New Print Inspired by Neil Young Album Debuts on Obeygiant
Next week, on July 28th, Shepard Fairey will release a new print entitled "Fruits of Our Labor." It was originally designed as artwork for Neil Young's upcoming album, and Shepard designed the artwork after visiting Mr. Young in the studio.
As Shepard Explains:
The Fruits of Our Labor print was inspired by a couple of things: the genetic modification of fruits and vegetables, and the military industrial complex. A few months ago, Neil Young invited me to check out some of the recording sessions for his forthcoming record “The Monsanto Years.” I was inspired by the songs and Neil’s courage to speak out against corporate greed from Monsanto as well as Chevron, Starbucks, and others. Neil asked if I’d be willing to create art inspired by the themes on the record and so I began thinking about ideas. One of the things I knew was that Monsanto produced Agent Orange for the U.S. government during the Vietnam War. This gave me the idea to use an orange as grenade to portray dangerous fruit literally and metaphorically. You can read about Genetic Modification, one of the things Monsanto does here. I’ve always admired Neil’s environmental activism, so I included his lyric “mother nature on the run” in the print as well. Genetic Modification in essence allows corporations to play god with the food we eat. People deserve the right to know where their food comes from.
As always, very interesting and thought provoking stuff from Mr. Fairey.
Drop Details: This will be released on Tuesday, July 28th, at a random time between 1-2 PM EST on Obeygiant.com. It is an edition of 450, measures 18x24 and costs $45. To all those going for it, good luck!