South Carolina native Shepard Fairey continues to “Rock The Vote” with a series of video postcards created in mid-October in his Los Angeles studio and in New York. The video postcards will begin circulating virally today (10/22) and will feature Jack Black, Joaquin Phoenix, and Saul Williams, as well as Fairey’s eclectic mix of talented friends whom have their own significant community. Think: pro-skateboarders, owners of popular clothing companies, infamous street artists, snowboarders, singers of goth bands, drum n bass DJ’s, authors, famed tattoo artists, fashion models, renowned architects, web-celebs, museum quality photographers…the cultural tastemakers – be they hipsters, outsiders, misfits or squares – who are brimming with HOPEand FIRED UP to get a message across: WE NEED AMERICA TO VOTE EARLY!
Shepard Fairey is a contemporary artist, graphic designer and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene and became known initially for his “André the Giant Has a Posse” sticker campaign. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston calls him one of today’s best known and most influential street artists. He usually omits his first name. (source)
Fairey has an exhibit up until December 6 at Irvine Contemporary in Washington, DC, his second monograph, E Pluribus Venom, was recently published by Gingko Press, and the Boston Institute for Contemporary Art is planning a retrospective exhibition of Fairey’s work for February, 2009.
I remember when the Andre the Giant stickers started appearing on telephone polls and signs here in Charleston. At first they were just simple stencils of Andre’s face and Obey. Later graffiti took that to Obey Giant. Folks here in the city were talking a lot at the cocktail circuit, wondering, “what’s that mean?” Fairey is a great artist and truly understands the bottom to the top conversation.