Shepard Fairey: A Call to Action Against Hierarchies and Abuses of Power

Shepard Fairey: A Call to Action Against Hierarchies and Abuses of Power

Shepard Fairey was born in Charleston (S.C.) in 1970 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Fairey is the founder of Studios Number One and Number Two, graphic arts design companies. His powerful and varied body of work has drawn from all aspects of our visual culture, from political posters to museum installations. Fairey’s integration of design, popular culture, and politics places him in the current of artistic and cultural forces that shape our world today. The content of Fairey’s work is a call to action against hierarchies and the abuses of power, politics and the monetizing of culture. He’s committed to creating work that has meaning for his audience by using familiar cultural iconography that people can relate to and by constantly bringing his work into the public sphere.

Shepard Fairey: Painting at Studio No. 2 in Los Angeles

Slide Show: A Call to Action Against Hierarchies and Abuses of Power

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Civilization: The Elevator from Hell and Back!

Civilization: The Elevator from Hell and Back!

Riding in a hotel elevator has just become much more daring if you visit the Standard Hotel in New York City, because the Standard Hotel’s elevator is now making all local stops to Hell!! Civilization is a piece of video artwork created by artist Marco Brambilla for the hotel’s elevators, which gives the effect of either ascending to heaven or descending to hell, depending on which floor you’re headed to. Civilization was inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy and combines looped footage from over 400 different sources. The short film plays on a high-defini­tion monitor which is observed through a viewing port in each of the hotel’s elevators and moves according to the direction of the elevator.

Civilization: The Elevator from Hell and Back!

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