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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Art 2 Empire panel discussion “Women’s Edition”

This Saturday, April 15th, the Art 2 Empire panel discussion will be a special “Women’s Edition”, sharing wisdom and ideas on how to navigate a career as an artist. The event will be hosted at 1AM’s Oakland Generator, 1523 b. Webster st. Oakland. A meet n’ greet will be held from 3-5 followed by the panel starting at 5pm. Don’t miss out on hearing from artists Bud Snow, Agana, Deb, Girl Mobb and Franceska Gamez. Admission is free!

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PIZZA PARTY SHOW – OPENING 4/27

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First Amendment Gallery is pleased to present a spring group show, in homage to the holy trinity of cheese, bread, and tomatoes. Join us for a Pizza Party on Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 7-10PM. The event is free and open to the public.

 

This playful and celebratory group exhibition features work from artists both new and returning, local and international artists: Justin Hager, Jaik Puppyteeth, Deb, Burrito Breath, Michelle Guintu, Gosha Levochkin, and Pemex. This group of fun illustrators known for their sense of humor and quirky styles will be bringing a variety of cheesy art [literally]: drawings, watercolor, murals, collages, and even skate deck and surfboard designs. You’re never too old for a Pizza Party!

 

For catalog requests and inquiries: artsales@1amgallery.com.

This Week’s Dranks and Draws “G O D S”

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” G O D S “
featuring Muse Teak (@freethabeast)
Saturday, March 25th, 2017
3-7pm 18+
1 AM Generator (1523 B Webster Street, Oakland, CA)

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1AM Generator is pleased to join Hella Massive in hosting the monthly ‘Dranks and Draws’ sketch night this Saturday, March 25th, from 3-7pm at our Downtown Oakland Generator Space. As platforms for freedom of speech through artistic expression, both of our organizations aim to bring together and provide a positive space for the Bay Area’s creative community to collaborate and generate! For our upcoming Dranks and Draws, we feature Teak (@freethabeast) as our muse for the concept ” G O D S “. Come join us as we welcome the community to interact with and explore creativity over exclusive, speciality cocktails amongst like-minded individuals.

Dranks and Draws is a community gathering sketch event for artists and non-artists alike. Featuring a live muse with a fresh concept and sounds curated by resident DJ Trackademicks, it is a modern twist to the traditional figure drawing done in art class. Each individually designed, every installment offers a unique experience (ambiance and aesthetic) for every patron, every time.

The series is a collaboration with some of the Bay Area’s leading cultural forces including lifestyle boutique/barbershop/art gallery Massive, art collective Haus of Godspeed, Events Producer Computrblu and lifestyle brand Dreamers Rule. The seven curators come together to present a new experience for Oakland’s network of creatives, inspiring collaborative artistic expression everywhere.

“We view art as a form of therapy, so we want our patrons to leave feeling better than they came in,” says Massive co-owner and event co-creator Kevin Correa.

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Tidewater Offsite Team-Building Workshop

We at 1AM worked an offsite team-building workshop with Tidewater, where they learned from our teachers about tagging and spray painting, and created their own mural on a canvas. Team-building workshops are an excellent opportunity to have fun as a group, and they can be held at our 1AM Gallery site, or we can come to your own venue!

To learn more about Team Building Workshops and Private Classes please contact vanessa@1amsf.com

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Street Art & Social Change: Za’atari Art Project

As the Syrian Refugee Crisis continues on, the Za’atari refugee camp in Northern Jordan has become the second largest refugee camp in the world. Founded in July 2012, the camp grew rapidly and has since reached nearly 100,000 inhabitants. While the camp is often referred to as a ‘refugee metropolis,’ the site is unmistakably destitute for such a large community. Food and proper accommodation are just two of the many human needs that the refugees are struggling to fulfill; others include constructive and productive activities for the youth. As education is not and cannot be a priority during times of strife, the children in Za’atari are faced with a bleak existence.

