Artist Spotlight: C215

C215 is one of those legendary street artists you want to keep on your radar. He’s always on the move creating new art. One day he’ll be painting in Paris and the next he’s transforming the streets of New Delhi. His stencil work spans the globe and captures the essence of the people who inhabit the streets. His main subjects consist of people who are often forgotten or rejected by society and capitalism.

C215 in New Delhi

C215 in New Delhi

C215’s stencils mostly come from his own photos, but he also collaborates with friends and other photographers for images. His stenciling styling can be seen in two forms. One taking on simplistic layering of two colors to evoke the straightforwardness of his message. The other bursting with color and consisting of 5 or more layers.

C215 in Essaouira, Morocco

C215 in Essaouira, Morocco

“Even though his technique is meticulously refined, C215’s work transcends the formal and seems to get to the core of compassion and belief in the human spirit. Encountering C215’s pieces on the street always makes me happy” Shepard Fairey.

C215 in Brest, FR

C215 in Brest, FR

We are excited for C215’s upcoming show at 1AM gallery in September! Please email ANU@1AMSF.COM for art inquiries and catalog requests.

1AM Mobile App’s “Best of the Week”

The street are alive with color.  Here are photos from the 1AM Mobile App community that aren’t afraid to show it.  Fortune favors the bold.  Get the action now by joining our 1AM Mobile App community.

Photo by knkknk in San Francisco

Photo by knkknk in San Francisco

transfert_MontrealPhoto by transfert in Montreal

art2empower_LAPhoto by art2empower in Los Angeles

xLe_OaklandPhoto by xLe in Oakland

Artist Spotlight: Hellbent

What lies at the core of Hellbent’s art with its brightly color strips and contrasting patterns? You might be surprised to hear that the answer is music. Not only did he base his street name off of the punk musician, Richard Hell, but he names his works after songs that he listens to while creating them. His intense love for music spans a variety of genres that include punk, country, and indie rock.

Hellbent's Denim Supply Ralph Lauren Wall Project

Hellbent’s Ralph Lauren Wall Project

Besides his floral patterns and incredible stencil work, Hellbent’s work is sometimes distinguished by a jaw bone. He explained that the jaw bone idea came to him after reading a story about Freud’s battle with jaw cancer. The story goes that Freud was saved from a sudden hemorrhage by his hospital roommate – who happened to be a dwarf! Hellbent explains that the jaw also suggests the importance of basic human functions such as speaking and eating.

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For “A Major Minority 2015“, Hellbent created three pieces inspired by Joy Division songs. A closer look at each piece reveals subtle intricacies and beautiful patterns that are unique to Hellbent’s style.

"Candidate (Joy Division)" by Hellbent

“Candidate (Joy Division)” by Hellbent

"Interzone (Joy Division)" by Hellbent

“Interzone (Joy Division)” by Hellbent

"She's Lost Control (Joy Division)" by Hellbent

“She’s Lost Control (Joy Division)” by Hellbent

Stop by the gallery to see this Brooklyn-based artist’s work until the end of the April.

For prices and more information about Hellbent’s art, please email anu@1amsf.com.

Artist Spotlight: Okuda San Miguel

Okuda San Miguel is a Spanish artist known for his unmistakable style of multicolored geometric prints. Critics point to pop surrealism as a signifying essence that emerges from Okuda’s work. The art that he creates is constantly emphasizing the conflict between nature and our roots. Themes that tie into his work generally revolve around contradictions between existentialism, the universe, the infinite, the meaning of life, and the false freedom of capitalism. For Okuda, inspiration comes from normal everyday things such as travel, film, music, and the environment. For “A Major Minority 2015”, Okuda skillfully molded anthropomorphic forms and symbols into three captivating pieces.

"Bear Hunted" by Okuda San Miguel

“Bear Hunted” by Okuda San Miguel

"Deep Chiuaua" by Okuda San Miguel

“Deep Chiuaua” by Okuda San Miguel

Deep Chihuahua” and “Bear Hunted” portray his classic use of bright geometric renderings. The grey-human shapes represent Okuda’s worries about humanity’s false sense of freedom.

"Bear Queen" by Okuda San Miguel

“Bear Queen” by Okuda San Miguel

Bear Queen” is exceptionally unique because it is a canvas tapestry crafted of yarn. By simply looking into the eyes of the queen, it is easy to see the power that Okuda evokes through his themes.

