Shepard Fairey: DAMAGED

By: Haley Cardamon

Downtown Los Angeles, November 17, 2017- December 17, 2017: New works by street artist Shepard Fairey- Most well known for his stencil and wheat pasting work and eventually for OBEY clothing.

Damaged was dedicated to showcasing social injustice in today's America. Fairey's message from the very beginning of his art career has always been about media/advertising culture in America. He used his art as a way to help people open their eyes to realize the media was corrupt- "OBEY". One thing we could all use is a little bit more of is media literacy; what's real and what's fake, and how do we tell the difference. Almost all media we receive today comes from "The Big Six"- CBS, General Electric (GE), News Corp, Disney, Viacom, and Time Warner. The Big Six make up about 90% of all media we receive. And yes, they have an agenda (surprise!), a message they want us believe by persuasion (ethos, logos, pathos. . . remember this from high school? They taught us this for a reason).

Touching bases on issues within sexism, racial prejudice, environmental responsibility, bias towards unfamiliar culture, media and Wall St. corruption, as well as political corruption.

His pieces full of color, and his classic stencil style depicted faces of foreign cultures (non-American) with phrases and aged propaganda (e.g.. " Smile. . . I know!! Outsource all the jobs... But blame immigrants!).

I was lucky enough to be down south for the weekend, one week after the opening night. OBEY GIANT is one of my favorite street artists. Back when I knew nothing about street art, OBEY was always something I thought was super dope. I love the rebellion against the media and advertising culture in America. It's a huge tool used against us, and most of us don't even realize it. Television is a discreet form of brainwash, along with the new coming wave of social media.

Going to Shepard Fairey's show was a really cool experience for me; I've never been to a big art show like this before. He had lots of free take aways, large prints and a newspaper, and the prints and merchandise was pretty fairly priced. I think he trys to be accessible to all.

 In the same day, driving all around LA I saw his paste up's in three different locations. A pretty cool way to end my Shepard Fairey experience. From the gallery to the streets, where it all started. . .

Just a few photos I took. . . click for more.

 

/P/ARADOX BARBER SHOP POP-UP: DRIFTIN X 2SHOTSBEHINDME

By Haley Cardamon

Wood sculpturist, Abel Gonzalez and film photographer, Jaime Silva came together at Paradox Barbers to unveil AG's 7ft tall palm tree.

Paradox Barbershop is known for their palm tree designs, hence the 7ft tall palm tree wood sculpture. AG displayed some of his previous wood pieces, as well as some new pieces and along side, Jaime displayed his San Jose-themed photos.

All around, Paradox was full of energy; a great mix of crowds, creative conversations, and a whole lot of Cazadores.

FAME 2017

FASHION. ART. MUSIC. EXHIBITION.

By Haley Cardamon

The seventh annual FAME was DOPE. This was my first year attending FAME, I had no idea what to expect from this event, but it is talked of very highly. The event was held at the Mexican Heritage Plaza on the Eastside of San Jose. What a great venue for this kind of event; A huge runway surrounded by lowriders and fashion booths, an area for art, a building for cosmetics and body art, and even an building where a concert was held.

I was blown away by the backdrop installation. The brinks complimented the colors of the lowriders so well. 

When you first walk into the venue, you enter the art section where artists were selling their art and doing live paintings. There was a great mix of artists for this event; something for everyone to enjoy. I was able to help out with a wheat pasteup piece by Abe Menor and Abel Gonzalez. Abe, a photojournalist, used a selection of his photos and pasted them up forming the word "FAME". Abel outlined the letters. I was able to help and paste up some pictures.

So much live art; body painting, live sketching, paintings, murals, and even painting on cars. Hella Massive and Dranks and Draws had a live sketching session with their muse, Stephanie (@stephonita).

In between musical performances, dancing circles formed. Being that we are in the Bay, these circles got real hyphy. THIZZ stickers across girls chests, B-Boy styles in the mix, and thizz faces across the crowd. SJ got down last night... I mean don't we always? 

To end the night, FAME put on an amazing fashion show. A diverse group of runway models wearing awesome attire; street wear meets high fashion. I was able to get in a good spot at the end of the end of the runway to put my camera to use. Great music, amazing lighting, beautiful people. I got some great shots of the models in action.

FAME was an amazing event; sparking new ideas for creative projects amongst artists and inspiring all of us to keep doing what we love. Thank you to the FAME team for putting together something this dope in San Jose.

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