Artist's Statements About Individual
NO MORE BU--SH--!
(Bumper stickers, buttons, signs)
When considering the re-election of George H. W. Bush in 1991,
I toyed with the spelling of the president's last name -- and this
solution leapt to mind in one of those pure Aha! moments. It plays
on the once-common typesetting practice of inserting dashes or symbols
in place of letters when the word was considered vulgar. I used
the slogan on buttons and bumper stickers in 1991 and 1992; resurrected
it in 2003 for the February 15 demonstration in New York City (to
protest going to war in Iraq), and again in 2004 to protest the
re-“election” of George W. Bush. Although the slogan sends two clear
messages, it is interesting to note that a few younger people don't
“get it” -- possibly because current convention seems to dictate
spelling out everything, eschewing the nicety of symbols.