I went to the opening at Irvine Contemporary tonight to see the talents of Shepard Fairey, Al Farrow and Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky). The exhibition is a knock out! The presence of special security police at tonight's reception added to the feeling of angst depicted by some of the artwork. Al Farrow's cathedral and reliquary, made of guns and bullets blended an eerie fascination of religion and weapons with surreal beauty and austerity. The (trigger finger) reliquary points a scathing finger at the rewards of power. Standing in the space with these three artists works is almost overwhelming. Theirs is the visual power to transport the viewer to new perceptions, to questions, to awareness.
From Wired "The whole concept of 'Obey' was getting people to question their obedience," said Fairey. "Now I'm trying to react to what's going on around me in a way that is constructive."
Seen at tonight's reception...
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Marv over at The Marvelous Collective went on a hunt around DC for a number of Obama HOPE images and OBEY Giants that have consequently appeared all over the city. Click here for images with locations.