Shepard Fairey, Lenin
Markings: Signed & Numbered
This portrait of Lenin was the first image where I tonally superimposed the Obey star behind a portrait so that the two lined up, and it actually works really well, where you almost feel like the star is part of the Lenin portrait. The power of suggestion, once the two are superimposed over each other, is just another form of manipulation: after a lot of people saw this poster, they assumed that the Obey star was an original aspect of the Lenin portrait. Part of what I’m trying to do is get people to question their assumptions. Since they make assumptions through associations, I try to create new associations incongruous with these assumptions. Unlike the rest of the prints in the Communists set, this print is from 1997.
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