|Feb 21, 2013 - Issue 505|
By Shepard Fairey, Los Angeles CA
18 x 24 inch screen print. Signed and numbered edition of 450.
The “Sedation Pill” print is inspired by the title of my favorite Public Enemy album “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back”. I think the biggest problem in America is the indifference and complacency about important issues that results from much of the population being perpetually hypnotized by conspicuous consumption, social media, entertainment, and self-medication. Using sedation and escapism for relief from the rat race might make us less aware (blissfully ignorant) but also less empowered to improve our role within the rat race… a vicious cycle of cause and effect.
is a contemporary artist, graphic designer, and illustrator. He first
became known for his "André the Giant Has a Posse" sticker campaign, in
which he appropriated images from the comedic super market tabloid
Weekly World News. His work became more widely known in the 2008 U.S.
presidential election, specifically his Barack Obama "HOPE" poster. The
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston calls him one of today's best
known and most influential street artists. His work is included in the
collections at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,
the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Victoria and Albert
Museum in London. Click here to contact Mr. Fairey.