[FoRK] Shepard Fairey Returns to NYC

Elias Sinderson <elias at soe.ucsc.edu> on Tue Jun 5 10:41:10 PDT 2007

Landmark event, indeed, if you are in the NY area you would be well 
served to check this out... One may very well see some large OBEY 
'installations' around the city as well. :)

- Elias

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Just to let everyone know, this going to be a landmark event
 We aren’t 
taking any shorts when it comes to Shepard’s NYC return. Get ready, 
cause this exhibition is not to be missed!




Main Gallery Opening Reception
Saturday, June 23rd from 5-9 pm
Exhibition is on view from June 23rd to July 21st
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Phone: (212) 243 3822

Dumbo Installation Space Reception presented by JUXTAPOZ and SWINDLE
Thursday, June 21st from 7-11pm
Installation Space is on view until July 6th
81 Front Street (at the corner of Washington St)
Dumbo (Brooklyn), NY 11201
Music provided by COSMO BAKER, 10 FINGERS, SHEPARD FAIREY and more...
Drinks Provided by DEWARS
RSVP REQUIRED, for more info please visit

The title “E Pluribus Venom” which translates “Out of many, poison” is 
derived from “E Pluribus Unum” (out of many, one) an early motto adopted 
by the U.S. Government which appears on U.S. coins and dollar bills. In 
the opinion of artist Shepard Fairey, many becoming one, or a loss of 
power and influence of the individual in favor of homogeny is a symptom 
of a society in decline. “E Pluribus Venom” could be interpreted as 
saying both that there is poison in the American system, and that many 
individuals are motivated by venom and anger toward this system. “E 
Pluribus Venom” is comprised of artworks designed to question the 
symbols and methods of the American machine and American dream and also 
celebrate those who oppose blind nationalism and war.

Some of Fairey’s works use currency motifs or a Norman Rockwell 
aesthetic to employ the graphic language of the subjects they critique. 
Other works use a blend of Art Nouveau, hippie, and revolutionary 
propaganda styles to celebrate subjects advocating peace. The art 
addresses monolithic institutional power and authority and the role of 
counter culture and independent individuals to question the dominant 
paradigm. Shepard Fairey’s new body of work contains politically-charged 
paint, screen print, stencil, and collage mixed media pieces which use 
metaphor, humor, and seductive decorative elements to deliver 
provocative but beautiful results. These works blur the perceived 
barriers between propaganda and escapist decoration, political 
responsibility and humor with the intent of stimulating both viscerally 
and intellectually.


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