Recently went to South Side in Pittsburgh and decided to snap a few pics of a Shepard Fairey piece.
I have gotten a chances to see it a few times, but felt like it would make for a good blog post.
The interesting thing to me about Shep is that he likes to fight consumerism, commercialism, brandalism and ect. I could go on forever in things that he and I agree on. My only question is his actual artistic abilities. Don’t get me wrong, I love the stuff he does, I really do. But I just think a lot of it is computer based rather than physically created. I mean, yes I consider things like photoshop and illustrator an extension of the artist, but I still think a majority of the creative input needs to come from the artist themselves (ie hand drawn sketches or paintings). Call me old school, but I think the physical creation of art is important.
Its not that I don’t like Fairey, he is an icon. I just am not sold on him (not his ideas) %100.0000 yet. Even after close inspection on his art here, which I always thought to be very clean cut and sharp, was actually a little bit sloppy (oh dear lord, don’t kill me). You could definitely tell it was computer generated.
But besides these criticisms of his work, I still am a very big fan of the movement. He ran a champaign off an idea very similar to that of Andy Warhol. Warhol used images of famous people and things and through repetition stripped them of their power, changed their nature. Fairey on the other hand used repetition of something meaningless and created a sort of ethos or power to it. He made something powerful, an image and a word (Obey the giant) and gave it importance through repetition. Very interesting, considering things like advertising where we see names and products over and over and over again and maybe even construct power in those things simply because we see them all the time.
Here are the pictures I took, if you get a chance to go to the South Side in Pittsburgh and check it out it is on E Carson St and 24th.