“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

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.

Opening Night Recap: “Family First”

In case you missed it, “Family First,” our first show of the new year, opened last Thursday night. Everyone had a great night of music, friends, drinks, and art of course! It’s always great to see all of our friends, old and new, coming to support our 1AM artists. In case you missed all the fun, you can always come by the gallery to check out the show. Family First will be on display Wednesday through Friday, 12-6:30pm until February 19th, 2017.

Special shout-out to all of our artists, and thanks to everyone for helping us at 1AM put family first!

Check out this video recap of the show below!

 

 

1AM First Friday Event with Eddie Colla

1AM Gallery is happy to present our First Friday event with Eddie Colla, this Friday, December 2, 2017. Come by our booth to get to know Eddie, and pick up one of his limited edition prints. The prints will be released online that morning at 10AM PST, including 10 hand-embellished prints within the edition of 50. Eddie’s style in these pieces draws on the experience of remembering, where the past is documented or erased by our minds, both at will and at random. Experiences are not taken to be individual entities, but rather a collective that leave a unique imprint on our minds.

Here’s a peak at Longest Winter, as well as a statement from Eddie himself:

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“I created this piece for the exhibition “Nothing Lasts Forever” in August 2015.
The phrase, nothing lasts forever referred literally to the work I had spent the prior year putting up illegally in my travels. More importantly it referred to my life being in a state of flux. I use text in these pieces to both recount and erase. The process of making these pieces is the process of remembering and cataloging my state of mind over a period of time.

The remaining text is not a clear legible narrative, but rather a intersecting cacophony of experiences. To me the clarity of specificity of those experiences is secondary to the collective stain they leave. The mark of things that once were and no longer are. The Longest Winter refers to this period. It was dense and almost impossible to recollect, moving past me at a speed where I was often not there. Either looking ahead or looking back, I missed much of it. Like sleeping on a train and waking with no memory of the journey, only the realization that you have arrived somewhere very different then where you started.

In the end it is usually one person, one chance experience that is the fulcrum. This was mine” – Eddie Colla

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1AM Oakland Photo Show and 1 Year Anniversary Party!

1AM  is pleased to present a photography show & 1 year anniversary party for our Oakland location! Join us in celebrating on Saturday, November 19th from 7-10pm; bring your friends, the show is free and open to the public. This show features an eclectic body of work from local film photographers including Barrett Moore, Alex Ramos, Nick Garcia, Moe Alvarez, Steven Morris, Scotty Liberatore and curator Matthew Gregorio.

1AM Oakland was unveiled on November 19th, 2015, aiming to be an East Bay Hub for artists, classes, and events outside of our prominent San Francisco gallery and shop. 2016 was a transitional year for us, getting our bearings and easing into downtown Oakland’s art scene. Expect big things for 2017.

Artists Include:

 

Barrett Moore is a social documentary photographer, curator, and world traveler based out of San Francisco, CA. He has curated over forty-two art exhibitions, at venues such as Culture Skate Old Crow Tattoo  Gallery.  Barrett picked up his first point and shoot camera at the age of thirteen and ever since has grown in both love and passion for the art of photography as well as harnessed a deep appreciation for the beauty of everyday life.  Barrett works with analog film photography, however, his true artistry is defined by his eclectic, yet synthesized portfolio primarily showcasing city street life. Whether it be capturing the glitter or the grime, Barrett has a remarkable ability to form a coherent whole with all of his photographs.

Alex Ramos is a self taught photographer based out of Oakland, CA. His selection of photographs in this exhibition are from a B&W series he made in 2012 documenting forgotten rail lines of Oakland, CA and the surrounding Bay Area. His documentary style has a heavy focus on lines and shape with rich tonality. Ramos has a deep appreciation for railroads and has documented them significantly since he began photographing. To see more of his work, visit www.alexramosphoto.com or visit SFO Museum where a selection of his work will be on display between December 15th, 2016 – March 15, 2017 at Terminal 2.

 

Nighted Life self-publishes limited runs of high their quality zines and photo books, as well as works received by submission. The collective hosts photo shows and participates on zine events on a regular basis.

Nick Garcia is the founder of Nighted film photography collective and independent zine publishing/printing operation. He is currently based in Richmond, California.

Moe Alvarez is a 35mm Film Photographer from the East Bay. She is part of a film photography collective Nighted. Much of her work features candid images of her life and friends in the Bay. In her spare time, she also DJ’s soul and latin music with an all ladies vinyl club in Oakland called the B-Side Brujas.

 

Full Clip SF was started in 2015 by a group of local film photographers in the Bay Area, showcasing street and documentary style photography.

