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Public
Available to everyone
Title
Obey Megaphone -- Amplify Your Voice
Work Type
Political sticker
Sticker
Date
2016-2020
Location
United States
Description
This sticker is designed to resemble old advertisements. It has an illustration of a megaphone with lots of text surrounding it against a bright red background. Booming out of the megaphone is the word "Obey." Obey is the name of the campaign by artist Shepard Fairey to produce propagandistic style art. On the body of the megaphone is an OBEY Star, an image and motif frequently used by the artist Shepard Fairey in his work. The OBEY star is a five-pointed star with the face of Andre the Giant at its center. Andre the Giant was the defining symbol of Shepard Fairey's renowned "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" 1989 street art campaign. Fairey's later work simply became known as "OBEY GIANT." This sticker uses the OBEY star to brand this work as Fairey's. Additional text includes: Amazing, Portable Powerful! -- $89.95 -- Projects Free Speech Great Distances
Repository
Courtesy of the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery.
ID Number
sag_2016-2020_obey_giant_012.tif
Source
Obey Giant Art, Inc.
Language
English
Artist's Statement
"Because people are not used to seeing advertisements or propaganda for which the product or motive is not obvious, frequent and novel encounters with the sticker provoke thought and possible frustration, nevertheless revitalizing the viewer’s perception and attention to detail. The sticker has no meaning but exists only to cause people to react, to contemplate and search for meaning in the sticker. Because OBEY has no actual meaning, the various reactions and interpretations of those who view it reflect their personality and the nature of their sensibilities." (https://obeygiant.com/propaganda/manifesto/)
Acknowledgement
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Council of Independent Colleges provided funding support for this project.
Notes
Most Shepard Fairey stickers are professionally silkscreened on vinyl and incorporate the stylistic use of red and black ink or red and blue ink on a creamy yellow background. Some anti-authoritarian stickers state, "Manufacturing Quality Dissent Since 1989," "Blind Acceptance Can Be Hazardous," "Propaganda Engineering," and "Rise Above." Revolutionary and rebel figures are often depicted, such as Aung San Suu Kyi, Che Guevara, Malcolm X, and Chinese soldiers, for example, as well as punk and rock music stars, Uncle Sam, Big Brother, and the police. Subjects in Fairey’s work include peace, justice, equality, freedom, privacy, immigration reform, human rights, and the Occupy movement. Fairey also designed the iconic HOPE sticker for Barack Obama’s U.S. Presidential campaign in 2008. This sticker was catalogued in 2020-21 by Claralyn Burt, exhibition curator and cataloguing assistant.
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File Properties
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sag_2016-2020_obey_giant_012.tif
SSID
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