“I’m excited to finally release the NØISE “State Violence State Control” 7” which features covers of two songs that represent our band’s resistance to the attitudes and policies of the current administration. We are proud of how we maintained the spirit of Discharge’s song “State Violence State Control” and Bob Marley’s song “Get Up Stand Up” but also reinterpreted the songs through our own stylistic sensibility. Working on the art for this 7” was a therapeutic way for me to address the current political situation and abuses of power while also nodding to the punk and hardcore music and art that sparked my interest in politics as a teen. I’d like to see more outspoken art and music in response to the state of the nation. If you aren’t already familiar with my band NØISE, comprised of veteran musicians Merritt Lear, John Goff, and Joe Cassidy, visit NoiseProject.com to either download or shop our 12” record featuring songs “Little Lions” and “Automatic.” – Shepard Fairey
“The Noise & Lies print is both a nod to John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth” and my response to the disregard for facts and truth and the assault on the media waged by Donald Trump and members of his administration. Trump has called the media “an enemy of the American people,” a tactic also used to undermine critics and avoid accountability by fascists and dictators including Stalin, Hitler, and Mao. We are in dangerous territory as a nation and society, when lies and chaos from our leaders often go unchecked and the news organizations that do thorough investigation are attacked by the president for reporting the truths they find. You can check out the history of the phrase “an enemy of the people” here and see why language meant to question patriotism and quell dissent is often employed in service of dictatorial aspirations.
A portion of proceeds will benefit Media Matters to support the work they do holding media outlets accountable for untruthful and distorted stories. Honest media matters! Thanks for caring!” – Shepard
“My “Target Exceptions” print addresses the challenges of both visiting and becoming a resident of the United States for many people. As it turns out, there are various target criteria that make a person an ideal candidate to immigrate, but most people who might long to fulfill the “American Dream” are exceptions to the target qualifications, especially considering the attitudes and attempted policies of the current administration.
Resident status in the U.S. is hypothetically granted for four main reasons: family ties, employment, status as a refugee, and to promote diversity.
In other words, it will most likely be family or business/employment connections that are the most viable route to a U.S. visa considering that refugees and people who would expand diversity seem altogether unwelcome in the U.S. at the moment. I’ll be donating proceeds of this print to the ACLU to support their advocacy work for immigrant communities.” – Shepard Fairey
The “Welcome Visitor” diptych is an exploration of the contradictions between America’s tourism industry and it’s immigration policies; the uncomfortable collision of economic opportunism and xenophobia. We’ve probably all seen the Schoolhouse Rock! about Ellis Island and “The Great American Melting Pot,” but we’re now witnessing the fear surrounding the scapegoating of Latinos and Muslims.
In “Welcome Visitor,” I highlight the immigration ban and internment of Japanese people including Japanese-American citizens during World War II when the Japanese were seen as the enemy. I hope that the level of relative comfort most people feel towards Japanese people presently puts in perspective the irrational and disproportionate fear of Muslims and Latinos that is going on now.
I understand that immigration is a complex issue, but a basic belief in the humanity and dignity of all people is not that complicated and should be what is paramount in deciding our policies around both immigration and tourism.
The fear around immigration is not based on fact. Crime rates are lower for immigrants than they are for native-born citizens. – Shepard Fairey