Matthew Gregorio started shooting in Southern California in 2008. Developing his style from mimicking collaged artworks, he uses a Canon Demi camera that shoots half frames. His photos result in a cause & effect situation, where one half of the photo maybe be taken months prior to the other. He is a part of Full Clip SF, a collective aiming to link up the best Bay Area film photographers.

Steven Morris is originally from Somerville, Massachusetts. At 15, Morris shot his first roll of 35mm film with his mother’s Pentax K1000.  Walking a fine line between opportunist and documentarian, Morris stays short but funky.

Scotty Liberatore started out his photography career on the east coast shooting skaters and portraits in the greater Boston Area. After moving to California he started experimenting with plastic cameras and shooting a more simplified style. His current body of work is a different take on portraits in the city in an ongoing double exposure project that reflects his life in San Francisco.

RSVP here.

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Upcoming Panel Talk at our Downtown Oakland Warehouse

First Amendment Gallery is excited to host “Art To Empire”, a diverse panel talk exploring how to survive as an artist in the Bay Area–defining the art hustle. The panel is made up of some of our local artistic influencers, touching on topics such as gallery insight, personal branding, and industry do’s & don’ts. Bring questions, the floor will be opened for a Q&A after the discussion for creative industry tips! As 1AM has just reached its 8th year in San Francisco, we want to continue sharing our tools and resources to all you creative entrepreneurs that are out here killing it! Join us this Saturday, November 12th, from 5-7pm at 430 15th Street in Oakland. Free all-ages event, but seats are limited so reserve yours now here.


Panel Speakers:

Dan Pan | Founder of 1AM Gallery

1AM, short for First Amendment, represents the freedom of speech through our urban art exhibitions, public murals, and experiences. Our mission is to progress the graffiti and street art culture by creating a cultural space and community of artists, fans, and like minded organizations. Located in downtown San Francisco and Oakland, we are passionate about exhibiting, teaching, painting, and archiving the street art movement while inspiring the public to use their voice with this artistic form of the freedom of speech.

Tion Torrence | Founder of FME Culture

Tion Torrence, aka Bukue One, has been a graffiti artist since 1991. He was surrounded by music courtesy of his father, who was a backup singer for Marvin Gaye’s touring band. Living in the East Bay instilled a political consciousness in him from a young age; his parents were both active members of the Black Panther party. By the time Tion was entering his late teenage years, he was socially conscious, a talented skater, and a renowned graffiti artist. His entry to the hip-hop game came in the form of a live event production company, whose goal was to merge his love of skating and hip-hop. Bukue saw that he could combine his business skill, hustle, and passions to make a solid career. A philosophy that has come to be lifestyle that he practices to this day.

Eddie Colla | Artist

Eddie attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and graduated from the California College of Arts with a BFA in photography/interdisciplinary fine arts in 1991. He began his artistic career as a photographer, working first for the New York Times and later countless magazines, record labels and ad agencies. 15 years later he has morphed into one who counters the all­ pervasive nature of commercialism in public spaces. His work has also been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and many others.

Cameron Moberg | Artist & Winner Of Street Art Showdown

Cameron “Camer1” Moberg is a self-taught artist who paints to bring hope. He fell in love with the trade as a child when his brother introduced him to the art form. Residing in San Francisco with his wife and two sons, Cameron paints murals, canvases, and teaches workshops on the history of graffiti as well as the fundamentals such as can control.

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Ratur & Sckaro’s New Downtown SF Murals

November is here, and we’re sad to say farewell to Ratur and Sckaro! Although the brothers are heading back to France this week, “Tourist” is still on display until November 10th. Following the opening reception, Ratur and Sckaro (AKA Arthur and Oscar Maslard) transitioned from oil paint to spray paint–leaving downtown San Francisco with some of their stunningly surreal mural work. Check them out on 7th & Market, and 6th & Howard! For mural inquiries and catalog requests: artsales@1amgallery.com

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Sprayview in the San Francisco Bayview

Celebrating the very first Sprayview mural festival in San Francisco’s Bayview last weekend, the 1AM family and friends transformed an entire block with murals, starting at Egbert & 3rd St.  In case you missed it, here are some highlights.

Special thanks goes to Cameron Moberg for bringing the visual arts together, as well as contributing work of his own.  Stay tuned for our 1AM Family Show, featuring new work from our talented teachers and mural team, including Cameron, Strider, and many more this upcoming January 2017. For mural inquiries: murals@1amsf.com.

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1AM Travels to Lake Tahoe for an offsite event!

Last month the 1AM crew went to Lake Tahoe for an annual event hosted by TubeMogul to spray paint custom t-shirts for over 400 guests! The 1AM team created custom laser cut stencils with 3 different beer related slogans to then let guests spray paint onto t-shirts to take home with them. Check out some pictures from the event below:

To get a quote for Graffiti & Street Art activities for your next event contact vanessa@1amsf.com