A Conversation with Shepard Fairey

    Friday, October 22, 2021 at 6:00 PMEastern Daylight Time


    Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for the Arts and Civic Engagement
    2319 Wellesley Ave
    Charlotte, NC 28207
    United States

     

    In this student-led discussion in Sandra Levine Theatre, Shepard Fairey will offer his own take on the intersection of arts and civic engagement on the occasion of the installation of Fairey’s custom mural on the façade of the Sarah Belk Gambrell Center. We welcome you to view Shepard Fairey's new mural outside of the building before or after the event. 

    Shepard Fairey shot to national fame as the graphic artist behind a 2008 iconic poster of Barack Obama, a portrait labeled simply “HOPE” and in a style that could be described as Andy Warhol meets Socialist Realism. Fairey, who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1992, was already well known among graffiti artists and fans, thanks to one of Fairey’s early works of “guerilla” art, an impromptu stencil design based on an ad for Andre the Giant, a professional wrestler. Fairey made stickers of the image in the late ‘80s, along with the scrawl “Andre the Giant has a posse,” and the image went viral, spreading far and wide through urban America, on street signs, billboards and walls. He later adapted the image and added the word “obey.” Mixing left-wing politics with “appropriated” images and bold graphic design, Fairey now works as a fine artist and advertising designer, with a gallery in Los Angeles and business ventures that dip into publishing, fashion and urban sports (skateboarding).

    Moderated by Associate Professor Mike Wirth.

    At the request of the Fairey family, all patrons are required to provide proof of vaccination or proof of valid, negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event date.
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