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Print or Digital? Shepard Fairey Goes with 'Printed Matters' in New Solo

Juxtapoz // Monday, 30 Aug 2010

The exhibit incorporates every variety of Shepard’s printed works, works on wood, metal, album covers, and fine art collage papers.


Shepard states, “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.”


The opening reception of the exhibition is on Thursday, September 16th at 8pm. At the opening, in collaboration with Gestalten Books, Subliminal Projects will be hosting a public reception and book signing for Beyond the Street: The 100 Most Important Figures in Urban Art starting at 7pm. Contributors and Artists will be in attendance.



Printed Matter

By Shepard Fairey

Subliminal Projects Gallery

September 16th - October 9th, 2010

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 16th, 2010 / 8-11pm

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