Oct 28, 2014

Vendo Vote

Vendo Vote (buy your own politician)

With elections just around the corner, I have been thinking about the little man in my glove compartment.  He has been riding around there, in his vending machine ball, since he was given to me by my ingenious friend Nancy Aleck.

For an art project, Nancy fashioned several (dozen?) little clay people to represent politicians and put them in vending machine balls with “Vendo Vote” on the bottom.  She couldn’t afford the size of vending machine that would allow the Vendo Vote toys to come out, so she used a regular gum ball machine — making it even funnier, because you could put in your 25 cents again and again and nothing would come out.  Her piece was a little bit of performance art and a lot of political commentary.

In my mind, the idea of buying politicians has never been expressed so simply or humorously.   The little clay figures are all faceless, making it even more ridiculously appropriate.

 

 

 

 

P.S.  Possibly not coincidentally, this dollar bill showed up at the grocery store the other day:

“Not to be used for bribing politicians”

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Gloria. Circa 1955.



Gloria. Circa 2012.




Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.

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