Archive of Campaign 2008’s Hopes

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, January 29th, 2009

[WildebeestEyes / Flickr] After almost twelve months, it is time to put this blog to bed. The picture above seemed a good finale for BallotVox. Jonathan Wood -- a "Chicago-based human and sometimes photographer" -- took it in his hometown last month. It features pluma*'s street art inspired by Emily Dickinson's poem ...

Rewind: Shepard Fairey’s Street Art

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, December 6th, 2008

[We will occasionally be posting cool stuff (under the heading "Rewind") that dates back to the campaign itself -- things we didn't have enough time to write up before the election.] To wrap up the Shepard Fairey theme of the last few posts (for now, anyway): three street-art shots of his ...

Sarko Says “Yes We Can”

Posted by Katherine | Friday, December 5th, 2008

Janelle Mentesana says she raises bunny rabbits for a living. True or not, she recently moved from Perth to Paris and has been documenting her new home in photographs. Last weekend, she caught these posters of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. They combine Obama's signature slogan and a takeoff of Shepard ...

Kisses For Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Active-duty Marine Jayel Aheram (a ballotvoxregular featured here) took this photo a few days ago. It shows an artist named TAG posing with her portrait of Obama, another tribute to Shepard Fairey's poster. She made it by kissing the canvas repeatedly -- a six-hour labor of love. [Jayel Aheram / Flickr] To ...

OMB’s Orszag Has Skillz

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Just before Thanksgiving, Obama nominated almost-40-year-old Peter Orszag as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Jason Burwen, for one, is "stoked" about this "best decision *evar*." Jason is finishing up a master's degree in public policy at Berkeley, and he'd be totally chuffed to get a job working for ...

Obama Street Art Keeps Happening

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

The Obama street-art phenomenon isn't slowing down. Tracy Clayton is an "avid reader" and a "hip hop purist" who grew up in Miami. His mother is Filipina and his father is African American, which gives him an outlook that he wants to "share [...] with the world." Tracy is a "wannabe ...

Campaign Video Art

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Mycloudofdreams calls this video Decision 2008. It shows close-ups of the talking mouths of both candidates, and it's set to ethereal music. The only words you hear are, "I'm ___, and I approve this message." The meaning? Up to you to decide. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) [mycloudofdreams / Vimeo.] Is this about empty ...

Halloween Election Humor

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 31st, 2008

The pumpkins are impressive. But now a little Halloween irreverence. Steven Martin is a "fortysomething" Fort Worth resident (via Chicago and Florida). He saw this Texas yard art several weeks ago and editorialized: A McCain-Palin sign by a scary ghost and smaller ghosts taking flight above the sign. The homeowner should realize ...

Happy Campaign-08 Halloween!

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 31st, 2008

Is there always this much pumpkin art during campaign years? Mechanical engineer Gabriel Edwards took this photo -- and presumably was involved in the carving: [glxedwards / Flickr] For this pumpkin, origamidoc used a template created by Aidenag, which was in turn based on Shepard Fairey's now-famous poster. (You can see Aidenag's orignal ...

Stock Market, Meet Sewer

Posted by Katherine | Monday, October 20th, 2008

The stock market rose today, but not enough to overpower the forceful message in this video by globetrotting street artist ABOVE. It shows California graffiti of the market taking a nosedive... into the sewer. (Thanks to volunteer curator Roshan Abraham.) [ABOVE / Vimeo] One of the big questions for undecided voters, of ...

What Does “Middle Class” Mean, Anyway?

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 10th, 2008

Pseudopop (featured previously here) mulls over many things with pen and paper. Here it's the middle class. Because of the Wall Street crisis, it's become central to the election (and to campaign spats); but what, pseudopop wonders, does the term actually mean? [pseudopop / Flickr] That little infinity sign on the income ...

Doodling During the Debate

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Doug Jennings, a graphic artist in West Dundee, Illinois, did some "caricature practice" during the debate: [Doug Jennings / Flickr] Pseudopop draws a lot. He sketched out some of each candidate's favorite debate lines and tropes: [pseudopop / Flickr] Not quite sure what pseudopop thinks of Jim Lehrer's hairstyle.

Housing and Financial Meltdown

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Maureen Flynn-Burhoe is an artist in Calgary, Canada. She made this mashup back in March but had the foresight to add the shadowy Wall Street bull to the houses -- and voilĂ  -- it represents perfectly what's going on right now: [ocean.flynn / Flickr] Maureen lives in "nonlinear time," so maybe that's ...

Hurricane Gustav Stencil Art

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

This stencil art isn't explicity about the election, but it is clearly about hurricanes. And it's very cool. NOGoddess spotted it on the streets of New Orleans two days ago as the city was evacuating to avoid Gustav. [NOGoddess / Flickr] That tire looks like it's meant to be there.

I Can’t Believe It Is Butter

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Yep. At New York state's Erie County Fair, people made scultpures of McCain and Obama. Out of butter. Here they are in progress, in a photo by Timothy Finucane, a programmer/developer from Lancaster, New York (thanks, James Mills): [speljamr / Flickr] Jessica Tanny, a processing archivist from Buffalo, caught them a ...

Embroidery for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Miss_glass from Oakland, California, worked diligently "around the clock" for almost two weeks to create this embroidery. Even while camping. She submitted it to the Manifest Hope exhibit of Obama art that's showing in Denver next week during the Democratic convention. Miss_glass doesn't think she'll win, but she deserves some ...

Homeland-Security Street Art

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Hat tip to Sarolta Cump for all of these Homeland-Security finds. Some of the photos were taken before the presidential race got going, but they present issues that have very much carried through into the campaign. First: John Ryan Brubaker from Portland, Oregon, captured this street commentary a couple of ...

Leaping for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Monday, August 11th, 2008

On the Leap Day of this Leap Year, Paul McRae, well, leapt. For Obama. Outside the "Hope" mural (inspired by Shepard Fairey's poster) on the wall of the Obama headquarters in Houston, Texas. (Thanks, Ann Raber.) [Delta Niner / Flickr] Click here to see Paul reclining after the leaping.

Obama in Berlin

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Rather behind the news on this one, but it seemed worth noting the huge number of Barack/Berlin photos that have shown up on Flickr since Obama's foreign-policy speech in Germany on July 24th. Here are a few of the ones we found last week. Gregory Donovan, "Educator, Agitator, Aggregator" from Brooklyn, ...

McCain On the Attack

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

In the last month or so, to inject his campaign with new energy, John McCain promoted several staffers who were part of Karl Rove's hard-hitting re-election bid for Bush in 2004. Since then, McCain has accused Obama of wanting to lose the Iraq war, insinuated that he's a socialist, and juxtaposed ...