The Philosophy of Obey (Obey Giant) is said to be "one of the fundamental texts of 21st Century aesthetics - short, bold, candid, puzzling and remarkable in its power to stir the imagination of philosophers and artists alike.”
Written in short, carefully numbered sentences of extremely revealing candor, it is certain to capture the imagination of a generation of Street Artists and philosophers. For Obey, discourse is something used to examine reality, which is in itself both elusive and unobtainable.
Shepard of Obey famously summarised this book in the following words:
“I aim to bring something new to every artwork.”
The work is prefaced by Sarah Jaye Williams introduction to the first edition.
Sarah Jaye Williams has followed all Obey's art and ideas throughout Shepard Fairey's career.
She has compiled quotes for the “Philosophy of Obey” book by meticulously reading hundreds of his articles and interviews. These quotes touch on a broad range of topics and show the evolution of Fairey's positions over the years.
"There is humour, irreverence, hope, pessimism, anger, jubilation, and even maybe some wisdom mixed in with all the potentially contradictory thoughts and emotions," comments Shepard Fairey about the book.
Three (3) Versions of the book are available at nervebooks.net; Comprehensive, Volume I and Volume II
Obey Giant (1989 – 2008). Regarded by many as one of the most significant street art campaigns.