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Dale Dreiling at Black Book Gallery

Studio Number One designer Dale Dreiling has a show coming up at Black Book Gallery in Colorado. Jim Houser and Isaac Tin Wei Lin will also be showing, so there will be lots to see! If you’re in the area, be sure to check it out.

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COVERT TO OVERT x Subliminal Projects Recap

Last Saturday’s opening of COVERT TO OVERT: The Photography of Obey Giant by Jon Furlong at Subliminal Projects was a great success! Check out what Jon had to say about the show, courtesy of Obey Clothing. If you missed it, click here to watch a video of Shepard and Jon talking about the collaboration.

In addition, the limited edition COVERT TO OVERT silver collaboration prints go on sale this Friday 10/16, with the gold limited editions following next Friday 10/23. Get more info HERE.

“Last Saturday was the opening for my first solo exhibition at Subliminal Projects. Preparing and finalizing the full show was a pretty difficult task. What photos to show, sizing, printing, framing, installation. On top of that, I had to battle the Dodgers making the playoffs which threw a major curve ball for the opening night. Luckily, everyone stayed positive and the show went on. The exhibition overall had 50 larger photo prints, a salon wall with over 120 photos, two large custom direct printed wood pieces and my favorite – four massive photo prints with Shepard’s hand collaged background which includes stencils, spray paint and handmade papers. This process used by Shepard in his fine art pieces. You really have to see them in person to get the feel, the photos don’t do them justice. Anyways, I wanted to thank everyone who battled the heat, traffic, crowds and made it to my show. It really was a great honor and was unreal feeling. Sorry for those of you who got your car towed!”
– J. Furlong

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Free License Talk w/ Rich Miner Oct. 15

REMINDER: Shepard will be talking with Rich Miner tomorrow, Thursday, October 15, on the subject of Free License: Open Source in Art and Technology. The talk will take place at The Fillmore Philadelphia from 9am – 10am. For more information CLICK HERE.

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On Our Hands X Juxtapoz

Be sure to grab a copy of this month’s Juxtapoz Magazine featuring an article on Shepard and his latest show, On Our Hands, at Jacob Lewis Gallery! The show runs until October 24th.

Click HERE to view a recap from the Opening of On Our Hands.

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Shepard Illustrates This Changes Everything

Check out this exclusive clip from Naomi Klein’s new film This Changes Everything in which Shepard illustrates the global predicament of climate change. Be sure to enlarge the clip to fullscreen by clicking on the bottom right of the video.

Clip courtesy Entertainment Weekly via, “Shepard Fairey illustrates the stakes in exclusive clip for This Changes Everything,” by Jeff Labrecque

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Goodreads: Shepard’s Top 5 Book Recommendations

Shepard recently compiled a list of his top 5 book recommendations for Goodreads.

Check out the selections below, which have impacted his worldview and inspired him to create with a purpose.

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REMINDER: Shepard Fairey on Jasper Johns

REMINDER: Shepard will be speaking at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 6:30pm – 7:30pm tomorrow, Wednesday, October 14. He will be speaking on the work of artist Jasper Johns. Click here for more info.

To find out more about all of the upcoming Philadelphia events click here.

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Open Source Project X Philadelphia

I was invited by my friend, curator, and frequent collaborator, Pedro Alonzo to be part of the Open Source project he put together with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Philadelphia Mural Arts program. I love the concept of Open Source because I believe in democratizing art and using art as a way to disseminate images with social commentary. My art has always had a viral component, but the Internet has allowed me to not only share my work with a much larger audience, but also to provide digital tools to that audience to help spread my images if they believe in the messages. I chose to focus on mass incarceration for my contribution to Open Source because I think the true costs and problems of the current system need to be addressed, and prison reform is needed. Prison reform is a complex topic, but please check out the Vice examination of the issue HERE. I designed two prison reform murals for the Open Source project. I will be painting one with my assistants while the other will be painted by the inmates who are part of the Mural Arts program at Graterford Prison. The inmates can’t leave the prison so they paint on parachute material which is then adhered to the outdoor wall with acrylic gel medium. Both murals are about de-stigmatizing incarceration. Seventy million Americans have a criminal record (I’m one of them) and when re-entering society it is important that these people have training and ways to overcome the label of “ex-con” that can be so stifling to opportunities. I chose to present, within stamp style compositions, a man and woman who were incarcerated, but are now doing inspiring and noteworthy things with their lives. I also included some relevant statistics about incarceration in the art. In addition to my public art contribution to the project, free stickers will be offered, and a selection of my prison reform images are available for free HERE.

The stickers will be available at: The Hub Space 30 S. 15th Street, Philadelphia, across from Dilworth Park. They will also be available during the talk I’m doing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the panel I’m in with Rich Miner on Thursday morning, the DJ event on Friday night, and the Restorative Justice Panel on Saturday. I have to mention that it was very difficult to find property owners willing to showcase prison reform themed murals. I admire the courage and humanity of those willing to showcase the art. I was especially moved by the American Friends Service Committee, a part of the Quaker organization, who see prison reform as part of their mission to create peace, justice, and equality in the world.

I’m very grateful to those with enough courage, compassion, and basic humanity to care about this issue and see a need for emphasis on rehabilitation rather than indefinite incarceration. Recidivism rates for those people in prison arts programs is 50% lower than for typical parolees.
Thanks for caring!

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Shepard x Jasper Johns

In collaboration with City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Shepard will be discussing how the work of Jasper Johns has inspired his own artistic practice. ‪#‎opensourcePHL‬

The event will take place on Oct. 14 from 6:30 – 7:30

For more information CLICK HERE.

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Covert to Overt Collaboration Prints: Shepard Fairey x Jon Furlong


See you tomorrow!

Photography of OBEY GIANT by Jon Furlong

Opening Reception: 
Saturday, October 10 • 1 – 5 pm

Exhibition Dates: 
October 10 – October 24, 2015

1331 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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