Shepard Fairey | Your Ad Here

Obey giant Shepard Fairey’s new exhibition Your Ad Here opens in Copenhagen tomorrow evening, and I, for one, am really looking forward to it. It’s at the V1 Gallery, which seems to share lodgings with the Kødboderne 18 venue, and the excellent Danish garage group De Høje Hæle are playing the same evening.

Your Ad Here addresses “public space as more than a one-way dialogue with advertising, but as a venue for creative response” which is something I’ve tried to achieve myself in the concepts for omedel and the visual identity for a fictitious festival. Both of them are, in different ways, freeloading on existing channels of public and commercial communication. For a graphic designer, there’s a lot of inspiration and unconventional ideas to be lifted from street artists, and the way they co-opt and reclaim public space.

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