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Street Art

obeyBroken Spines has previously discussed the work of Ron English.  But, with all the hub-bub around the inauguration, I was interested in the story behind the ubiquitous Obama “Hope” posters created by Shepard Fairey.  It turns out that Fairey is a street artist best known for his “Obey” stickers with an abstract black and white face based on Andre the Giant.  He’s a southern California skater, former punk rocker, and graphic artist who happens to avoid compliance with local ordinances.

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But, his omnipresent poster of Obama has ironically brought him huge mainstream success ultimately helping to elect a president, the personification of government.  Listen to this Terry Gross interview with him where he deftly explains how he balances his street cred with his new found success.

Also, check out Time Magazine’s photo series called “Art of the Street” (it includes one of Fairey’s pieces).

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For giggles, I included this parody of the Fairey’s hope poster. It was published on the front page of the Willamette Week paper in Portland. The image is created by Barry Stock.  I’m sure Fairey doesn’t mind.

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