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Atlassian Workshop

1AM SF welcomed Atlassian for a workshop this past month at our gallery. The group of Atlassian employees came together in a unique team building exercise for an unforgettable experience! The activities include a presentation about the history of street art, a lesson on how to create your own tag name, and then you get to play with spray paint on our walls and canvases. The Atlassian group collaborated on a large canvas where they painted their brand name graffiti style and they got to keep the masterpiece once finished. We provide drinks and snacks to keep the creative juices flowing. These workshops are a fun way for people bond outside of an office setting. It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about the graffiti of San Francisco from our talented instructors.  To book a workshop, please contact privateevents@1amsf.com. Here are some pictures from our Atlassian event:

First Amendment Gallery at the Juxtapoz Clubhouse in Miami

Press Release: First Amendment Gallery is excited to announce that it will be participating in this years Juxtapoz Clubhouse in Downtown Miami this December 6 to the 10, 2017. Find us on the third floor where we will be exhibiting paintings, sculptures, murals and installations by artists Andrew Antonaccio, Ellen Rutt, Francesco Lo Castro, Hell’O Collective, Hoxxoh, Lena Gustafson, Mando Marie, and Scott Albrecht. To receive a sneak peek at the works in the exhibition before the collectors preview is sent out this coming Monday contact info@firstamendmentgallery.com.  The Clubhouse is located at 200 E Flagler St. Miami, FL 33131.

Clubhouse hours are:
December 6th – 6pm-10pm. December 7-10th, 10am-8pm.

Featured Artists:

Andrew Antonaccio
Andrew Antonaccio has become a strong force for urban art in Miami, most known for his black and white linear portraits and colored geometric abstractions created as part of artist duo, 2Alas. Now, Antonaccio presents his personal studio work that focuses on the juxtaposition of traditional aesthetics and the digital medium. He combines archived images with new era or modern photography, creating abstract compositions. Some of his work even factors in an interactive element, in which capturing his pieces digitally will present an alternate appearance on the viewer’s camera. He utilizes this unique characteristic as a commentary on the overwhelming digital experience of our current generation.

 

 

 

Ellen Rutt
Detroit-based artist, Ellen Rutt, makes bold, mixed-media paintings, installations, murals and wearables. Through the interaction of shapes, colors, and textures she tells a symbolic narrative of connectivity and dissonance – questioning the ways we create meaning from nonsense. Her work often has an immersive, performative quality, encouraging the participation of both the artist and audience in the documentation of the piece. Murals act as backdrops, clothing becomes costume, and shape cut outs become prop pieces in an equally playful and dramatic reflection of human life.

 

Francesco Lo Castro
Biography – Francesco Lo Castro (b. 1976, Catania, Italy) is an artist and independent curator whose complex painting process creates intricately layered works that appear machine-made; his visual style borrows from 1980s retro-futurist design and computer graphics. His work has been exhibited at HistoryMiami Museum, and Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL, among many others. Lo Castro is the founder of creative services agency Pop Art Studios, and the co-founder of the 2008 VANGUARD Art Fair, which merged with AQUA Art Fair the year after, establishing the first expo of its kind to emphasize emerging trends in contemporary art. In 2006, he curated the Art Basel week exhibition at the Art Center / South Florida, Miami Beach. Lo Castro’s work has been exhibited internationally and featured in numerous publications.  He is listed among the creatives that helped forge the South Florida art community in the definitive books ‘Miami Contemporary Artists,’ released by Schiffer Publishing in 2007, and ‘100+ Degrees In The Shade: A Survey of South Florida Art,’ released by [NAME] publications in 2015. He currently lives and works in Miami, FL.

Artist Statement
My work employs unorthodox painting techniques that involve the intricate layering of pigment and resin to achieve a heightened sense of dimension and depth. What at first glance appears to be the result of countless hours spent with graphic design software is revealed at closer examination to be meticulously handcrafted combinations of acrylic, spray paint, epoxy and even gold leaf applied on wood. Colorful compositions depict a kaleidoscopic vision, dense with movement and a combination of explosiveness and strict order, vibrancy and dreaminess, power and release. Feeling frenetic and alive, these bright and shifting allegorical constructs present fleeting moments of harmony and dissonance as an immersive experience and a visual vocabulary that addresses social order within cosmic chaos, mutation within natural sequence. Depicting space on macro and micro levels, reminiscent of man’s interplay with the artificial and the organic, energy and landscape are examined in less obvious, oftentimes absurd ways. By establishing a link between physical reality and its hidden structures of ubiquitous networks, I hope to  address questions that define humanity’s expanding vernacular in the face of accelerating existential progression.

