Posts Tagged ‘Politiks’
Be on the winning team and watch the results roll in Tuesday nite AFTER you vote at the HYATT CENTURY PLAZA HOTEL, 2025 Avenue of the Stars (@ Constellation Blvd) from 8pm—2am. Music by DJs Z-TRIP, SHEPARD FAIREY (aka: DJ DIABETIC), and JEREMY SOLE, and special guests including ZOOEY DESCHANEL, PETER FONDA, PIERCE BROSNAN, and SARAH SILVERMAN (along with a bunch of less sexy Democratic politicians).
If you want to attend, RSVP ASAP TO: http://ca.barackobama.com/electionnightla
Having provided the main image for the OBAMA campaign now recognized around the world, the influence of street & graphic artist SHEPARD FAIREY cannot be overstated. Having transcended the traditional boundaries of his chosen medium to create an image that united and inspired voters (and the presidential candidate himself) across lines of class, race, gender, and party, Fairey has achieved a truly monumental task in this race and inspired a generation of young people to become politically active in the process. A key element to the success of Obama's visual campaign was Fairey's mostly illegal dissemination tactics of wheatpasting posters on private and public property without permission, a sweet little twist in the side of the political machine that proved the artist's steadfast adherence to his streetwise principals remained intact. In doing so, he single-handedly inspired a nation of supporters to do the same and the Obama campaign has seen an outpouring of viral aesthetic support at a level never before realized by a political candidate. On the eve of tomorrow's presidential election, we spoke with Shepard about the relevance of his work for Obama and his thoughts on the shape of political things to come.Read More
Tomorrow's Super Tuesday, and LA's reigning sneaker spot UNDFTD has posted GEOFF McFETRIDGE's graphic homage to OBAMA as part of their ongoing billboard art project just in time to help turn out the faithful at the polls. If the image looks familiar, it's because you might have seen the earlier incarnation released as a campaign fundraising T-shirt a few months back. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
As we celebrate SARAH PALIN's absolute least-favorite holiday, we turn to the powers of the Great Pumpkin for guidance. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
The stunning political depravity of the past eight years in this country has spawned an equally stunning lack of political art, a fact not lost on LA artist ROBBIE CONAL, a veteran of both street art (before it even had a name) and the gallery world. A renowned painter with a lengthy teaching career at SoCal institutions like USC, UCLA and Otis College of Art and Design, Conal's work was first thrust upon the public consciousness nearly 30 years ago when he began illegally bombing the walls of Hollywood with posters bearing the images of his overtly political paintings attacking such then-newsworthy bad guys as Oliver North, Jesse Helms, and Ronald Reagan. In the process, he inadvertently inspired a generation of followers to come and set a precedent for modern public political imagery. Currently, at Santa Monica's venerable TRACK 16 gallery, a career retrospective—with absolutely stunning timing, we might add—with over 100 of the artist's most important paintings and drawings titled "No Spitting, No Kidding," is on display and should be considered an absolute must-see show before its closure after the elections next month on the 22nd of November. For those in need of more background on Mr. Conal, have a look at the LA TIMES' recent article on the man and his method HERE. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
To commemorate his groundbreaking show in Paris, artist TOM SACHS has released a special must-have T-shirt supporting the OBAMA campaign in its final stretch as we approach the election next week. Available only at Parisian retail palace COLETTE, the shirt features a rendering of Sachs' Hello Kitty Eiffel Tower installation with the words "OBAMA 08" on the back. Just the thought of the French walking around Paris with an American (would-be) president's name on their backs makes a tear drop our eyes...
And, just to add fuel to the fire of our last headline, here's a couple new pro–OBAMA shirts just in time for the final stretch by Supertouch buddies THE COBRASNAKE (via RVCA) and TIM BISKUP (via GAMAGO). Just remember, don't wear em to vote!...
One of the upsides to BARACK OBAMA's presidential campaign is the massive support its received from the creative community. The downside? Unbeknownst to many, in most states those wildly supportive Obama garments can't be worn to vote because of old laws prohibiting candidate promotion at the polls. McCain supporters are counting on this little technicality having a noticeable impact on Obama turnout, especially among the highly motivated youth contingent, given their proclivity for wearing their support for Barack on their sleeves—literally. Read THIS to find out more, and keep your Obama shirt in the closet on November 4th!...
Following his commissioned poster designs for the OBAMA Campaign's VOTE FOR CHANGE initiative last month, THUNDERDOG STUDIOS head designer TRISTAN EATON has put his energy into a last minute push for the Democratic contender with a new campaign poster and ballot box character. Designed as a reminder for registered voters to actually show up and cast their ballot for Obama on November 4th, the poster's image of Barack is made up entirely of icons relevant to his personal history and political messaging, while the new ballot box character is a downloadable paper cut out figure that fans can assemble and leave in their cubicle as a daily voting reminder. And, just for fun, Eaton has customized a TRACKSTAR fixed gear bike with his Obama graphics, which will be sold to generate funds for the campaign in its final week. All political posters and materials are available at the dedicated THUNDERVOTE.COM site. HAVE A LOOK: Read More