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US artist Joel Bergners recognized this need for community building activities that would provide positive experiences in the lives of the Syrian youth, and began the Za’atari Art Project in collaboration with several Middle Eastern artists, including Yusra Ali and Ali Kiwan. In this initiative, children participate in workshops that teach them artistic techniques and social skills simultaneously as they create murals for the camp walls. Yusra Ali is a female Palestinian artist who lives in a nearby town, who combines her artistic talent with her affinity for working with children. Kiwan is a Za’atari resident who collaborated with Bergners on many murals, joining street art techniques, children art styles, and traditional arabesque patterns to reflect the unique perspectives of the camp’s youth.

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The mural project provides children in the camp with an outlet through which they can express themselves, while also building relationships and learning important skills for life and art alike. Mural themes have included what the children missed most about home, what they dream of for the future, as well as the uplifting reminder that the future is in their hands. One demographic of the camp youth includes the “wheelbarrow boys,” young boys who bring items across campgrounds and sell them on the black market, a very dangerous employment for children. The art initiative taught the boys to paint, and allowed them to paint their wheelbarrows in vibrant, joyous hues, and the boys responded very well.

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As a communal entity, the children and artists have created a vibrant, uplifting visual culture within the Za’atari camp, providing a source of life and energy against the dreary background of the Jordan deserts. Many of these refugees would appreciate this, as they were forced to flee their lush, green oasis of Daraa in the midst of the Syrian Civil War. The Za’atari project provides a voice to the refugee youth, who are often overlooked in the crisis. Without a decisive ceasefire in sight, and with so many struggles plaguing the refugees internationally, these murals function as a source of community and hope for the camp inhabitants.

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Team-Building Workshop with Uber!

It was fun to have Uber join us for a graffiti workshop last month. They learned about the history of graffiti and spent the afternoon creating a group mural on our 6th St. exterior wall. Check out their awesome mural!

To learn more about Team Building Workshops and Private Classes please contact vanessa@1amsf.com

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Street Art & Social Change: ±MAISMENOS±

Lisbon-based artist, Miguel Januário, has made a name for himself in the Lusophone world through his graffiti interventions in modern urban cities. This project is titled ±MAISMENOS±, which translates to ‘more or less’ in English, is a series of textual pieces spray-painted onto urban walls, each of which makes humorously witty statements that carry somber undertones. For the viewer who can see beneath Januário’s humor, there is a profound cynicism towards modern life in the cities.
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Januário’s work proves that the even smallest change in a common phrase can provoke thought. Often, the artist focuses on the capitalist conquest of society, and what society loses as a result of this. The main loss emphasized in ±MAISMENOS± is human rights and recognition for the lower classes; however, Januário also decries the impurity of the government as a capitalist tool, writing “Vende-se Portugal,” or, “Portugal For Sale.”

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What truly comes out of the project is a sense of polar opposites: the black of the paint and the white of the walls, the seen and the unseen, the privileged and the unprivileged. Januário’s work has been seen in Portugal, Brazil, and Angola, and has directly led to political change, including the dismissal of the district commander for the National Republican Guard of Portugal.

Street Art & Social Change: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

On the streets of Brooklyn in 2012, local street artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh decided that she had had enough of catcalling. After a stranger on the street asked her to smile for him, she used this as the basis for an ongoing series of street art entitled, Stop Telling Women to Smile (STWTS). Late at night, armed with a roller brush and some posters, Fazlalizadeh began wheat-pasting graphite posters on the walls of public streets, the most common site of catcalling. These posters are all portraits of women, some of the artist herself, but mostly of various different women from all kinds of walks of life. Fazlalizadeh realized as her project went on that street harassment was not restricted to women like her, but that women of all skin colors, religions, sexualities and gender expression were targets as well. In the end, this inspired the diversity and multilinguality of STWTS.

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These portraits are strong, they are sources of power for women. Fazlalizadeh interviewed several women before she made portraits of them. She wanted to understand how experiences differed from and paralleled each other, so that each figure took on her own identity and backstory. These women are direct, they do not allow themselves to be looked upon. They instead look back at their audience, authoritative and powerful. The power of the male gaze is impotent for these women, the only gaze they allow is their own.
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Each figure is accompanied by text, some in English, but also in Spanish, French, and other languages. The text is usually different for each figure, but the tone is the same: there is no debt women owe to men, no reason to be harassed, no place for catcalling. STWTS expands as Fazlalizadeh travels to new places with new cultures, and stands as a visual protest to a patriarchal society that has not learned the true power of the female.

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