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PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes Kickstarter Campaign

The following is a message from my friend John Wellington Ennis, Director of PAY 2 PLAY.  Please support his film if you can.  -Shepard

We are so proud to have nearly wrapped PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes, after years of following Ohio elections, investigating corruption, and chronicling activism.  Audiences have already laughed and cheered with this film, reform groups are using this movie as an organizing tool, and now we need your help to bring it to the mainstream audiences that will be vital to meaningful change.

We have launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance the self-distribution of our documentary. If you have supported us in the past, you’ll already be able to see your name in the closing credits, because every little bit of encouragement helped us get this far.  Since we know people are inundated by requests, we’re doing something special: a  TELETHON, in the tradition of the 70′s where stars performed their heart out for a good cause!

We are releasing a new video short every day of our campaign, highlighting the inspiring individuals in our film, the amazing artists, and our great partner organizations! (Check out the new street art shorts below)  We also have amazing items available exclusive to our backers — like the new Shepard Fairey OBEY movie poster for PAY 2 PLAY, a true honor for us, this 40″ x 27″ lithograph on 80 lb. card stock has already won its printer an industry award for Best Art Poster.  A limited number of prints are available only through this Kickstarter campaign, which ends May 30.

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Paint It Black – Hand

When I was working on the Paint it Black poster concept I tried several approaches, as I do with every poster, but instead of only one successful direction, I felt I found two solutions for Paint it Black. Both versions are inspired by the Rolling Stones song, but the first version was fashioned more after a vintage newspaper ad, while the Paint it Black Hand has a bit more of a propaganda feel. Regardless, they are both about oil dictating too much of our energy policy and our foreign policy. Imagine if all the money spent on wars and strategic interests in the Middle East had been spent on developing green energy alternatives. Instead, our government subsidizes the highly profitable oil and gas industries for $40 billion a year because no politician wants a rise in the price of gas to be blamed on them. Newsflash: we are still paying more for gas whether it’s at the pump or through our taxes. The need for gas will remain, but we need to invest in sustainable energy alternatives as we transition off of the finite supply of fossil fuels that are also terrible for CO2 emissions. Proceeds from this print will go to the NRDC to support their efforts to shape responsible environmental policy. Thanks for caring.

-Shepard

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OPENING TONIGHT – The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns at The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns at The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art opens tonight in Charleston.  If you are in the area, please stop by and check it out.

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Month Of Mondays | Jody Porter

This Monday, May 26, Shepard will be DJing at the Viper Room.  If you’re in LA come to the show and stay for the party!  (see flyer for details)

Fellow Charlestonian and and childhood frenemy, Jody Porter, will be doing a Monday night residency at the Viper Room for the month of May to celebrate his “Month of Mondays” album. The album is excellent and shows off Jody’s range as a multi-instrumentalist. I first experienced Jody as a guitar shredder and vocalist when his band he fronted as a pre-teen, Foreign Aid”, ripped through Hendrix, Stones, and Zepp covers at our local playground dance. Jody was already really good then, so imagine how good he is 30 years later! I will be DJ’ing after the show at the May 26th gig, Do yourself a favor, go out on a Mon. night in May. Oh, I may be doing the cover art for Month of Mondays, assuming I can find time, and Jody likes what I come up with.

-Shepard

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“Stand Clear of the Closing Doors,” a film by Sam Fleischner

My longtime friend Sam Fleischner directed the film “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors.” Please take a moment to watch the trailer and if you’re in New York go see it in the theater! I’ve known Sam since he was 12 years-old when he used to help me fold t-shirts in Providence.  The trailer and story looks amazing.

Check out the trailer here

- Shepard

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Charleston Murals – Power & Glory

I grew up in downtown Charleston and I always found inspiration in the historical architecture even if I found some of the conservative attitudes stifling.  To have my murals going up around these historic and beautiful neighborhoods is amazing.  I’m grateful to the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the Cultural Affairs Department of Charleston for supporting me because I think public art and street art are still controversial.  I was arrested in Charleston in 1996 and it’s exciting that I’m back doing a show at the Halsey and having the support of the local art community.

