Art Out: Andres Serrano's "All Things Trump"
Text by Ashley Yu
As a pop-up shrine for our favourite small-hands-having, tantrum-throwing president, Andres Serrano’s “The Game: All Things Trump” is an astounding shrine to Donald Trump. From a slice of cake from his wedding ceremony with Melania to an 11-foot-tall revolving sign “EGO” from Trump’s Taj Mahal casino, Andres Serrano has shelled out $200,000 on Trump-related memorabilia on Ebay. Why? Because he’s the face of our country, whether we like it or not.
In an interview with artNet, Serrano declares that “our culture has allowed Donald Trump to take over” and that he “was part of the American Dream.” Insanely overwhelming, the exhibition reminds us that Trump was part of American culture long before he sat his orange ass down in the Oval Office. And why should we be surprised with his sexual scandals, when 20 years ago he made tabloid covers by talking about his sex life?
Serrano is not an amateur in creating and curating outrageous art pieces. In 1987, his infamous piece Piss Christ was used by conservatives to argue for the defunding of the art community. Nearly 30 years later, Serrano has not lost his scandalous sense of irony. Whether you’re a bible-thumping believer of our president (which I hope you are not if you are reading this) or disgusted by the state of our nation, Serrano’s pop-up display of all things Trump will remind you of how surreal America is and maybe—just maybe—you can get a laugh out of it.