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.

Kufue Tns | Artist

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

Sneak Peek at “Tourist,” Opening Tomorrow!

With the opening of Ratur and Sckaro’s “Tourist” tomorrow night, we’ve been busy here at 1AMSF. But even with all of the set-up going on, we wanted to make sure you all got a sneak peek at what’s in store for you all! Here are a behind-the-scenes photos to hold you over until you can get your fill at the opening on the 20th, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Ratur and Sckaro dedicated the theme of this awesome show to the city of San Francisco, and each piece is a unique view of the city’s key characteristics, which to us have become so familiar that we cannot appreciate them, through the fresh perspective of the tourist. Enjoy!

For catalogue inquires, email: artsales@1amgallery.com

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An Interview with Zekwer

In honor of his show here 1AM, we thought it would be a great idea to interview Zekwer and get to know more about him, his Alphabetism series, and the street art scene as a French artist.

What was your inspiration for the Alphabetism series?

For this series, my source of inspiration was simply the thousands of letters that I have seen throughout my life. But I work a lot on spontaneity, try to always maintain this side of freestyle that gives you some freedom but also doesn’t give you room for error. I scraped a lot of pieces after I started this medium, so after a while you try to combine multiple styles and then it becomes natural.

Pour cette série, ma source d’inspiration est tout simplement les milliers de lettrages que j’ai put voir tout au long de ma vie. Mais je travaille beaucoup sur la spontanéité, essayer de toujours garder ce côté freestyle qui te donne une part de liberté mais qui ne te donne pas droit à l’ erreur aussi. J’ai gratté des milliers de feuilles depuis que je suis rentré dans ce milieu, donc au bout d’un moment tu essayes de combiner plusieurs styles et le tracé devient naturel.

Do you have a favorite letter/piece in the series?

Yes, definitely and at the time I noticed that letters that I would have hated in my own work, became friends and no longer vulgar, useless shapes. But my preferred ones are W X K Y C G R.

Oui bien-sûr et au fil du temps je me suis aperçus que des lettres que j’aurai détesté avoir dans mon lettrage sont devenus des amies et non plus de vulgaire formes inutiles. Mais, mes préférées sont le W X K Y C G R

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What’s the graffiti scene like over in France compared to here in the US?

What stuck out to me was the lack of open, friendly space where everyone can paint. Here you have to find your own small patch/space on a wall belonging to some store and each artist, has their own playground/territory.

In France, you can go to different cities and you will always find enormous areas that have been closed down and find artists to make connections with or dare each other with large pieces. The level of artistry on the streets is really impressive but I’ll always have a preference for the European scene when it comes to murals.

La chose qui m’as le plus marqué est le manque de gros terrain convivial ou tt le monde peut peindre, ici tu dois trouver ton petit carré de mur chez le commerçant et chaque tracteurs à son propre terrain de jeux. 

En France , tu peux aller dans différentes villes et tu trouveras toujours un énorme spot désaffecté et rencontrer des artistes pour créer des connexions ou se défier via de grosses productions.Le le niveau dans la rue est vraiment impressionnant mais j’ai toujours une préférence pour la scène européenne en ce qui concernent les fresques.
How did you and RPES become friends?

We come from a small town where everyone knows each other, so it makes sense to run into each other at the only spot in the city where we could paint. When you practice this type of art in a small town, the connections form a lot faster. And after all, he is a good guy.

Nous sommes originaire d’une petite ville où tt le monde se connait dc c’ était logique de se rencontrer dans l unique spot de la ville.Quand tu pratique cet art dans une petite ville les connections se font plus vite. De plus, c’un bon gars.

What would you say has been your biggest challenge as an artist?

To have people understand that graffiti is an artistic movement and not visual pollution.

Faire comprendre aux gens que le graffiti est un mouvement artistique et non pas de la pollution visuelle.

How do you want people to respond to your work?

Preferably in a positive manner if it’s other artists, but if it’s not to each their own. Everyone is allowed to think what they want about my art. What matters is that I seek to please, paint, design, and evolve.

De préférence de manière positive sin ça vient d’autres artistes mais sinon je laisse libre à chacun de penser ce qu’il veut de mon art, le principal c’est que je trouve du plaisir a peindre,dessiner et évoluer.

Aside from your art, what other things are you passionate about?

Travelling!!! Meeting new people in new places. But otherwise, I’m a sports addict.

Voyager!!!! Rencontrer de nouvelles personnes, de nouveaux lieux. Mais sinon je suis un accroc de sport.

What’s coming up next for your career?

 Actually, I just finished moving to the island of Reunion, so I’m taking advantage of spending time with my family and the views of paradise, maybe putting together an exposition or two. But painting from all four corners of the world is still my ultimate goal.
Actuellement je viens de m’installer sur l’île de la réunion,dc je profites avec ma famille et je profites de cadre paradisiaque et réaliser une  expo ou deux.
Mais peindre ds les quatre coin du monde reste mon kiff ultime.
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Hellbent’s “Remnants” Opening Night Recap

We had a blast Thursday night with the opening of “Remnants,” by JMikal Davis, aka Hellbent. A huge thanks to everyone who came out to join us–it was great to see some familiar faces, and awesome to see so many new ones checking out the stunning resin work. If you weren’t able to make it to opening night, don’t worry. Hellbent’s untamed colors and wild lines will still be up on display until October 13th, so be sure to come on by and take in all the energy!

A special congratulations to Hellbent for his amazing collection!

You can view the full “Remnants” collection here. For inquiries: artsales@1amgallery.com

“Everyone Deserves a Home,” Finished!

Last Wednesday, crowds gathered at Boeddeker Park to see the finished six-story mural that had been in the works for so long. This colorful, vibrant addition to the Windsor Hotel is the product of many months of designing, revising, and careful execution by the 1AM Mural Team, and the community has received it with overwhelming praise. “Everyone Deserves a Home” is a testament to the community of the Tenderloin and a promise of hope and security. This mural, overlooking the recently revamped park, bring new life and vibrancy to the Tenderloin community. A big thanks and congrats to DISH, Friends of Boeddeker Park, and the Community Challenge Grant Program for allowing 1AM to help achieve this awesome goal! Read more about the project’s impact on the neighborhood from Hoodline, here.

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