This RUN contains The Oversized Fool Set including:
- (12) 12 x 17 Inch Hand-Stenciled Pages to create:
- (1) 34 x 70 Inch Oversized Stencil On Calendar Paper
- All signed and numbered by Eddie Colla in an exclusive edition of 20 for April Fool's Day 2018
"April Fools' day seemed the most appropriate Day to release this and here's why...
In October of 2017 I got a message from Colin Day, the director of the film “Saving Banksy”. There was an image of a “Banksy 2018 Calendar” attached, on the cover was my piece “Ambition” which has been stolen more times and by more people then I care to remember. Fucking Brilliant! Some twat set out to make a bunch of dough selling a bootleg Banksy calendar and never bothered to check if the artwork on the cover was actually a Banksy. Additionally, in their mind, my piece was their favorite Bansky, thus being placed on the cover. Flattering I suppose, however further proof that whomever produced this thing is a bit like some knucklehead who meets Mick Jagger, asks for an autograph and goes on to tell Mick that Purple Haze is his favorite Rolling Stones song. Just baffling.
After careful consideration I thought the best thing I could do was to buy a whole bunch, alter them, authenticate them and sell them myself. Despite the disclaimer printed on the back of the calendar which expressly prohibits me from doing so. The idea of being sued by someone who stole and profited from my work seems an irresistible provocation. I waited until well into March to buy these because Calendars get heavily discounted after February. I made 2 different versions of this Calendar both with the intent to outlive their utilitarian purpose.
For this I made a 12 part stencil and hand stenciled the
backs of every page. At the end of the year you can rip out all the
pages and assemble them on your wall to make a 34 x 70 inch hand
stenciled original. Note: this was a really bad idea as it was way too time consuming and I
have to admit that spite can make a man do unreasonable things. I think the point I would like to make here is this: Don't be too hard
on idiots, they have a purpose, because sometimes another man's
stupidity can be your inspiration." - Eddie Colla
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
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.
Since 2005, his wheatpastes and stencils can be found throughout public
spaces in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Miami. 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.
Find more by Eddie Colla at eddiecolla.com
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