American artist Shepard Fairey has just announced the biggest surprise of the Vivid Sydney 2017 calendar of events!

It’s a well-publicised fact that he is due to touch down on Australian soil in the next week, but here’s the part that nobody knows…

aMBUSH Gallery, T-world and Vivid Sydney will be presenting Printed Matters Sydney, a solo exhibition featuring a curated selection of work from this renowned artist.

Printed Matters is an ongoing series of exhibitions, focusing on the importance of printed material in Fairey’s art. Each exhibition highlights the significance by incorporating a variety of Fairey’s printed material, including serigraphs on paper, editions on wood, editions on metal, and fine art collage. New works are added for each venue, making each Printed Matters exhibition a unique experience. Beginning in 2010, the Printed Matters platform was first presented in Los Angeles, and for its next instalment will exhibit in Sydney at a pop-up gallery in Chippendale (Sydney), on view from Saturday, 17 June – Sunday, 9 July 2017.

Fairey is known around the world for his iconic imagery; whether it’s the Barack Obama HOPE poster, his evolving sticker campaign, or his brand OBEY. He will be appearing as a keynote Game-Changer speaker for Vivid Ideas, as well as painting his largest mural ever, located at 309 George Street. In addition, he currently has a free public exhibition at the Darling Quarter precinct entitled Revolutions.

Fairey states, “I can’t imagine my art practice without the influence of, and the use of, printing. Some of my biggest art influences were not paintings, but printed things like album covers, skateboard graphics, punk flyers, and T-shirt designs … Some people say print is on its way out, that it will be wiped out by digital media, but I say you can never replace the provocative, tactile experience of an art print on the street or in a gallery. Printing still matters.”

In addition to the exhibition, T-world is releasing two exclusive T-shirts to commemorate the show and Fairey’s tour as an official OBEY x T-world collaboration. The limited-edition T-shirts are exclusive to the event and only available at the pop-up gallery, reflecting the ethos of T-world’s “Print is Premium” stance.

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What: ‘Printed Matters Sydney’ – works by Shepard Fairey
Where: aMBUSH Gallery & T-world Pop-Up Gallery, at The Old Rum Store, 10-12 Kensington Street, Chippendale NSW 2008
When: Saturday, 17 June – Sunday, 9 July, 2017
Times: 12–8pm daily
Admission: FREE

Photography by Nicole Reed.

Shepard Fairey

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4A James Street
Waterloo, Sydney
NSW 2017

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Visiting by Public Transport: Train to Green Square Station or Bus 309, 310 or 355

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