“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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Graffiti in Vagrancy

On the Road – Graffiti in Vagrancy” is a 30-minute documentary released in December 2012 following China-based graffiti collective IDT Crew as they embark on a 1200-mile journey from Kunming to Tibet in the name of art. Supported by Converse, WHYYY, NAN, and “Made in China” artist, SINIC, travel for 50 days straight to paint elaborate murals across an ancient and unconventional landscape. Check out a couple of their pieces from along the way and don’t miss the opening for XEME and SINIC‘s 1AM Gallery debut “Made in China” next Friday, April 18th from 6:30-9:30!

Spaceship Crane by IDT CrewBalance Universal, Shangri-La, China by IDT CrewFor more info or to request a preview of “Made in China”, contact Maya@1amsf.com.

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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Coming Soon to 1AM Gallery: Xeme & Sinic

1AM Gallery welcomes Hong Kong-based graffiti artists, Xeme and Sinic, for their first-ever 1AM show, “Made in China!” They are bringing works on canvas, paper, and posters that explore what it means to be truly authentic in a culture and industry where replication and production rule. Don’t miss the show opening Friday, April 18th, 6:30-9:30PM. For now, check out these in-progress pics of Xeme and Sinic at work in the studio…

Xeme & Sinic

Xeme & Sinic

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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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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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“A Major Minority” is coming soon to 1AM Gallery!

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: AMMFlyerAMMRosterFlyer For purchasing or general inquiries, please email artsales@1AMSF.com.

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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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – First Amendment Activist

We would like to take a moment to remember a great man who exercised the First Amendment right of free speech to the fullest – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – humanitarian, organizer, activist, pastor, husband, father, and civil rights leader. It was Dr. King’s belief in the power of words that led to the practice of nonviolent protests by the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the late 1950s and 1960s in the United States. It was this practice of nonviolent protests and organizing that made Dr. King the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in October of 1964. Mahatma Gandhi was another great figure of social justice through nonviolent disobedience. Dr. King was inspired greatly by Gandhi, and in turn King’s work inspired South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. Words, spoken or written, have great power. There have been many in history who have shown us what this power can do. So we honor them and all of those who believe in the power of the word, and use it for the equality of all!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.