 

Hell’O Collective
Hell’O is an artistic duo composed of Jerôme Meynen and Antoine Detaille. They quickly left behind graffiti letters and spray paint in favor of paper, characters, ink drawings and paint, moving on to sculpture, installations and wall drawing. They developed a unique graphic vocabulary that is complex and ambiguous, which they continue to expand in the course of their creative output, customizing many recurrent elements, which they combine each time with new characters, or incorporate into unusual settings.

Through their creative approach, characterized by its extreme conventional freedom, as well as its rigorous execution, they produce a fertile, imaginary fantasy world, sometimes grotesque yet always poetic. A kind of strange fantastic bestiary, populated with enigmatic animals and vaguely human-looking, asexual creatures, with shapes and symbols drawn from the iconography of fairy tales, fables, and other medieval allegories, ancient and contemporary mythologies, but also vanities, esotericism and surrealism. Death, hope, failure, optimism, frivolity, animalism, cruelty, constraint and the desire to control are the most frequently addressed themes in the works of Hell’O.

Using brief narrative sequences, which are sometimes juxtaposed, and a healthy dose of humor and mockery, they rail against human foibles in compositions that combine metaphysical reflection and pure non sense, showcasing mystery and the free interpretation of the viewer. The art of Hell’O lies in the image of the name the duo has chosen for itself: both joyful and macabre, amusing and frightening, cutesy and brooding, morbid and seductive, absurd and meaningful…Oxymoron and dichotomy are key areas of their work, playing on duality, ambiguity and pretense, continually oscillating between attraction and repulsion and dissolving into chaos that is paradoxically highly structured.

Hoxxoh
Douglas Hoekzema (aka Hoxxoh) began as a graffiti and street artist in Miami. Originally part of the MSG graffiti crew, Hoxxoh developed his own style that has evolved into an artistic practice that now adorns commissioned walls all over the city. He has mastered multidimensional abstract pieces that combine geometric and linear forms with an organic aesthetic. His new work for this show highlights his technique and mode of creation, investigating an intuitive manipulation of paint on canvas. The compositions are made with a variety of techniques, including a paint pendulum and a method involving the pouring of paint from one flat surface to another. The patterns he creates are moments of controlled chaos, the representation of the mechanisms of time and gravity through pigment. Much of his work is determined by chance and the passing of time, manifested in logarithmic spirals and hypnotizing striations of color.

Lena Gustafson

Artist Statement / Bio – Lena’s recent work uses bright colors and large female figures at the center of each image. She uses repeated visual symbolism such as flags, water, plant life, color, and repeated gestures to communicate different stories within the body. Often times the line that separates the figure from her environment are blurred.

Traditionally the female form has been used as a symbol to indulge others’ fantasies, dreams, and fascinations.  Lena is interested not in what can be projected onto it, but instead what lies to be awoken within the body itself. She is interested in the idea of body memory and aims to visualize what this would look like if we could see it. Rather than the figure itself it is the stored information within the figure as well as its surroundings that interests Lena. By engaging with the history of representation of the female form, Lena contemplates new narratives for which the female body can understand itself.

 

Mando Marie
Mando Marie is an American artist and painter living in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She uses nostalgia as a tool to engage an audience. The work has a remarkable ability to give nearly any viewer the ‘I know that from somewhere’ feeling, regardless of age or background. Mando’s work subtly straddles a line between comforting and spooky. Often compared to Golden Book era illustrators like Eloise Wilken, and fine art outsider Henry Darger, her use of children at the threshold of adulthood relays both innocence and impending change. Mando uses stencils to create her signature twin imagery. As stencilism has grown in importance in contemporary art, primarily through the popularity of artists like Shepard Fairey and Banksy, Mando’s work is set apart by her vast visual library of hand drawn imagery, and her painterly attention to the work. Unlike other artist using stencils as an artistic tool, Mando’s work goes well beyond the overtly sexual, easily political or punchline imagery of most of her Street Art peers. Instagram @seeyouthroughit

 

 

Scott Albrecht
Bio – Scott Albrecht was born in 1983 in New Brunswick, NJ, and raised in Bethlehem Township, NJ. In 2003, he received a degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Philadelphia. Scott is currently based in Brooklyn, NY and a member of The Gowanus Studio Space. His work incorporates elements of woodworking, hand-drawn typography, geometric collage using vintage printed ephemera and found objects and has been published and exhibited both domestically and internationally.

