Campaign art on display in Loop

April 27, 2009 3:36:41 PM PDT
On his 100th day in office, an exhibit of unofficial art mostly supporting the election of President Barack Obama is on display. The Chicago Tourism Center, located at 72 East Randolph, is all about art and Obama these days. The works of over 100 artists are on display. It's officially unofficial-inspired art for Obama.

"Which is artwork done by graphic designers and artists primarily during the campaign to support Barack Obama's candidacy," said Nathan Mason, curator Department of Cultural Affairs. "This is primarily positive because it was done by artists who were motivated to help Obama get elected."

Everything on display was either directly or indirectly involved in the Obama campaign. Much of it was created online.

"In the past as an artist or designer you had to have actual objects and do this and that and it took a lot more time and a lot more money. So, ummm, Obama's use of the internet was revolutionary for artists to use," said Mason.

That means if the pieces goes on sale the prices will be lower than traditional pieces of art.

"These are the most famous works in the show. Posters by Shephard Fairy, who is an artist from L.A. and a graphic designer. Hope, vote, change and progress. He wanted to create an iconic image," said Mason.

Did his graphic help Obama win?

"Well, if you believe that good advertising promotes a cause ... yes."

The free show runs until the end of May.


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