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Vienna x Commanda x Hilger Next

The crew and I recently headed to Vienna to paint a large mural as part of a large street art show put on by the Ernst Hilger Gallery. Vienna is beautiful, with an abundance of incredible architecture and tons of museums. It seems like a place that really values creative culture. The mural location was an amazing grain building on a major road into Vienna. We asked the gallery to paint the wall red ahead of time to save time and we hoped the weather would hold up because we only had 4 days to complete the mural. Everything seemed great when we showed up to the properly painted wall with lifts waiting for us that we needed to get 70 feet up. However, after we started painting with stencils we realized that the wall proportions seemed off! Sure enough, after measuring, we realized that the wall dimensions were 25% smaller than the measurements we had been given. I quickly assessed the challenge and altered the composition of the mural to adapt to the new wall size. Stenciled on the wall of my studio is the directive:”measure twice… cut once”. Those are words to live by. The gallery staff were very apologetic, and I tried to relieve their stress by explaining that I was used to working in less than ideal conditions. In the end the mural turned out well. I’m looking forward to spending more time in Vienna in the future. Thanks to Ernst Hilger, Katrin, Anke, Niko, and the rest of his staff, as well as my crew of Dan Flores, Nic Bowers, and Z Bomit for helping to bring the project to completion.
-Shepard

Cash, Cans, Candy
Hilger BROT Kunsthalle and GALERIE HILGER NEXT
On Exhibition from May 31st – September 14th
Vienna, Austria
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The New World Disorder x D*FACE x Stolen Space Gallery

My friend D’Face is having a solo show at Stolenspace in London, the same gallery where I did my “Sound & Vision” show last October and his own gallery.  I’m sure the show will be awesome because D’Face has talent, ideas, and a serious work ethic.  Check it out if you are in London.
-Shepard

Opening, June 6th, 2012
London at Stolen Space Gallery
www.stolenspace.com
www.dface.co.uk

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Memorial for Stuart Noble this Sunday

Please join us on Sunday to celebrate the life of our friend Stuart Noble.

Sunday, June 2 from 6-8 pm at Artshare – 801 E. 4th St 90013, Los Angeles

Reception immediately following at Angel City Brewery

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Art in Motion x Austin Mural 2013

Whether cloaked by night or hidden in disguise, street artists don’t often work in the public eye. A stunning short film by Sage Seb presents a rare, aestheticized view of one of the most influential street artists today, Shepard Fairey.

Check out the video below and read about it HERE at the Huffington Post!

Internet Activist Jeremy Hammond Pleads Guilty to Stratfor Leak

Jeremy Hammond is being prosecuted for leaking documents related to corporate spying. He was motivated not by personal gain, but by his conscience to be a whistleblower. The war on whistleblowers is unacceptable. Corporate spying should not be shielded by our govt. We need corporate transparency. Please support Jeremy by petitioning for him to get a lenient sentence. Also check out Brave New Films’ film on “The War On Whistleblowers”.  Click “more” below for the full story!

Thanks for caring.
-Shepard Fairey

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Stuart Noble RIP

Stuart Noble Celebration

My long time friend Stuart Noble was struck by a car and killed while crossing the street in Pasadena Friday night. I will miss him tremendously.    I met Stuart in 1999 on my first trip to London. Stuart was a partner in a flyer distribution and promotions company called Don’t Panic! Don’t Panic curated an art poster supplement that was distributed with the flyers. I think their goal was to mix art and commerce. I was offered the Don’t Panic art poster as a means of promoting my London art show, but I had to drive straight from the airport to their offices and work on the art in order to meet their print deadline. Stuart and the rest of the Don’t Panic! crew were very enthusiastic about the design I made.  Stuart then offered for me to tag along to put up posters as he drove the Don’t Panic! delivery van around London dropping off flyers. Stuart was on the job, so I wanted to respect his time, but I kept seeing good spots, so I would ask him if we had a second to pull over. The answer was always “yes!” and as he started to understand my modus operandi he would drive out of his way to take me to great spots. Stuart and I bonded intensely while driving all over London. Thanks to Stuart, I poster bombed from Brixton to Camden. Stuart also promoted my art show to his friends and brought a ton of people to the opening. My first London trip was a big success, largely because of Stuart’s support.

