Glendale Library, Arts & Culture, and ReflectSpace Gallery are presenting the solo exhibition “Peace is Radical” by the renowned street artist and activist, Shepard Fairey.
The exhibition showcases Fairey’s artwork, spanning various themes such as creative empowerment, democracy, race and gender equality, environmental justice, and, prominently, peace and harmony. Utilizing screen printing, Fairey explores the versatility of this graphic medium, producing high-end art and numerous prints for widespread dissemination. A dedicated section of the exhibition displays the screens used in the creation of his art.
The title “Peace is Radical” reflects Fairey’s perspective on the perpetual state of conflict humanity faces. As a pacifist, he advocates for non-violent solutions to disagreements, emphasizing the intelligence of our species in achieving cooperation and problem-solving without resorting to violence. Fairey’s art focuses on justice issues, aiming for a more equal, fair, and peaceful society. He underscores the equal humanity of all, transcending divisions of race, religion, nationality, or culture.
The exhibition’s goal is to inspire viewers to recognize themselves in others, fostering a commitment to the well-being and peace of humanity and the planet.
ReflectSpace Gallery co-curators Ara and Anahid Oshagan express the significance of hosting “Peace is Radical” amidst global conflicts. The exhibition aligns with ReflectSpace’s mission by bringing a message of peace and hope, sparking vital conversations about social justice.
To commemorate the exhibition, Shepard Fairey has designed a limited-edition library card available at Glendale Library branches throughout the exhibition’s duration.
As a contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, and founder of OBEY Clothing and a creative agency, Shepard Fairey has left an indelible mark on global art conversations. From the iconic “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker to the “We the People” campaign, Fairey’s art has evolved, becoming a symbol of hope and a catalyst for change.
“Peace is Radical” will be on display from January 20 to April 14, 2024, at ReflectSpace Gallery inside Glendale Central Library. An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, January 20, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Free parking with validation is available at the Marketplace parking structure across from the Harvard entrance of Central Library.
About the Artist:
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Shepard Fairey’s early passion for art led him to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. The iconic “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker transformed into the OBEY GIANT art campaign, reshaping perceptions of art and the urban landscape. Fairey’s global presence includes stickers, guerilla street art, and over 135 large-scale murals across six continents. His works are housed in prestigious collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Explore more about Shepard Fairey’s career at www.obeygiant.com.