Artist Statement – The work I create is inspired by the day-to-day that happens around me — from the undeniably larger events, down to the smaller ones that we regularly interact with but almost always ignore. I draw inspiration from these moments, and use my work as a way to highlight these experiences and through the process, reflect on what they have to offer. Because of this, I often see my process and final works as though I’m creating reminders or artifacts for myself of these ideas and situations, and have come to use this perspective as a guide in my work — to create something worth being reminded of.

 

Facebook Group Outing

First Amendment recently hosted Facebook for a team building event at our gallery. These events involve a variety of activities, beginning with a lesson about the history of graffiti. The rest of the day includes fun exercises like coming up with your own tag name, collaborating on a mural, and painting on canvas. Our instructors provided guidance as the Facebook team created a unique graffiti art piece that they got to keep once finished. These events are a great way for a company to come together to bond, brainstorm, and learn something new. We provide food and beverages if needed, as long as you provide some enthusiasm! We’d love to host your next event! Please contact privateevents@1amsf.com for inquiries.  

Menlo High Enjoys a First Amendment Workshop

 

First Amendment switches it up! Majority of our workshops are with companies and adults but this time we enjoyed our time with some high schoolers as they participate in one of our awesome workshops. Robbie our graffiti instructor started off the workshop with an introduction to street art as they learn about the history behind graffiti and street art and how it came to be so prominent, especially here in San Francisco. The introduction is a great to get the groups excited and ready to do some graffiti and tagging themselves. Menlo High decided to tag the word Knights which is their school mascot to celebrate their school and enjoy a new way to team build and learn from each other and our instructors. Our workshops are a great way to bring people together and get some creativity flowing as they tag and create their very own custom mural. Check out some progress shots and the finished piece that they collaborated with our instructor. They work together to create something unique and representational of their group.

 

 

 

 

 

First Amendment offers all sorts of packages and events that you can enjoy with your company, school or friends. We allow you to customize your experience and bring whatever food or snacks you want to enjoy while we offer beverages. To book your very own event contact privateevents@1amgallery.com and enjoy something new with street art!

Adobe Visits 1AM

 

Adobe visited First Amendment Gallery this November and teamed up with our instructors to create an awesome mural on our 6th street mural wall. Our workshops start with some practice tagging where they create their own logo or name to tag and then they transition to trying it out with real paint markers on canvas. After they get comfortable with their tag they move to spray paint so they can get ready to create their very own mural in collaboration with instructors. Adobe’s mural turned out great with a creative approach as they incorporated some San Francisco cityscape. Check out some photos from the event! For private event inquiries contact privateevents@1amsf.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Amendment offers all sorts of packages and deals where you can customize your experience and enjoy a fun and interesting way to team build and learn about the street art process. We allow catering and provide beverages to complement the exciting experience so everyone can enjoy themselves while learning something new to bond and team build with your company or group of friends. Book your event today with First Amendment and experience the fun first hand. Reach out to privateevents@1amsf.com for booking and pricing!

OPENING RECEPTION: “Dystopia” A Solo Exhibition by Hell’O Collective

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support Hell’O Collective in their first solo exhibition in the United States. The show encompasses multiple large scale paintings on canvas, paper and wood panel. Thank you to Hell’O Collective for all their hard work making this show happen and thank you to all of the First Amendment crew who helped bring the show together. To experience the full effect of these captivating pieces come check out the show in person at First Amendment Gallery in downtown San Francisco through November 30th. You can also view the full catalog on firstamendmentgallery.com and to collect any pieces please contact info@firstamendmentgallery.com. 

 

Team outing at 1AMSF!

Google recently visited 1AM SF for a unique team building experience. Our gallery offers graffiti workshops for companies that seek team outings in the San Francisco area. It’s a great way for employees and their employers to bond through a creative outlet. Our instructors give a brief presentation about the history of graffiti before diving into the basics of spray painting. Employees at Google collaborated to paint on one large canvas, which they then have the option to display back at their office. To join 1AM for a street art or graffiti team outing in San Francisco contact privateevents@1amsf.com to book yours today!

 

Vitamin Talent Joins 1AM for a Team Building Workshop

Vitamin Talent came in and enjoyed their corporate team building activity with our instructor who taught the company how to spray paint. They chose to paint on a canvas so they can take their new mural back to the office! In our graffiti workshops the group comes together to chose a word or phrase that they then tag on a wall or canvas to create their very own piece unique mural. The piece transforms as they work with their instructor to create the final project. To join 1AM for a street art or graffiti team outing in San Francisco contact privateevents@1amsf.com to book yours today!

