This Church of Consumption print deals with themes I’ve addressed pretty consistently over the years… material obsession, patterns around social currency and status signifiers, and complacency on deeper issues resulting from the perpetual distractions of shallower concerns. If 1984 were written today, I think Big Brother would have a softer touch, encouraging us to enjoy THIS, but pay no attention to THAT. Darker forces certainly benefit from reinforcing the collective psychology that pleasure and status are largely derived from superficial consumption, while a concern for basic human dignity yields no social benefit. It is much easier to ignore the suffering of others when we are fixated on our next purchase.
In the future, I’d like to encourage you to consume and submit with more discretion… RIGHT AFTER you purchase this print! Of course I recognize the irony of selling this, but in all seriousness, if this print would be a shallow acquisition and the art and ideas are not significantly meaningful, please don’t buy the print. Save your money for something that matters… spend it on someone you love or an experience that you will cherish.
Church of Consumption. 18 x 24 inches. Screen print on cream Speckle Tone paper. Signed by Shepard Fairey. Numbered edition of 450. $45. Available Tuesday, January 31 at 10AM (PST) on ObeyGiant.com in Store under Prints. Purchase limit of 1 per person/household.