Obey. E Pluribus venum

Shepard Fairey

Gingko Press, Corte Madera, 2008



The title “E Pluribus Venomâ€? which translates “Out of many, poisonâ€? is derived from ìE Pluribus Unumî (out of many, one) an early motto adopted by the U.S. Government which appears on U.S. currency. The artist’s thesis is that many becoming one, or a loss of power and influence of the individual in favor of homogeny is a symptom of a society in decline. “E Pluribus Venomâ€? is comprised of artworks designed to question the symbols and methods of the American machine and American dream and also celebrate those who oppose blind nationalism and war. Some of Faireyís works use currency motifs or a Norman Rockwell aesthetic to employ the graphic language of the subjects they critique. Other works use a blend of Art Nouveau, hippie, and revolutionary propaganda styles to celebrate subjects advocating peace.

ISBN: 978-1-58423-295-7

144 pages, 100 illustrations, 32 × 43 cm, hardcover, English