SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 1AM Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Eddie Colla fresh off an extended international tour with his new collection, “Nothing Lasts Forever,” opening August 6th, 6:30 – 9:30pm. The show will revolve around the images Colla has left behind in his travels along with the thoughts and experiences that are fading and changing with the passing of time.
From childhood we are instilled with a strong desire to obtain the unattainable – “Forever” as the mark of quality, persistence or true emotion. We often drag this desire into our relationships, our view of the world, even our consumer habits. It is a flawed aspiration and unrealistic, as it is the desire that never arrives and goes against the natural order of the world.
“Some people view what I do as vandalism. I assume that their objection is that I alter the landscape without permission. Advertising perpetually alters our environment without the permission of its inhabitants. The only difference is that advertisers pay for the privilege to do so and I don’t. So if you’re going to call me anything, it is more accurate to call me a thief.”
Since 2005, Eddie Colla’s wheat pastes and stencils have been found throughout public spaces in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Eddie’s work first began to garner national recognition when his street art began incorporating images of Barack Obama throughout the 2008 Presidential election. His growing popularity landed him attention on internet blogs, features in six published books, and participation in the “Manifest Hope Art Gallery” shows at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. His designs have been transformed many times over, from stickers, album and magazine covers.
Eddie attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and graduated from the California College of Arts with a BFA in photography/interdisciplinary fine arts in 1991. He began his artistic career as a photographer, working first for the New York Times and later countless magazines, record labels and ad agencies. 15 years later he has morphed into one who counters the all pervasive nature of commercialism in public spaces. His work has also been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and many others.
Please join us to witness the opening of this very unique exhibition. Show closes September 9. Tell us you are coming by joining our Facebook Event Page!
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