“Made in China” Opens this Friday!

1AM Gallery is proud to present “Made in China” featuring Hong Kong-based graffiti writers, Xeme and Sinic. They will bring works on canvas, paper, and posters that toy with what it means to be original in a culture and industry that is overrun with “fake.” Xeme and Sinic appropriate imagery from graffiti and pop culture as well as large company brands and create new works with an intelligent tongue-in-cheek edge. Stop by 1AM Gallery this Friday, April 18th, 6:30-9:30PM for the opening! For now, take a peek at what’s in store.Mao by Sinic“Mao” by SINIC"The social study - 8" by Xeme“The social study – 8″ by XEME

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XEME riffs on the BNE World Water Day fiasco

In a series of acrylic paintings created for our new show “Made in China,” Xeme appropriates famous Banksy pieces and stamps on BNE logos essentially taking a jab at what recently went down between graffiti’s most notorious players. In late March, BNE claimed to have collaborated with Banksy to produce a line of limited edition of T-shirts for his ”Artists 4 Water” campaign to benefit World Water Day. Naturally, the streetwear world was buzzing as it would have been Banksy’s very first retail product: everyone wanted a piece. A few days after the announcement, an post by Animal New York revealed that the whole collaboration was a fake, simply a scheme to use Banksy’s name to sell more T-shirts. Take a look at Xeme’s response to this recent branding fiasco and check out the rest at 1AM Gallery when “Made in China” opens this Friday, April 18th, 6:30-9:30PM.The social study - 4 by XemeThe social study - 1 by Xeme Read More »

Last Week to See “A Major Minority”

A Major Minority” is a one-of-a-kind exhibition with art work from over 100 artists representing more than 18 countries, which adds up to well over 300 pieces! Phew, that’s big! Most people who walk into 1AM Gallery to see the gigantic exhibition of A4-sized pieces, the vast majority of which are original works, have commented that they have never seen so much art in one room.The whole objective behind “A Major Minority“ is to experience the current state and future progress of Urban Art, or Othercontemporary Art as curator, Poesia, has termed it. (Read the full exhibition essay here!) If you haven’t already, take some time this last week to stop by 1AM Gallery to see for yourself what the latest and greatest are creating. Also, hats off to Poesia, the Graffuturism team, and everyone who helped put this beautiful, expansive collection together!

Saint Ecstasy of Teresa Bernini by Poesia       ”Saint Ecstasy of Teresa Bernini” by Poesia

Sumo Wrestler 5 by Morik“Sumo Wrestler 5″ by Morik

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A Wee Bit of Character

French graphic designer and illustrator, Alexone has made a name for himself through his kooky characters and distinct imaginative style. His paintings and walls seem to be alive with motion as if they are a still from an animation. Alexone brings his signature style, characters, and eye for design to 1AM Gallery for our current show, “A Major Minority” – an international survey of urban art with work from more than 100 artists from over 18 countries! Here’s a peak of one of his pieces currently on display at 1AM Gallery. Also, check out one of his EPIC  murals (below), located in Basel, Switzerland. Check out our store page to see more from Alexone as well as the rest of the GIANT “Major Minority” collection!

A43one by Alexone“A43one” by Alexone

Mural by Alexone in Basel, SwitzerlandMural by Alexone in Basel, Switzerland

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Sketches on Walls

Athens-based artist iNO has brought his surrealistic visions to the streets since 2000. His murals have a haunting dreamlike quality with figures gently weaving in and out of each other. As part of his “Sketches on Walls” project, iNO decided to recapture that same essence on a significantly smaller scale in a series of drawings depicting murals he has completed through the years. For our current show, “A Major Minority,” 1AM Gallery is exhibiting some of these drawings depicting iNO‘s walls in Athens, Naoussa, and Miami. Take a look at a couple of his beautiful walls and check out one of his drawings from the “Major Minority” exhibition. Check our store page for more on iNO and the rest of the Major Minority collection.

"No Future" Wall in Athens, Greece “No Future” Wall in Athens, Greece

"No Future" by Ino“No Future” by Ino, Pencil on Paper

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Last week to see original works by Lily Black in “This Isn’t How I Planned It”!

Bay area artist Lily Black has lived more lives than your average. Although Lily refrains from calling himself an “artist”, he certainly has been creating things for profit for a long time. From selling props to costume stores at the young age of 12, to making record art for heavy metal bands like Autopsy, assembling H&R Block offices, doing graphic design, and being a slave for Sony, Lily would preferably do just about anything if he can do it with his hands, especially if it involves a paint brush or a pencil. Growing up in the East Bay and eventually transplanting into living in the downtown area of San Francisco from the burbs, Lily soon became familiar with the environment around him and thrived off it’s sometimes bleak existence and thus it became a type of fuel to inspire a portion of his creative process.
Even rat's have dreams

Purchase prints from the show through this link or find out more about Lily Black’s work in our interview below:

1AM: Did you start out drawing?

