Artist Shepard Fairey vents about those spoofs of his Barack Obama "Hope" poster
Politics and art. Both are sometimes about appropriation.
Artists borrow the style -- and sometimes the imagery -- of other artists. Politicians recycle themes, slogans and even attack lines ("flip-flop," anyone?) from other politicians.
In fact, spoofs have proliferated. One, an anti-Obama poster spotted at the Republican National Convention, is nearly identical to Fairey's version, except "Hope" has been replaced by "Hype."
What does the auteur himself think of this pilfering of his work? He says it's proof of his original image's power.
"When something becomes pervasive enough, it becomes a reference point that people are going to use for commentary and parody," Fairey said. "They build their own thing off of it and use it for their own agenda."
Fairey was unimpressed with both sides' alterations. They're too negative, he says. "It all just cancels each other out."
Judge for yourself. There are three altered samples after the jump.
-- Kate Linthicum
Photo credit: Associated Press