It’s been an epic week in Detroit for the street art community, courtesy of the “giant” himself, Shepard Fairey. First, he completed his largest permanent mural to date (above) on the northside of One Campus Maritus in Downtown Detroit. Then last night, he unveiled his new exhibit “Printed Matters” at the Library Street Collective to a booming Detroit crowd.
BATTLE CREATURES made the trek from Battle Creek to take in this historic event for Detroit and Michigan, as a whole. Fairey’s work with his Andre the Giant stickers and Obama “Hope” images from the 2008 election have placed him in legend status among the street art world. To have someone of his notoriety come to Detroit to not only do an exhibit, but work on pieces around the city, it proves how important Detroit is to the scene.
Printed Matters featured a collection of smaller-scale items that included works of mixed-media, screen printing, illustration, and metal displayed within the Library Street Collective. Then after making your way through the indoor space, you are directed to an art-filled alley in the middle of the Z parking garage between Grand River and Gratiot near Campus Martius. The larger scale pieces in the alley were set against a backdrop of a large group of attendees, food trucks (El Guapo’s Tofu Taco ftw), and a Red Bull DJ booth inside of a refashioned old truck.
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