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.

Artist Spotlight – Jet Martinez

Oakland-based artist, Jet Martinez is known for creating vibrant works of art that put a contemporary spin on folk art motifs. Originally from the small beach town of Tuxpan, Veracruz, Mexico, Martinez takes inspiration from his native culture’s rich traditions of pottery, weaving and embroidery. We asked Jet to tell us about the pieces he created for our current show, Inamorata.

Pa Mi Chiquis by Jet Martinez

Pa Mi Chiquis by Jet Martinez

Jet explains, “Pieces in this body of work are part of a larger body of work I have been doing based/inspired by Mexican folk arts. These particular pieces are inspired by lacquered, painted plates from the state of Michoacan.

Breathe In, Breathe Out by Jet Martinez

Breathe In, Breathe Out by Jet Martinez

I paint with the simple manipulation of 2 colors on one brush. In the context of this show, flowers often represent feminine qualities and jubilant life. My idea for these pieces was to create bouquets of sorts- gifts of love for my own girls, my wife and my daughter. They are also meant as gifts for the viewer.

Lo Que Tu Prometi by Jet Martinez

Lo Que Tu Prometi by Jet Martinez

Nothing complicated here, just a sincere little warm thought from me.”

Siempre Tu by Jet Martinez

Siempre Tu by Jet Martinez

Don’t miss the chance to see Jet’s work. Come see his incredible paintings and more at the 1AM gallery. Please email ANU@1amsf.com for inquiries.

Amandalynn and Jet Martinez Turn Muses into Murals for “Inamorata”

If you’ve strolled by 6th and Howard Street this past week you will have seen the incredible murals up for our newest show, Inamorata. Thanks to Amandalynn, Annica Lydenberg, and Jet Martinez, the collaboration for these murals highlight not only the beauty of the theme, but also the strong solidarity of the artists in this show. If you didn’t get a chance to see the artists at work for yourself, now’s your chance. Thanks to Zane Meyer, we were able to capture the creation of these pieces in the film below.


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Inamorata Mural by Jet Martinez

Inamorata Mural by Amandalynn and Annica Lydenberg

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

Inamorata – Behind The Scenes

We’re putting up fresh paint and new artwork today at the gallery in preparation for the “Inamorata” show opening tomorrow. Curated by Amandalynn, “Inamorata” showcases the feminine spirit and the fire ignited in an artist by his or her muse. In preparation for the show, we’re giving you a little glance into the finishing touches going on in the gallery today. Meet the artists and get a first look at the new art tomorrow, February 5th 6:30 – 9:30 PM. Please email ANU@1AMSF.com to request art catalog.

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Sneak Peak – “Inamorata”

The feminine spirit of “Inamorata” is skillfully captured by 11 incredible artists: Amandalynn, Hueman, Lady Mags, Helice Wen, Joshua Lawyer, Melanie Alves, Houston Berry, Monty Guy, Jet Martinez, Vans the Omega, and Annica Lydenberg. Combining alluring illustrative figures and abstract emotional images, these works express the fluctuation of intense feelings that enrapture a person’s mind when they’re entangled in the power of love. Don’t miss the chance to meet some of the artists and to become enchanted by your own inamorata at the Opening on Thursday February 5th, 6:30 – 9:30pm.

"Oh how the birds chirp" by Joshua Lawyer

“Oh how the birds chirp” by Joshua Lawyer

Untitled by Jet Martinez

Untitled by Jet Martinez

"Inamorata" by Amanda Lynn

“Inamorata” by Amanda Lynn

Please email ANU@1amsf.com to request art catalog.

Inamorata x Teaser x First Amendment

Throughout time, artists of all kinds have been inspired by their lovers. Many times these inspiring entities are female characters that entice, excite, or even disrupt an artist’s spirit. The term ‘Inamorata’ by definition means: a woman with whom one is in love, and is many times used in reference to a woman who inspires her lover’s creativity. The exhibiting artists in “Inamorata” illustrate the freedom of love in a variety of contexts.

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Prepare to be captivated by the muses of these amazing art pieces. We’re looking forward to displaying work by 11 incredible artists and capturing the power of the feminine spirit. Email ANU@1AMSF.com for a catalog