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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103
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OPENING RECEPTION: “Dystopia” A Solo Exhibition by Hell’O Collective

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support Hell’O Collective in their first solo exhibition in the United States. The show encompasses multiple large scale paintings on canvas, paper and wood panel. Thank you to Hell’O Collective for all their hard work making this show happen and thank you to all of the First Amendment crew who helped bring the show together. To experience the full effect of these captivating pieces come check out the show in person at First Amendment Gallery in downtown San Francisco through November 30th. You can also view the full catalog on firstamendmentgallery.com and to collect any pieces please contact info@firstamendmentgallery.com. 

 

Press Release | “Dystopia” by Hell’O Collective

 

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First Amendment Gallery is very excited to announce “Dystopia” a debut US solo exhibition by Belgium duo Hell’O Collective in San Francisco, CA.  The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, November 2nd at 7pm. The exhibition with include new paintings, drawings, installation and exterior murals. The gallery is located at 1000 Howard St. in Downtown San Francisco.  To receive a preview of the works in the exhibition contact info@firstamendmentgallery.com

 

Hell’O is an artistic duo composed of Jerôme Meynen and Antoine Detaille. They quickly left behind graffiti letters and spray paint in favor of paper, characters, ink drawings and paint, moving on to sculpture, installations and wall drawing. They developed a unique graphic vocabulary that is complex and ambiguous, which they continue to expand in the course of their creative output, customizing many recurrent elements, which they combine each time with new characters, or incorporate into unusual settings.Through their creative approach, characterized by its extreme conventional freedom, as well as its rigorous execution, they produce a fertile, imaginary fantasy world, sometimes grotesque yet always poetic. A kind of strange fantastic bestiary, populated with enigmatic animals and vaguely human-looking, asexual creatures, with shapes and symbols drawn from the iconography of fairy tales, fables, and other medieval allegories, ancient and contemporary mythologies, but also vanities, esotericism and surrealism. Death, hope, failure, optimism, frivolity, animalism, cruelty, constraint and the desire to control are the most frequently addressed themes in the works of Hell’O.

 

Using brief narrative sequences, which are sometimes juxtaposed, and a healthy dose of humor and mockery, they rail against human foibles in compositions that combine metaphysical reflection and pure non sense, showcasing mystery and the free interpretation of the viewer. The art of Hell’O lies in the image of the name the duo has chosen for itself: both joyful and macabre, amusing and frightening, cutesy and brooding, morbid and seductive, absurd and meaningful…Oxymoron and dichotomy are key areas of their work, playing on duality, ambiguity and pretense, continually oscillating between attraction and repulsion and dissolving into chaos that is paradoxically highly structured.

 

 

Large Group Outing

 

Over 100 people gather at First Amendment Gallery in SF to celebrate Old Navy and Gaps’s success and team up with 1AM for some exciting team building. The group was happy to align their company values with the mission of 1AM and bring more street art to the SF community. Gap and Old Navy teamed up with our talented teachers to create two large scale canvas murals to take back to their office. They did some practice tagging in the gallery around a three piece “IM” canvas mural to get their creative juices flowing while learning how to write their own tag.

 

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Next the group went outside to create a finished mural together using spray paint with the help of our workshop instructors and do some more practice tagging with the spray cans. The team chose to write “Money Makers” for their second mural and together they took turns filling up the canvas. By the end the group created a brand new finished piece for the office.

 

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First Amendment was happy to have a full gallery of people surrounded by art. The group also enjoyed food and beverages inside the gallery throughout the workshop, which is always allowed and encouraged to help complement the experience. We also offer catering for larger scale workshops with a variety of different packages to choose from. To book a workshop of your own contact privateevents@1amsf.com and join us for some fun and exciting group outing!

 

 

Group Outing

Lola Lola came by our gallery for an awesome day of stencil creations! Our street art package offers individual art projects for everyone in your team along with a group stencil mural that you can hang in your offices! For private workshops or corporate team outings contact privateevents@1amsf.com for more information!36793109834_ca3fd78d3c_k 37455132676_d7b6712c2e_k

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

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Facebook at 1AM SF!

Facebook joins us at 1Am SF for a graffiti art class where they got to create their own Facebook mural piece! With the guidance of our graffiti teachers groups get to come in and create an exciting experience through learning and creating street art. Our workshops are great ways to do something different with your company and team build as you create your very own mural. For emails and inquiries contact vanessa@1amsf.com to sign up for one of our awesome team building workshops!

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Apple Visits 1AM GENERATOR

Apple came by our Oakland location for a team building workshop! The 1AM graffiti classes are a great way to engage your team in a fun and exciting way. Each company gets to create their very own customized mural with the help of  our talented graffiti artists. Contact vanessa@1amsf.com for any interests and sign up for a workshop with 1AM this summer!

 

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Team Building with Dropbox

Dropbox came in and created their own “Dropbugs” mural with our graffiti team! The group enjoyed themselves as they learned how to spray paint and work as a team painting on our wall at the 1AM SF Gallery location. With the help of our talented mural team you can join us at 1AM for group and private workshops where you too can create your very own tags and spray paint a mural. For all inquiries and interests contact vanessa@1amsf.com for a quote or consultation!

 

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Nature meet City by 1AM muralists

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Camping has always been a great escape from urban living and when Campsyte tasked us with bringing the redwoods to downtown San Francisco, we were compelled to appease mother nature.

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As part of San Francisco’s first outdoor co-working and event space Outcamp, we created a mural as a background encompassing the space to evoke the feeling of nature and being one with the elements.  Campsyte’s vision of a shared backyard leans on the studies that environments in nature reduce stress.

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For more info, contact murals@1amsf.com

 

“Hope for the Future Gives Power to the Present” 1AM Mural

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While our mural artists often come from community input and careful thought with a predetermined wall, this particular mural’s message was in hand prior to having a wall to paint it.  When the opportunity arose to be part of the mural festival, SprayView (located in the SF Bayview district),  I knew I had found the right home.  So where did this mural’s message come from?

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For those of you that attended Lick Wilmerding High School, Coach Elliot Smith should be no stranger to you and was a major influence on me.  I’ll just share one example I’ll never forget of his positivity and wisdom.   Right after going through jv basketball team tryouts and getting cut, I was upset and went to Coach Smith to explain (aka angrily vent) that I felt I deserved to be on the team and was upset that Coach Mack (jv basketball coach) didn’t see my best performance.  Coach Smith’s advice was to go to the first day of practice and tell Coach Mack how I felt and prove to him that I deserved to be on the team.  I wanted to be on the team so badly that the hunger overcame my incredible fear of embarrassment of coming to the first day of practice after being cut and asking for another shot.  Coach Mack did end of giving me a shot to prove myself and I’ll never forget his words “You’ve shown tremendous heart, courage, and hustle in coming back that you deserve to be on the team”.

When I reconnected with Coach Smith last year, he remarkably remembered me and I asked him if he could say anything to the world, what would it be?  Thanks Coach for giving me hope to take action in the present.

For more info, contact murals@1amsf.com