Art Works Downtown presents Memento Mori, a street art-based installation featuring two unique Bay Area artists -- Eddie Colla and D Young V.
The show opens Friday, August 30, 2013 and runs through Friday, October 11, 2013 in the Art Works Downtown main gallery located at 1337 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA, 94901. An opening reception will be held on September 13, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. A closing reception will be held on October 11, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Art Works Downtown is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Memento Mori, a Latin term for 'remember death', is an artistic symbol for remembering the inevitability of death, and is a continuing theme throughout Eddie Colla's and D Young V's work. The artists' installations depict the end of the world juxtapose the rising up of a new world from ashes, and a future reduced to the tasks of survival and memory.
Included in this exhibit are the individual artists' drawings and mixed media works on found objects. The gallery will also showcase a number of collaborative pieces designed specially for Art Works Downtown. These installations representyears of artistic collaboration, both on the street and in galleries, where their mutual styles, ideas, influences, and perceptions become clearly evident. Due to the artists curating their own show, it is difficult to know exactly what is in store however, past collaborations have ranged from elaborate large-scale installations and one-of-a-kind murals, to a hand-painted 1968 El Camino.
D Young V:
D Young V has been a resident of San Francisco for the last decade. After receiving his MFA from the Academy of Art University in 2006, he has been pursuing his art in every way possible. D Young V's work ranges from massive gallery installations to murals seen throughout San Francisco, to literally hundreds of pieces he's pasted on streets all around the world. All of his work comes from an imagined post-apocalyptic narrative that deals with issues ranging from culture, military, martyrdom and technology. Many of his influences come from science fiction film, punk sub-culture, everyday living and urban art. Like many science-fiction narratives, his imagined world reflects the reality we live in. His every artistic effort tries to illustrate this world as accurately as possible, while leaving enough up to viewers to make their own interpretations.
"There is a visual conversation that takes place on the streets of urban environments. This conversation is dominated primarily by advertising and utilitarian signage and assumes passive participation. Whether invited or not I am going to participate in this conversation. Public spaces were never intended to be coated from top to bottom with photos of consumer products. These spaces should, in some manner, reflect the culture that thrives in that space" Eddie Colla, visual artist.
"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 its 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," said Colla.
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 advertising agencies.