(WARNING IMAGE BELOW COULD BE CONSIDERED GRAPHIC – We have edited it to remove the expletive)
Portland, Oregon – A Portland art gallery protesting President Trump is sparking national outrage. “One Grand Gallery” on East Burnside launched a show last week called “F*** You Mr. President.” It included art from more than two dozen artists, all critical of the President, but the building’s owner says one in particular crossed the line. A mural shows President Donald Trump with a knife to his neck and an expletive to his name.
The Gallery first had a large copy of the image on it’s front window. That was taken down early Tuesday morning. When our KXL reporter drove by around 10am Tuesday, she saw a smaller copy of the image on a wall inside the gallery, and a rack of t-shirts with the image that appeared to be for sale. The Gallery is empty now but photos of the mural live on through social media. Since Friday more than 1,000 comments have been posted to the gallery’s Facebook page, most of which condemn the show and the violent image.
The artist who created the anti-Trump mural tells KGW his work was simply his interpretation of the chaos happening right now, and nothing more.
Yesterday afternoon KXL’s Lars Larson spoke with the building’s owner who leases the space to the Art Gallery. He told Lars that he was getting stuck in the middle. He ordered them to remove all of the offensive items, and says he’s getting threats from around the country. Hear the full interview here:
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