The Emoticon Project

Shepard Fairey addresses the crowd and camera at the Martha Otero gallery in Los Angeles last night.

As an “experiment in rediscovering handmade communications”, the exhibition featured an array of mixed media artwork by artists, Steven Harrington, AJ Fosik, Megan Whitmarsh, Reza Ali, Craig & Karl and Tim Biskup.

All works were part of a silent auction co-hosted by Shepard Fairey, Martha Otero, Jessica Sanders and Adam Glickman, to benefit Peace First, a non-profit charity that helps young people address violence and bullying.

Photography: Jennie McGuirk