stephen ives: mr. dictator head
stephen ives: mr. dictator head stephen ives: mr. dictator head
jan 11, 2012

stephen ives: mr. dictator head

‘mr. dictator head series’ by stephen ives (above) saddam hussein image © stephen ives

‘mr. dicator head’ by melbourne-based artist stephen ives is a series of sculptures that depicts various dictator figures as the popular children’s toy, mr. potato head. characterized by multiple removable parts, the collection includes well-known political characters such as stalin, saddam hussein, and kim jong il. achieving striking resemblance through eyebrows, hair formation, and, in some cases, the character-defining mustache, the plastic figurines juxtapose the dictators with an accessible and endearing model form.

lenin image © stephen ives

kim jong il image © stephen ives

stalin image © stephen ives

mao zedong image © stephen ives

idi amin image © stephen ives

margaret thatcher image © stephen ives

skull base image © stephen ives

image © stephen ives

via beautiful/decay

  • didn’t know that Great Britain was under dictatorship in the 1980’s! Smashing work though!

    Dr. Design says:
  • Are we really going to consider Thatcher a dictator? Awesome concept. I’d like to add a few of my own

    mstndvn says:
  • this is so cool! I want the entire collection!

    nicole says:
  • Yeah I see the humour in the thatcher one but philosophically, I think the families oppressed and murdered by the other dictators may argue (or slap you) for implying that thatcherism came close to oppressing her citizens to the levl of dictator.

    Still, funny.
    Like the concept and in the words of Shoenberg: ‘If it is art, it is not for all, and if it is for all, it is not art’

    dave says:
  • any walking head makes me giggle!

    peen says:

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