For centuries, people have been trying to define art and what constitutes something as valuable and aesthetically pleasing. Artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol created artworks rebelling against traditional beliefs and questioning the works placed in art galleries. However, street art was no different. Street artists originally used the typography art form for "tagging" their street name on train cars or city walls, but soon revolutionized their art form and took the "battle of meaning" into their own hands. Street artists such as Banksy and Frank Shepard Fairey use various forms of street art (stencils, wheat-paste posters, murals, and stickers) to not only confront their views on art, but also on politics, society, and propaganda. Although street art is seen as an "illegal" art form in many places, there are twice as many taking street art and putting it into art galleries!
Frank Shepard Fairey is a skateboarder, graphic artist, and social activist from Charleston, South Carolina.
He is best known for creating public art displays including street art, murals, posters, and stickers,
as well as silk screen and multimedia prints.
Shepard Fairey created the OBEY slogan using Andre the Giants' portrait from a newspaper ad back in the 90's and the HOPE campaign while Barack Obama was running for president. Although he does get commissioned to create new artifacts, his work has been controversial not only due to the piece of art itself, but for using other people's images without their permission.
“Art is not always meant to be decorative or soothing, in fact,
it can create uncomfortable conversations and stimulate uncomfortable emotions,”
- Shepard Fairey
Sticker Art Project:
Create a propaganda sticker in the style of Shepard Fairey.
Begin by choosing a celebrity from
pop-culture or character from a movie.
Create a high-contrast and 'grungy'
look to the portrait and add text to impact your statement.
Sticker Art Rubric:
Propaganda Sticker Tutorials