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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Graffiti, Fun, and Facebook

Facebook joined us in SF for a graffiti workshop, where they all got the chance to try out the art for themselves! Team-building workshops are great for getting out of your shell and having fun as a group! Look at their awesome finished work!

For team building workshops or private class inquiries please contactvanessa@1amsf.com

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Kids Street Art Class

We got back in touch with the kid inside of us with a workshop for these little guys. It was great to show these kids how to make their own art. Check out their finished products!

For team building workshop or private class inquiries please contactvanessa@1amsf.com

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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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GE swings by for a Graffiti Workshop!

GE expressed their creativity & created this awesome take home mural on a canvas! This group also learned the history of graffiti, tagging and went on a mural walk tour before coming up with a design for their mural. To learn more about Team Building Workshops and Private Classes please contact vanessa@1amsf.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

Salesforce Street Art Workshop

Salesforce came by for a day of stencil and street art creations! Our Street Art Package is a great option for groups looking to do more individualized activities and gives each guest something to take home with them. Check out the awesome stencil based mural they created on a canvass to take back to their offices!

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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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Back to School with Marshall Elementary

Fall is here! As students are settling into their classes all over San Francisco, the students at Marshall Elementary school are showing off their new mural on 15th street — painted and designed by the 2nd through 5th graders.

Made possible by funding and volunteers from Google and Deloitte, 1AM worked with Marshall Elementary and Mission Graduates to beautify Marshall Elementary School’s north-facing wall, on the corner of 15th & Capp Street. The corner was previously a dull, beige color, that didn’t have any visual indication of children or learning inside–sometimes creating a problem with loitering and drug use.

In the last week of school this past June, we visited the after-school program at Marshall Elementary to explain a bit about the importance of murals and public art in urban cities. The students then each designed their own mural concept, based on their S.T.E.A.M. curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). A school-wide cafeteria vote was held, and the students selected their top 3 designs.

Our artists drafted a sketch based off these 3 designs, and got set to paint. School ended, and the summer program started with Mission Graduates. Each afternoon for a week, we met with the kids and volunteers, teaching them how to use spray paint to create a community mural for their school. From 2nd to 5th grade, everyone painted their own portion–even the teachers!

A special thank you again to the SFUSD, Marshall Elementary, Mission Graduates, Google, and Deloitte! This was one of our most special projects to date.

For custom mural inquiries: murals@1amsf.com

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