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Arts and Entertainment

Shepard Fairey's Imperfect Union

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Opening tonight, less than an hour from now, is Shepard Fairey's Imperfect Union show at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery. The show features probably near 100 new pieces of work from Shepard, showing how truly creative and artistic he still is.

The work looks like his standard cut stencil style, but when you really get up close to his pieces, you start to see how truly great he is, actually. His pieces feature tons of layers, cutout rubylith, old stencils, and written notes. All of this builds up to create some really awesome art.

There's one room in particular, towards the middle of the gallery, which features the most impressive work. There's an installation in there as well, featuring a mock up of Shepard's work station. Scattered around it are spray cans, sheets of paper with color samples from spray paint, stencils littering the floor. I talked to Shepard briefly toward the end of the night, telling him how great this room was, and he basically said that it featured the work that really inspired the rest of the art in the show.

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The show starts at 8 tonight, and goes till 11. But if you can't make it, the show runs until January 5th. No matter how you feel about his work, I suggest everyone swing by, it might just change your opinion.