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The Duality of Humanity…

The Duality of Humanity…
Shepard Fairey @ White Walls

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San Francisco, CA, 9/13/08 – I remember skating around Encinitas when I was like 13 seeing this crazy “Obey” image around town and being so confused about what it was and what it meant. In our small North County San Diego beach town, besides the rampant surfing and skateboarding culture, there wasn’t much else that we were exposed to. I assumed that it was a new skate company or something, but I remember someone telling me I was wrong and that is was some kind of social experiment, which totally blew my mind, but I still didn’t fully understand. 11 years and a whole lot of experience later I’m blessed with the opportunity to check out Shepard Fairey’s “Duality of Humanity” show at White Walls in SF, which was ridiculously impressive to say the least. Besides the incredible aesthetic talent that this dude possesses for collage, mixed media, screen printing, etc…, the overarching messages surrounding consumerism, the environment, war, and politics, displayed mainly through altered propaganda posters, are extremely powerful and fascinating. The genesis of this street art mastermind began in 1989 when his Andre the Giant sticker bombing missions in Providence, Rhode Island started a nervous societal buzz and sparked an idea about exploiting the sociological implications of art in public… and the rest is history. Fairey’s passion and determination for using graffiti, mainly postering, as a means of communication has brought him around the world and his mark has been left in almost every major city out there. With so many contemporary/urban artists roaming the streets these days, the fact that Fairey has been able to truly set himself apart is an enormous accomplishment and makes you wonder where he might take it from here. There’s talk that with the upcoming election and potential for widespread change, a lot of Fairey’s work has taken an optimistic turn, which is evident in one of his more recent and widely distributed pieces that depicts an image of Barak Obama with the word “Hope” underneath. Fairey says that the Duality of Humanity show addresses the “human struggle between good and bad, hope and fear,” and come November 4th, hopefully the duality of this country won’t change Fairey’s optimistic tune…

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September 16, 2008 Posted by | Art, Politicos | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments