The framing option for this RUN includes a 1 inch black wood frame with UV-glass, foam core backing and ready to hang hardware.
We are excited to welcome back California artist Eddie Colla as he returns with "It's Only Stealing If You Get Caught". This piece was recently heisted by Walmart (who mistook the piece for a Bansky piece, which they also apparently sell now.) In a move to reclaim his image Eddie has remixed his icon image for this RUN.
"Initially I felt good that with this image I had created something that seemed relevant to people. My second thought was something along the lines of “Shit, why do so many people feel subjugated in our society”. I think I was just surprised at the number and types of people who gravitated to it.
I made a piece about individuals controlling their own fate and not making their success contingent on the approval of others. It then gets adopted by a neo-feudal corporation like Walmart. A corporation whose employment practices have created a 2 million person underclass in this country. That’s where this becomes an issue of conviction. Walmart waves American Flags, kowtows to a hypocritical right wing Christian ideology but that’s merely a marketing strategy. If Walmart actually believed in any part of that ridiculous rhetoric they would certainly never put work by an artist like me in their stores." - 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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