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Trespass Book x Shepard Fairey

Marc and Sara Schiller of Wooster Collective will be in Los Angeles next week for the launch of their newly released book Trespass, A History of Unauthorized Public Art. Ethel Seno, editor, and Carlo McCormick, writer, will be in attendance for signing as well as many area artists. Ron English will be in from New York to sign too.

In addition to featuring street art and graffiti, Trespass integrates protests, performance and interventions all centered around Themes such as “Magical Thinking” or “Rules of the Game.” Our own Shepard Fairey is featured in Trespass as well as other amazing artists and interventionists from around the world. Published by Taschen, this coffee table art book is over 300 pages and retails for $40.

Wednesday November 17th from 7 P.M. to 9 P. M at the Taschen Store 354 N. Beverly Drive (parking available across the street).

RSVP at store-beverly@taschen.com
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SB1070 x Prison Economics

We recently came across an NPR article that speaks about the role of prisons and the benefits prison makers have to gain with the implementation of the SB1070 law with the expected increased of imprisoned immigrants.  Check it out.  On a related note, an example of the absurdity surrounding arrests and SB1070, an friend of OBEY was recently arrested, along with 23 other students, professionals, and activists, in Los Angeles for civil disobedience against SB1070.  The group is now being slammed with serious charges of resisting arrest which faces up to a year in jail.   Below is a link for more information about the case and a place to show your support.

Support at Todos Somos Arizona, http://www.facebook.com/#!/todossomosarizona

NPR – Prison Economics Help Drive AZ Immigration Law

New Works by Ernesto Yerena Montejano

GANAS 2020
New Works by Ernesto Yerena Montejano

Opening Reception: Nov 13, 7-11pm
Showing Through: Dec 4

Discussion Panel: Nov 14, 3pm
With special guest artists from Dignidad Rebelde (Melanie Cervantes & Jesus Barraza)

White Walls Gallery
835 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA


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Pattern Recognition x Subliminal Projects

If you missed the opening of the group show “Pattern Recognition” with Richard Colman, Dalek, Seonna Hong, Nikki McClure, and Souther Salazar be sure to stop by Subliminal Projects to enjoy an amazing installation by Souther and view the artist’s different approaches to pattern in their art individually and collectively. See all art available at Subliminal Projects!

On view from November 6 – December 4, 2010

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Democrat Scapegoats?

The recession has people in this country frustrated and looking for scapegoats. The Democrats, as the president’s party/party in power, have recently been the victims of American’s frustrations and a “throw the bums out” mentality. With the mid-term election cycle and its circus of distorted ads and over-simplified talking points now concluded, let’s let the dust settle and take a sober look at what Obama is really doing and/or has done so far. I’m not completely happy with Obama’s performance by any means, but I agree with neither the left wingers who say Obama is a traitor or Manchurian candidate, or the right wingers who claim Obama is a socialist, Muslim, over spender. I do think Obama has been in a tough spot. One of the problems is that many people don’t have a deep understanding of what Obama is doing. Information is important to a critical analysis. Check out the snarky, but informative link below. Thanks for caring.


Glen E. Friedman x Shepard Fairey

Glen E. Friedman is one of the most significant photographers of his generation. His images of the early Dogtown skateboarders in the late 1970s along with the burgeoning hip-hop and punk rock scenes of the 80s and 90s have made him one of the most important photographers today. With the uncanny ability to capture images of people whose subculture was about to change the world, his subjects range from Jay Adams and Tony Alva to Run DMC, Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys to Minor Threat and Black Flag, among many others. Over the years, Friedman has been able to capture the moments of the movements that defined an era. This has cemented his place in history as an uncompromising, extremely gifted artist.

“Fuck You All”
Opening Reception November 6th 2010, 6-9pm
Showing through December 31, 2010
Featuring the Shepard Fairey Collaborations

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Vote Brown

Image courtesy of The Robert Berman Gallery

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POW(ER) Print

Here is a brief explanation of the POW(ER) print. I was asked by my longtime friends at PAPER magazine to guest edit their art issue. I gladly  accepted, and the issue should be out later in Nov. In the issue my friend and PAPER editor Carlo McCormick, who wrote an essay for my book “Supply And Demand”, wrote a fantastic essay about the evolution of visual culture from Pop Art to street art, and the impact of the internet and media saturation. To illustrate Carlo’s essay I created the POW(ER) image. The image is an homage to influential Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein, who appropriated and re-painted comic frames often transforming them in meaning and context. I have often described my art as a fusion of Pop Art, street art, and political art. I utilize the platform created by Pop Art, but I try to take my work even more directly to the people. Like Pop artists before me, I utilize a vocabulary of familiar cultural visual references. In fact, after I conceived of the POW(ER) image and did some further research on Lichtenstein, I discovered an image he had made of a woman holding a can of spray paint or hairspray. The image looked familiar to me, because a few years ago I re-illustrated the same piece of clip art that Lichtenstein referenced for his spray paint/hair spray painting. The connection was was too serendipitous to ignore and I proceeded to create the POW(ER) image. For me, street art has always been about populism and emPOWERment. The recent embrace of street art in the art world as a legitimate genre demonstrates the power of accessible, relatable imagery, and in many ways builds upon the triumphs of Pop Art. Check out the PAPER issue when it comes out to read Carlo’s excellent essay.

18 x 24″ Screen Print  Signed and Numbered Edition of 450.  $45. Limit 1 per person/household.

Release Date: 11/04/2010 at a random time   SOLD OUT

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SABER x OBEY x Pride of America

Saber and I have been friends for over 10 years and previously collaborated on the Brooklyn Projects wall on Sunset in Echo Park. We also both recently coincidentally made art inspired by the American flag. When Barracuda on Melrose asked me to revamp my mural there, I thought of Saber as a collaborator right away. The wall fit the proportions of a diptych perfectly and I think the two flag interpretations compliment each other nicely. I’m psyched to share another wall with Saber.  Thanks to Todd Mazer for being on site to photograph the mural’s creation.

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No on California Prop 23

Check out this video that does a great job counteracting and subverting the manipulative ads that oil companies use to make the public feel that they are morally concerned. I’ve been addressing the flood of corporate money in campaign ads recently, and an especially egregious example is the ads supporting Prop 23 as a measure to preserve jobs. These ads are paid for not by concerned citizens, but by fossil fuel corporations. Passing Prop 23 would harm a California transition toward green jobs and a greener economy. Please read this rebuttal to Prop 23. Thanks.


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