Hinter den Kulissen von OBEY Giant: Fotoausstellung „Covert to Overt“ von Jon Furlong
Die Hamburger Affenfaust Galerie zeigt ab diesem Freitag (12.2.2016) die Wanderausstellung COVER TO OVERT, eine dokumentierende Ausstellung der Arbeiten und Entstehungsprozesse, Reisen und Projekte des Künstlers Shepard Fairey und der Welt von OBEY GIANT aus dem Blickwinkel des Fotografen Jon Furlong.
Wir haben im Vorfeld mit dem kalifornischen Fotografen gesprochen und ihm ein paar schnelle Fragen über die Ausstellung und seine Arbeit als Urban Art Fotograf gestellt.
How did you get in touch with Shepard and his work?
I first starting working for Obey Clothing back in 2004 just because I needed a job, so I started in the warehouse. I honestly didn’t know who Shepard was or really into the street art scene. I did grow up skating and liked a wide variety of music, so working at Obey was a good fit for me. I’ve always done photography and took a couple classes here and there, but for the most part I taught myself everything I know. I started shooting all the product for Obey Clothing and that eventually led me to the path I am on now, which is pretty surreal.
You followed up the raise of OBEY brand closely. Can you remember when you shot your first photo of an OBEY piece?
The first real OBEY street piece that I shot was a three stack of Icons under the elevated train tracks in Brooklyn while Shepard was having his E Pluribus Venom show. Still is one of my favorite shots to date.
You accompanied the OBEY Giant crew the last 10 years all around the globe. What is the most freaky story for your part of the job?
For me the real freaky thing is getting older and my fear of heights. Without thinking I climbed up this sketchy ass scaffolding on top of this hotel Shepard was working on a 20 foot icon. I final got to the top and had a full blown panic attack and was basically stuck for an hour. Even going on the lifts they use is scary as shit. ha
What the visitors expect at the exhibition COVER TO OVERT?
I tried to give a well rounded view of who Shepard is and what OBEY Giant is all about. I cover all mediums of Shepards work and I’m able to capture a side of the crew that no one gets to see. I’ve developed a friendship with Shepard and the crew, so I’m able to capture candid moments and I know Shepard’s process which helps me be in the right place at the right time. I also have a section with over 120 mixed sized photos that shows our travel, partying, people and basically an inside look of what its like to travel and document Shepard and OBEY GAINT.
Besides the exhibition Shepard published his new book Covert to Overt: The Under/Overground Art of Shepard Fairey*. What was your contribution for the new book?
There was a good amount of other great photographers that have shot Shepard and his work, but for this book I contributed a majority of the photography which led to having this photo exhibition to coincide with the book release. *Book available online and in book stores
The exhibition was shown in Berlin before. What are the next stops?
I had my first exhibition at Shepard’s gallery – Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles. After that it traveled to London to Show at the House of Vans and then jammed over to Berlin. I’m excited to show at the Affenfaust Gallery in Hamburg, then the show will head over to Cologne and Amsterdam.
Thanks for the little chat!
Alle Fotos stammen von Jon Furlong und sind Teil der Ausstellung COVERT TO OVERT. Veröffentlicht mit freundlicher Genehmigung durch den Fotografen.
COVERT to OVERT. Photography of OBEY Giant by Jon Furlong
12.2. – 14.2.2016
Vernissage: Freitag, 12.2., 18 – 24 Uhr
Öffnungszeiten: Samstag und Sonntag, 14 – 18 Uhr
Paul-Roosen-Straße 43, 22767 Hamburg