Freeman Marketing Workshop!

Freeman marketing joined us for some graffiti art activities at our San Francisco location! They practiced some spray painting before creating their “Fierce” Mural. For team building workshop or offsite corporate event inquiries please contact vanessa@1amsf.com

 

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Street Art & Social Change: Lorenzo Quinn shows “Support” in Venice

With the state of the environment, many historic cities are facing the threat of rising sea levels.  In reaction, Italian sculptor Lorenzo Quinn highlighted this issue by unveiling his latest installation at Venice’s annual art installation, Venice Biennale 2017.

 

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Entitled, Support, the sculpture depicts two hands rising out of Venice’s Grand Canal toward the Sagredo Hotel. The hands reflect the two conflicting sides of human nature – the creative and the destructive.  Support highlights the idea that humans have the direct ability to impact the course of history and the environment. We could destroy the world, however, it is up to us save it.

Quinn aims to highlight climate change and the rising sea levels that could affect Venice along with the rest of the world.  Significantly Venice, a floating city, faces the direct effects of rising sea levels. With his piece, he encourages the world to act now in order to reverse the impact we’ve had on the environment. 

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Quinn draws inspiration from his own children. In an interview with Mashable, Quinn says “I have three children, and I’m thinking about their generation and what world we’re going to pass on to them. I’m worried, I’m very worried.” In fact, the hands themselves are molded after his son’s. Using a method known as “lost wax casting” he created a wax model of the sculpture and molded resin around it. Underwater, four 30 foot pillars hold the hands in place.

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Lorenzo Quinn intends to showcase “Support” as a rotating installation, with plans to bring the hands to other UNESCO World Heritage sites also facing destruction due to climate change.

More of Lorenzo Quinn’s work can be found at https://www.lorenzoquinn.com/

Academy of Arts Senior Studio Portfolio

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First Amendment Gallery will be lending our space on Friday May 26th from 7 to 10 pm to the graduating students of the Academy of Art. Come join us for free drinks and functional art! The show will be one night only at 1000 Howard Street displaying large and small pieces that put a twist on the impermanent nature of reality. These works of art are by graduating fine arts students from the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

CONSUME:  A functional art show featuring 5 emerging artists making a statement about consumerism and impermanence.

In our current society consumerism has made the impermanent both prevalent and preferred. Art has become an even more inaccessible commodity because of its longevity and permanent nature, and this is reflected further still in the high price tag.

As artists in the Bay Area, we understand that space and money are limited. We aim to highlight this by incorporating our original art into every day objects that are functional, space efficient and affordable. In doing so, we hope to open up this art up to a wider audience and create art for the people rather than just the elite, while still forming a cohesive art show and providing a commentary on the impermanence of modern life.

Five artists have come together to make this concept a reality. Every piece is an original, unique to the artist that created it, and together makes a unified show that challenges what the concept of “fine art” actually means.

CONSUME Featuring:

Natalie Gabriel 

Katie Hara

Hannah Laws

Rachel Schneider

Samantha Veneros 

With Kevin Moore & A Special Guest Artists Raffle

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“Hope for the Future Gives Power to the Present” 1AM Mural

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While our mural artists often come from community input and careful thought with a predetermined wall, this particular mural’s message was in hand prior to having a wall to paint it.  When the opportunity arose to be part of the mural festival, SprayView (located in the SF Bayview district),  I knew I had found the right home.  So where did this mural’s message come from?

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For those of you that attended Lick Wilmerding High School, Coach Elliot Smith should be no stranger to you and was a major influence on me.  I’ll just share one example I’ll never forget of his positivity and wisdom.   Right after going through jv basketball team tryouts and getting cut, I was upset and went to Coach Smith to explain (aka angrily vent) that I felt I deserved to be on the team and was upset that Coach Mack (jv basketball coach) didn’t see my best performance.  Coach Smith’s advice was to go to the first day of practice and tell Coach Mack how I felt and prove to him that I deserved to be on the team.  I wanted to be on the team so badly that the hunger overcame my incredible fear of embarrassment of coming to the first day of practice after being cut and asking for another shot.  Coach Mack did end of giving me a shot to prove myself and I’ll never forget his words “You’ve shown tremendous heart, courage, and hustle in coming back that you deserve to be on the team”.

