This past week, Bay Area artist Eddie Colla opened his latest solo show at Ian Ross Gallery in San Francisco. Titled "Atavisms," the exhibition is comprised of large-scale portraits and mixed-media works. Colla endeavors on a new body of work of tremendous proportion. A new chapter for his notedly apocalyptic imagery, his figures stand center stage with combative force. Contentious and primal all at once, his subjects appear to have survived some cataclysmic disaster. Equipped with militant accoutrements and expressions of certainty, Colla's subjects challenge the viewer politically as well as psychologically.
Evocative and poignant, most all of Colla's subjects stare directly at the viewer, delivering a kind of fierce acuteness. "Atavisms" elicits intense personal connections between viewer and subject. Colla explains his attempts at this exchange: "My life, my thoughts, my sense of who I am are comprise...
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