The less commonly practiced genre of street art, sculpture, is a unique category. Breaking the confines of 2D, sculptural street art can be as beautiful, poignant, and powerful as it’s siblings, painting and pasting. Perhaps its the installation of sculptures on the street without permission that sways most to paint and paper. It takes a great deal more coordination, planning, and funding to be able to haul a large piece into the street, install it, and leave without causing much of a scene. Nevertheless, artists step up to the challenge and work with the limitations.
This week we are looking at Spanish artist, Isaac Cordal, who has been based and working in Berlin. Cordal’s work is captivating – if you can see it. He is a sculptor on the miniature scale. Cordal creates small cement figures (often frumpy balding business men) and arranges them in site-specific scenes in streets around the world. His work is critical and thought provoking, inviting viewers to look inside themselves and ask big questions about the state of the world and what is most important. “The art work intends to catch the attention on our devalued relation with the nature through a critical look to the collateral effects of our evolution.”
Cordal created this body of work as part of the Łódź 4 Cultures Festival, held in Łódź, Poland. The festival is an annual event, artistic and social, referring to the founding history of Lodz: city built by hands of Germans, Jews, Russians and Poles. The small cement figures are each standing on their own balcony, overlooking the street below, detached, yet hopelessly connected. Cordal’s miniatures are almost a congratulatory visual prize for those who have their eyes up and are aware, and not glued to their phones moving from point A to point B as quickly as possible. Be sure to check out his website, and follow his travels and actions around the world!
(awareness via Brooklyn Street Art and photos © Isaac Cordial)
The Urban Nation Project M/8 is underway in Berlin and the mural are going up around the city. This round of the project (which aims to bring together artists that shape and enrich urban spaces in neighborhoods) is curated by London gallery, Stolenspace. The theme chosen by Stolenspace for the show and murals is “Freedom”, which can be seen in the works produced by invited artists: Cyrcle, Miss Van, Maya Kayuk, The London Police, Word to Mother and EVOCA1. The murals of D*Face and Shepard Fairey, in particular, encapsulate the theme. Pictured here, D*Face’s mural of an angered soldier is a segment out of his indoor contribution to the show, where the solider is screaming “Peace!?” Shepard Fairey’s mural, positioned directly to the right of D*Face’s, is entitled “Israel/Palestine”, and depicts a woman peering out from behind a curtained barrier. Take the two by themselves and they provoke thoughts and reflections of peace, oppression, and freedom. Take the two murals together and their placement and duality balance wonderfully on the facade of this building in Berlin. Fairey’s work has always been politically charged, with strong opinionated imagery critiquing social injustices, colonization, climate crisis, consumerism and capitalism. This is a new realm for D*Face, who usually creates works that reflect themes of popular culture, and not so directly address political stances. From the color palette to the movement and form of these pieces, the complementary balance between them is applauded!
(Photos by Birdman)
Introducing “Free to Be” a new show opening July 9th at 1AM Gallery. Independence Day is about your commitment to freedom of choice and liberty, we all have certain values and attributes we want to uphold and share with the world. Here at 1AM we’re asking our artists to show what values they thrive to share through their artwork by picking a corresponding theme. You will see the artists in “Free to Be” speak boldly about what’s important to them through their work. Email Anu@1amsf.com to request a catalog.
Here is a sneak peek of artist Sam Rodriguez‘s work.
The concrete jungle is common amongst many of the larger cities. Often sheltered from wildlife, we found these 5 great street art pieces that seem to inject the notion that the we aren’t alone and the wild is not to be forgotten. Check out the 1AM Mobile App for other great finds, or start your own urban expedition with the app as a guide.
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His work has transformed from graffiti murals to canvas paintings that encompass the urban landscapes of San Francisco. Nate represents Bay Area to the fullest and his artwork will make you leave your heart in San Francisco as well.
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Spanish artist, Pejac, recently visited Hong Kong, where he created a few small art pieces – small, but large in representation. Last September Hong Kong had the world’s attention as a social movement erupted in the city from social unrest. Freedom of speech and democracy has long been stifled in the country, and it was a decision regarding proposed reforms to the Hong Kong electoral system that fanned the flame of foreseen ongoing social oppression. The protests, marches, occupations and acts of civil disobedience began from organizing students and youth, and quickly lead to include more support from other citizens. Labeled as the Umbrella Revolution because of self-defense tactics used by protesters from fire hose spraying by police, the movement lasted over two months.
Pejac decided to visit the city and reflect on the social movement through is own acts of art. The artist is known for his conceptual fine and street art creations. Instead of producing large works of art, small pieces were produced – small but powerful. A street artist often works with the city, choosing specific locations for their context and creating works that speak to that spot. In a country that keeps a close watch on its citizens and their actions, street art can be difficult to produce, especially on the large scale, and very difficult if it is charged with political critique. So, to evade censorship or worse, Pejac brought his big thinking to the small scale and created these three works of art.
Pejac painted his rendition of Rodin’s The Thinker on a window in his hotel room. The figure is sat upon the towering buildings of Hong Kong in the background, thinking, which Pejac feels is an act which residents are restricted with.
Located in central Hong Kong on Hollywood Road 97, this small piece is of a small dragon tagging a heart on the wall with its fire breath. The dragon in Chinese mythology is seen as a symbol of power, strength, and good luck. Pejac actually employed the use of a blowtorch for this creation. In this case Pejac has shrunk the creature to a docile size, stating “This ferocious mythical animal that can cause hurricanes and floods, here becomes a domesticated pet.”
Pejac created MSN Hotmail Butterfly and enclosed it in a small glass jar, which he set in front of the Central Government Complex of Hong Kong. The site was chosen because it was where a lot of the demonstrations of the Umbrella Revolution were focused. He states: “It works as a metaphor of the imprisonment of free speech and communication in Chinese peoples’ lives. The butterfly is not killed but trapped, being able to see and feel, but left to slowly die.”
This past Thursday was the Opening of our CMYK show and with it came great people and an even better party! A lot of energy was in the air as RPES, PEMEX and AMUSE showcased their hard work to friends and locals making for an overall good time. Weren’t able to make it out to our CMYK Opening? We have your back with some awesome shots and a great video of our 3 artists crushing the 1AM wall! The show will continue running through this month so make sure to stop by and enjoy some art! For inquiries or catalog requests, please email ANU@1amsf.com