GRAFFITI & STREET ART
- SHEPARD FAIREY -
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Shepard Fairey began his career of Street Artist in 1989 by creating the stickers campaign "Andre the Giant Has a Posse", that he reproduced in the form of larger posters and rename "Obey". For his campaign "OBEY", Fairey was partly inspired by the film "They Live" of John Carpenter released in 1988, a science fiction film constructed as a metaphor and a critique of the seizure of power in U.S. by a category of youth population output of famous schools only interested in power and money. From this film he reused several slogans like "Obey" or "This is your God". In 2004, he produced a series of posters "anti-war, anti-Bush" with Robbie Conal and Wear One, for a campaign called "Be the Revolution". Today, his work is in several museum collections including the Smithsonian in Washington, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Los Angeles Museum of Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. However, worldwide recognition came with the campaign of Barack Obama of which he made the poster. The design of his posters are inpired by the Soviet propaganda, but also refecences from American culture and the psychedelic rock posters of which he reproduces the visual codes, with the omnipresence of red, black and white.
_By Paris dans mon œil, May 2011.
Shepard Fairey presents and explains his work. A video made by Médiapart on the occasion of the exhibition Art in the Street at the MOCA in Los Angeles.
Official Website Shepard Fairey : http://obeygiant.com/
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