The next print in the “Facing the Giant: Three Decades of Dissent” print series is “Chomsky.” Here’s how co-curator, Pedro Alonzo explains the work:
Fairey has found a kindred spirit in philosopher Noam Chomsky, who transforms into a punk icon on this stylized magazine cover that contains subtle nods to the origins of Fairey’s own graphic dissent campaigns. For the artist, Chomsky’s linguistic theory brought to light how language can be manipulated in deceptive ways. Arguing that politicians and big business strive to “manufacture consent,” Fairey appreciates how Chomsky reveals these tactics in an effort to defy them.
In the words that appear below his image, Fairey credits Chomsky with his awakening (“lent me the necessary sense”) to the system at work. This humorous lyrical caption, meant to be sung to the melody of a song by punk rock British group, The Clash, is shown beneath the elder theorist, shown with a steely gaze and in various shades of electric blue. Highlighting both the text and Chomsky with a bright orange arrow, Fairey playfully utilizes the abrupt angles to suggest the need to deviate from the norm in order to change the status quo.
Chomsky. Serigraph on Coventry Rag, 100% Cotton Custom Archival Paper with hand-deckled edges. 30 x 41 inches. Signed by Shepard Fairey. Numbered edition of 89. Comes with a certificate of authenticity. $900. Available Tuesday, October 1st @ 10 AM PDT at store.obeygiant.com/collections/prints. Max order: 1 per customer/household. *Orders are not guaranteed as demand is high and inventory is limited.* Multiple orders will be refunded. International customers are responsible for import fees due upon delivery. ALL SALES FINAL.