After Conversations with Occupy Wall Street Organizers, Shepard Fairey Releases Revised “Occupy Hope” Design
I am not directly associated with either the Obama re-election campaign or the organizers of Occupy Wall St. After I put my Occupy HOPE image and brief statement online Friday, I received responses from people and some very important issues were raised. It is hard to put across complex ideas with an image, and even harder to have a reasonable discussion in this polarizing, sound-bite oriented, media landscape, so I was grateful for some thoughtful feedback. My most eye-opening discussion was with an organizer of Occupy Wall St. who remains anonymous to preserve the lack of hierarchy within the movement. Below is a bit of our dialogue, which shows the many nuances to be navigated…
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A few months ago Steve T. and myself met up with Jason Filipow to interview him on his collaboration for our Holiday 11 limited series tees. We visited his studio and got a closer look at the history and his passion for collage, typography and punk rock culture. Jason is a very talented artist, and has been involved with Shepard and the Obey family for many years. Enjoy the video interview and make sure to check out his work. www.julietromeofoxtrot.com
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This image represents my support for the Occupy movement, a grassroots movement spawned to stand up against corruption, imbalance of power, and failure of our democracy to represent and help average Americans. On the other hand, as flawed as the system is, I see Obama as a potential ally of the Occupy movement if the energy of the movement is perceived as constructive, not destructive. I still see Obama as the closest thing to “a man on the inside” that we have presently. Obviously, just voting is not enough. We need to use all of our tools to help us achieve our goals and ideals. However, I think idealism and realism need to exist hand in hand. Change is not about one election, one rally, one leader, it is about a constant dedication to progress and a constant push in the right direction. Let’s be the people doing the right thing as outsiders and simultaneously push the insiders to do the right thing for the people. I’m still trying to work out copyright issues I may face with this image, but feel free to share it and stay tuned…
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I have always been interested in using a broad variety of techniques and materials, and so it was really exciting to take on the digital medium for the first time with the artworks created for s[edition]. Peace Guard is an evolution of a pre-existing idea, and yet by animating the artwork with the exploding gun barrel and the regenerating rose it has given it a whole new meaning, which I find fascinating.
s[edition] brings digital limited edition art by the world’s leading contemporary artists for the first time to mobile phones, iPads, computers, and television screens. s[edition] gives everyone the chance to experience the fun of collecting. Each edition is numbered and authenticated with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. The platform allows users to follow artists, browse and acquire works, download them to digital devices and screens, send editions as gifts to friends, and start their own collections.
For more information please visit www.seditionart.com, and the free iPad app is available for download at the iTunes store.
Shepard will be in conversation with Richard Polsky, author of “The Art Prophets” at Book Soup in West Hollywood Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 7pm. No reservations are needed but the room capacity is only 100 so get there early! Shepard will not be signing any books or prints at this event. Wine and hors d’ouevres by Animal Restaurant.
Book Soup 8818 sunset Blvd WEHO CA 90069 booksoup.com
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Occupy Wall Street is being raided by NYC police, and the 99% movement is asking for everyone’s help. From Occupy Wall Street on Twitter:
1:10am: Raid happening NOW at #libertysq MOBILIZE!
I just called the number above, and it’s pretty busy. Good! it’s really important that people keep calling. Here are some other numbers.
NYC Mayor Bloomberg: 212-639-9675
NY Governor Cuomo: 518-474-8390
NYPD 1st Precinct: 212-334-0611
NYPD 5th Precinct: 212-334-0711
NYPD 6th Precinct: 212-741-4811
NYPD 7th Precinct: 212-477-7311
NYPD 9th Precinct: 212-477-7811
If you personally know any New York political leaders, please call them and ask them to take a stand against this outrage.
The people united will never be defeated.
– Adam Green & the PCCC team
Eagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce the release of GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE on DVD and Blu-ray [MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $19.98 for Blu-ray]. Available here.
Shot over the course of three years, GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE is an unrivalled look into the mind of legendary rock icon Ozzy Osbourne. GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE tells the life story of Ozzy, as seen through the eyes of his youngest child, Jack Osbourne. During the documentary, Ozzy recounts his troubled youth, his early career with Black Sabbath and the impact of fame and addictions on his first marriage. Viewers will also witness the second chapter of his life as a family man with Sharon, during which his addictions grew to a frightening level, as well as hear Ozzy and his children explain his attempts at staying clean, ultimately resulting in more than five years of sobriety. Music fans will also see live performances from around the world, including rare behind the scenes clips of Ozzy on and off stage, in his dressing rooms pre-show, to his nights in a series of hotel rooms. Throughout GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE, audiences are given an inside look into the life of a rock star, from the good times to the bad.
The DVD and Blu-Ray of GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE also features additional previously unseen footage not seen in the theatrical release including new interviews, classic archive footage of Black Sabbath and OZZY OSBOURNE, along with a Q&A with OZZY and Jack Osbourne and behind the scenes footage from the Tribeca Film Festival.
The New York Times (4-15-11) has described it as a movie that “unblinkingly chronicles the chaotic life and times of rock’s most notorious cut-up, from his miserable working-class childhood…to his latter-day sobriety.”
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In late July of 2011, Shepard Fairey and his team headed to Copenhagen for a solo exhibition at the V1 Gallery. We decided to document the trip in hopes of capturing a behind the scenes look into the preparation for the show.
The show itself was a huge success but a lot of crazy stuff happened along the way. The videos are a very honest look at the highs and lows of the experience. This is part 4, the final episode.
The Future Is Unwritten was created for the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s inaugural “Artist as Activist” print project. The project champions Rauschenbergʼs legacy of using art as a vehicle for social change. This year, proceeds from the “Artist as Activist” project will benefit the Coalition for the Homeless charity. The Coalition for the Homeless has provided housing, food, job training, crisis services, and children’s programs to thousands of New Yorkers since 1981. Together, the Foundation and the Coalition have selected Shepard Fairey to be this year’s “Artist as Activist.”
“I am honored to work with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation both because I believe in the cause to fight homelessness and because I am a long time fan of Rauschenberg’s art and activism. Rauschenberg often used his art in support of social causes and I follow a similar model in my own art practice. I’m proud to be associated with Rauschenberg’s amazing legacy as an artist and activist.” -Shepard Fairey
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