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2007 Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist

Posted by talesinthesun on November 19, 2008

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After 7 years away the Smashing Pumpkins returned with Zeitgest. Zietgeist means the spirit of the age and perhaps the group was trying to reclaim that feeling they had over a decade ago. With the new release, the band used a Shepard Fairey work. The Smashing Pumpkins also released the same art work in blue that contained a bonus track.

Fairey described his work in Billboard magazine. “I think global warming is an issue that is currently relevant, time sensitive, and a symptom of the shortsightedness of the U.S..” Fairey says. “As a broader metaphor, the drowning Statue of Liberty, a revered icon of the U.S., symbolizes the eminent demise of many of the ideals upon which the nation was founded. Civil liberties, freedom of speech, privacy, etc. have been decreasing since 9/11. The sun in the image could either be setting or rising and this ambiguity shows that there is still hope to turn things around.”

As for Fairey’s use of red, he says, “I use red frequently because it is a visually powerful, emotionally potent color. Red gets people’s attention. In this case there is the added possibility that the red liquid could be blood, giving it an even more sinister sense of foreboding.”

Fairey’s stature grew due to a street campaign that took on its own life called “Andre the Giant has a Posse”. More can be learned about Shepard Fairey at the Giant.org.

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