Providence Industrial Red
From The Giant: The Definitive Obey Giant Site
This print was only available for purchase from AS220 and was not sold through the Obey Giant website. The print became available for pre-order on, or just before, 07/22/2010, and it was also apparently available for in-person purchase at the Foo Fest on 08/13/2010 in Providence, RI. The print originally retailed for $75.
Contrary to the information below, this is a run of 450, not 400.
I went to RISD and lived in Providence for 8 years. The Obey Giant campaign started there. I was recently invited to do a mural and print based on my Providence experience. The mural and print contain all Providence landmarks that were part of my life while I lived there. Some remain glorious while others have fallen into disrepair but found second lives in other ways. Providence was a center for the textile industry and the red striped tower is the former location of a huge textile factory called Atlantic Mills. The mill closed, but now the warehouse rents spaces to artists and bands. That is where my printing studio and skateboard ramp used to be. The train bridge is now abandoned but for years the bridge itself and the tunnel leading to it were graffiti spots and hangouts for artists, musicians and other miscreants. I actually put that icon face poster on the bridge years ago. You can see the train bridge from the 195 on the way to Seekonk. The Biltmore and the Industrial Trust buildind that looks like something from Gotham are architectural landmarks I like. The image is both celebrating Providence industry and Providence's industriousness in the wake of declining industry. Duality, and finding a door to open resulting from another closing, are themes I address in my art that relate to Providence.
From the pre-order page at AS220.org:
This Foo Fest, AS220's 25th anniversary, launche the "Free Culture Award", a national honor bestowed every other year on two artists--its honorees: AS220's own Jukebox creator, Brandon Edens, and contemporary artist, Shepard Fairey. Fairey, an American artist, designer, illustrator & RISD grad (1992) was first recognized through his "Andre the Giant has a Possee" street art campaign. Edens & Fairey will we honored with the Free Culture Awards at Aug. 14th's Foo Fest. AS220 has also commissioned a mural from Fairey on an exterior wall of the downtown Chafee Center, the piece will be the largest mural by Fairey in existence. To commemorate all these events, AS220 is producing a limited edition print with Fairey in two colorways. Two editions are currently in production: an edition of 400 in a red colorway at $75 and an edition of 150 in a gold colorway at $150. Art will be available on or before the August 14th Foo Fest; pre-order now to reserve yours! Email David at firstname.lastname@example.org for more print info. Also--Stay tuned for a Fairey Free Culture T-shirt--available at Foo Fest 2010!!
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