As the 2016 US Presidential Election enters the final stretch, it may seem at times that the contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has morphed into some kind of manga-esque many-tentacled beast, whose tendrils have groped their way throughout popular culture. That’s probably a fair description of how Brazilian artist and graphic designer Billy Butcher views the race, as his apparent displeasure with both candidates is aired in his latest series of politically-inspired artworks.
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Taking its name from the 1991 tune by British synthpop duo Erasure, the series is titled “Trump X Hillary: I Love To Hate You,” and takes the form of series diptychs mashing-up Trump and Clinton with various pop-cultural pairings, ranging from the Joker and Harley Quinn, to Darth Vader and Princess/General Leia.
Successfully mixing high and low culture, the artwork poses interesting questions about how much candidates in a two-party system need their political enemies to define themselves. It also lets us see What Clinton and Trump would look like as Spongebob and Patrick.
Whichever candidate you love or hate the most, America will make its final decision between the two on November 8, 2017. You can view Billy Butcher’s full gallery here.
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