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Carpe Diem at lOAKal Gallery Oakland

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.

loakal presents Carpe Diem from Eddie Colla on Vimeo.


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.


Made in China Exhibition

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. Storage 2 warehouse

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!!!!Made-in-china-Flyer-web

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.Artist 2 artist 3

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 D-Young-V-Side-by-Side

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

Primus Spring Poster Series and Eddie Colla

So I got a call from Zoltron, actually you don’t really get calls from Zoltron. So I get a call from a guy  who sounds like John Forsythe on Zoltron’s behalf. He asks me to be part of The Primus Spring Poster Series along with
Justin Hampton
123 Klan
Travis Louie
Reuben Rude
Todd Slater
Jeff Soto

And a whole bunch of other heavies.  They asked me to do the poster for the Missoula Montana Show At the Wilma theatre. I wanted to do something special that really expressed how I feel about Montana, so I did an image of Hong Kong.

Here’s the poster, Which goes on sale HERE at 9am on May 14th



There’s also a Hand embellished variant of 5 available HERE




Another brilliant project from the darkness of Zoltron’s mind.

Follow the whole poster series  On Zoltron’s Blog

Marxist Glue

Here’s some pics from the Marxist Glue show @ Hold Up Art in L.A. I can’t say enough good things about the artists in this show or about the staff at Hold Up Art. It was really one of the best experiences I’ve had as an atrist. There are still some limited edition prints available here

Marxist Glue @ Hold up Art

This promises to be one of the best group shows this year. Check the line up
Robbie Conal Mear One Skullphone Shark Toof Cryptik ABCNT Yo!Peace Eddie Colla Mark Of the Beast Zoltron Phantom Political Gridlock Nomade Lucky Bunny Visual Communications

Thursday, October 28 at 6:00pm – November 15 at 6:00pm
Hold Up Art
358 East 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA
“Marxist Glue” will feature an overwhelming installation of LA’s top wheatpaste artists, converting Hold Up Art’s exhibition space walls into neutral battle grounds for this hand full of talented image makers. The show will also feature brand new limited edition silkscreen prints from each of the participating artists, available exclusively at Hold Up Art.
FIRST 50 people in line will receive a free 18×24 Marxist Glue official poster courtesy of ARTDIG.com

First Friday Afterparty September 3rd JLS

Express Gallery is proud to present a First Friday After Party.
Come join us this Friday, Sept. 3rd for a celebration of the best of the greater East Bay’s established and emerging art. Featuring the music of Dj Platurn of the Oakland Faders and Marc Stretch of Foreign Legion as well as live art by Ras Terms, Brett Amory, Safety First and Eon75. The Express Gallery opens it’s doors at 6PM
and will go late into the night with beverages provided by Trumer Pils. The Express Gallery and the current “Decade With No Name” showcase are proudly sponsored by: fiftyseven-thirtythree, East Bay Express, Spoke Art and Warholian.com

Our friends at the Oakbook have a great show up with local artist Daniel Healey just down the way from Express Gallery, they’re open on Friday from 6PM-9PM, so be sure to check them out as well!

Participating Artists:
Mike Shine
Brett Amory
Aaron Nagel
Amanda Lopez
Annie Vought
Eddie Colla
Scott Hove
Lea Bruno
Owen Cook
Alika Cooper
Ras Terms
Monica Canilao
Dave Correia
Jason Vivona
Deth P. Sun
John Felix Arnold
Brenda Monroe
James Swinson
John Coyne
Meagan Donegan
Emory Douglas
& Hangar 18 Print Showcase

A decade with no name

fiftyseven-thirtythree and the East Bay Express are Proud to present 2 Major Art exhibits at this year’s “Best of the East Bay” Party. “A Decade will no name”, Bay area art from the first 10 years of a new century, and “If these walls could Talk” Live Aerosol art.

As the aughts come to a close and we approach the dawn of a new decade we are collectively faced yet again with a challenge we may have not even completed these last ten years. As the scope, breadth and reach of technology and information expand at exponential proportions with every passing day, their affects on one of the country’s most ethnically and culturally diverse areas cannot go unnoticed… especially amongst the state’s highest percentage of people per capita who list their occupation as “artist”.

A multi-disciplinary look into the works currently being created in our collective backyard, “The Decade With No Name” serves as a celebration of the sculptors, painters, photographers and street artists who call Oakland, Berkeley and the greater East Bay their home.

From the the three-dimensional monstrous cake sculptures of Scott Hove, to Brett Amory’s figurative paintings, Amanda Lopez’ Dia de los Muertos photographs, the politically and socially inspired street art of Eddie Colla, Monica Canilao’s found object installations and Emory Douglas’ historical Black Panther graphic agitation, this showcase serves as a veritable who’s-who of the East Bay’s emerging and established artist community.

Join us during the East Bay Express’ “Best of the East Bay” party, Friday, August 6th as we celebrate the arts in Oakland’s historic Jack London Square. With a massive gallery space located right across from the concert’s main stage, as well as a sixty foot-long wall of live aerosol murals by Bay Area legends Chor Boogie, Apex and Eon75 occurring during the event, this is one party, and an art show, that you’re not going to want to miss.

Participating Artist’s “A decade with No Name”
Mike Shine, GATS, Brett Amory, Aaron Nagel, Amanda Lopez, Emory Douglas, Skinner, Eddie Colla, Scott Hove, Peter Gronquist, Owen Cook, Zoltron, Alika Copper, Ras Terms, Monica Canilao, David D’Andrea, Dave Correia, Jason Vivona, Deth P. Sun, John Felix Arnold, Brendan Monroe, James Swinson, John Coyne, Meagan Donegan, Lea Bruno, Annie Vought and Hangar 18 Print Showcase.

Participating Artist’s “If These Walls Could Talk”
Chor Boogie, Apex, Eon75, Dabs & Myla, Surge