Art for "A Major Minority 2015" by Okuda San Miguel

Art for “A Major Minority 2015″ by Okuda San Miguel

Outside of “A Major Minority 2015”, Okuda recently participated in Urban Art Biennale 2015 in Germany. This was a significant show for the artist because Urban Art Biennale is an exhibit of over 75 international artists who’re helping to demonstrates how classic street art can easily merge with traditional art forms while maintaining the roots of the urban art world.

Okuda San Miguel's work at Art Biennale 2015

Okuda San Miguel’s work at Art Biennale 2015

Come experience the vibrancy of Okuda’s art for yourself at the 1AM Gallery from now until April 22nd. For prices and art inquiries, please contact anu@1amsf.com

1AM Mobile App’s “Best of the Week”

1AM Mobile is at it again.  The streets are our playground so get in on the action now with the 1AM Mobile App! 

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Photo by YonElvira in Los Angeles

Apparel

Photo by JohnnyKush in Denver

Wings

Photo by anncat in Los Angeles

Jet

Photo by knkknk in San Francisco

 

Artist Spotlight: Jenna Morello

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

“Exuviate” by Jenna Morello

"Icarus" by Jenna Morello

“Icarus” by Jenna Morello

"The Vultures" 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.

CAMER1: “Taking Flight” Mural

Fresh off the runway, CAMER1’sTake 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

“Take Flight” Mural by CAMER1

For inquiries or to request art catalog, please email ANU@1amsf.com.

Behind the Scenes – “Take Flight” with CAMER1

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"

CAMER1 preparing for “Take Flight”

Annie Preece painting the walls at 1AM

Annie Preece painting the walls at 1AM

Ivan Preciado leaves his mark on the walls of 1AM.

Ivan Preciado leaves his mark on the walls of 1AM.

For purchasing or general inquiries, please email anu@1amsf.com.

Artist Spotlight: Vans the Omega

This week we’re excited to introduce Vans the Omega as our featured artist spotlight. Loosely based out of Adelaide, Australia, Vans the Omega has spent time crafting his skills in a variety of letterforms and painting. He has traveled and showcased his art around the globe consistently since 2000. His work typically captures abstract shapes, traditional graffiti aesthetics, and an array of patterns.

Against the Falls by Vans the Omega

Against the Falls by Vans the Omega

Mural by Vans the Omega

Mural by Vans the Omega

Mural by Vans the Omega

Mural by Vans the Omega

Mural by Vans the Omega

Mural by Vans the Omega

As one of the artists in our current show, Inamorata, Vans the Omega diverged from his traditional style to create something more emotional and distorted. We asked him to give us some insight about his piece, “Against the Falls” and where he looked for inspiration.

“The inspiration is drawn from my idea of rising out of water, emotion and cleansing. Instead of painting someone I loved, I decided to let the process of painting this work and what I was personally going through dictate and guide me into a feeling of love through exploration. I just had my mural work destroyed in my home city and was trying to make sense of it by effectively trashing my finer art with a sense of vandalism and aggression, then worked on bringing it into balance by stripping it back unveiling a new raw sense of its beauty and maybe a more honest approach to this final piece.” – Vans the Omega

See “Against the Falls” in person at 1AM Gallery. Please email ANU@1amsf.com for inquiries.

Announcing: Take Flight

We’re excited to announce “Take Flight”, an exhibit curated by CAMER1, opening Thursday, March 12th, 6:30-9:30pm, and showcasing artists from the new television reality show “Street Art Throwdown”.

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Cameron “CAMER1″ Moberg, a contestant in the show, will be joining us as we celebrate the new steps in the careers of contestants and artists Agana, Annie Preece, Grimnasty, Ivan “Gath” Preciado, Jenna Morello, Leba and Camer1.

There is a lot of anticipation around how these artists will play with the theme. Some artists will be taking a literal approach – with depictions of astronauts and birds – while others are going for a more abstract understanding of the phrase. On a subtle level, the title relates to the feeling an artist gets when they completely align with the creative process – a weightlessness where time is a blur and all that exists is the artist and air. See what form emerges from these artists’ work at the opening of Take Flight!

For more information, visit www.1AMGallery.com. If you have any questions or would like to request media related material, please email ANU@1AMSF.com.