September 16 – October 14, 2006
Opening reception:  Saturday, September 16, 8 – 11 pm

Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90036
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Shepard Fairey, “Guns and Roses”, 2006, Mixed Media Unique Collage, 39" x 30".

In Shepard Fairey’s newest exhibition titled Rise Above the artist continues a highly charged visual discourse that attempts to reveal and skewer abuses of power, governmental hypocrisy, and loss of civil liberties. Inspired by one of Fairey’s favorite punk bands, Black Flag, the title refers to lyrics that call for people who are dissatisfied with the system to rise above the problems to provoke change, or work outside of it. “Jealous cowards try to control... rise above, we're gonna rise above”. Peace advocacy and the questioning of power and authority are dominant themes.
The exhibition will feature politically charged screenprint, stencil, and hand collaged mixed media art works which use metaphor, humor, and seductively stylized elements to deliver beautiful, provocative results. The works blur the perceived barriers between propaganda and escapist decoration, political responsibility and humor, all with the intent to stimulate both viscerally and intellectually.

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