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WK INTERACT x SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS

HOW TO BLOW  YOURSELF UP
New Works by WK INTERACT

OPENING RECEPTION:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 8-11PM

EXHIBITION DATES:
NOVEMBER 7TH – DECEMBER 5TH, 2009

Subliminal Projects
1331 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
subliminalprojects.com

In How to Blow Yourself Up, WK Interact twists and inverts the fatalism of end-of-the-world prophecies, turning destruction into a matter of free will. “If you believe the world will end in 2012 and you can’t do anything about it, maybe it’s better to blow yourself up when you feel like it,” says WK. To that end, he has turned objects of control and personal movement – skateboards and bicycles, as well as three-dimensional panels – into instruments of self-destruction, equipped with what appear to be pipe bombs and other menacing apparatuses.

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PABLOVE ACROSS AMERICA

Pablove Across America, the coast-to-coast cycling journey of hope and education spearheaded by Dangerbird Records co-founder Jeff Castelaz, will conclude in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 21, with a benefit concert at Avalon in Hollywood. The night will be a celebration of Castelaz’s incredible triumph, and devoted to the Pablove Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to children life programs as well as children’s cancer research and treatment. A bevy of supporters will join to perform acoustic and semi-acoustic sets including, Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Shirley Manson, Butch Walker, Tom Gabel (Against Me!), Jarrod Gorbel (the Honorary Title) and Charlotte Martin, with others to be announced shortly. Tickets are $35 (GA) and $65 (VIP) and will go on sale this Saturday, October 31. All proceeds will go to the Foundation.

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UPDATE: OBEY x LEVIS

The OBEY X LEVI’S® Project – 10/29
Times Square Live Installation Event and Collaboration Release!

Directly after the live installation at 7pm, Shepard will have a signing of the LEVIS Collaboration Graphics and the punk PIONEER posters. The poster suite consists 4, 18×24 inch, posters with front and back printing – using LEVIS infused graphics of the OBEY FACTORY, PROPAGANDA ENGINEERING, STAY UP GIRL, and OBEY EYE. All 4 posters form one large punk PIONEER poster measuring 36×48 inches.  The event is Free and open to the public – see you there!

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OBEY X LEVI’S® X TIMES SQUARE

The OBEY X LEVI’S® Project – 10/29 – Times Square Live Installation Event and Collaboration Release!  The launch of the Obey x Levi’s® collection is the latest result of the ongoing collaborative relationship between Levi’s® and Fairey relationship.

I’ve always felt that keeping my art bold, simple and refined was a way to cut through the clutter, and it’s a formula that Levi’s® has been using for decades that keeps them accessible and populist yet stylish and relevant. The posters I created for Levi’s® are returns to the roots of my style: one side with an industrial propaganda poster feel that connects with the heritage of Levi’s® as a brand for workers, and the reverse side reflecting my other biggest influence, punk rock, and the connection of Levi’s® to punk and rock in general. – Shepard

OBEY X LEVI’S scaffolding went up in Times Sq this week –Traffic stopped at the huge plywood signage was hoisted on to the steel frames, as groups of fans gathered to capture the moment. On 10/29, Shepard will create a live art installation on the outside façade of this scaffolding in front of the Levi’s store in Times Square at 7pm. Poster signing will follow the installation. A video of the process will be posted to YOU TUBE shortly after the install.

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Jessica Print x STAGES NYC

The Jessica Portrait Print will be released on Tuesday, 10/27.  The image was Based on an original portrait by Dina Douglass/Andrena Photography,  www.andrenaphoto.com. The illustration was originally created as a fine art piece that is part of the Lance Armstrong and NIKE’s STAGES Exhibition, which will make its US debut in NYC at Deitch Projects on 10/31. The print is an Edition of 475, 18×24, S/N, and is $55. All profits will go to various cancer research organizations. Released at a Random Time, Limit 1 per person.

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Pittsburgh Street Recap

After a long trip, all we have to show are a handful of photos…
Thanks for the pics, Jon!
For More Photos of our Pittsburgh trip check out OBEYCLOTHING.com
For More about the Warhol Opening please visit Arrestedmotion.com

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Rock Hill Preservation

My parents grew up in Rock Hill S.C. which is a beautiful town in a mostly rural part of upstate S.C. I worked with my Uncle Wade Fairey to create this art to benefit Historic Rock Hill preservation. The story of the Courtney Spider Lily art is that it is a rare flower thriving in the Courtney Island section of the Catawba river. The art is designed to promote water quality on the Catawba River which has been greatly affected by “run off from urban development”, bird – wildlife habitation and “availability of movement along the Catawba”, which has resulted in a 100’ buffer on either side of the river. There are many individuals and groups interested in seeing the Catawba remain a lovely river.

Print and Fine Art Auction information coming soon.

You can now bid on this on ebay here
-Shepard

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STATEMENT ON ASSOCIATED PRESS FAIR USE CASE

In an effort to keep everyone up to date on my legal battle to uphold the principle of fair use in copyright laws, I wanted to notify you of a recent development in my case against The Associated Press (AP).

On October 9, 2009, my lawyers sent a letter to the AP and to the photographer Mannie Garcia, through their lawyers, notifying them that I intend to amend my court pleadings. Throughout the case, there has been a question as to which Mannie Garcia photo I used as a reference to design the HOPE image. The AP claimed it was one photo, and I claimed it was another.

The new filings state for the record that the AP is correct about which photo I used as a reference and that I was mistaken. While I initially believed that the photo I referenced was a different one, I discovered early on in the case that I was wrong.

In an attempt to conceal my mistake I submitted false images and deleted other images. I sincerely apologize for my lapse in judgment and I take full responsibility for my actions which were mine alone. I am taking every step to correct the information and I regret I did not come forward sooner.

I am very sorry to have hurt and disappointed colleagues, friends, and family who have supported me in this difficult case and trying time in my life.

I am also sorry because my actions may distract from what should be the real focus of my case – the right to fair use so that all artists can create freely. Regardless of which of the two images was used, the fair use issue should be the same.

– Shepard

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The Insurance Lobby’s Lies

Study after study shows that the insurance lobby is doing everything in its power to distort the facts about healthcare reform. Reform is not in their financial best interest, but it is in the interest of making healthcare available and affordable for the public at large. Check out the info below.

-Shepard

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Brendan Mullen RIP

Brendon Mullen was the owner of legendary LA Venue, Masque, and a friend of OBEY.  He was featured in SWINDLE Mag’s Icon Issue as a West Cost Punk Pioneer, introducing such influential bands as X, the Dickies, Fear, the Germs, and the Go Go’s.   On Monday, he passed away due an unexpected stroke.  Our condolences are with his family and friends.

http://swindlemagazine.com/issueicons/brendan-mullen/

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2009/10/local-punk-champion-masque-founder-brendan-mullen-dies.html

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