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Justin Peck’s Heatscape opens today!

The Miami City Ballet opens today with Justin Peck’s Heatscape featuring my set design. I’m a big fan of Robert Rauschenberg who collaborated with Merce Cunningham, so the idea of collaborating with a choreographer in the same vein appealed to me. Beyond the historical association I mentioned, I’m a big fan of putting my work in front of people using unexpected platforms. The cross-pollination that can happen between the ballet and street art audiences is exciting to me. If you’re in the Miami area be sure to check out the show! – Shepard

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Click HERE to listen to Shepard and Justin talk with WLRN Miami about the ballet.

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The Music of David Lynch

I’m a big fan of David Lynch’s movies, art, and music so I was excited to be asked to create an image for the David Lynch Foundation, his Transcendental Meditation organization. This is the second time that I was asked to make something for the foundation, I also did the image for the David Lynch Foundation benefit concert featuring Paul McCartney at Radio City Music Hall back in 2009.
I think David is a unique personality as well as someone with a unique look.  It is great to try to capture him in an illustration because he is such an icon.  This is a solid organization to support, so if you purchase the print consider it as a win-win, you get a poster and support a worthwhile cause.
The lineup for “The Music of David Lynch” is awesome, so check it out next Wednesday, April 1 at The Ace Theater in downtown Los Angeles. There are a very limited number of the VIP tickets left.  If you’re interested check it out here.
-Shepard

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It’s Gonna Blow!!! San Diego music underground documentary

San Diego had a rich music underground in the late 80’s and early 90’s. It’s Gonna Blow!!! is the first documentary to chronicle these unique DIY happenings and their relation to the mainstream. With only 65 hours left, check out the films Kickstarter; the impressive roster of artists and musicians featured in the film, and secure yourself a copy!

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Support the Melvin’s Colossus of reality documentary!

The Melvins are one of my all-time favorite bands! Let’s help make this documentary a reality! – Shepard

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SMOKE ‘EM WHILE YOU GOT ‘EM Print Release!

SMOKE ‘EM WHILE YOU GOT ‘EM

18 x 24 inch screen print on cream speckle tone paper.  Signed and numbered edition of 450.  $45

Limit one per person/household.

Available March 24, 2015 at a random time between 10am and 11am PST in PRINTS.

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Art Alliance: The Provocateurs in Austin – March 2016

I’m pleased to announce we’ll be doing Art Alliance; The Provocateurs in Austin – March 2016. You can expect an evolution of what we did in Chicago last summer with dozens of internationally acclaimed artists to show new and original work, inside and outside of our spaces. www.theprovocateurs.com

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Take action, save democracy, join Mayday v2!

We have to take action to reduce the influence of money in politics in order for our democracy to work properly! Check out Mayday.us V2 and their plan to get our country back on the right track. I also made a short cameo in their new video below. This is an issue that affects all of us. No one is exempt. Thanks for caring! – Shepard

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Super Limited Edition Book Release

A Super Limited Edition art book featuring a piece I created with my friend National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey is being released today. Only 50 of these signed and numbered silk screen box sets, which contain Aaron’s book, All My Relations (photographs from 7 years on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation) will ever be sold. They also include a limited edition fine art print of Aaron’s, a second silk-screened box containing 16 drawings by a medicine man and as well as his letter-pressed oral histories, drawings from an inmate at the South Dakota State Penitentiary, and many original photographic artifacts. You can see all the contents of this museum in a box at Outsider Books. These will sell very fast and will be released in 3 stages, each increasing in price. The first set will be released this morning by Outsider Books on their website. A portion of proceeds will benefit Honor the Treaties – an organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of Indigenous communities through art and advocacy.

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Commanda Mural Print Release!

This  “Commanda Mural” print is a co-publishing collaboration with the Ernst Hilger Gallery based on the mural I did in Vienna Austria near the gallery. I’m very excited about this print because the high end process used is very similar to photogravure, which is one of the earliest etching techniques used to reproduce continuous tone photography. In this case, the printing plate used is zinc, opposed to copper. The zinc plate was prepared with photosensitive varnish in acid bath to yield the printing surface for the black areas of the print. The black area of the work was printed by hand on printing press; the color part of the work was printed with lithography. The art was printed by the esteemed Stamperia Carini in San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy.  The paper used is 100% cotton rag. Stamperia Carini uses  only raw materials of the high quality for its editions.

All inks used in the printing process are the highest degree of resistance to the light available on the market; the paper usually used for the edition is the highest standard of pure cotton (100%). The print looks incredible in person and I’m very happy with how the process translated many elegant, and hard to capture, nuances. -Shepard

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Andy Warhol’s great niece to make film on “Uncle Andy!”

Andy Warhol was a big inspiration for me and many others. A lot of documentaries have been made on Warhol and his contribution to the art world, but none have provided the rare insight into his life that only family could offer. Fortunately, Warhol’s great niece, Abby Warhola, has launched a kickstarter campaign to do just that. Check out the trailer and if you’re a fan help support HERE! – Shepard

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