In 2012, artist Margo Neely created a series of political art prints titled “American Corpaganda,” which now seems chillingly prescient in light of the rise of Trump and his subsequent influence on American politics. Margo Neely’s political art prints and public installation “American Corpoganda” were/are a commentary on the impact of capitalism on American culture and consumerism. The title itself highlights the pervasive influence of big business on American life, our very own Big Brother.
Neely’s prints take the iconic British “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters and replace the slogan with the slogans and iconography of American fast-food restaurants. The result is a striking juxtaposition of wartime rhetoric and corporate branding, suggesting that our consumerist culture has become a kind of battleground. With the work produced years in advance of our current socio-political circus, “American Corpaganda” is a timely reminder that art is both prescient and a keen observation of the cyclical nature of history.
Her fake Russian collusion election boxes for the Trump-Biden presidential election (created in 2020), planted in public locations, are a comment on the highly contentious nature of modern politics and the manipulation of public opinion through disinformation and propaganda.
American Corpaganda is a survey of the modern political landscape, highlighting the ways in which capitalism and consumerism have become dominant forces in American life. Her art echoes the themes of the DADA movement, which used similar techniques to comment on the rise of fascism in the early 20th century and sought to critique the irrationality and absurdity of modern society.
The work challenges us to question the messages we receive from the media and to think critically about the ways in which we are influenced by corporate branding and propaganda. “American Corpoganda” asserts, over a century after DADA, that art remains a powerful tool for social commentary and political activism.
About Margo Neely
Margo Neely is a polymath whose interdisciplinary work has been celebrated for its innovation and bold creative vision. With a background in art, philosophy, and technology, she is best known and as the multi-hyphenate creator of the award winning television series Ladies Revenge Club (“Best of the Fest” and “Best Short” winner at New York Comic Con/New York Super Week), the creator of the “Rosie Unriveted: We Can’t Do It Anymore!” campaign, and the visionary behind the Neely Air mi adidas custom concept — the megaviral drum machine shoe seen and loved by over 6 billion people worldwide.
Margo’s creative-technological innovations have earned her a reputation as a pioneer in the world of digital art, and she is frequently invited by media outlets around the globe to share her insights and expertise. Her work continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the realm of art and technology, and she remains committed to using her talents to explore new frontiers while inspiring others to do the same.
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