16.02.2015 carla duschka
Social issues, politics, punk, pop art, discrimination, visual communication in a gray legal zone, perseverance, strong messages, a lot of energy, professionalism - this is how we could briefly describe the story of Obey the Artist, a short film on Shepard Fairey, a leading figure of the street art in America and not only. The 15 minute film is extremely consistent and runs in a rhythm that matches the visual strength of Fairey's works.

We learn the story of images that have become known worldwide, of the problems of native americans, of the paradox of the artist that is both present in museums but also tailed down by the police. But what we like the most is that the movie shows a bit of Fairey's way of working, his method, his technique, the necessary planning, often a thorough one. Each image is well thought and built out, any unnecessary detail is disposed of: I truly try to get to the iconic essence of things, he says.

The film is part of a pack of 3 short documentaries Chief Executive Artist – The Bundle  all produced in 2014 and directed by Ondi Timoner, a woman director who is a two time Sundance winner.
The films can be bought directly from their website at a total price of 10$ and it is a great feat that on each purchase, 3$ go to three charity actions chosen by each of the three protagonists. What Shepard Fairey supports is the continuation of native american culture. And so the movie presents the large-scale representation of an image created by him inspired by this theme.

Thank you Kyle Greenberg/ Bond 360, NY for sharing!
All images © Shepard Fairey & Chief Executive Artist, The Bundle.

English version Alice Stoicescu



All images © Shepard Fairey & Chief Executive Artist, The Bundle.


carla duschkaattended the graphic arts department at the University of Arts Bucharest and studied book design at the Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin. She works as a graphic designer at Atelierul de grafica Bucharest and is assistant lecturer at theUniversity of Arts. CD is co-founder of the GF project.
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