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When Shepard Fairey Came To Lisbon

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Bruno Lopes and Jonathan Furlong

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Compulsive Contents

Photo:

Bruno Lopes and Jonathan Furlong
January 15, 2018

Shepard Fairey spent some quality time in Lisbon, not just on his Printed Matters solo show, but also on the streets of the city, creating some memorable artwork as he went.

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Shepard Fairey (Obey) had his Printed Matter solo exhibition in Lisbon last year at the Underdogs Gallery, here's what he had to say about the concept behind it:


“I’m a product of the era of mass production and the mass culture it has created. I can’t imagine my art practice without the influence of, and the use of, printing. Some of my biggest art influences were not paintings, but printed things like album covers, skateboard graphics, punk flyers, and T-shirt designs. When I discovered stencil making and screen printing in high school, I used them to make t-shirts and stickers, but by college I began to use screen printing to make art. I enjoyed illustration, photography, collage, and graphic design separately, but with screen printing I could synthesize those techniques into an integrated final product. Screen printing also provided latitude for experimentation and the ability to make multiples, and my style began to evolve as I explored the graphic nature of the medium. I tried to make images that would translate well to screen print production. A harmony of beauty, power, and utility was my goal.

Some people say print is on its way out, that it will be wiped out by digital media, but I say you can never replace the provocative, tactile experience of an art print on the street or in a gallery. Printing still matters.”

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Thankfully he didn't just stay indoors when he was here. Lisbon is now the proud home to a few Obey pieces, including a collaboration with Lisbon's own Vhils.

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