“Triumph Of Hate”: Examining The Underbelly Of US Culture – Gun Violence, White Supremacy, And Greed

Sandow Birk’s exhibition at PPOW Gallery, Triumph of Hate, examines dark strains in the culture and politics of the United States, including Trump, gun violence, white supremacy, and greed. Birk’s body of work is unusual in that its explicit politics don’t read as overly didactic — a difficult line to walk successfully. Triumph of Hate is comprised of three distinct bodies of work: a series of satirical prints about Trumpian exploits, graphically violent paintings examining recent events, and a triptych of woodblock prints representing the battle of good versus evil throughout American history.

“The Horrible & Terrible Deeds & Words of the Very Renowned Trumpagruel” (2017) was inspired by François Rabelais’s Gargantua and Pantagruel, which used crude stories of the misadventures of two giants to shock and satirize. In Birk’s prints, Trump is a fat, fleshy giant with a combover. He is often surrounded by small men with devil horns who do his bidding. In one work they struggle to carry him, as he yawns widely, wearing only underwear with a monogrammed “T” — a giant baby. In another, the devil-men feed the beast with large spoons, while he holds two cell phones. A “FOX” sign in the background suggests that what he’s being fed is adoration and favorable news. In the most crude print, Trump stands naked, his giant buttocks larger than the Capitol Building behind him, as the small devil-men gather behind and gaze at his rear end. Trump is shitting on the country; his minions are worshipping his ass — Birk’s points are clearly made.

More: Sandow Birk, PPOW Gallery h/t: hyperallergic

“The Triumph of Fear” (2017) is a similarly complex work, containing imagery of Black Lives Matter protestors being gunned down by police; a man being lynched; skeletons riding atop police cars waving a Confederate flag; military personnel throwing shackled prisoners off a bridge; and the Supreme Court justices standing quietly in the corner, a blindfolded and shackled Lady Justice sitting on the ground to their side.

(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Leave Your Comment Below

More Inspiring Stories

Zombies Descend On Hamburg To Protest Against Two-Day Meeting Of 'Political Elite'
Harry Potter Fans Created A Fitting Tribute To Alan Rickman On Platform 9 3/4
The Complete Number Pi Book
These Ancient Greek and Roman Art Tattoos are Amazing
Obama, Merkel, And Putin As Leading Actors In Famous Movies
Mechanical Engineer Creates Superb 3D Bio-Mechanic Artworks
Giant Brushstroke Paintings By David Ambarzumjan Capture Different Periods Of Time In The Same Place
A Giant Statue From Old Trash Movies Is Now Rests In Someone’s Backyard
Artist Illustrates 12 Astrological Symbols Using Human Bodies As Her Canvas
China: The Land Where Fake Brands Reign Supreme
A Group Of Russian Artists Have Created The Ultimate Virtual Reality Project
Summer Beach Knife Oil Paintings By Alena Shymchonak
Photographer Creates Mind-bending Mashups To Mess With Your Head
Fake Science 101: A Less-Than-Factual Guide To Our Amazing World
Instead Of The Head
Street Artist Mantra Creates Beautiful Mural Series Of Butterfly Specimen Boxes
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Painted As The Renaissance Painters They Were Named After
The Prince Of Surrealism Takes A Poetic Approach - The Worlds Of Rafał Olbiński
If Disney Princesses Were Canadian
American Artist Creates Creepy Trump Photo Collages
Hobo Symbols From The Great Depression: The Secret Language Of America’s Itinerant Workers
Cool Dad Colors His Kids' Fancy Drawings
Before-And-After Pics Illustrate How Products Turn Into Waste That Pollutes The Environment
A Collection Of Images Where Bicyclists Float Along City Streets With Invisible Bikes
Children Were Given A Task To Create Original Heroes And Pros Had To Illustrate Them, Here’s The End Result
An Introverted Artist Details The Struggles Of An Introverted Life
Artist Takes A Critical Look At Modern Society Through His Thought-Provoking Illustrations
Haunting 100-Year-Old Chalkboard Drawings Discovered In Oklahoma School
The Art Of Mass Surveillance: All 135 Vintage NSA Security Posters From The 1950s And 1960s
India’s Incredibly Cool Hand-Drawn Movie Posters