not sure how i feel about these. for sale. for $700.
following up on my last #occupy post……
the Muppets have taught us so many things since 1976. and this week, they’ve taught us just how well popular Art can be used to call bullshit:
Miss Piggy was more combative and political; the puppet added that the charge was “almost as laughable as accusing Fox News of being news.”
(this is a response to this)
have the Muppets always been so intense?
anyway, i love it, and this is a great segue for me to post some of that which i recently wrote for my art school application on the subject of the current state and intersection of art vs. politics in America. this is definitively the longest post i’ve ever published, but if you’re interested, read on….Filed in art, culture and random linkage, personal favorites | Tagged with #occupyart, #occupywallstreet, #ows, adbusters, banksy, capitalism, huxley, marxisms, memetic, mimetic, shepard fairey, TED | Comment (0)
as a follow-up to my last post on shepard fairey…..if other people don’t see this as selling out, i think my sense of irony is totally miscalibrated, and if that’s the case, i should just give up trying to discern anything meaningful about art or politics or culture and let the whole world roll over me like water off a duck’s back.
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Consumers of the World Unite
By ERIC WILSON, New York Times
January 7, 2009
SHOPPING, these days, is a political act. If you are brave enough to buy a $2,000 Prada handbag, you might rationalize that you are helping to stimulate the economy. Solidarity, people!
Saks Fifth Avenue, which has surely felt the recession’s sting, is taking just such a fist-raising stand with its spring marketing. The campaign is inspired by the bold graphic designs and propaganda spirit of Constructivist art — although it is intended to be tongue-in-cheek.
The store hired Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the stylized Hope poster of Barack Obama that became one of the most highly visible, though unofficial, images of the presidential campaign, to design its catalog covers and shopping bags. They bear a rather unsubtle allusion to advertisements made in the 1920s for state-run department stores in the Soviet Union. Continue reading »
well, this is more than a little disconcerting.
shepard fairey, a political street artist i’ve long admired and whose art i recently even considered getting tattooed on my body, seems to have really sold out (as jon notes in the comments, he did corporate art work before).
i noted that Obey Giant recently launched a clothing line. it seemed a little odd to me that a voice against social conformity and for revolution – i mean – “OBEY” – come on. – was suddenly selling miniskirts and skinny jeans and handbags, but whatever.
i didn’t want to be hyper-judgemental about the fact that the obey clothing line is obviously catering to current hipster trends. “hipster” is always challenge to try to define, although you know one when you see one, but IMO hipsters can most generically be defined as people who follow along with whatever is hip. and hip changes every, oh, 30 seconds. so the idea of this Revolutionary catering to this group seems……trendy. i mean, yes, the hipster group as a target market has a lot of cache in terms of perpetuating a trend, and a lot of money. so if you want to pick a target market to spread your meme as quickly as possible, obviously it’s the best choice.
so then, spreading the word to Gen Y/ Gen O using their most common mode of participation – consumerism: is it possible to do so without crossing over to the dark side? my gut was still sinking looking at the obey clothing website, and so i defaulted to considering what, to me, is one of the most basic metrics of determining whether someone has, in fact, “sold out”: production.
Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2008 11:54 AM
Subject: where is obey clothing made?
sorry if you have an FAQ on your site somewhere, but i can’t find it…..
From: “OBEY Clothing”
Subject: RE: where is obey clothing made?
Most of our product is made in China; however, our tee shirts are all made
in the U.S.A. Hope this helps and thanks for the support.
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 12:12:24 -0800
Subject: RE: where is obey clothing made?
hm. that’s a bit hard to reconcile.
HEY SHEPARD FAIREY: CARE TO RATIONALIZE OUTSOURCING IN THE CONTEXT OF THE MESSAGE OF YOUR ART? AND IN THE CONTEXT OF “HOPE” and “CHANGE” and “PROGRESS” FOR AMERICA?
or maybe your message has never been what we believed it to be, and all you really did was “cynically turned graffiti culture into a self-promoting ad campaign, turning street art into a cheap hustle that is no different from corporate advertising” (erick lyle).
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“When a right-wing Republican is the one concocting your anti-Establishment image, you start to wonder if the entire hipster movement has been duped into becoming puppets of Hayne’s billionaire income. Because if we’re all suckers, that just sucks.” –nymag
like banksy, shepard fairey’s political street art is gaining a lot of attention and cred, especially now that his obama image is ubiquitous with the campaign. this wired article (thx dustin) does a good job describing what it’s all about.
see a gallery of his current (awesome) exhibit in SF here.
UPDATED MUCH LATER: Fairey sold out hardcore (SAKS FIFTH AVENUE!?) screw him. UNFAN.Filed in art | Tagged with banksy, shepard fairey | Comment (1)