Shepard Fairey is turning heads again, not in the streets this time but in a formal gallery in Denver. Over the last 15 years Fairey, part-entrepreneur, part-artist, has successfully brought art back onto the streets with his controversial Obey:Giant campaign.
The effort to create any type of symbol or slogan that can be recognized on all sides of the globe is something that multinational companies spend billions of dollars investing in. How can one man undermine such a system? Power of the People
Shepard began on his own, but over the years his home-brew logo began popping up next to graffiti tags in Americas largest cities. A ghostly face giving off a glare that makes no man want part in the future, and a tag line simply reading: OBEY.
This image was to be photocopied and photocopied and photocopied and distributed and distributed and distributed until people started asking questions.
Today the artist behind the famous vectored face of Andre the Giant is still designing & creating. His most-recent claim-to-fame came from Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama when Fairey’s “HOPE” poster design was offered on Obama’s website as an official campaign poster.
Much like Obama, Shepard Fairey has always been an advocate of change. Proving that guerilla style advertising can be effective, that going in from the sides can work and that we still have strength in numbers. So this week while the politicians heads are growing bigger in Denver, Shepard and friends will be honoring important campaign issues through art. Spanning the same days as the Democratic convention, Manifest: Hope presented in part by MoveOn.org will showcase Shepard’s work on the national stage once again.. and thats exactly the type of change I can believe in.
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There’s actually a lot happening in Detroit.. besides the city’s efforts to rebuild the economy, there’s been a strong surge in detroits industrial areas from artists working to preserve art, and bring artists together. The canvas we’re given in detroit is historically meant for art; what’s left to do with an old abandoned industrial building besides make it beautiful again. The overpasses and fences, blank billboards, abanoned cars, abandoned buildings, the empty lots, unused storefronts, makeshift signs, cracked sidewalks… all canvases just screaming one message that nobody has heard. Our city is just waiting to be renewed and if our taxes aren’t enough to cover the damages on these properties then we must SPEAK UP and ACT OUT. Let me also say this: I do not condone ANY form of vandalism or destruction of property. That is not the intention, what drives me is the idea of bringing a new aethetic to a corner or a community in the tradition of public art, this is something meant to inspire and send a positive messages.
here’s a few good resources I found for artists, detroit locals, activists, students, whoever:
guerilla gardening effort
chicago based “Just Seeds” artist coop
russell industrial center directory
a call for art: SPEAK OUT
the art of the prank
urban 75 activism
detroit street art on flickr
how-to guide to screenprinting (.pdf) by team 8
handmade detroit DIY blog
Jhon Clark, detroit activist and white print detroit press
detroit map – sites of interest
the heidelberg project
ann arbor’s online activist network
open directory: culture jamming
detroit ruins map (downtown)
fabulous ruins of detroit
forgotten blues & jazz locations in detroit
bomit worldwide sticker distribution
free stencil fonts (stencil revolution)
free stencil graphics (justice design)
media access toolkit
confessions of a generic magazine
Hope that keeps you busy for a while!
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