Shepard Fairey to Launch Biggest Solo Exhibition Yet in LA

Making headway as one of the the art worlds most vocal and active voices for change, the artist know for his prolific work as the founder of Obey Clothing and the designer of the Barack Obama “Hope” poster is at again with a new solo exhibition entitled, “Damages,” where focus is placed on the marginalized voices of society in conjunction with the highly introverted world of social media.

“Everything I do, my aspiration is to get people to think about things that they might not normally [think about] and then adjust their behavior,” Fairey said. “All I can do is try.”

Arriving on the scene in the late 80s while attending school at the Rhode Island School of Design, the American contemporary artist, who’s become one the countries most well known and highly influential street artists, manifests his creative work through Heidegger’s concept of phenomenology, or the philosophical study of the structures of experience and consciousness.

“Welcome Visitor” by Shepard Fairey

With slogans like “Obey,” “This Is Your God,” and “The Medium Is the Message,” he’s forged a pathway for his talent that has landed him gigs creating cover art for The Black Eye Peas, Smashing Pumpkins and even Led Zeppelin. And that’s not all. Since the founding of his highly successful creative endeavors BLK/MRKT Inc., Studio One and Project 2050, he’s also been commissioned to create works for the Virgin Mega Store and Boost Mobile along with his high profile mural pieces that hover above the city streets much like his 9-story high “Mandella” mural on Juta Street in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, overlooking the Nelson Mandela Bridge.

“Mandela” by Shepard Fairey. Photo by Jesse Stag.

Keeping in line with his subversive style, the show, inspired by Black Flag’s 1981 album, is a collaboration with Detroit-based gallery Library Street Collective that seeks to address today’s insistent social and political climate through a series of revolutionary works that embrace the culture of DIY activism and the artists’ punk rock roots. Featuring new paintings, collages, sculptures and installations, it’s an exhibition that exemplifies empowerment at the grass roots level. One where graffiti stencils and a full-functioning printing press symbolize our right to free speech.

On view at the Library Street Collective in LA from Nov. 11 – Dec. 17, 2017, you can visit their website for more about the exhibit.

Library Street Collective
5428 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson is a writer, web designer and former senior editor for ODDA magazine, a glossy 500+ page high fashion magazine. In addition to his work for ODDA, he is also a freelance writer for LAB A4 and a creative director for various projects across various industries where he specializes in branding, identity and visual strategy. He is also the founding editor of PLOY.

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