You don’t need a crystal ball to see into the future of art. A Major Minority, curated by San Francisco-based artist Poesia, is a vibrant demonstration of how the boundaries of contemporary art are expanding. Coined as Othercontemporary Urban Art, the pieces in this upcoming show illustrate the complexity of elements that make up the merging of street art and the critical art world. This international sampling of artworks will expand your understanding of urban art and its context in the world. Glimpse a sneak peak of some of the featured pieces before the opening reception on Thursday, April 2nd from 6:30-9:30pm.
Polish born, and now Brooklyn based street artist, Olek, has been hard at work in the city of Delhi, India. Her signature work of crochet wrapping objects and buildings on the street has brought her around the world, and she has focused her work on many important issues regarding social and environmental justice. Olek’s project in Delhi is directed toward social inclusion and women’s empowerment. With a team of helpers (many local women who already crochet and follow Olek’s work), a local women’s shelter in New Delhi was fitted with a large crocheted cover. The shelter is one of almost 2oo in a city of 11 million, and provides a safe space for homeless women and families. The focus of her work was to raise awareness toward the social disparities of gender, class and caste. In an interview with Brooklyn Street Art about St+Art Delhi, organizer, Giulia Ambrogi, shared that:
“[…] Artworks in the streets is already a sort of revolution. Public spaces, especially if peripheral, are most of the time neglected and are crowded mostly by lower social classes. The process of creating huge artworks for everybody’s eyes and the attitude of the artists and the team of involving everyone and gathering people under the signs of art-making and artworks – which is absolutely new in India, is an empowering breakthrough or a certain kind. By calling women artists we enhanced this prolific dynamic. It meant that we introduced a change, showing both to men and women that no matter the gender and the class, everyone has the same strength and rights of living, appropriating and positively acting in public spaces. Olek’s work brings back tot he streets a tradition that is usually practice by women in the private and closed envirnment of their homes. Also, this work highlighted the power of people, especially women, when they cooperate together.”
Olek’s recent work in Delhi has been a part of the St+Art Delhi festival. The festival brings together Indian and international street artists for a month of murals, installations, performances, workshops, walks and talks on the streets. The objective is to promote street art and graffiti on Indian landscapes, as well as provide a collaborative platform for artists from all over the world.
High school students from Holy Names University‘s summer program stopped by 1AM bright and early to practice sketching out their new graffiti writer names and paint a mural with our teacher. Opting to produce their mural on canvas so that they could bring it home with them, the group ultimately chose to inscribe the uplifting message of “Speak up!” across their canvas and it ended up looking aesthetically inspiring as well! Send the gallery an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to start the conversation about your next team-building event!
Jenna, 29, grew up in a very close, creative family and now resides in Brooklyn, New York. As a kid she always loved to paint and draw. Her expertise lies in spray paint, house and acrylic paint. Not only is she ambidextrous, but her left hand can mirror her right hand with both hands drawing simultaneously. For the 1AM show, “Take Flight“, Jenna used torn linen to create a dark and edgy backdrop that allows her pieces to evoke a feeling of awe. She approached the theme from a more literal context and pushed the contrast on the colors to emphasize this feeling within her art.
“Exuviate” by Jenna Morello
“Icarus” by Jenna Morello
“The Vultures” by Jenna Morello
Come see Jenna’s captivating work and more at the 1AM gallery. Please email ANU@1amsf.com for inquiries.
Fresh off the runway, CAMER1’s “Take Flight” mural hit the 1AM gallery walls this week for the exhibit’s opening reception. The mural emphasizes the aesthetic of flying forms and it highlights the idea that the weightlessness of flight is similar to the connection an artist has with his or her art. With an awesome mashup of talents in this show, it’s no question that CAMER1 and the other artists brought their work to new heights. We’re excited to see CAMER1’s art taking off and we encourage you to check out the mural for yourself.
