Shepard Fairey
E Pluribus Venom

Gallery I
Solo Exhibition

June 23, 2007 through July 21, 2007

 

 

DUMBO Installation Space Opening Reception: Thursday, June 21st, 7pm – 11pm,  81 Front Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
Exhibition on view Thursday, June 21 – Saturday, July 7,   open Wed-Sun from 11-7

Jonathan LeVine Gallery: Opening Reception: Saturday, June 23rd, 5pm – 9pm, Jonathan Levine Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 9th floor,  open Tues-Sat from 11-6  

 

 

 

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Jonathan LeVine Gallery is proud to announce, E Pluribus Venom, a solo exhibit of new works by Shepard Fairey. This show will be the artist’s first solo show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery and will feature a second, off-site exhibition space for the artist to exhibit large-scale installations and murals on wood and canvas. Shepard Fairey’s provocative collection includes politically charged paintings, screen prints, stencils, album covers and mixed media pieces rich with metaphor, humor and seductive decorative elements.

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. For Shepard Fairey, many becoming one, or a loss of power and the influence of the individual in favor of homogeny is a symptom of a society in decline. E Pluribus Venom entails a two-fold metaphor: referring to the poison in the American system and the individuals who are motivated by venom and have anger towards this system. 

The exhibition is comprised of artworks designed to scrutinize the dichotomy of symbols and methods associated with ideologies of the American Dream. Fairey’s artwork comments on underpinnings of the capitalist machine, critiquing those who support blind nationalism and war. Fairey addresses monolithic institutional authority, the role of counter culture, and independent individuals who question the cultural paradigm. Utilizing currency motifs and a Norman Rockwell aesthetic, Fairey employs the graphic language of the subjects they critique. Blending Art Nouveau, hippie, and revolutionary propaganda styles, he celebrates subjects advocating peace. His works blur the perceived barriers between propaganda and escapist decoration, political responsibility and humor with the intent of stimulating both viscerally and intellectually.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Shepard Fairey was born in Charleston, SC, in 1970 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. In 1989, as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, Shepard Fairey launched his ambitious street campaign of stickers featuring Andre the Giant. Fairey became an internationally known artist using the slogan “The Medium is the Message” in his “Obey Giant” street campaign. Since then his propaganda has become something of an anomaly and design empire, encompassing stickers, clothing, skateboards, posters, stencil based graffiti and film. Founder of Studio Number One, a design firm in Los Angeles, Fairey has worked with numerous high-level corporate accounts and recently co-founded Swindle magazine. In 2005 Fairey was a resident artist at Honolulu’s The Contemporary Museum, as well as designing the poster art for the feature film Walk the Line. In 2006, Fairey contributed eight vinyl etchings to a limited-edition series of 12" singles by alternative rock icons Mission of Burma, and has also produced work for Interpol and the Black Eyed Peas.

Fairey’s work has been exhibited in numerous museums and collections including The New Museum of Design, New York, NY; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, New Castle, UK; Museum of Modern Art; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Recent gallery exhibitions include Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan; Galerie du Jour Agnès b and Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, FR; and Maxalot Gallery, Barcelona, Spain. In 2005, Time Magazine featured Shepard Fairey in a photo essay, Art of The Street. His book, Supply and Demand: The Art of Shepard Fairey was released in July of 2006. Numerous articles have been written about Shepard Fairey and have appeared in well-know publications, including The New York Times Magazine, GQ magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Art Papers Wired, Print Magazine, Juxtapoz, Creative Review, WAD Magazine, Philadelphia City Paper, Tokion Magazine, and Details Magazine.

 

DUMBO Installation Space: Opening Reception Thursday, June 21st, 7 - 11pm.   Exhibition on view until July 6th.  81 Front Street (@ corner of
Washington St.) Brooklyn, NY 11201. Featuring 14 foot installations and additional art pieces by Shepard Fairey

 

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Shepard Fairey


War by Numbers canvas large

Toxic Dept canvas large

Mujer Fatal canvas large

Toxic Dept installation

Mujer Fatal installation

War by Numbers installation

Two Sides of Capitalism: Good Installation

Two Sides of Capitalism: Bad Installation

These Sunsets are to Die For

This Machine Kills Fascists

Two Sides of Capitalism: Good

Two Sides of Capitalism: Bad

War by Numbers Canvas

War for Sale Canvas

Peace Mujer Canvas

Proud Parents Canvas

Peace Goddess Canvas

Mujer Fatal Canvas

World Police State Champs

Muhamed Ali Canvas

Woman of the Revolution

Toxic Dept

Zapatista Woman

Angela Davis

Muslim Woman

Rise Above Cop

Rise Above Fist

Uncle Scam

M16 vs AK47

OBEY Bayonettes

Rose Soldier

Chinese Soldiers

Revolutionary Woman

Rose Shackle

Obey with Caution

Big Brother is Watching

OBEY Floral Patterns

OBEY Floral Patterns

Public Works Medal

Peace Ornament

Greetings From Iraq Stencil

Nouveau Girl Stencil

Peace Fingers Stencil

Guns and Roses Stencil

High Time for Peace Stencil

David Bowie Stencil

Angela Davis Small Stencil

Print and Destroy Stencil

Sunset to Die For

Peace Mujer

Liberty

Revolution Woman With Brush

Joe Strummer

War for Sale

Toxicity Inspector

World Police

Mujer Fatal

This Machine Kills Fascists

War by Numbers

By Any Means Necessary

Peace Goddess

Muhammad Ali

Zapatista Woman

New World Odor

Darby Crash

Lou Reed

Arab Woman HPM

Chinese Soldiers HPM

Malcolm X HPM

Rose Shackle HPM

Presidential Seal (black)

Hostile Take Over (black)

Peace Goddess HPM

War for Sale HPM

Proud Parents HPM

Mujer Fatal

Peace Mujer

Peace Tree

War by Numbers

Good and Bad Bills AP

OBEY '94

OBEY '99

OBEY '04

OBEY '89

Proud Parents Metal

Guns and Roses

Bayonets

Big Brother is Watching

Obey Nouveau Red

Peace Ornament (Lotus)

Rose Soldier

Obey with Caution

Savage Posse 2

Peace Fingers

Malcolm X

Peace Goddess

Peace Tree

Peace Mujer

Mujer Fatal

Presidential Seal

Hostile Take Over

Arab Woman

Marcos Drip

Rose Shackle (no rays)

Stereo Type Records

Sound Clash

Rock Steady

Drum Breaks

OBEY Fidelity

Uptown Boogie Down

Gold Label Drums

OBEY Records Stevie

Stereophonic Long Play

Long Play Propaganda

This Machine Kills Fascists

Presidential Seal Record

Cold Chillin

Punk Girl

HI-FI at 33 1/3

Dance Floor Riot

Know Your Rights (strummer)

Pretty Vacant

Guitar Fist

Power to the People

New Wave AP

Search and Destroy AP

Hi FI (side A) 4/4

Rock the Casbah

Hole in the Sky

By Any Means Necessary

The Supreme Record

Peace Ornament

Arab Woman Gold

Hostile Takeover Black

Hostile Takeover Red

Mujer Fatal

Peace Goddess

Peace Goddess Red

Peace Goddess Gold

Peace Mujer

Peace Tree

Presidential Seal Black

Presidential Seal Red

Revolutionary Woman with Brush

Rose Shackle

Savage Posse 2

This Machine Kills Fascists

War by Numbers

War by Numbers Red

War for Sale Red

War for Sale Cream

World Police State Champs Gold

World Police State Champs Silver

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