HilgerBROTkunsthalle, Vienna

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The urbanisation of art

Works by Shepard Fairey, Boicut, Faile and Stinkfish represent the subversion of urban influences as well as the pluralism within the art world. Inspired by different (sub) cultures and using different techniques all of them have a democratic approach to art. Works of the artists have been exhibited worldwide in galleries and institutions like SFMOMA, San Francisco; Tate Modern, London; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; Dallas Contemporary, Dallas; Seoul Arts Centre, Seoul; LACMA, Los Angeles.

Shepard Fairey (USA) is one of the most influential street artists of our time. Fairey has constantly shifted between the realms of fine art, commercial art, street art, and even political art. His most famous art includes images of Andre the Giant, the Obey trademark, the propaganda poster of Barack Obama, and many more.

Boicut's (AUT) work is for the most part illustrative, combining impulsive lines and shapes. Since his early days, his work has been inspired by popular culture, skateboarding, the beauty of mundane objects and urban environments. What matters to him most in life and at work is being true to his inner child and self.

Since its inception in 1989, the artistic collective Faile (USA) has been known for a wide ranging multimedia practice recognizable for its explorations of duality through a fragmented style of appropriation and collage. FAILE blurs the line between “high” and “low” culture, but recent exhibitions demonstrate an emphasis on audience participation, a critique of consumerism, and the incorporation of religious media into their work.

Stinkfish's (MX/CO) works bursting with colour always have a stencilled portrait at their centre. These portraits are taken from photos that the artist shoots during his travels around the world. He fashions large-scale stencils based on these photographs, which in the street are then amended by impromptu, colourful halos.

Shepard Fairey, Palace of Power, 2016, Silkscreen and mixed media collage on paper, 76.2 x 101.6 cm. AP/10
Shepard Fairey, Golden Future, 2017, Silkscreen and mixed media collage on paper, 85 x 121 cm
Shepard Fairey, Bias By Numbers, 2017, Silkscreen and mixed media collage on wood, 64.8 x 48.9 cm. 6/6
FAILE, Young Minds, Silent City, 2014, Acrylic, silkscreen tint, copper, and fabric on wood, in steel frame, 124.5 x 124.5 x 7.6 cm
FAILE, Original Eliminator, 2014, Acrylic, silkscreen tint and spray paint on paper, 111.8 x 152.4 cm
Stinkfish, Tijuana Girl, 2017, Spray paint on canvas, 195 x 130 cm
Stinkfish, Monterrey Girl, 2017, Spray paint on canvas, 195 x 130 cm
Boicut, The irony of dehydration along the sea, 2018, Polyethylene vacuum bag and fabric, 107 x 63 cm
Boicut, Excel vs. Exercise, 2017, Mixed media on canvas, 120 x 80 x 6 cm
Boicut, Tan, lines, and first kiss, 2017, Mixed media on paper, 100 x 70 x 6 cm