On Friday Shepard Fairey was sentenced to two years’ probation by the Boston Municipal Court. The sentence is based upon the images he posted on public and private property over the years. (via Designboom)
the well-known illustrator and graphic designer has pleaded guilty to three charges of vandalism, including defacing property and wanton destruction of property under 250 USD. he had 11 other chargers which have been dropped. he has been fined 2,000 USD for graffiti removal. Designboom
Fairey’s most widely spread and famous work (probably) is the André the giant obey mashup (or whatever it should be called).
Multi-affiches Boulevard St Germain 06e? .jpg by yoyolabellut (CC BY-NC-ND)
But he reached new peaks of fame for his wonderful “hope” poster designed during the Barack Obama campaign.
Obama Posters by el clinto (CC BY-NC-ND)
Is this the plight of all known street artists who become famous enough to be identified?
The UK has adopted and intepreted the silliest anti-terrorist laws – they have created a state of paranoia which is hard for any sensible person to explain or understand.
The Independent reports that artist and photographer Ruben Powell was arrested last week his photographing of the old HMSO print works close to the local police station posed an unacceptable security risk.
For Powell, this brush with the law resulted in five hours in a cell after police seized the lock-blade knife he uses to sharpen his pencils. His release only came after the intervention of the local MP, Simon Hughes, but not before he was handcuffed and his genetic material stored permanently on the DNA database.
The Independent gives even more examples of people who have run afoul of the strangest intepretation of misguided security. Not only are phographers being seen as suspicious in one way or another. Another sad thing is that the data is stored permanently in the DNA database even when no crime has been committed.
Security is a bad joke creating a social paranoia beyond belief. Common sense has been suspended and seems to be nowhere in sight.
This is just plain silly. The Telegraph reports that a convict who may get the death penalty has agreed that if he is sentenced to death he will give his body to art. The body will be deep-freeze-dried and turned into fish food. Visitors to the exhibition will then be able to feed goldfish with the ex dead con.
The artist says:
“..it is not his story that is as important for me as the system that exists in a society such as America’s in such a vulgar and primitive way, the system, of killing people like this. I wanted to raise awareness of the fact there are people killed legally in our Western civilisation.”
Is it only me or does this all just feel like a publicity stunt to increase the ego, reputation and through this economic value of the artist?
photo Secret Life of Wanda by tomanthony (CC by-nc-nd)
but did anyone ask what the fish want?
It was only a matter of time before his growing fame led to his unmasking. The Mail on Sunday reveals the evidence they present to his identity. But… Banksy’s publicist would neither confirm nor deny whether the artist was Robin Gunningham.