We were glad that visual artist Geoffrey Stein, share his collage piece, Trump Bankruptcy Collage to us using actual legal papers from Trump’s corporate bankruptcies. It goes to show here that sometimes you have to look closer to find out the truth of “What’s really going on.”
“The idea for Trump Bankruptcy Collage came while I was participating in the London Summer Intensive at the Slade School of Fine Art and the Camden Arts Centre. I was wrestling with a portrait of Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, during the first Republican debate. As I worked, it struck me that Boris Johnson’s hair had a lot in common with a certain American GOP hopeful, Donald J. Trump.
In my collage work, I try to use materials from the subject’s world to create their likeness. This is a modern take on the renaissance tradition of putting objects into a portrait to illustrate the attributes of the subject, for example books to show the subject was educated, a dog to show loyalty or furs to show wealth. The legal papers from one of Trump’s corporate bankruptcies were perfect to bring some reality to Trump’s increasingly one-dimensional image: a cartoon character who has never made a mistake or been wrong, always wins and never apologies.
I paint to find out what I think about the world: to discover the things I do not have words for. I savor the slips of the hand that express one’s unconscious feelings. I am interested in the conversation between abstraction and realism. I do not want to make an academic copy of the model or a photorealistic illustration. My paintings explore the tension between what needs to be shown and what does not, the seen and the unseen.” – Geoffrey Stein