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  • Icarus Democracy Silkscreen Print by Shepard Fairey- OBEY

    Shepard Fairey- OBEY Icarus Democracy Silkscreen Print by Shepard Fairey- OBEY

    Purchase Icarus Democracy 3-Color Hand-Pulled Limited Edition Silkscreen Print on Cream Speckle Tone Paper by Shepard Fairey Rare Street Art OBEY Pop Artwork Artist. 2022 Signed & Numbered Limited Edition of 500 Artwork Size 24x36 "Liberty and equality are principles most people value, but the challenge is to find the proper equilibrium between the two. Democracy is the mechanism our nation has used to balance the freedom and desires of the individual with policies that are fair and beneficial for the collective of society. Democracy requires dedicated maintenance. With the culture of the previous administration and many politicians undermining democracy itself, the folly of over-confidence about the guaranteed endurance of democracy will lead to potential disaster. The threat of fascism is very real. If you value democracy use your voice and your vote. I’d recommend reading Timothy Snyders “On Tyranny” to anyone who does not see the threats to democracy (and the principles it protects) as concerning. This print, “Icarus Democracy,” will also be available in person at Dallas Contemporary." -Shepard Fairey The Icarus Democracy Silkscreen Print is a piece of art created by Shepard Fairey, an American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, and activist. In the Icarus Democracy Silkscreen Print, Fairey uses the myth of Icarus to convey a message about democracy. In Greek mythology, Icarus is a figure who, along with his father Daedalus, escapes imprisonment using wings fashioned from feathers and wax. Despite being warned by his father, Icarus flies too close to the sun, causing the wax in his wings to melt and sending him plummeting into the sea. The story of Icarus is often interpreted as a cautionary tale about hubris and the perils of overconfidence or overreaching. Fairey's print likely uses the Icarus story to comment on the state of democracy, suggesting that democracies can also fall victim to hubris and overconfidence, resulting in negative consequences. Or maybe it's just fearmongering? The piece serves as a reminder of the importance of vigilance in preserving and protecting democratic values and institutions both ironically and literally. The artwork, like many of Fairey's pieces, is created using the silkscreen printing technique. This process involves using a screen to apply ink onto a surface, creating bold, vibrant images. The Icarus Democracy Silkscreen Print showcases Fairey's signature style, characterized by strong lines, bold colors, and iconic imagery, featuring portraiture & symbols that can be easily recognized and interpreted by a wide audience.



Graffiti street pop art has long been an important medium for political expression, providing artists with the opportunity to convey their messages, ideas, and concerns to a wide audience. This art form has roots in various cultures and has evolved over the years, playing a significant role in shaping political discourse. Several key aspects of politics in graffiti street pop art include: Social and political critique: Artists often use graffiti as a medium to express their dissent or opposition to specific issues, policies, or political figures. This can range from direct messages and caricatures to more subtle, abstract representations. Representation of marginalized groups: Graffiti street pop art has often been a way for underrepresented communities to voice their concerns and struggles. It's a platform for these groups to assert their identity and share their stories with the wider public. Calls for action and change: Graffiti can be a powerful medium to inspire change and demand social or political reforms. Some artists use their work to mobilize public opinion or encourage people to participate in activism. Satire and humor: Many artists incorporate humor and satire into their work to critique the status quo or to expose hypocrisy, corruption, or incompetence in politics. This approach can be an effective way to capture attention and make a statement. Celebration of political victories or achievements: Some graffiti street pop art celebrates political progress or important milestones, such as the election of a progressive leader or the passage of important legislation. Propaganda and counter-propaganda: Graffiti can be used by political factions to spread their messages and ideas, either in support of their cause or in opposition to their rivals. This can result in a visual battle of ideologies on the streets. Overall, graffiti street pop art has played a significant role in politics, providing a powerful platform for artists to engage with their audience and make their voices heard. The public nature of this art form means it can reach a wide audience, often challenging the mainstream narrative and contributing to a more diverse and inclusive political discourse.

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