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Review: Shepard Fairey- Sound & Vision

Thursday 01 November 2012

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Stolen Space gallery in East London plays host once again to Shepard Fairey’s latest exhibition, his first in five years. Last showing at the same gallery in 2007, Fairey is probably best known for his very successful clothing company ‘OBEY’ and his iconic 2008 posters of the US president Obama.

The entitled exhibition ‘Sound & Vision’ was taken from the 1977 David Bowie track. Bowie is said to have had an enormous influence on Shepard and the Southern Carolina born artist shares this through mixed media such as canvas, collages and cuts, demonstrating his social, political and other musical influences on his work.

Adding to this he is also showcasing his own record collection; including the Sex Pistols, the Clash and Roxy Music which visitors can listen to on vintage turntables located throughout the space. Fairey has also collaborated with producer and DJ, Z-Trip to on a soundtrack to accompany his visuals.

Spindle was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the exhibit, which saw much of the art work already adorned in numerous red dots before its public opening. Fairey was seen on the decks spinning sounds as we, and many others who braved the wet weather, absorbed the new work. With free drinks and good music, it was no surprise when there was a temporary pause as staff asked for visitors to exit the show in order to allow those who were still waiting outside at 9 pm to come in…

Words: Leanne Petersen