We had a great time meeting Genentech‘s Finance Department as we taught them some drawing exercises, spray paint practice and guided them through the creation of their very own take home mural, it looks awesome! To create a take-home mural with your team, email privateevents@1AMSF.com.
For the last five years, we’ve been hosting fun, team-building workshops for companies and private groups to teach them about San Francisco street art culture by the artists of the trade. We’ve had over 70 teams thanks to the awesome referrals from our clients and press coverage from supporting companies like Wired. We are honored and excited to add Condé Nast Traveler to this list with their recent article about our unique street art experience! If you’ve ever been curious about what a hands-on street art offsite would be like, their article leads you through one of our workshops from start to finish! To learn more about our workshops and customize a package for your team, email privateevents@1AMSF.com. We’d love to hear from you!
Once upon a time, we all had dreams, ideas, and hobbies that we didn’t know how to shape into a business. Last Monday, Nate1 and Shirley went to visit the The Boys & Girls Club South San Francisco Clubhouse to show a group of passionate kids how to create a business out of their creative ideas. During his Small Creative Business class, Nate1 discusses the Do’s and Don’ts that he experienced while building up his own apparel company and lays out a business plan for creative beginners. The aim of this class is to give you valuable knowledge from a first-hand entrepreneur so that you can avoid the rookie mistakes and build a strong foundation to kick-off your creative business endeavor! After talking about building his own hip hop kids & women’s business, New Skool, he gave advice to the kids about learning from his encounters and ended the class with a quick Letter Style draft.
Interested in taking the Small Creative Business class to get your new business endeavor off the ground? Email classes@1AMSF.com.
Apple brought their humor and skills to one of our team building workshops and got to take home their very own mural for the office!
Email privateevents@1AMSF.com to setup a time for your team to paint your own take-home mural.
PracticeFusion joined us for an evening workshop adventure to learn more about the graffiti art scene and to try their hand at spray-painting. It was great to meet you guys!
Email privateevents@1AMSF.com to setup an exciting happy hour event for your team.
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.
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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You won’t want to miss our next show “A Major Minority” opening Friday, March 14th, 6:30-9:30pm. Curated by San Francisco-based artist Poesia, “A Major Minority” is a survey of Othercontemporary Urban Artists from over 18 countries consisting of over a 100 artists. Expect to see a sensational, international sampling of art works that reveal the overall character of Urban Art and its relationship to the public as well as the contemporary art world. Check out the killer artist line-up below: For purchasing or general inquiries, please email artsales@1AMSF.com.
Only at 1AM! Don’t miss these fantastic layered ink pieces by J.S. Weis. His drawings explore the beauty and chaos of nature through bursts of color and delicate renderings of plant and animal life all reigned in with intricately cut patterns. Bring your friends for a sick night of art and good conversation. Liquid Hymn opens this Friday, February 7th, from 6:30-9:30PM. If you can’t make it, the show runs until Saturday, March 8th.
To request more information or to request a catalog, contact Maya@1amsf.com.