WHICH WAY, THAT WAY 8/24 – 9/21

UPCOMING GROUP SHOW at First Amendment Gallery featuring…

Adam Friedman
Andrew Antonaccio
Anthony Hurd
Clark Goolsby
Dan Hampe
Dan Lam
David Cooley
Ellen Rutt
Francesco Lo Castro
Hoxxoh
Jose Di Gregorio
Katy Gilmore
Kristin Farr
Optimist

Opening Reception | Thursday, August 24th
Showing Through | September 21st 2017

To be added to the collectors preview contact
info@firstamendmentgallery.com

 

Street and Social Change: Ernest Zacharevic’s “Splash and Burn” Project

Splash and BurnErnest Zacharevic in Medan | Photo by Hype Media

Recently, Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic brought together a group of artists to begin a curated public works project on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. A play on “slash-and burn,” this project, titled “Splash and Burn” brings to light the problem of illegal palm oil harvesting in Indonesia. Over the course of two years, Zacharevic has gathered a group of creatives which include, Mark Jenkins, Axel Void, Pixel Pancho, Isaac Cordal, Strok, Gabriel Pitcher and Bibichun. Smane 2, Combat, and Reginal O’Niel have also contributed to the project.

splash-and-burn-street-art-campaign-indonesia-designboom-09 Isaac Cordal in North Sumatra | Photo by Isaac Cordal

Conflict palm oil harvesting is not only an environmental issue but a human rights violation due to its effects on transboundary haze, deforestation, and human and animal displacement.Indonesia happens to be the largest producer of palm oil. Facing the large consumer demand for palm oil and timber, the local economy resorts to the “slash-and-burn” to clear up large patches of forest land for palm oil plantations. Farmers first cut down vegetation and set a fire to quickly clear the rest. The World Wildlife Fund estimates that up to 300 football fields of forest are cleared every hour. Indonesia happens to be the largest producer of palm oil.This not only affects Indonesia but forests worldwide.

2splash-and-burn-street-art-campaign-indonesia-designboom-03Ernest Zacharevic in Bukit Lawang | Photo by Ernest Zacharevic

In regards to the environment, “Slash-and-burn” produces emits greenhouse gases, harms local vegetation, threatens biodiversity, destroys animal homes, and pollutes the water. The fires produce a thick smog that engulfs the air. The yellow toxic air has caused 6 Indonesian provinces to declare a state of emergency. To put it in perspective, anything above a 300 pollution index is considered hazardous. Areas of Indonesia can reach as high as 2,000 on the pollution index.

splash-and-burn-street-art-campaign-indonesia-designboom-05Mark Jenkins in Riau Peatlands | Photo by Ernest Zacharevic

Local communities are the first to feel these effects. Deforestation threatens the livelihood of farmers and locals outside of the palm oil industry. Many companies develop farms without the consideration of indigenous people who rely on or occupy the land. Rarely are these people compensated. Children as young as 7 years old can be found working for these companies to support their families. They are paid low wages for long hours and sometimes paid none at all. According to the NGO, Friends of the Earth, the palm oil industry is one of the top four worst industries of forced and child labor.

yessplash-and-burn-street-art-campaign-indonesia-designboom-02Ernest Zacharevic in Medan | Photo by Ernest Zacharevic

Zacherevic first became interested in the matter when clouds of smoke traveled from Indonesia to the location of his studio in Penang, Malaysia. Though the issue does receive some International attention, Zacherevic felt that the media needed to bring light to the outside of the burning seasons. Working with international as well as local Indonesian NGOs such as OIC, “Splash and Burn” creates a platform for an otherwise overlooked crisis. Over the course of two years, Zacherevic worked with these organizations to gather spaces for his curated group of artists to tell a story about the issue. Ranging from murals to installations to sculptures, each piece highlights a different victim of the issue.

YAS        Isaac Cordal in North Sumatra | Photo by Isaac Cordal

Ultimately, Zacherevic’s desire for “Slash and Burn” is to educate worldwide consumers on the direct connection they have with this corrupt industry. From food to cosmetics, palm oil can be found in countless products. Consciously buying products derived from conflict-free palm oil can drive down the consumer demand and make a bold statement about popular palm oil farming practices.

More info about Zacherevic and “Splash and Burn” can be found at:

www.ernestzacharevic.com

To learn more about the illegal palm oil industry and what you can do to stop it, head to:
saynotopalmoil.com

Support the displaced Orangutans:                                   orangutancentre.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Workshop in Oakland

Apple came to our new Downtown Oakland location to try out our Graffiti Art Workshop! Their team came up with 2 beautiful murals during their team bonding class. To get a quote for a corporate event or large art workshop contact vanessa@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.

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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“Tourist” by Ratur and Sckaro – Opening Night Recap

Thursday’s opening for “Tourist,” by French brothers Ratur and Sckaro was a huge hit! We’d like to thank everyone, both the friends and family of 1AM and those we got the pleasure of meeting, who came out to help us kick off the start of a really awesome show paying homage to our personal home, the Bay Area. In case you weren’t able to come take a look at the splintered planes of color and intense detail, “Tourist” will be on display until November 10th. Be sure to come take a look!

Huge shoutout to Ratur and Sckaro for creating such a great show!

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

 

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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

Recap: Opening Night of Motel Mademoiselle

Thanks to everyone who came to the opening of Motel Mademoiselle! It was great to see so many friends of the gallery enjoying the badass work of these talented women. And a special shoutout to B-Side Brujas for getting everyone dancing! Don’t worry if you missed opening night, you still have a chance to visit the gallery for your daily dose of femme fatale! Motel Mademoiselle is on display until September 15th. Check out all of the crazy opening night photos on our Facebook page. For catalog inquiries: artsales@1amgallery.com

Congratulations Deb, Bud Snow, Chuneed, Amanda Payne, Elrod, Franceska Gamez, Nina (Girl Mobb), Yenta, Midnite Maven, & Moe Alvarez!! Let’s continue to support women in the arts!

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