on Kevin and his various projects at This Link and follow him on Instagram at @kevinchampeny.

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Video Clip of The Week: “Donald Trump Makes Me Wanna Smoke Crack” By Ledinsky



Do you hate Donald Trump? I sure do. Are you also beyond sick of seeing his bloated, orange face on TV and hearing his racist /misogynist /xenophobic blathering? If so, then I am sure you will love this week’s Video Clip, “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmoke Crack” by Atlantic Records recording artist Ledinsky.

Making this video extra special is the fact that it was created by a contest-winning fan! Directed by Peder Bergstrand – who, like Ledinsky, is from Sweden — the video premiered just last Thursday and, as you can see, it is lots of fun! Get more info about how you can learn to create videos worthy of YouTube fame.
Fondly recalling of the Island vibe of a song like “Don’t Worry, Be Happy, “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack” is an addictive pop protest anthem inspired by the Swedish-born (now based in Los Angeles) indie singer/songwriter’s increasing desperation at our political climate. Upon release, “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack” quickly took off; topping the Spotify Viral Charts in the USA, UK, Netherlands, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Columbia, Spain, France and Hungary. Wow! The entire world seems to hate Donald Trump! Because he is just fucking heinous.

“It’s more than being about Donald Trump,” says Ledinsky. “The song is about a love for America, my adoptive parent. Donald Trump is a symbol for a regression into darkness, the end stop of the Chicago model. The frontier was once the Wild West, then the moon. Now it’s a wall.” Right on.  Ledinsky’s enthusiastic call for “Middle fingers in the air, if you’re feeling like I do” cannot be denied, and my only complaint about “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack” is that it is not nearly mean enough. “DonaldTumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack” can be found on Ledinsky’s recently released High Society EP — which includes guest appearances by Refused drummer David Sandstrom and TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, who contributes drums, guitars and keyboards while also assisting in the creation of the EP’s striking cover art. Enjoy! #ImWithHer

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