On today’s Fire Drill Friday, we’re joined by Artist, Activist and OBEY Founder, Shepard Fairey, as well as @Greenpeace USA Climate Campaigner Charlie Jiang! Tune in to learn more about the powerful role art plays in activism, and get a special look at Fairey’s brand new portrait of President Joe Biden. We’ll also learn more about what the portrait represents – the critical need for President Biden to continue acting on climate through his first 100 days in office.
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About the guests:
Shepard Fairey was born in Charleston, South Carolina and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1989 he created the “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker that transformed into the OBEY GIANT art campaign, with imagery that has changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. After more than 30 years, his work has evolved into an acclaimed body of art, including the 2008 “Hope” portrait of Barack Obama, found at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Fairey’s stickers, guerrilla street art presence, and public murals are recognizable globally in the permanent collections of the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and many others. For more information, visit http://www.OBEYGIANT.com.
Charlie Jiang is a climate campaigner fighting for a Green New Deal that brings justice for communities and workers most impacted by the climate crisis and fossil fuel extraction. He has a background in clean energy engineering and organizing with youth climate movements. From Chicago, he’s currently based on unceded Piscataway lands in Washington, DC.