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TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT! PRINTED MATTERS / DETROIT OPENING!

Tonight’s the night! Hope to see you all at the opening of PRINTED MATTERS: Creation & Destruction at Library Street Collective. Info below:

PRINTED MATTERS: Creation & Destruction
Opening Reception: May 22, 2015
Location: Library Street Collective
1260 Library Street | Detroit, MI 48226

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Mural wrap up in Detroit!

The mural in Detroit is complete! As always, thank you to my crew and Jon Furlong at Obey Clothing for capturing these photos. Look forward to seeing you all at the opening of Printed Matters tomorrow night at Library Street Collective!

PRINTED MATTERS: Creation & Destruction
Opening Reception: May 22, 2015
Location: Library Street Collective
1260 Library Street | Detroit, MI 48226

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Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington DC 1980-1990 West Coast Screening!

I was really excited to hear of the West Coast release of Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington DC 1980-1990. The early DC hardcore scene had a major influence on my work and life in general. Those who attended the shows during this seminal period will never forget their impact; most of us are still listening to these bands to this day and still drawing inspiration from their tenacious drive and timeless attitude. If you’re in the Los Angeles area be sure to mark June 5th and June 6th on your calendar and catch the release at the Art Theatre in Long Beach!  Click here for an interview with Writer/Director Scott Crawford and more information, including the release of a limited edition t-shirt to accompany the release.

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DETROIT // PUBLIC MATTERS UPDATE

Here’s the latest batch of photos from Detroit. Shepard and the crew are working around the clock to finish the large mural, do all installations at the Belt, and prep for the exhibition opening this Friday. These shots by Jon Furlong of Obey Clothing capture the true essence of what life is like on the road for Shepard. Jon took some great photographs from the streets of Detroit including some of fellow artists POSE and Sam Friedman working on their installations in the Belt with Library Street Collective.

Thank you Obey Clothing and Jon Furlong! And thank you everyone who’s keeping tabs on the progress, more updates will be coming but as always keep your eyes peeled on Shepard’s social channels @obeygiant for more.

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Starting an Art Collection: An Interview with Highsnobiety

Check out Shepard’s interview with Highsnobiety on How to Start an Art Collection!

“I always say to be people, ‘look, if it’s within your budget and you love it, and you’re going to enjoy living with it and having it on your wall – and the amount of money you parted with to get to live with it is something you’re very happy with – that’s number one.'”

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DETROIT // PUBLIC MATTERS CONTINUES

The work continues in Detroit today. With one public mural completed at The Belt, Shepard and the crew are on the wall making progress on the larger one. Here are some photos from Detroit to show the progress of the public murals, street works, and prep for the show opening at Library Street Collective on Friday. Stay tuned for more updates and follow Shepard on social media @obeygiant for other shots from the road. Thanks for caring!

Photos courtesy of Obey Clothing

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UPDATES FROM DETROIT // MURAL PROGRESS FOR PUBLIC MATTERS

Shepard and the crew arrived in Detroit over the weekend and quickly started on two public murals in the city including his tallest one to date, a 180’ x 60’ mural that leads up to his exhibition at Library Street Collective on Friday, May 22nd. The rain came and the crew got to work on the smaller of the two works going up in Detroit, this one at The Belt as part of the show. That was completed yesterday and today Shepard is back on the wall, high above the city painting the large mural.

The exhibition is Friday, May 22nd from 6pm-10pm at Library Street Collective. Contact [email protected] for additional information.

Photos courtesy of Obey Clothing

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Thank you Pratt Institute!

Thank you Pratt Institute and president of Pratt, Thomas F. Schutte for presenting me with this honorary doctorate. I’m humbled and appreciative of this distinction especially from President Schutte who is also the former president of my alma matter, RISD. Thanks to everyone for their support! – Shepard

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PAY UP OR SHUT UP

We must fight the greed of the powerful and restore the basic fairness of our society and our democracy. The most crucial step in fighting against political corruption and forcing politicians to get back to creating the greatest good for the greatest number of people is to reform our current campaign finance structure. This piece is specifically making fun of the idea pushed by Citizens United that money is speech, but following that logic that means that the only speech listened to is the speech with big money behind it. Proceeds from the “Pay Up or Shut Up” print will go to two organizations who are fighting for campaign finance reform, they are Rootstrikers.org and Represent.US. Represent.US created this excellent video depicting the problem of money in politics. This issue affects all of us, including YOU! Inform yourself. Thank you as always for caring.
– Shepard


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Artists For Freedom

Philippe Vergne from MOCA asked me if I would be willing to work on not only the graphic design identity system for the MOCA/Sotheby’s Spring auction, but to also create a fine art piece for the auction that relates to the design for the auction itself. I was excited to explore this concept because we live in a culture of compartmentalization but I believe that things are far more fluid between the fine art and design worlds than many gatekeepers are willing to acknowledge. Of course all of this was in service of an institution I believe does a lot for artists and should be supported by artists. This led to the concept of symbiotic support and creative freedom for the institution and the artists themselves facilitated by this symbiosis. My screen print is based on the painting I created for the auction, once again playing into the concept by yielding a more graphic version of a fine art piece but with a clear relationship to it and a lower price tag. I’m a populist so all of this works for me, hope it does for you.
– Shepard

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