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.
The 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
I am releasing a new edition at 1xrun.com this coming Tuesday July 22nd at 9am PST. “BLNT” is an edition of 35 wood cradled boxes 10×20 inches. The boxes are treated with and iron based reactive paint and screen printed. After the screen printing is done they are put through a chemical process to rust them.
The Back of each piece is has my logo burnt into it with a branding iron and there is also a small note that gives some context to the piece.Due to the organic nature of the rust the pieces vary quite a bit and no 2 are the same. This edition is definitely the most elaborate edition I have done. There are about 9 different processes to go through with the various elements before they are completed. In Addition to the editioned boxes there are 3 originals that will also go on sale with this drop. These pieces were the first time I printed on metal. Each image is made up of a series of 11-15 individual prints on aluminum that are screwed together on a latticework.
Everything goes on sale Tuesday July 22nd at 9am PST.
Here’s the link: http://1xrun.com/runs/BLNT_-_Hand-Painted_Multiples_Original_Artwork
I was honored this week to be included in Complex Magazine’s “15 San Francisco Artists running the Bay Area art scene” A great list which also included Victor Reyes, Apex, Jet Martinez, GATS, and Cannon Dill.
The second annual Carpe Diem took place this past Saturday. This year was about twice as big and about twice as dope. 19 artists working together in one space for one very long day. Inspiring, totally fun and exhausting. The work produced was simply incredible. It’s amazing what can happen in just one day. A total transformation. It’s my favorite event to curate and my favorite event to participate in.
Line-up: Brett Amory, Zoltron, Skinner, Jessica Hess, John Casey, Marcos LaFarga, Jet Martinez, Cannon Dill, Lauren YS, Max Kauffman, John Wentz, Eddie Colla, Ian Ross, Hueman, Nite Owl, Lisa Pisa, Chris Granillo, Reggie Warlock, Daryll Peirce and Cameron Thompson.
This Friday, April 4, 6-10 pm, there will be an opening reception for the exhibition at Loakal with many of the artists in attendance. The artwork will be on view at Loakal through April 29.
Our Buddy Sam Grant made this dope video of us preparing for the 111 Minna Gallery Show. The show is on view at 111 Minna through March 29th.
So let’s go back about 2 years…. My studio mate Ken Harman of Spoke Art gets an unsolicited email from an oil painting factory in China. The email explains how the factory is excellent in making reproductions of great works of art as well as portraits, landscapes, nudes etc. All at very reasonable prices.
I thought “shit, that would be a great show”. The idea was to have inexpensive copies of emerging contemporary artists and display them side by side. It calls into question so many things about our culture of individuality, the art world, marketplace and value. We had to do it. But we never did, UNTIL NOW!!!!
Our preoccupation with originality is filled with nuances and paradox. We assign market value to original art pieces for their scarcity, driven by the singular vision of the artist, yet we readily consume designer knock-offs from stores like Forever 21 and H&M, which make their profits from directly imitating the runway collections of Marc Jacobs, Donatella Versace and Alexander Wang. Is fine art something that, too, can be imitated? The rising popularity of giclees, art toys and limited edition sculptures seems to say that the answer is yes for many consumers.
My Gallery, loakal in Oakland teamed up with Ian Ross Gallery in San Francisco to bring you “Made in China”. Artists included in the exhibition are D Young V, Shark Toof, Zoltron, Ernesto Yerena, Akira beard, Peter Adamyan, Jessica Hess, C Kirk, Ian Ross, Eddie Colla, Nite Owl And Robert Bowen. Each artist submitted a piece for the exhibit and photos of those pieces were sent to Shenzhen China to be copied.
The pieces will be displayed side by side at the exhibition
What place do imitations hold in the art market? How do we measure the value of creativity? Viewers are invited to ask themselves these questions when viewing the original works and their imitations in “Made in China.
Come see for yourself Nov. 8th 7-10 pm at Ian Ross Gallery 466 Brannan St. San Francisco, CA
facebook event page is HERE