Joshua Liner Gallery presents: Why I Want to F*ck Donald Trump, a group exhibition curated by gallery artist Alfred Steiner.
Why I Want to F*ck Donald Trump will open October 13, and run concurrently with the 2016 presidential election. This curated group of artists thematically tied to JG Ballard’s 1967 essay “Why I Want to F*ck Ronald Reagan,” will be a visual discussion of this satirical piece which not only predicted Regan’s presidency, but in many ways, Donald Trump’s candidacy. Using Ballard’s essay as a springboard for political discourse, Why I Want to F*ck Donald Trump includes numerous artists whose work collectively comments on the intersection of American politics and the over-sexualized cult of celebrity, as well as the sensationalism surrounding politics, crystallized in this election.
The exhibiting artists discuss these heroes and idols within this critical context, exposing the fragility and fantasy we apply to politicians, in the same way these facades are constructed for celebrities. Taking these public figures off their soap boxes and pedestals, forces us to question our own understanding of the constructed “truth” that we surround them with. Utilizing caricature, parody, and social and political pastiches, these artists highlight a pervasive critique of the current political climate as one that has dangerously welded politicians and celebrities as one. For more information, visit the website here.