“Many believe This specific poster inspired enough voters to give Obama the edge which he needed to win.”
Two election cycles later, Fairey’s Orwellian take on Donald Trump — open-mouthed along with poised to rattle off conspiracy, insult, attack — sits in stark contrast to “trust”.
“Trump is actually dangerous,” Fairey tells sy88pgw.
“He’s a demagogue who’s a bigot along with is actually sexist. He truly has no respect for a lot of different people, no experience in politics, along with is actually pursuing the presidency out of his own ego rather than a desire to create the greatest Great for the greatest number of people.”
As for Hillary Clinton, the 46-year-old artist says she’s hard to “pin down graphically”, along with hasn’t “found her inspiring enough” to illustrate.
“I haven’t always agreed with her. I was truly disappointed in her support of the Iraq war. however I think she’s been on the right side of issues which I care about along with we’re faced that has a choice I think is actually a very, very clear choice.”
“I think Hillary Clinton is actually much better for the United States than Donald Trump.”
Included inside exhibition are some of the artist’s early works, like Fairey’s first print made on paper — a combination of a Jimi Hendrix album cover along with the artist’s famous Andre the Giant image — which HOCA curator Lauren Every-Wortman says help to define his legacy.
“the idea has the layering along with technique which he’s developed in the past however with the original image which brought him to notoriety,” explains Every-Wortman.
The artist’s guiding principle to “question authority” feels particularly relevant to Hong Kong’s tense political climate, where many residents, particularly the young, hold aspirations for a future independent of China.
Every-Wortman says the show wasn’t created to specifically comment on Hong Kong politics, however the universality of Fairey’s message crosses borders.
“I think the beauty of Shepard’s work is actually the political frustrations he tackles are ones which can affect any country along with society,” she says. “What he criticizes in American politics can be equally applied to Chinese politics.”
For Fairey, Great political art is actually a conversation starter, along with he points to Andy Warhol’s portrait of Nixon along with Robbie Conal’s work of Ronald Reagan, as strong examples.
“I think currently everyone knows Nixon wasn’t trustworthy, however This specific image which Warhol made caught him looking like he couldn’t be trusted. along with then beneath the idea said Vote McGovern. the idea’s kind of a bit of irreverent art, along with one of the earliest examples of a very high profile artist, doing something political.”
Fairey credits Conal’s 1988 depiction of Reagan during Iran-Contra as a big influence to his career.
“I was a senior in high school at the time. the idea said contra above (the image of Reagan) along with diction below. I thought the idea has got a sense of humor, the idea’s saying something politically along with the portrait of Reagan is actually a great painting, though the idea’s unflattering.”
“This specific encapsulates everything I care about. I was to try to make art which works inside same way.”