“I have a name but it doesn’t matter” Release at 1XRUN

I came to Detroit to sign the “Ambition” etched metal plates I released last month with 1Xrun. The plates were so heavy that it was cheaper for me to go to Detroit to sign them than it was to ship them to me. I had no plans of producing any work in Detroit. Detroit can be an inspiring place though because it endures.

These drop today March 17th at 9am PST HERE along with a small selection or original pieces

i have a name IGI made this small edition of 6 pieces on found wood and metal. The pieces are titled “I have a name but it doesn’t matter”. They are all signed and come with a certificate of authenticity. The size is 24×32.

The image is part of an ongoing series of work I’ve been doing for years around this character. The text on the pieces translate as “I have a name but it doesn’t matter”. The character and the story all take place in Hong Kong. The images revolve around finding one’s place in the world, survival and the rejection of fate. As a young girl the character was told by her father “There is no fate, Fate is the result of a life unattended”.

 

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Here are a few of the originals that will be available at 1xrun

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Ambition – Etched Metal Plate Release

As a Pow Wow Hawaii Alumni I was asked to be  part of  1xrun’s Pow Wow Hawaii Print Series this year. I decided to do an edition of the piece I did at Pow Wow 2012.

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I produced 2 versions of the “Ambition” image as chemical etched metal plates. Each plate is .030″ and 16×20 inches They are available in stainless steel, edition of 100 and Brass edition of 15. Each edition is signed and numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity from myself and 1xrun. These drop Monday, February 22nd at 12noon PST. The brass edition is available HERE and the stainless steel edition is  HERE

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The etching process gives the surface an engraved or intaglio of the image which is then filled with paint. I choose this process to give the pieces some weight and dimensionality and create an object more than a print. eddie-colla-ambition-18x24-gold-1xrun-05eddie-colla-ambition-18x24-silver-1xrun-05aeddie-colla-ambition-18x24-silver-1xrun-06a

 

“Can’t breathe The Sky” Print release

Can't-Breathe-the-sky.jpgThis Print drops Tuesday Jan.19th 2016 @10:30am PST. You can get it on Derbby.com HERE

Derbby has a unique model for sales. The print retails for $149, however at the beginning of the sale the price starts at $25 and rises based on the number of sales. Meaning if you get to the site early you can get it for $25-30.

New Print Drop at Derbby.com

I am releasing this new print “No More Prayers to say” tomorrow Dec. 1st at 10:30 PST.  You Can find it HERE

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Derbby has a unique model for sales. The print retails for $149, however at the beginning of the sale the price starts at $25 and rises based on the number of sales. Meaning if you get to the site early you can get it for $25-30.

This piece is a continuation of a body of work called “atavisms” which deals with survival, strength, and adaptability.
All of the pieces in this series are portraits designed to engage the viewer in a very direct way and to reflect upon inner strength.
The text “no more prayers to say” is about wishing away certain inevitabilities. It is about crossing the threshold from a period of danger to a period of consequence.

 

Paris

There is very little to be said about Paris that has not been said before. It is a city of stunning beauty created out of endless care and pride. Rather than attempt to describe it adequately I’ll sum it up in one story.

At the recommendation of my friend Steven Ballinger I had lunch at Musee Jaquemart-Andre. It’s a beautiful place to have lunch. However, at the end of the meal I ordered desert. It was some kind of rose flavored meringue thing. Actually I’m not sure what the fuck it was, the menu was in french and I don’t speak french. What arrived appeared to be more ornamental than edible. It was this beautiful pink and gold sculpture, so beautiful that it seemed wrong to plunge a fork into it and destroy it. I do though, derive some pleasure from doing things that seem wrong. Keep in mind, I am not a foodie in any way. I consider 7-11 a restaurant.  With the first bite still in my mouth everything became clear. I thought “holy shit, if I could bake something like this, I too, would look down at America”. It was that good. It was a fucking pastry that negated 200 years of American exceptionalism. Paris gets things right. Period end of story.

 

Thailand with D Young V and Eddie Colla

Last December D Young V and I decided we would go to Thailand. There wasn’t any real reason for this, but there wasn’t any real reason not to. Bangkok is hot. It’s hot in December, it’s hot at 3am. Bangkok also never stops. It’s busy at noon and it’s busy at 3am. It’s one of those cities that doesn’t require you to have any energy, it has it’s own current. All you have to do is step into it and you’ll get carried along. To that extent the trip seemed less like 16 days and more like one really long day punctuated by intermittent naps. That was 4 months ago. I would describe all the things I did and saw, but it’s a dense kind of  experience and honestly, I don’t remember a lot of it. There is this sort of high humidity fog over that part of my memory and I do remember some things that may not have actually happened. We’re very isolated in the U.S., something I never really cared for. For a few weeks while Dave and I were in Thailand the world was big again. Really big and really strange.

“Not By Victory” – Hand-Painted Multiples

“Not by Victory” was created for Innerstate Gallery to be exhibited at Scope New York 2015. It was part of 1XRUN’s curated multiples series.

Not-by-Victory2It is and edition of 5 and measures 14x18x1.75 in. The face of the image is made of 7 individual pieces of wood. The wood is salvaged from my neighborhood in East Oakland.

Not-By-Victory-Profile1The stencil on the front of the box reads “Simul Erasmus Magnum” Which is latin for “once we were great”  The stencil around the perimeter reads “There is no forever, we will all lose this battle and be judged not by victory but by character” The Eddie Logo is burned into the wood with a branding iron.

Each Piece is numbered and signed and there are NO artist proofs. There are only 5 of these. They are available online HERE AT 1XRUN

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