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E Pluribus Venom new works by Shepard Fairey

JONATHAN LeVINE GALLERY presents E PLURIBUS VENOM NEW WORKS BY SHEPARD FAIREY
A SOLO EXHIBITION

The
title E Pluribus Venom which translates Out of many, poison is derived from ‘E Pluribus
Unum’ (out of many, one) an early motto adopted by the U.S. Government which appears
on U.S. coins and dollar bills. In the opinion of artist Shepard Fairey, many becoming
one, or a loss of power and influence of the individual in favour of homogeny is a
symptom of a society in decline. ‘E Pluribus Venom’ could be interpreted as saying
both that there is poison in the American system and that many individuals are motivated
by venom and anger toward this system.

‘E
Pluribus Venom’ is comprised of artworks designed to question the symbols and methods
of the American machine and American dream and also celebrate those who oppose blind
nationalism and war. Some of Fairey’s works use currency motifs or a Norman Rockwell
aesthetic to employ the graphic language of the subjects they critique.

Other works use a blend of Art Nouveau, hippie, and revolutionary propaganda styles
to celebrate subjects advocating peace. The art addresses monolithic institutional
power and authority and the role of counter culture and independent individuals to
question the dominant paradigm. Shepard Fairey’s new body of work contains politically-charged
paint, screen print, stencil, and collage mixed media pieces which use metaphor, humour,
and seductive decorative elements to deliver provocative but beautiful results. These
works blur the perceived barriers between propaganda and escapist decoration, political
responsibility and humour with the intent of stimulating both viscerally and intellectually.

Dumbo Installation Space Reception presented by JUXTAPOZ and SWINDLE Thursday, June
21st from 7-11pm

Installation Space is on view until July 6th 81 Front Street (at the corner of Washington
St) Dumbo (Brooklyn), NY 11201

For more info please visit http://www.jonathanlevinegallery.com/shepardfairey/ or www.obeygiant.com

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