Thursday, September 29, 2011
Week 3 ~ OBEY
These are a few pieces made from the infamous-influential street artist Frank Shepard Fairey. On the left is his famous "André the Giant Has a Posse" Obey sticker campaign and on the right is Barack Obama's "hope" poster for the 2008 presidential election. I first stumbled upon his work when I was looking through Columbia College Library art books. There were two books that had pages and pages of his work describing his life and how he came to be who he is now. It was an interesting insight on how unknown graffiti artist become so famous when their artworks were vandalism. I was drawn to his use of bold red and white use of colors and meaning behind his work. They were simple and clean. I was surprised to find one of the Giant Obey sticker off the CTA redline Belmont stop. You can see it on the upper right hand corner of a near by building in front of the station. I have never noticed it until earlier this year while riding back home from work even though I have gone past the Belmont stop many times in previous years for school. Now when I get off at Belmont, it's hard for me not to notice it because it's right in front of you while your waiting for your train.