Juxtapoz // Monday, September 15, 2008
In case you’ve been dwelling in some sort of underground cave for the past few weeks, you know one of the most prolific street and gallery artists working today, Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz cover #82) opened his most recent solo show, Duality of Humanity at White Walls and the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco this Saturday.
As expected, both gallery spaces were packed with fans eager to take a first-hand look at Shepard’s newest contributions to the world of art. A departure from his previous work in that this new crop of work is far more political, Duality of Humanity takes a close look at the changes facing our country in light of the upcoming election. “The difference between this show and the previous ones is that now the optimism of a potential Obama presidency is in the mix,” Shepard stated.
Sketchypad’s Mike Lin attended the opening and writes, “Pieces in the show include the now famous Obama ‘Hope’ image, hand painted multiples (on paper, wood and album covers), rubylith collages, stencil collages on canvas, silkscreen on paper, and screenprints on metal. The fact that the majority of the work sold before the opening speaks volumes about Shepard’s popularity and influence on popular culture.”
If you’re lucky enough to be in San Francisco, make sure to stop by White Walls and the Shooting Gallery on Larkin Street, as this show is surely one to go down in history. Plus, the work is simply breathtaking in person.