'Obey Fragile Cargo' Screen Print by Shepard Fairey
Dimensions: 18 x 24 Inches
Medium: Screenprint on cream Speckletone Paper
Provenance: Signed, numbered and dated by the artist.
Edition: Limited Edition of 650 (#264/650)
ABOUT THE ART
"This OBEY Fragile Cargo poster is a fusion of a few inspirations. The elephant and my wife Amanda meditating relate to the Buddhist philosophy that humans are part of nature, not above it, and must live in harmony with nature. The phrase “Rise Above” references transcendence, but is also one of my favorite Black Flag songs. The graphic elements also reference the aesthetics of travel tags and tickets which present a dichotomy… travel is great for broadening cultural perspective, but it has a heavy carbon impact. Karma asks us to consider the benefits and consequences of all of our actions. All of my prints are printed on recycled or sustainable paper."
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Frank Shepard Fairey (born February 15, 1970) is an American contemporary graphic designer, and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene. He first became known for his "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" (…OBEY…) sticker campaign, in which he appropriated images from the comedic supermarket tabloid Weekly World News. His work became more widely known in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, specifically his Barack Obama "Hope" poster.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston calls him one of today's best known and most influential street artists. His work is included in the collections at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.