Campaign, Vote Julie
A campaign is launched in Grand Rapids, a campaign to vote Julie Upmeyer the winner of the ArtPrize competition. In the graphic style of American campaign posters, promotional lawn signs create a site-specific installation on the lawn. Overwhelming repetitions of BLUE ... VOTE ... UPMEYER ... PINK ... ARTPRIZE ... WHITE ... JULIE cover the lawn.
The purpose of campaigning is to spread ideas and gather support, not so different from an artwork, weather in the context of an exhibition, a museum or within the ArtPrize competition.
The success of the Obama campaign in many ways depended upon "Obama art", which still helps to support and disperse his ideals. During any election, cities are filled with what appears to be city-wide public art installations; banners, signs, stickers, flags, billboards. Each country has its own styles of campaign art and festivities. In Turkey, its based on millions of strings of flags, zigzagging the streets with the colors and logos of the various political parties. In the States, it is most often yard signs, covering neighborhood lawns with the names of the candidates.