Shepard Fairey's Sound & Vision
It’s perhaps no coincidence that Shepard Fairley’s first UK solo show in five years falls neatly into the period running up to the US presidential election.
Probably most famous for his 2008 Obama ‘Hope’ poster, the artist will be retuning to London’s StolenSpace Gallery later this month to show a series of new works, including mixed media paintings on canvas, works on paper, retired stencils and collages, as well as serigraphs on wood, metal and paper.
The show is entitled Sound & Vision in a nod to all-round brilliant superstar Mr David Bowie – a huge influence on Fairey.
‘Music is visceral, but also has the additional powerful layers of the lyrics, with their content and politics, and the style, politics, and personalities of the musicians themselves’, says Fairey.
‘No matter how much I love art, or try to convince myself of its relevance in society, the fact remains that music is much more able to reach people¹s hearts and minds.’
While Bowie has directly informed the show’s name, Fairey also cites the wonderful Roxy Music as an influence, alongside other bands including the Sex Pistols, Gang of Four, the Clash and Metallica.
In a nod to his aural affections, Fairey wants the show to demonstrate to viewers the inextricable links between music and visual art. So, he’s kindly provided records from his own collection as well as customised vintage turntables to enable viewers to listen to them. These will be placed alongside eighty new works that share the dimensions of a 12” record sleeve.
Shepard Fairey, Sounds & Vision, runs from 19 October – 4 November at StolenSpace Gallery, The Old Truman Brewery 91 Brick Lane, London E1