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R.I.P Lou Reed

Lou Reed made some great and important music that I’m grateful to have in my life. His band The Velvet Underground failed commercially but influenced many important bands. Their music was a unique mixture of feedback drenched energy, and beautiful simplicity. To me it still sounds fresh and was way ahead of the times when it was released in the late 60’s. I’m feeling sentimental, so if you aren’t familiar with the Velvets, I recommend the beautiful “Sweet Jane”, but “I’m Waiting For The Man” has great energy. Lou made some gems as a solo artist too. My favorite solo album is Transformer, which was produced by David Bowie. “Perfect Day” is an absolute masterpiece http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYEC4TZsy-Y

Also, check out Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols and friends performing a great version of “Perfect Day” recently… http://vimeopro.com/chromehearts/perfectday

-Shepard

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/lou-reed-velvet-underground-leader-and-rock-pioneer-dead-at-71-20131027

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New Statesman Cover x Russell Brand

Russell Brand recently asked me to design the cover of the Nov. issue of the New Statesman which he guest edited. The theme of the issue is “a revolution of consciousness”. Since I’ve known Russell, I’ve been impressed with his intellect and his ability to merge low-brow entertainment with high-brow provocation. Russell has done several projects and interviews lately that display his wit and social conscience. I have been impressed with Russell’s courage and I’ve been meaning to re-post some of his finest moments. Conveniently, my friend David DeGraw, one of the forces behind the 99% concept and Occupy, put together a great post on Evolve Society(for which I created the logo). I love what David wrote and what Russell has been up to, so please check it out!
-Shepard

Russell Brand: Radical Prophet, Mystical Force of Nature

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RAVI ZUPA | HARD DREAM | OPENS TOMORROW | SUBLIMINAL PRIOJECTS

Ravi’s paintings arrived from the framer yesterday and they are mind-blowing. A lot of the work can be viewed on SubliminalProjects.com, but I recommend seeing the work in person to soak up all of the subtleties. If you miss this show you’ll regret it so come through tomorrow night!

-Shepard

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Unmanned – live Twitter chat

The Brave New Films drones film Unmanned powerfully cuts through the propaganda of the “War On Terror”  to reveal the devastating human consequences of  drone strikes where innocent civilians and families are literally and figuratively torn apart. The film reveals why the US war of terror makes America less safe, not more safe, by creating tremendous hostility with those impacted by our indiscriminate drone attacks. BNF scrutinizes the U.S. drone policy with far greater depth than the mainstream media in an effort to get the truth out to people.  Anyone who sees value in human life and due process should be appalled by the human rights violations this film exposes. Join in the conversation.

-Shepard

TODAY (10/24) @ 3EST join @cenkuygur@KatrinaNation & @robertgreenwald in LIVE Twitter chat on #drones. Tweet questions to @WarCosts, use #UNMANNED

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John Van Hamersveld, Pinnacle Hendrix Commemorative Edition

John Van Hamersveld’s Hendrix is my favorite poster of all time. I published a beautiful large format, fine art screen print edition of the image. Read more after the jump about the poster edition and history of the image.
-Shepard

Serigraph on Coventry Rag Smooth 335g/sm with Deckled edges.  32 1/4 x 44 1/4 inches.  5 Colors (4 Metallic). Edition of 180.  Only a limited number will be available on this site.   $600.00.  Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.

Sale Date: 10/24/2013  at 10am in LARGE FORMAT PRINTS

 

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A Lobbyist And A Senator Walk Into A Restaurant …

As many of you know, I feel that campaign finance structure and the influence of lobbyists have corrupted our democracy by distorting the influence of corporations over our elected officials. This issue is not sexy or easy to illuminate, but is one the biggest obstacles to our congress, and democracy, working properly. This video clearly illustrates what the problems are, and from what I’ve heard from insiders, it is barely an exaggeration. Please check it out and pass it on!

-Shepard

La Santa Muerte | Limited Edition Screen Print by Ravi Zupa

I see a lot of great art, but as an artist with an astounding command of a broad range of techniques and aesthetics, Ravi Zupa is a rare find. Ravi demonstrates mastery in a renaissance painting style, collage, printmaking, and drawing. The rich fusion of techniques in his work could be presumed to be appropriation, but it is not… all of the elements were rendered by Ravi.    I’m very honored that Ravi included my Obey star graphic in his Santa Muerte screen print because I love the art and Ravi and I have several shared interests in D.I.Y. culture, printmaking, and propaganda art. I think the process Ravi used to create this piece is amazing: he cuts the art out of a traffic cone like a linoleum cut and uses the cone as his plate. That cone produced the black portion of this screen print with some small liberties taken. Ravi is a true craftsman and a unique talent. I urge anyone who is in the LA vicinity to come see Ravi’s work in person. -Shepard
The Santa Muerte screen print is a signed and numbered edition of 200,16″x24″, $50.
Available at Subliminal Projects

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Re-Run: Shepard on Billy Morrison’s Dirty Little Secrets

I did a really fun interview on art and music with Billy Morrison which will be re-broadcast. Check it out!
-Shepard

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UPDATE: SHEPARD X RISK: PEACE & JUSTICE COLLABORATION

RISK will be releasing the remaining collaboration HPMs this Friday, Oct 18th at NOON on BuckshotPrints.com.  This may be your last chance, don’t miss out!

Peace and Justice Collaboration
HPM, Hand Painted Multiple
Mixed Media Collage, Spray Paint, and Silk Screen on Paper
11.5 inches x 49 inches.
Signed by Shepard Fairey and RISK
Edition of 40, deckled edges

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RAVI ZUPA X SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS

RAVI ZUPA: HARD DREAM

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 26 • 8 – 11 PM
Exhibition Dates: October 26 – November 23

SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is proud to present new work by Denver based artist Ravi Zupa. Hard Dream is Zupa’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles and is a testament to where he comes from, where his mind has traveled, and the extent of his innate artistic eye and capabilities.

Hard Dream will open to the public on Saturday, October 26 with the artist in attendance and will be on view through November 23. SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS will be releasing a limited edition artist print in conjunction with the exhibition.

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