“The Duality of Humanity” by Shepard Fairey
This piece is inspired by a peace-sign wearing US soldier in Vietnam. Fairey sees a strong parallel between the Vietnam war and the Iraq war. Fairey says that his show addresses the “human struggle between good and bad, hope and fear”. One of the show’s central pieces is a child with a gun in his hand and a flower in his hat. The theme of soldiers and weapons bearing peace signs, or peace signs comprised of military effects, runs through many pieces in the show. Environmental themes also appear in some pieces, illustrating the tenuous balance between our dangerously uncontrolled consumption of non-renewable resources, and our well intentioned eco-concerns. Suffering and hope are seamlessly merged in a visual mash-up that defies expectations and easy answers.