Title: Obey E Pluribus Venom The Art of Shepard Fairey
Authors: Shepard Fairey/Sarah Jaye Williams/Jonathan Levine
Extract from the Introduction by Shepard Fairey
The E Pluribus Venom art show took place in late June 2007 at the Jonathan LeVine gallery in NYC, and in the LeVine temporary installation space in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn. The show, my first solo art show in NY since 2000, was a tremendous undertaking. It was the largest show in my eighteen-year-long career consisting of over 130 pieces, including five 11' x 16 ' mixed media installations. The two exhibition spaces combined amounted to more than 10 000 square feet and it took two weeks of sixteen - eighteen hour days to complete the installation. To grasp the significance of this show, one must understand the depth of my history with NYC, because New York has played a seminal role in my development as an artist.
During a trip to NYC in the summer of 1986, I first became aware of the power of flyer paste - ups when I spotted posters for, and subsequently attended, shows by the Smiths, The Cro-Mags, 7 Seconds, and G.B.H. The music flyers were crude, but bold, and their repititive and irreverent application embodied punk and the slogan "the medium is the message." In 1988, while a freshman at the Rhode Island School of Design, I was on a field trip to NYC when I noticed the graffiti art that covered the walls. Beginning twenty miles outside the city the graffiti increased in scale and frequency as we entered. Much of the graffiti was difficult for me to decipher, but pieces by JEST and a bubbly star by a guy I later found out went by the name of MED stand out in my memory. I was blown away by the risks these graffiti writers took to express themselves. The passion and rebellion behind graffiti resonated with me as much as the attitudes of punk rock and skateboarding, which I had embraced since 8th grade.
When I saw the graffiti of New York City, I knew that I wanted to put art in the streets.
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