Merry Karnowsky Gallery Presents:
New Work by Shepard Fairey
September 24 – October 15, 2005
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 24, 8 – 11pm

Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90036
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(c) Shepard Fairey, Merry Karnowsky Gallery 2005

The term “Manufacturing Dissent” is a derivation of  the phrase “The Manufacturing of Consent,” coined by Walter Lippmann to describe the propaganda engineering he helped devise to drum up public support for World War I. In Shepard Fairey's newest exhibition titled "Manufacturing Dissent", Fairey creates politically-charged pieces as a retaliation to Lippmann's concept in order to counteract the hawkish manipulations of right-wing spin doctors with biting sarcasm and thought provoking paradox. He juxtaposes symbols of combat with feminine imagery to delineate the idea of powerful pacifism; the ideal that force should be used as a means of protection rather than aggression. The explicit messages are a departure from Fairey’s usual deliberate ambiguity, and unlike Fairey's other experiments in phenomenology -- calling upon people to question their surroundings -- this time Fairey  asks them to fortify their values. While politicians and public relations gurus aim to skew reality into a more satisfying tune, Fairey strikes a dissonant chord, which then becomes disarmingly lovely in its honesty.

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