Shepard Fairey, Big Brother Offset
Title: Big Brother Offset
Markings: Signed & Numbered
This print appears to have been inspired by Ron Mueck's 1997 work "Mask." From Supply and Demand, pg. 248: This image is an illustration I drew of a guy with somewhat of a creepy face, which I called “Giant Brother” as a reference to George Orwell’s 1984, where the government has everyone under surveillance and their slogan is “Big Brother is watching you.” I illustrated half the face and then mirrored it, and I discovered that since no face is perfectly symmetrical, the symmetry introduces an inhuman, sinister aspect to a picture that might not be as disturbing otherwise. I thought the guy looked creepy to begin with, but it turned out even scarier than I had predicted. (Note: This quote refers to the original (non-offset) release of this print.)
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