Famed for his role in Terminator and Conan the Barbarian as much as for the two terms he served as the Governor for California, Arnold Schwarzenegger is an American icon. In Accardi’s Dear Arnold, a young Schwarzenegger lounges on the couch with framed portraits of army heroes behind him and the artistic image, a can of Campbell’s tomato soup, on the floor in front of him. Finally, posing at the foot of the couch is one of Accardi’s ostriches. Bringing together icons of government, film, art, and battle, Accardi places his ostrich amongst the elite. Perhaps he is alluding to the bright future that this young pink ostrich may have, or maybe he is bringing a new perspective to the icons that the audience has not yet seen.
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