- Shepard

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The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns is one of my all-time favorite artists, so it is an incredible honor to show alongside him. I think that the work I created for the show has some  connection to works Johns did utilizing the iconography of Americana.  The timing of this joint show is serendipitous because a lot of my work was moving in the direction of addressing the pros and cons of power, glory, and America. This show  with the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art amplified my focus on the decline of the “American Dream.”  Showing with the Halsey for the second time is great because they championed my work when I was far less established, and I like to be loyal to those who have supported me.  I also think it’s a great opportunity to show how my work has evolved in the last dozen or so years. This exhibition also reveals how attitudes in Charleston have evolved about street art.  When I showed in Charleston in 2001, my street art activities were a subject of controversy.  This time around, I’ve been allowed to do large painted murals in amazing places.  Since Charleston is my hometown, I also get to hang with my parents and old friends.

-Shepard

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SHEPARD FAIREY X HENNESSY FEATURED ON VIBE.COM

I was recently interviewed by Vibe about my collaboration with Hennessy. As an artist, I look to collaborate with brands in a way that incubates the culture I love. Hennessy is a well respected brand with a quality product, ethos, and legacy so I knew that they would showcase my work in an awesome way.  I did a lot of research about the history of Hennessy and I felt like the sophistication and the quality of the brand is something I’m honored to be associated with. Street art is free, but I also embrace the idea that art and commerce need each other, and can relate symbiotically rather than in conflict.

-Shepard

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Stand with Cecily!

Along with Spike Jonze, Pussy Riot, and Kim Gordon, I wrote a short letter in support of jailed Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan. Check it out, and show your support for free speech and activism!

-Shepard

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Empire State Of Mind

This explanation of my Empire State of Mind print may sound familiar, because it shares the same theme with my Oil & Gas Building print. The print is inspired by, but not based on, the Empire State Building.
Industrial power has been a point of pride in America since the early 20th century, and many impressively iconic, if monolithic,  architectural landmarks have been erected as symbols of industrial and American dominance.  The Chrysler building, the General Electric building, the Sears Tower, and the Empire State Building come to mind.  Dominant industrial forces may build great monuments to their success, but those physical manifestations of their power and ego often correlate to the dangerously disproportionate influence they have on politics and policy. America has had an empire state of mind for the last 100 plus years, but the dangers of thinking the world is ours to dominate and plunder are staring us in the face. The flame on top of this building is not a torch of glory, but a fire of reckless over-consumption This Empire State of Mind print is about the volatility of giving an industry with too much power the ability to manipulate politics in its favor despite the dangers to the environment and climate change. The situation is going to blow up in our faces metaphorically, and already has for too many people literally as well (remember the BP explosion and spill?). A lot of people freaked out that the Obama administration lost taxpayers about $600 million by investing in Solyndra, a solar panel company developing a new technology, which went bankrupt. However, few people seem upset that the U.S. government gives approximately $25 billion in tax breaks and subsidies to the highly profitable oil and gas industries. The Solyndra investment did not work out, but the need to fund new, renewable technologies, should be obvious when the rapidly depleting oil and gas sources become more difficult and dangerous to extract each passing day. The only reason the government subsidies are so disproportionate is because of the massive power the dying oil and gas industry still has.

The Oil & Gas industry, which includes multi-national and independent oil and gas producers and refiners, natural gas pipeline companies, gasoline service stations and fuel oil dealers, has long enjoyed a history of strong influence in Washington. Individuals and political action committees affiliated with oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 million to candidates and parties since the 1990 election cycle, 75 percent of which has gone to Republicans.

Though oil is finite, our reliance on it is so extreme that the power wielded by those who control oil is virtually unlimited. Oil and gas companies and the car manufacturers who profit heavily from gas powered engines used their power and influence to overturn a zero emissions law in the state of California, effectively delaying electric cars arriving on the market accessibly for 10 plus years. It is dangerous for an industry to have that much power.

We need to cultivate renewable alternatives, and for the sake of the future, we need to push the government to support the developers of new technologies rather than subsidizing old fossil fuel models moving toward obsolescence.

Check out this article on the political influence of the Oil & Gas industry - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/06/how-the-oil-lobby-greases_n_845720.html

Thanks for caring.

-Shepard

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