 

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: ADELE RENAULT

 

First Amendment Gallery is excited to have Adele Renault as the artist spotlight this week. Adele grew up in the Belgian Ardennes and graduated from the Academie Royale des Beaux Arts in Brussels with a degree in Graphic Design. In her youth, Adele traveled around the world alone- living in Venezuela and England. Adele collaborates with her husband and artist Niels ‘Shoe’ Muelman. They now live in Amsterdam where they practice in a shared studio. She practices a variety of visual arts from oil painting to spray can graffiti. Her works are extremely detailed and realistic, similar to high definition photographs. A majority of her paintings consist of pigeons, the elderly, and homeless people. She finds beauty in the ordinary. Adele “observes closely those and that not considered worthy of a second look”. By immortalizing them on canvas, she brings their status to a higher value. Adele photographs pigeons in the different cities she visits. She keeps folders full of pigeon pictures that are specific to each location. Travel triggers her imagination. To collect an original of your own contact info@firstamendmentgallery.com.

 

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These are the kind of people that are very much forgotten. With elderly people, they are still living but nobody comes to visit them and they aren’t really appreciated any longer. I actually feel that people who have lived, have such beautiful faces. I have always painted portraits, but the smooth, beautiful 20-year-old blonde girls became boring, there isn’t much to it. Then eventually you end up with the elderly and the homeless, people that live on the edge of society. I enjoy giving them the honor of painting them.”

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Adele is also very well known for her paintings and murals of pigeons, painting them in a large scale with significant detail creating a beautiful piece with a not so commonly thought of as beautiful subject matter. First Amendment Gallery is fortunate to have featured her in our “ON SET” group show this year, highlighting one of her incredible pieces of pigeons that she is so famous for. Here is a closer look at her piece currently up in our San Francisco boutique area. If you are interested in collecting an original work of Adele’s contact info@firstamendmentgallery.com or if you would like to check out the rest of our inventory please visit firstamendmentgallery.com

 

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Adele Renault is also highly renowned for her captivating murals throughout the world. The bay area had the pleasure of welcoming her to Pow Wow San Jose Global Music and Arts Festival this week where she is currently working on a large scale mural next to many other world renowned artists. Here is a progress shot of the piece along with some images of First Amendment’s favorite murals of hers.

 

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Press Release | “Dystopia” by Hell’O Collective

 

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First Amendment Gallery is very excited to announce “Dystopia” a debut US solo exhibition by Belgium duo Hell’O Collective in San Francisco, CA.  The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, November 2nd at 7pm. The exhibition with include new paintings, drawings, installation and exterior murals. The gallery is located at 1000 Howard St. in Downtown San Francisco.  To receive a preview of the works in the exhibition contact info@firstamendmentgallery.com

 

Hell’O is an artistic duo composed of Jerôme Meynen and Antoine Detaille. They quickly left behind graffiti letters and spray paint in favor of paper, characters, ink drawings and paint, moving on to sculpture, installations and wall drawing. They developed a unique graphic vocabulary that is complex and ambiguous, which they continue to expand in the course of their creative output, customizing many recurrent elements, which they combine each time with new characters, or incorporate into unusual settings.Through their creative approach, characterized by its extreme conventional freedom, as well as its rigorous execution, they produce a fertile, imaginary fantasy world, sometimes grotesque yet always poetic. A kind of strange fantastic bestiary, populated with enigmatic animals and vaguely human-looking, asexual creatures, with shapes and symbols drawn from the iconography of fairy tales, fables, and other medieval allegories, ancient and contemporary mythologies, but also vanities, esotericism and surrealism. Death, hope, failure, optimism, frivolity, animalism, cruelty, constraint and the desire to control are the most frequently addressed themes in the works of Hell’O.

 

Using brief narrative sequences, which are sometimes juxtaposed, and a healthy dose of humor and mockery, they rail against human foibles in compositions that combine metaphysical reflection and pure non sense, showcasing mystery and the free interpretation of the viewer. The art of Hell’O lies in the image of the name the duo has chosen for itself: both joyful and macabre, amusing and frightening, cutesy and brooding, morbid and seductive, absurd and meaningful…Oxymoron and dichotomy are key areas of their work, playing on duality, ambiguity and pretense, continually oscillating between attraction and repulsion and dissolving into chaos that is paradoxically highly structured.