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Ambition - Oversized Fool Set

Run #02032b
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TYPE:Hand-Painted Stencils
SIZE:34 x 70 Inches
This RUN is signed and numbered by Eddie Colla and inclues an Original Artwork Letter of Provenance from 1xRUN
Edition Size 20
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About The Artist
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:
Eddie Colla 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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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.

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.

Of his work Eddie states, “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 it’s 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.” His work has been featured alongside Hush, Blek Le Rat, Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Keith Haring, and Kaws in the Indoor Mural show at 941 Geary in San Francisco, the Arts Fund Expo at Art Basel Miami and Digard's "Urban Contemporary Art" Auction in Paris. In August of 2011, Eddie completed an 80 ft mural in Little Saigon San Francisco chronicling the Vietnamese Diaspora. In 2012 Eddie participated in Pow Wow Hawaii and created an all encompassing post-apocalyptic installation with D Young V and Hugh Leeman at Hold -Up Gallery in Los Angeles.

Eddie took on the role of curator at lOAKal gallery in Oakland CA in December of 2012. In 2013 Eddie worked closely on collaborations with D Young V creating several large scale public mural projects and a 2 man installation "Memento Mori" in San Rafael CA. His curating extended to Ian Ross Gallery in San Francisco where he curated "Made in China" a group exhibition where contemporary artists had their work hung side by side with counterfeits produced in an oil painting factory in China. Through 2014-15 Eddie began traveling to Europe and Asia creating street pieces for Paris and Thailand. He finished off the year with 2 collaborative murals with D Young V in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico for Dreamers Art Festival. His work has also been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post and the Chicago Tribune.
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