LB: My Art history background is art brut or outsider art which is the 3 C’s – children, criminals, crazies, so I’m self taught, pretty much anyone who hasn’t received formal art training. But oh yeah, you kind of have to. My father moved his office and bought way too much stationery and there were boxes and boxes of unused stationery for free and when I was growing up, any amount of trouble or restriction I was in did not include art supplies. It was like food, water, clothing, art supplies. And drawing is the lingua franca of the arts. If you can’t draw you’re going to have a hard time. Basically, I can teach a dog how to draw but I cannot teach a dog how to stop drawing.

1AM: How did this current body of work all start? What was it’s inspiration?

LB: The long Moleskine Japanese notebook is 5 inches by 3.75 inches and all the pages hold pout into one long page. I made it for a girl, which is a really good way to do stuff. It’s in the paradigm of art that is in the realm you’d have to call obsessive creepy stalker art. But we were already dating so it’s slightly different. So it’s more dating creepy stalker art. Some of the content in there include her name and date and ~love~  But we both like urban decay and in America it’s called Detroit and in Japan it’s called Haikyo which means melancholic and beautiful ruins. So I have industrial sites, love hotels which have been abandoned and open to the elements of animals, Haikyo Japanese culture in general is subtly tucked in there. We also both like science fiction a lot so I made a world that we both would like and enjoy. Making a world where there is atmosphere, architecture and population and which in this case is zero, and an aesthetic to convey this is warm grey scales which makes it appear to go beyond the edge. That’s what turns me on and that’s what I wanted to portray.

1AM: Essentially it’s like a visual love letter..
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AMM Spotlight: French Graffiti Artist, Romi

French graffiti artist and architect, Romain “Romi” Brision, has been painting up walls all over Europe since 2001. His work explores the intersections between order and chaos and dares to be multidimensional, bringing 2D design into an architectural configuration. Check out his Haiku pieces (shown below) which play with line, shape, and even light.  The pieces are currently on display for our current show “A Major Minority.” Visit 1AM Gallery to see them in person!

 

 


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Take a deep breath…

…and let the art of Alex Kuznetsov take possession of you.

Born in 1978 in former USSR, Alex Kuznetsov is one of the first graffiti writers of his country. With almost 15 years of spray paint practice, Kuznetsov travels all around the world creating murals. You may know him under many names: Iks, Temos, Monk, Awek and more. With so much experience, classic graffiti holds no secrets from him and since 2010, Alex Kuznetsov has been offering us his vision of using the spray can as a new medium for artists to explore.
945768_334277623341588_1904114573_n-1 Photo credit: Alex Kuznetsov

Kuznetsov demonstrates that there is no need for letters or characters to affect the viewer and start a dialogue. For him, he convinces us of this with the power of abstract painting. And it works- can you feel the energy of the gesture? The expression of his body in action? The way he explores, controls the surface, and lets the colors cross over each other? It is wonderful to see the many expressions of spray paint on canvas.

Alex Kuznetsov’s works will be presented beside a incredible line up of international artists gathered by curator Poesia and exhibiting at 1AM Gallery in the ambitious group show titled “A Major Minority – an Intercontinental Survey of Neo Contemporary Urban Art” opening on March 14th. Come embrace the movement too! Alex Kuznet in progress by anna belyakova
Photo Credit: Anna Belyakova
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Heeere’s Jonny!!!

After a small break in Los Angeles, the french artist Jonnystyle stopped by San Francisco to show us a little of his work. Since 2005, this brush lover has abandoned classic graffiti to paint street mustached characters and play-on-words sentences, always with a touch of impertinent humor. Inspired not only by street culture, Jonnystyle isn’t stingy about new mediums and techniques such as canvas, screen printing, animated live painting, tile or installation- just take a look at his Facebook page for more pictures.

Check out his screen print about our city, historically detailed, proudly red and available for purchase at 1AM gallery now!

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MUSA travels to San Francisco!

Ola!
We proudly present our latest wall by MUSA, international graffiti from Barcelona! She pays homage to the Wildstyle influences with her great can control since 1989. Colorful, powerful, strictly clean with energetic outlines, MUSA warmed up this cold week with her mural!

photo(1) Check out her blog for more pictures and background information if you are unfamiliar with the work of this lady of graffiti. Thank you Spanish Montana for making this happen!