The Brilliant, Forgotten Futurist Who Predicted the Kindle | Mon. Jun. 2, 2014
Don ZanFagna is the most fascinating technological soothsayer you’ve never heard of. Last year, when the artist/architect/engineer passed away, he left behind a basement full of boxes and crates stuffed with ideas that were well ahead of their time.
Spoleto inspires artists and the audience | Sun. Jun. 1, 2014
Between performances of the Gravity & Other Myths’ “A Simple Space” and Hubbard Street Dance on that same Friday, I waylaid Margaret “Tog” Newman” on Calhoun Street outside of the College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute.
We fell under an Obey Giant, reggae beat, and Shep Rose spell this weekend | Fri. May. 30, 2014
Charleston City Paper
On the way to Normandy Farm the other day, we noticed an enormous mural on the side of College Lodge, heralding the return of native son and street artist Shepard Fairey to the realm of Holy City public art. A little digging yielded a wealth of info: he’s hanging out in town, he’s doing four more murals, and he’s got more range than the “Obey” and “Hope” prints that made him famous belie. Days before his installation at the Halsey opens, Fairey stopped by the Charleston Music Hall for an on-stage chat with Halsey director Mark Sloane. The Music Hall was packed, and the attendees ranged from aging hippies to heavily tattooed college kids. Guests bopped along to the Gang of Four soundtrack, tittering in anticipation of a glance at America’s political silk-screen god. Finally, Fairey emerged, a 40-something ruffian in a jean jacket. The crowd erupted in applause; he really is an art rock star.
Shepard Fairey Returns to South Carolina Hometown for City-Wide Art Show | Fri. May. 30, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter
Charleston, South Carolina, is no stranger to conflict. It was the site of the first battle of the Civil War, and it’s also the hometown of one of the most outspoken human rights advocate artists of our times. The Holy City – named for its prevalence of churches – welcomed back one of its own this past week, as the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston opened an exhibition of Shepard Fairey‘s work, along with four public murals around the city and a series of conversations with the artist. Oh, and parties.
Shepard Fairey opens up about commercial success, its relation to his artwork | Tue. May. 27, 2014
Post & Courier
Often called one of his generation’s most influential street artists, Shepard Fairey is known for his works that often challenge the American dream, capitalism and greed.
Those themes are obvious, if not explicit in Fairey’s new collection of works, “Power & Glory,” which was unveiled Thursday at the Halsey Gallery of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston.
Images of smoking factories, guns and oil spills are seen throughout the collection, painting a single portrait of a consumerist culture gone awry.
Perhaps equally intriguing, however, is the fact that the Charleston native has proven over the course of his career that an artist can be a mouthpiece for anti-commercialism and at the same time a markedly successful entrepreneur.
In addition to installing murals and creating works of fine art, Fairey heads a globally distributed clothing label and a graphic design business sought out by famous musicians and companies.
The Insistent Artists: A Halsey Homecoming | Mon. May. 26, 2014
“I wasn’t allowed to go to King Street north of Calhoun by myself when I was growing up. It was a scary wasteland up there,” recalls Shepard Fairey, who will be creating an art installation in a King Street storefront as part of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art’s May exhibition showcasing his work.
Clearly, a lot has changed since the mid-1980s when Fairey was a teenage skate punk posting his now iconic “Obey Giant” stickers around Charleston and beyond. Those changes run much deeper than the refreshed building facades and influx of retail and foodie havens that have overtaken King Street, and perhaps no one recognizes this more acutely than a homegrown artist like Fairey, who says he fled the “duck print-dominated, watercolored, watered-down” artistic milieu of his youth to pursue gritty, provocative street art way out of town. He eventually landed in Los Angeles and then in the national spotlight when his Obama “HOPE” poster went viral in 2008. Over the last two-plus decades, Fairey has matured from guerilla street artist to commercial success, and likewise Charleston’s cultural and artistic DNA has also evolved. There’s an undercurrent that eagerly peers beyond the provincial; nostalgia is making way for new ideas.
FIRST LOOK | SHEPARD FAIREY’S “THE INSISTENT IMAGE” WITH JASPER JOHNS AT THE HALSEY INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART | Sun. May. 25, 2014
South Carolina native Shepard Fairey proved once and for all to his hometown that crime pays when he commandeered Charleston’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art last week for the opening of his academically titled exhibition, The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns. Of course, the most eye-catching detail in that title is the name of art legend “Jasper Johns,” alongside whom Fairey is showing, but not as a collaboration. Explains show curator Mark Sloan, “I’m not making any attempt to compare their works at all. I’m just using the same curatorial premise for two different artists.”
Street art pops up on King Street as Shepard Fairey prepares to open a new exhibit | Fri. May. 23, 2014
Post & Courier
Two large unsigned murals featuring a Boy Scout saluting an American flag with a dollar sign in place of stars have appeared on at least two unused buildings on King Street since Sunday. By noon Tuesday, one had been removed by Charleston code enforcement.
The provocative murals are nearly identical to an illustration featured in guerrilla street artist Shepard Fairey’s storefront installation at the Sottile Theatre on King Street. An exhibit of Fairey’s work will open Thursday at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, and he has been creating public art on downtown buildings for more than a week.
Shepard Fairey-mania Hits Charleston | Thu. May. 22, 2014
Holy City Sinner
Shepard Fairey-mania has taken over the Holy City ahead of the Spoleto Festival. The artist has been leaving his mark around Charleston as part of the Halsey Institute’s 30th anniversary.
Fairey is a Charleston native whose parents still live and work in the area. He is best known for his “André the Giant Has a Posse” (later “Obey Giant“) street art and the 2008 Barack Obama “Hope” campaign poster.
Shepard Fairey’s busy weekend in Charleston as seen via social media | Wed. May. 21, 2014
Charleston City Paper
We’ve already taken a look at Shepard Fairey’s first and second murals that popped up around town last week, but they Obey team was busy over the weekend too, knocking out three more pieces ahead of this week’s Piccolo Spoleto opening of The Insistent Image, featuring works by S.C.-natives Fairey and Jasper Johns at the Halsey Institute.
The third mural is found high atop the Francis Marion Hotel, where Fairey’s OBEY GIANT mascot icon looms over Marion Square Park—maybe the only brow larger more furrowed than its neighbor, Vice President Calhoun.