Like the dude in that great Gahan Wilson cartoon, Jon McNaughton just paints what he sees. And judging by the apparent popularity of his work with at least some segment of Real America, his optic nerve is wired directly into the right-wing id. Still, one wonders: is it possible that McNaughton may at some point commit an act of artistic overreach, some grandiose hubristic mess like Francis Ford Coppola’s One From The Heart, Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate, or Jerry Lewis’s The Day The Clown Cried?
It is perhaps too soon to judge whether McNaughton’s latest achievement, “Obamanation (One Painting That Says It All),” will be the artist’s crazy-old-man-yelling-at-a-chair moment, but at least we can say with absolute certainty that it is accurately titled: it contains “sixty symbols” of “the subtle, mindless, radical and dangerous atrocities of the Obama administration.” Mr. McNaughton says that he produced this work in “an undisclosed studio” so he could “paint privately, without interruption” and possibly because he is such a powerful enemy of socialism that he feared Obama’s death robots would vaporize him with their abortion lasers or something.
But Mr. McNaughton is not afraid of criticism! He also has a challenge — nay, a DARE — for the viewer, and this challenge is far more intellectually challenging than the challenge of finding Waldo or looking for the hidden “Ninas” in a Hirschfeld caricature!
To those who scoff or wish to trivialize this painting, I challenge you… I DARE YOU… study the links of the various symbols and metaphors that you see. There are over 60 in the painting. No person can analyze this image and learn about these facts and still, in good conscience, vote for Obama in 2012…
Take the Challenge! If you still choose Obama, congratulations…you’re a part of the Obamanation
If only people would open their eyes to Mr. McNaughton’s obvious truths! We find his earnest certainty of this rather endearing, because it reminds us of that one time we posted an image of Mitt Romney with a funny caption on our Facebook page and then all our Mob Wars friends knew they should not vote for Mitt Romney. (And speaking of Mittens, he is depicted here, kneeling for some reason behind Obama’s shoe-desecrated desk and holding a $1 bill, which The Artist says is “to imply—lets talk about saving our economy!” Because there’s no way that dollar could remind anyone of any other Romney image, right? Oh, also, Obama eats dogs but hypocritically joked about Seamus. The horror!)
Anyway, McNaughton also made a video that will make you laugh, so here that is:
There are just so many wonderful things embedded in the rollover explanations on Mr. McNaughton’s fine-art painting thing; too many to mention in this post (and that is what the Wonkettariat is for, after all). Oh! There is a bridge in the upper right corner! “Bridge (You didn’t build that!). Yes, President Obama, I painted this by myself.” Yes, because painting an image of a bridge is exactly like how entrepreneurs build their own bridges and roads and…uh…this doesn’t even make sense as a misquote of Obama, does it?
Perhaps someone will do alternate captions for “Obamanation,” like David Willis (of the fine webcomic “Shortpacked!”) did for “One Nation Under God” back in the day. We will simply point out that cramming too many “symbols” into a single image can lead to idiocy like this: See that little tiny plant sprouting out of the concrete (by the sad drunk beer-summit cop’s foot)? McNaughton has this biologically improbable explication:
You will notice that the oil spill quietly funnels into a crack in the ground and eventually leads to small green sprout. Just as the oil will eventually become clean waters and wetlands again, so shall our country become clean again. But this may, like the small sprout, require an act of God.
SCIENCE DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY! GOODNIGHT!