When I reconnected with Coach Smith last year, he remarkably remembered me and I asked him if he could say anything to the world, what would it be?  Thanks Coach for giving me hope to take action in the present.

For more info, contact murals@1amsf.com

Dropbox Swings by for an Exciting Workshop!

Dropbox did a great job with their custom mural at one of our corporate workshops. Our graffiti team building workshops are a great way to bring out your groups creativity while having an awesome day out of the office! For private class and workshop inquiries please contact vanessa@1amsf.com

 
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Apple Workshop in Oakland

Apple came to our new Downtown Oakland location to try out our Graffiti Art Workshop! Their team came up with 2 beautiful murals during their team bonding class. To get a quote for a corporate event or large art workshop contact vanessa@1amsf.com

 

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Odopod Graffiti Workshop in San Francisco

Odopod came by 1AM and blew us away with their artistic skills in creating their group mural! Here are some process shots of how our team building workshop attendees created their mural step by step. To join in on some group fun and make unforgettable memories with your team, contact vanessa@1amsf.com

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Behind the scenes of “Everyone Deserves a Home” community mural

“Everyone Deserves a Home” is a testament to the community of the Tenderloin and a promise of hope and security. We wanted to share some behind the 1AM scenes shots of this epic street art mural.   This mural, overlooking the recently revamped Boedekker Park, brings new life and vibrancy to the Tenderloin community. This project was made possible and in collaboration with DISH, Friends of Boeddeker Park, and the Community Challenge Grant Program by SF Beautiful.  For more info, contact murals@1amsf.com

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Oakland Athletics and Illuminaries Community Mural


One day, I received a text from Krupt of Illuminaries with a picture of this 100′ x 100′ foot brick wall with small writing that said “our next mural”.   My first reaction was, “Top to bottom!?!?” I should have known that’s exactly what he meant. The Illuminaries have been blessing Oakland with ginormous murals for the last few years, busting back on the scene with the Steph Curry/Mac Dre Dubs piece, the giant Steph Curry mural off 880 South Bound, to the Oakland Marriott homage to “All Things Oakland”. I’ve known Krupt since 1996 when he was already coming up as a graffiti artist and entrepreneur. He was of the generation after my mine in the Berkeley graffiti scene. We lost contact for many years and next thing I know, Krupt and his fam Namm became the super crew Illuminaries and put it down in a major way! We connected through a Steph Curry activation and started building our relationship around me becoming a part of the team and lending my letters and brand management skills to Illuminaries. This time around, he reached out to me to do a commissioned piece for the Oakland A’s in the heart of downtown Oakland.

We at 1am had revamped our Oakland space and were looking for ways to engage with the Oakland arts community scene.  Once I saw this wall I told my partner, Dan,”We gotta be involved in this! It’s 3 blocks away from our spot!” Dan agreed and we supplied a great chunk of paint and had our videographer Keith Halterman capture and put together an edit of the “Rise and Grind ” piece coming to life.
Namm of Illuminaries said the focus of the “Rise and Grind” piece, the elephant, was a continuation of a much smaller scale piece they had done previously at Broadway and 22nd in Oakland.  When they connected with the Oakland A’s to do a piece commissioned by the A’s, it felt right for them to bring back the “Rise and Grind” concept in larger than life form.  The elephant of both pieces symbolizes power, longevity, loyalty and its cooperative spirit as well as the A’s mascot.  Representative of Oakland’s power, resilience, and cooperative spirit, this mural quickly has become a rallying point for Oakland Athletics’ fans as well as Oakland residents new and old.  We at 1am are proud to have been able to contribute and stay tuned for future 1AM x Illuminaries collaborations to come! The Mural can be found on 19th and Webster.

Google Street Art Class in San Francisco

A group from google came by 1AM to create their own individual art pieces! Our Street Art Workshop includes a brief history lesson, walking tour and stencil creations. This is a great option for a team building course where everyone will have something to take home with them!

For team building workshop inquiries please contact vanessa@1amsf.com

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