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Friday, October 10, 2008

Obama, Figure of Action

posted by on October 10 at 7:56 AM

By Seattle artist Mike Leavitt.

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Ha! Love it. Too bad it's so fucking expensive.

Hey Jen -- in a Depression, do art prices go down? I'm hoping...

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | October 10, 2008 7:57 AM

Currently going for $600; which I think would be better spent donated directly to the campaign.

Posted by Banna | October 10, 2008 7:59 AM

Personally, I wouldn't have modeled it after Neo in the Matrix. Since the Matrix seemed so promising initially and then devolved into a hot mess of awfulness after the first movie.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 10, 2008 8:07 AM

Forget that you know who Leavitt is. Just view the figurine for what it is. Adjectivally, the figurine seems: historical, indigenous, well composed, pastoral, anthropological, ethnic, ritualistic, natural (not too posed or art-directed).

Stare at it, integrate your own adjectival list into feeling. There is a Beauty that becomes undeniable.

This is an incredible figurine [so good as to be “not credible”]. That it is credible, though, is the stuff that takes one’s breath away.

Posted by cochise. | October 10, 2008 8:08 AM

From the listing: "The original sculpture will be auctioned to generated funds for Obama's election campaign."

Looks pretty reasonable to me. Leavitt is an internationally acclaimed artist. Who else can you buy that shows internationally for under $1000?

Posted by meks | October 10, 2008 8:09 AM

@2 - from the eBay site: "The original sculpture will be auctioned to generated funds for Obama's election campaign."

Posted by read the fine print | October 10, 2008 8:15 AM
Posted by Fred34 | October 10, 2008 8:17 AM

Dale Chihuly is only $900!

Posted by kid icarus | October 10, 2008 8:18 AM

As an art collector, I have to say I like it, even though it's of a candidate I'm unlikely to vote for. I may bid on it. We'll see how nutsoid the bidding gets. I'm not gonna go up against someone who's willing to fork over twenty grand for it.

Posted by Seajay | October 10, 2008 8:45 AM

@1 here's a much less expensive version, that plays well with g.i. joe. and barbie just loves him.

Posted by isweatbutter | October 10, 2008 8:45 AM

isweatbutter: why is he white in that one? He doesn't even have his mole... obviously a crude, non-artistic representation.

That is a happy-meal like doll, this is art. If you can't tell the difference, then you are lame and Trig-like.

Posted by meks | October 10, 2008 9:18 AM

Gee, Mike Leavitt might be risking his cush job as Health and Human Services Secretary by marketing such a pro-Obama piece.

Posted by Jack | October 10, 2008 10:00 AM

All the weird red & white tentacles on the bottom makes him look like a peppermint Kraken.

Posted by city_kitty | October 10, 2008 10:12 AM
Posted by Bees | October 10, 2008 11:27 AM

Nice try Bees. My poop looks more accurate than "that one". I suppose you need your racist Palinite filter on to see the resemblance?

Posted by meks | October 10, 2008 12:36 PM

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