Opening Night: D Young V, Eddie Colla and Hugh Leeman at 111 Minna Gallery

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Eddie Colla and D Young V collaboration

111 Minna Gallery in downtown San Francisco is currently presenting a show of new work by locals D Young V, Eddie Colla and Hugh Leeman. All three artists are well known within the Bay Area’s graffiti art scene and the vitality and effort at public engagement from their street art can be strongly felt in these gallery pieces. The show includes both collaborations between the artists, as well as individual works.

One theme that runs consistently throughout the exhibit, as well as within each artist’s opus, is the effort of individuals to assert independence and control, sometimes by violent means, within hostile, corporatized or otherwise alienating environments. The figures in Colla’s aluminum-printed portraits emerge from the ashes of their post-apocalyptic conditions armed, masked, and ready to fight for survival. In a series of 40 striking, black-and-white micron pen drawings by D Young V, individuals make desperate attempts at self-expression but are drowned out by depersonalized symbols and numbers that allude to the language of corporate and political propaganda. Meanwhile, Leeman’s wispy oil and spray paintings carve out a different, more meditative and interior space for locating and re-claiming a private sense of individuality. The show will be on view through March 2014.

D Young V

D Young V

D Young V

Eddie Colla

Eddie Colla

Eddie Colla

Hugh Leeman

D Young and _ collaboration

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Eddie Colla

Eddie Colla and D Young V collaboration

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Eddie Colla

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