IN THE DAYS after Donald Trump won the presidency, artist and political illustrator Steve Brodner detected a gap. Many artists posted their political cartoons on social media, but many of those works weren’t finding a proper, paying home.
There was, Brodner says, “a disconnect between the great emerging flow of critical graphic commentary and art venues I would have thought would be receptive.”
Thus was born the idea for OppArt, a series for topical cartoon creation and curation launched this week by the Nation.
Brodner teamed with two other top creatives — cartoonist/author Peter Kuper (“World War 3 Illustrated”) and fine artist Andrea Arroyo (curator of the postelection site unnaturalelection.com) — and, as an impassioned collective, they impressed Nation editors with their pitch.
“Artists use their pens, their pencils, their brushes, and their ideas to cast a light on darkness and combat the forces that are driving us towards a precipice,” Nation publisher/editor Katrina vanden Heuvel said this week in a release announcing OppArt, which will be curated “with a singularly progressive and political point of view.”
The Nation’s Robert Best, who joined the creative team as editor and designer, shaped the project after Brodner pitched it to the publication.
“We are artist-activists, not entirely in lockstep with any single line of thought,” Brodner tells The Post’s Comic Riffs, “but [we] certainly consider ourselves a part of the 65 percent of Americans who see the coming to power of Trump as a clear and present danger to America and the world.
“The Nation has been beating the drum of the resistance all along,” notes Brodner, whose numerous freelance clients have included The Post. “Now we are adding visuals to the rest.”
On Thursday, for instance, OppArt ran a curation of editorial cartoons and illustrations titled “Gunning for America” in response to Sunday’s Las Vegas shooting massacre.
“We are hoping to let this be a forum for voices from all over the world, all rising to speak out on the unusual times we live in,” Brodner says. “If we are to face these dangerous times, let us do it with the full-throated solidarity of artists.”
“With OppArt,” Kuper says of the feature’s mission, “we’re aiming to use our ideas and artists tools as weapons of mass instruction.”
Adds Brodner: “This is the resistance, in pictures.”
Note: This post has been updated to more fully reflect Robert Best’s contribution.