111 Minna Gallery’s first art exhibition of 2014 with the dynamic, street influenced artwork by local greats D Young V, Eddie Colla and Hugh Leeman. If you’re no stranger to the Bay Area you’ve probably seen the clever craftiness of these three prolific artists on more than one occasion throughout the Bay cities. No strangers to working together, 111 Minna welcomes the trio to what is set to be yet another intense and groundbreaking display of vivid, graphic oriented imagery rooted in urban street culture.
Adept at diverse collaborative installations with one another, this will be their first major show with 111 Minna Gallery and due to the impressive nature of these artists work, the show will be on display throughout February and March 2014.
D Young V
A San Francisco resident for the last decade, D Young V has engaged in a variety of media both in the gallery and on the street, depicting his vision of a new dystopian society. His characters, symbols and people represent a smattering of different modern day cultures and languages mixed into one. Though there is no linear narrative in place, most of Young’s work is meant to engage the viewer and allow them to determine the roles of his characters and meanings of their symbols for themselves. Many of these viewer interpretations are then adapted into the progress of the work, thus allowing the audience to take a greater role in the creation of the concept. The face of his work is ever changing in style and media with every exhibition, which range from simple pen drawings to massive colorful installations. This allows every show/project to take on its own individual identity and evolution.
EddieColla American, b. 1969
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 wheat-pastes 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 Barak Obama throughout the 2008 Presidential election.
His growing popularity landed him attention on internet blogs, features in five 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, and even on t-shirts notably worn by star, Spike Lee during a CNN interview.
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 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.”
In 2013 his work was featured alongside Hush, and Blek Le Rat in the Indoor Mural show at 941 Geary in San Francisco and at the Arts Fund Expo at Art Basel Miami. In August of 2011, Eddie completed an 80 ft mural in Little Saigon, San Francisco chronicling the Vietnamese Diaspora. His work has also been featured recently in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post and the Chicago Tribune.
Hugh Leeman is a San Francisco based artist. His artwork has exhibited at The Museum of Mexico City, The Contemporary Arts Center of Arlington, Virginia, and in Miami’s Art Basel. His work has exhibited internationally In London, Paris, and Tel Aviv.