Shepard Fairey (OBEY) - Noise & Lies (cream)

Shepard Fairey (OBEY) - Noise & Lies (cream)
Silkscreen/Serigraph - Hand signed - 325 - 2018

Artist: Shepard Fairey

Title: Noise & Lies (Cream)

Dimensions: 18 inches x 24 inches

Screen printing from 2018

Signed and numbered by Shepard Fairey

Edition: xxx/325

The Interpol people and I were very happy with our mural collaboration in which we decided to make a series of diptych of the same art. 450 sets will be signed only by me and 100 sets will be signed by me and the band and will be available on the Interpol website later this week. If you do not know the publication about my story with Interpol (the band) and our recent mural collaboration... Here goes:

The author heard the first Interpol album "Turn on the Bright Lights" shortly after it was released, based purely on the mysterious film noir Blue Note (but in red), picture on the cover. The song corresponded to the seductive promise of the cover and I soon decided I would find my new favourite band. I chased Interpol backstage at Coachella and offered to create art for them, if they needed it... To my surprise, they already knew of my work and decided to accept my offer and make me create some of the art for the following album "Antics" in 2004. It's been ten years since that project and after we left with the band after their show at Lollapalooza this summer, we discussed working together again, possibly in a public art component. When "El Pintor" came out the author liked much of the music, the cover and the anagram device (an anagram is a new word or set of words made from the letters of another word or set of words in a different order). EL PINTOR means "the painter" in Spanish, but it's an INTERPOL anagram. In addressing our new collaboration, I enjoyed the challenge of creating an anagram from the title of a song. Daniel Kessler suggested "Everything Is Wrong" as the song for me to interpret. I love that song, so my thought was to find a middle ground between Interpol's aesthetics, the lyrics of music and my art style and concepts. The lyrics of "Everything Is Wrong" is open to interpretations, but if the music is about the difficulty of life, failures of relationship, wear in the environment, or an empire mentality, repentance for bad decisions seems to be the theme. I decided to explore the idea of being an accomplice to a personal relationship or a relationship with a system that is perceived not to be healthy. I did an art show recently called "Power & Glory" which was a celebration and criticism of the American with emphasis on the symbols and meanings of power. I like to question our obsession with the money and the motto that "America is the best country in the history of the Earth." Basically, I'm looking for an excuse to implicitly question the Hegemony, and "Everything Is Wrong" gave me one. My anagrams of Everything Is Wrong: The Very Growing Sin and Every Wrong Insight reflect the lyrics of Interpol and my Power & Glory concepts. Since my mural images are interpretations of the music through my sensitivity, but within parameters, they qualify as "interpolations". It is convenient for the interpolation to refer to Interpol, but, in a meaningful way, I think the art and music that inspire dialogue and interpretation are a powerful fuel for expression and empowerment. I hope the layers of this collaboration can make some molecules collide in some way.
- Shepard

Lot details
Shepard Fairey (OBEY)
Title of artwork
Noise & Lies (cream)
Hand signed
Image size
18×24 in
Sold with frame
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