Vandal-in-chief

By GREG COOK  |  February 10, 2009

Still, you can see Fairey mulling the differences between the street and the gallery. It's one of the most fascinating aspects of his work. He characteristically rips and layers his images to make it look as if several different posters had been pasted one atop the other and ravaged by the elements. His street work often appears slicker than his gallery stuff, which is even more layered and stained, to give it a faux patina of age. He's tapping into the alluring romantic rot of old bridges, tattered walls, and jury-rigged structures, the gritty, used, rusty stuff that city folks know and love as the soul of urban America.

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