Sunday, February 1, 2009
i spy with my little eye ...
I can't resist this. Check out: http://obamicon.me
Frank Shepard Fairey's recent iconographic graphic portrait of Obama based on the Mannie Garcia's AP photo image on the cover of Time Magazine has fired off a whole industry of 'knock offs'. Fairey's use of palette and 'style' is vaguely 'Soviet Constructivist', and yet his intention is clearly reverential. His portrait of Obama by far exceeds the IMPACT of the original photographer's image. It is a stunning tribute to the promise and the hope that one man, Obama, has managed to engendered in the global imagination.
In the spirit of this 'fire', I too have 'twiddled' with the palette ... The possibilites are endless.
Update: February 10th, 2009. Interestingly enough, Fairey's use of Garcia's ORIGINAL photo image has come under it's own 'fire'. Lawyers are now having a hay-day over 'copyright' , 'trespass' and 'fair use' issues ... see: http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2009/01/27/the-obama-hope-poster-shepard-fairey-and-photographer-mannie-garcia/