Friday, July 31, 2009

The New Neosurrealism: Artist Creates Portraits of Naked Obama Riding His Unicorn

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Unreal knows we were not the only one completely captivated by JibJab's satiric take on last year's Presidential campaign. To refresh your memory, that was the one with all the candidates singing a little ditty called "Time for Some Campaignin'" (to the tune of "The Times They Are A-Changin'"). Yeah, yeah, the one where Barack Obama makes his entrance prancing through a pastoral glade with little woodland creatures and -- yes! -- a unicorn!

Now that a year has passed, we can finally admit that this disconcerting combination of politics and Lisa Frank haunted our dreams. But the only reason we can admit this is that Minnesota artist Dan Lacey has created a series of paintings of our chief executive riding the unicorn on various heroic missions, like wrestling Wall Street into submission.
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Before he began his Obama series, Lacey painted an equally witty collection of politicians and other objects with pancakes on their heads and acheived semi-celebrity when the blog Gawker used his portrait of Sarah Palin to illustrate a post about the former Alaska governor:

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Lacey was feted and celebrated and even quoted in an article in The New York Times about Obama-themed art.

But then the clouds began to darken...

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