Just Some Very Strange Portraits of Barack Obama

Most people don't make art unless they're feeling inspired, and over the past year or so, Barack Obama has inspired lots of people -- some of them so much that they felt compelled to make Barack Obama-themed art, some of which is very, very, -- even bloggably -- strange. Culled from the wonderful compendium that is, these images might inspire you too, or curse you with weird dreams for weeks, depending on your temperament.

To begin, consider the dove. A symbol of peace, and commonly associated with public figures living, dead and fictional who inspire positive feelings in their followers. Usually, however, the doves are flying around in the background and the inspirational public figure occupies some uncluttered foreground space. Artist Derek Chatwood, however, chose to depict Barack Obama as so inspiring and hope-y that he is literally stuffed with doves, who are flying out of his various orifices.

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Dan Lacey paints pictures of people with pancakes on their heads. So naturally, when he turned his talents to the president-elect, he painted this:

Breaking his mold, Lacey also painted this amazing portrait of Obama -- naked -- riding a unicorn in front of St. Paul's Excel Energy Center.

Speaking of unicorns, check out Lukas Ketner's portrait of a sweaty Obama wading through Portland's Willamette River (I believe that's the Burnside Bridge behind him) with a unicorn chasing him and roses emanating from his pelvis. Go figure.obama-art-hunk-351x449.jpg

Inevitably, perhaps, there's also the comic book interpretation -- in this case, Batobama and Robiden. Click here for a larger view.

Moving into the physical (albeit tiny) world, here are some tiny, nano-sized recreations of Shepard Fairey's now-famous Obama portrait, "carved" by scientists at the University of Michigan. Each one is less than half a millimeter wide.

Here's a heady idea. (Ha.) These guys must have excellent -- and very patient -- barbers. I bet no one shaved a portrait of McCain into their head!

Heather Courtney created this hand-crafted Barack-in-the-box toy. It plays "You Light Up My Life" when you crank the handle.

An artist named mmike created this tension-wire sculpture of Obama, which he describes thusly: "Tension - A portrait of Barack Obama - 10-23-2008 - 2"²x2"²x9"² - 1000 feet of steel high tension wire, black enamel and poplar base."

Finally, a little desktop wallpaper.

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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.


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