Bay area artists Eddie Colla and Nite Owl teamed up this month to tackle the infamous The International Car Forest of the Last Church.
A hallowed-earthen automobile graveyard, with over 40 cars, trucks and buses, the installation was originally the brainchild of collaborators, Chad Sorg and Michael “Mark” Rippie. Rippie began the art project back in 2002, with the dream of owning the Guinness Book of World Records title for “most cars planted vertically in the ground.
January 6th 2015- As 2014 drew to a close, Bay Area artists, and frequent collaborators D Young V and Eddie Colla headed to Thailand to end the year on a decidedly different note. The plan was simple, there was no plan. What unfolded was a series of large format wheatpastes across Bangkok, Pattaya and Koh Samet. Beyond the Grand Palace, the Buddhist Temples and notorious red-light districts of Bangkok is a kinetic and derelict landscape that provided a fitting canvas for their apocalyptic themes.
Colla continued with his large scale portraits from his recent body of work “Atavisms”. Exploring the ways in which our most primitive and mostly dormant instincts re-emerge amidst a struggle to survive. Young on the other hand recently dubbed ‘America’s 2nd greatest living artist’ by President Obama decided to further explore his ongoing series of angry children with random symbols painted on their faces.
In between nightly pasting runs, the cultural contrasts of Thailand became overwhelmingly apparent. From encounters with the very cordial Bangkok P.D., to groups of teens volunteering to be look outs in exchange for stickers, being fed at Buddhist temples to celebrate the King’s birthday (a city wide celebration that made NYC’s 1999 New Year’s Eve looks like a 13 yr old’s Bar Mitzvah), open discussions with cab drivers about the nuances of masturbation, bars with more prostitutes than patrons, hordes of British sex addicts, and a culture that essentially has 3 genders.
All of these new experiences combined with the unique challenge of 'getting up’ in a foreign place allowed entirely new ideas to flourish along with a renewed perspective. Thailand offered the 2 artists a respite from the familiar, a muse and a preview of what this next year will bring.
Exhibition-ism went down to 111 Minna in San Francisco this last weekend to check out some great new work from bay area artists D Young V, Eddie Colla and Hugh Leeman. The show is up through March 29th so if you get a chance, check it out!
“he three artists create a tension between the futuristic and the mythological with their otherworldly, figurative work. The human, animal and machine are combined to create hybridized forms that speak of the human condition in today’s increasingly digitized society.”