Love Trumps Hate is part of an ongoing collaboration between artist, Joshua Hashemzadeh and his seven-year-old sister Lauren Gallace. Appropriating images from children’s coloring books, Joshua digitally breaks their continuity through a play with language and form. Pulling quotations and influences from current events, dominant social norms, western politics, and art history, he looks to establish linkages between post-modern identities and the gaze of pop-culture. After these alterations have been completed the uncanny imagery is redistributed to Lauren to color as she would any other off-the-shelf coloring book. This contrast between political satire and youthful innocence critiques media saturated issues around the current presidential election in ways that are both comical and troubling.
Pieces in this exhibition pull quotations exclusively from president-elect Donald Trump’s campaign for the US presidency and highlight his often marginalizing rhetoric and ability to exploit voter demographics. The artist reflects on his own bi-racial and culturally diverse upbringing to select phrases which allude to a wide array of controversies with an emphasis on the portrayal of gender, race, and socio-economic class.
Concerned about the demagogue-like campaign that led Trump from media punchline to White House resident, Joshua displaces the campaign’s hateful and bigoted remarks by contrasting them with uninformed youthful gestures. This serves both as a jab to Trump's social ignorance and lack of political expertise, as well as a fearful reminder that the man responsible for these quotations will shape our futures and set an example for the youth of this nation.
Joshua Hashemzadeh (b. 1993, Los Angeles, CA) has a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work, often varying in mediums, is built around an investigation of postmodern conditions referring in detail to millennial identity and artistic practice. Recent works have been featured in several exhibitions in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas with highlights being: Enigma, MRG Fine Art, Los Angeles; Critique of Reason, MRG Fine Art, Los Angeles; BFA Undergraduate Show, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco; 32 Shades of Plastic, MRG Fine Art, Los Angeles; Tethered, Like Minded Salon, San Francisco; Poverty & Wealth Want & Waste…, Santa Monica.