11.16.09

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WK Interact is currently exhibiting at Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects gallery. The Show is titled ‘How to Blow Yourself Up‘ and looks like typically provocative work from the street-honed art/pop culture philosophers.

Here is a little more about the show from Subliminal’s website: “In How to Blow Yourself Up, WK Interact twists and inverts the fatalism of end-of-the-world prophecies, turning destruction into a matter of free will.  ”If you believe the world will end in 2012 and you can’t do anything about it, maybe it’s better to blow yourself up when you feel like it,” says WK.  To that end, he has turned objects of control and personal movement – skateboards and bicycles, as well as three-dimensional panels – into instruments of self-destruction, equipped with what appear to be pipe bombs and other menacing apparatuses.”

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2 Responses to “WK Interact: How to Blow Yourself Up”

  1. Paul Says:

    Shepard Fairey is a talentless hack who has stolen everything and can’t even draw his own floral flourishes, they’re from the Bodoni Ornaments font for fuck sake.

  2. Christopher Says:

    It’s kind of hilarious just how much hatred his success has spawned. He’s been doing more or less the same thing now for almost a decade. I was super inspired by him when I was younger and even wrote him a letter proclaiming I thought he just might be our generation’s Andy Warhol. A lot of how I worked for a really long time came from what I learned watching him. About a year ago though, I made a collective decision to never trace another photograph (which I always justified by figuring if he could do it and it was alright, then why couldn’t I?).

    The big issue is that he is known the world over. He has managed to create or tap into something that really resonated with a lot of people. Enough to allow him to travel the world, mingle with celebrities and probably become a multi-millionaire. He worked incredibly hard for a very long time putting his work out there on the street. He was arrested for it numerous times and at the peril of his wife and children. He has put his ass on the line for his work.

    I think ‘how’ he did what he was doing was maybe even more important than ‘what’ he was creating. His relentless pursuit of ‘getting up’ and ‘getting over’ is kind of tantamount to the combination of the graffiti/street artist mindset with the pop culture mindedness of commercial art and design. He was perfect for the moment and maybe still is.

    Hating him is kind of aimless at this point in time. I know people who hate Damien Hirst just as much and say the same about him. Only time will tell how important Fairey’s work really is but he is going in the history books regardless. Like it or not.

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