“Take Flight” Mural by CAMER1
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A Major Minority rocked the gallery last year with OVER 100 artists from 18 different countries. We’re excited to announce that we are bringing it back so get ready for A Major Minority 2015. You’ll see some of the same talented names from last year as well as brand new artists from across the world. Prepare yourself for a new spin on Othercontemporary Urban Art, you won’t want to miss the show. We’ll see you at the opening on Thursday, April 2nd 6:30-9:30pm!
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Converse had a rockin’ time with their tight-knit team from around the U.S. They even managed to escape 6′ high snow in Boston to make it to 1AM in time for a fun team-building workshop! To book an event for your team email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Coinbase team visited 1AM to learn about graffiti culture and attended their team-building workshop with open minds and one of our favorite mural ideas! Email email@example.com to schedule an offsite for your group!
Flying into the gallery and throwing up fresh paint, the “Take Flight” artists, Agana, Annie Preece, CAMER1, and Ivan “Gath” Preciado, took their art off the canvas and onto 1AM’s gallery walls. The gallery has transformed with each artist’s addition and now the space is ready to take off. Each wall reflects these artist’s unique talents and extends the depth of their work. Watch CAMER1 talk about his inspiration for the idea behind “Take Flight” in the video above. Come meet the artists, enjoy incredible art, and see the gallery transformed! We’re ready to take flight and we’re excited to see you on March 12th for the opening reception at 6:30 – 9:30pm.
CAMER1 preparing for “Take Flight”
Annie Preece painting the walls at 1AM
Ivan Preciado leaves his mark on the walls of 1AM.
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The enigmatic and highly political British stencil artist, Banksy, recently visited Gaza to paint some walls. But there is much more to this trip than just another street artist traveling to a far away destination or on a global tour spraycation. Gaza is not the destination point of many people wishing to travel the world. In fact its very difficult. Those wishing to visit are not allowed, just as those who live there are not allowed to leave. Banksy snuck into the Palestinian territory through a network of illegal underground tunnels, packing only spray paint and a camera. His intention? To paint on the bomb and bullet pummeled walls of Gaza and use his fame and following to share what living conditions are like there. He is not new to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. He first visited the West Bank in 2005 and again in 2007 when he brought his annual London art show, Santa’s Ghetto, to Bethlehem, Palestine. The has openly stood in solidarity with Palestine in all of his projects there, each time using his art to bring attention a place that he sees so much oppression, violence, and human rights violations.
“Gaza is often described as ‘the world’s largest open air prison’ because no-one is allowed to enter or leave. But that seems a bit unfair to prisons — they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost every day.” – Banksy
This visit he has painted a picture of Niobe, from Greek mythology. Niobe is the symbol for eternal mourning. She was punished for arrogance with the killing of her 14 children and husband who took his own life. In her sorrow she turned to stone, to be forever grieving. Banksy also stenciled children swinging around a surveillance tower like it was a carnival ride. A bit of his philosophy was shared with his signature red paint and childlike handstyle, reading: “If we wash our hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless we side with the powerful — we don’t remain neutral.”
The artist also painted a giant kitten with a pink bow on a crumbled building wall, pawing at a ball of rebar on the ground next to it. Banksy commented on the piece with, “A local man came up and said ‘Please — what does this mean?’ I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website — but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens.”
A culmination of his trip is in his 2 minute video of the experience which has the title of “Make this the year YOU discover a new destination.” In the artist’s signature cheeky, blunt, and savagely honest style, the short video has a tourism style to it – “Welcome to Gaza,” it starts. “Well away from the tourist track… Nestled in an exclusive setting… Watched over by friendly neighbors” The film gets to the reality of the situation with hard-hitting facts like after each of these seemingly innocent bits of information about Gaza – “Development opportunities are everywhere (no cement has been allowed into Gaza since the bombing).” Banksy can seem to catch some flack from people both in and out of the street art/graffiti world, but he does what many do not – risks it all to raise awareness toward concerns that he feels deeply about. The artist has hit a superstar status but does not sit back and revel in his glory. He is hard at work, going to dangerous places and painting walls for social justice and social change. He is a true artist and activist! It makes us wonder what the world would be like if more artists, celebrities, cultural iconic figures did more with their fame and took direct action on matters that mean something to them. Keep it up, Banksy!