   Stuart stayed in touch and was always generously promoting Obey Giant to magazines and friends in London.  When I was back in London in 2002 he once again took me out to do street art on several intense missions. Stuart visited LA and liked it enough to move to the city in 2005. I was in need of a new poster printer, so Stuart signed on for the job. He would also go on poster missions with me and took the initiative to put posters up on his own as well.  Stuart became an Obey ambassador of sorts, talking to property owners about walls for my art. Many of the murals I have done in the downtown LA Arts District were organized by Stuart. Stuart was quite a prolific purveyor of Obey on every front!
   Things were not always easy with Stuart. He liked to party and had some issues with addiction. These were not a factor in his death, but could be a factor in his life. I always loved Stuart, and though I wanted to hold him accountable for some of his conduct, I also wanted to support him through tough times he had. Stuart was doing very well recently. He had a lovely girlfriend, Birgitte, and they had just purchased a car and were about to move in together. It is especially sad that Stuart’s life ended right as he was beginning a very positive new chapter.
   I’m eternally grateful for Stuart’s friendship and passion for my work. Stuart, thanks for everything… I’ll miss you man!
-Shepard Fairey

Fundraiser for TEMPT ONE this Saturday in LA

SAVE THE DATE!!! Fundraiser for “Tempt One” screening the long-awaited, Getting Up: The Tempt One Story. June 1st, 2013, 5-10pm Downton Independent Cinema. 251 S. Main St. LA CA 90012. Art Auction, Guest DJ and Black Book signing.

The film is GREAT!

Words grossly underserve me in describing “Getting Up”, a film about lives driven by images and creativity. Tempt had graffiti art, his life’s greatest passion, taken from him by the disease ALS. “Getting Up” tells the story of how Tempt, with his own strength of spirit, determination, and the creativity of his friends, was enabled to create art again. This film celebrates a triumph of mind over matter and it made me weep… which despite being a sensitive artsy type, I don’t do very often. The inspiration, compassion, and generosity demonstrated in this film is will make an impression on even those with the most cynical view of humanity.
-Shepard Fairey

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One week left – MATTHEW STONE : Subliminal Projects

SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS & BRITWEEK present

MATTHEW STONE: Ecstasy

Exhibition closes June 1, 2013

In conjunction with Britweek, SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is proud to present an exhibition of new work by British artist Matthew Stone. Matthew Stone describes himself as an artist and shaman, existing as a photographer, sculptor, performance artist, curator, writer, optimist and cultural provocateur.

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Los Angeles, We need to VOTE!

Happy Monday Los Angelinos!
It’s that time again, WE NEED TO VOTE! Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 21st is OUR DAY TO VOTE! Use your vote to make change. You can vote for whatever you want to but just VOTE and understand what you are voting for!
Shepard and I think Eric Garcetti is the BEST choice for our Los Angeles Mayor!
To learn more about Eric go to http://www.ericgarcetti.com/leadership
Happy Voting!
Amanda and Shepard Fairey

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The Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act

The biggest banks in the country—the ones that wrecked our economy and cost millions of Americans their jobs—pay next to nothing on the debt they owe the government, while students pay nine times as much. That isn’t right.

That’s why I’ve introduced the Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act to let students take advantage of the same low rates offered to banks for one year while Congress finds a fair, long-term solution on student loan interest rates.

Will you add your voice in support of giving students the same deal as big banks? Click here to sign the petition.

The interest rate on federal subsidized Stafford student loans is set to increase from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1st. If Congress doesn’t act soon, millions of college students will see their student loan payments jump.

Some argue that it’s too expensive to keep government loans at low interest rates, but the federal government makes low interest loans all the time—just not to everyone. Big banks can borrow money through the Federal Reserve discount window at a rate of about 0.75%.

That’s why I started a petition on MoveOn’s petition site which says:

Wall Street banks—the ones that wrecked our economy—should not be getting a better interest rate on their government loans than young people trying to go to college.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Unlike the big banks, students don’t have armies of lobbyists and lawyers. But they do have us.

Let’s do what’s right and bank on students.

Thanks!

–Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator

This petition was created on MoveOn’s online petition site, where anyone can start their own online petitions. Senator Elizabeth Warren didn’t pay us to send this email—we never rent or sell theMoveOn.org list.

 

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