1AM Mobile App’s “Best of the Week”

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Photo by knkknk in San Francisco

Photo by knkknk in San Francisco

Photo by Sputnik77 from Mexico

Photo by Sputnik77 from Mexico

Photo by transfert in Montreal

Photo by transfert in Montreal

Photo by estrllmsc757 in Miami

Photo by estrllmsc757 in Miami

Dope Freights And Bombed Boxcars

Nothing has catapulted the creation and movement of graffiti as quickly as the New York subways did in the 1970s. Thanks to the subway cars, writers were able to spread graffiti as New York’s defining artform. NYC’s subway past began with notable graffiti writers, who began tagging the transit system and sparked the mass emergence of graffiti throughout the city.

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Writers and trains have had an intangible connection from the inception of graffiti. The subway system served as a platform for graffiti writers to display their artwork to the public in an unprecedented way. Picture it; your artwork zipping by millions of eyes every day instead sitting stationary on a wall, this development was revolutionary!

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To honor this timeless tradition in graffiti history, 1AM Gallery will be hosting the “Top of the Lines” Show featuring a private collection of model trains.

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This Friday roll into the gallery to see the best of the best graffiti on scale trains from 65 artists! Join us April 24th, for the opening reception at 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM and checkout these killer trains! Email anu@1amsf.com for more information.

Artist Spotlight: C215

C215 is one of those legendary street artists you want to keep on your radar. He’s always on the move creating new art. One day he’ll be painting in Paris and the next he’s transforming the streets of New Delhi. His stencil work spans the globe and captures the essence of the people who inhabit the streets. His main subjects consist of people who are often forgotten or rejected by society and capitalism.

C215 in New Delhi

C215 in New Delhi

C215’s stencils mostly come from his own photos, but he also collaborates with friends and other photographers for images. His stenciling styling can be seen in two forms. One taking on simplistic layering of two colors to evoke the straightforwardness of his message. The other bursting with color and consisting of 5 or more layers.

C215 in Essaouira, Morocco

C215 in Essaouira, Morocco

“Even though his technique is meticulously refined, C215’s work transcends the formal and seems to get to the core of compassion and belief in the human spirit. Encountering C215’s pieces on the street always makes me happy” Shepard Fairey.

C215 in Brest, FR

C215 in Brest, FR

We are excited for C215’s upcoming show at 1AM gallery in September! Please email ANU@1AMSF.COM for art inquiries and catalog requests.

1AM Mobile App’s “Best of the Week”

The street are alive with color.  Here are photos from the 1AM Mobile App community that aren’t afraid to show it.  Fortune favors the bold.  Get the action now by joining our 1AM Mobile App community.

Photo by knkknk in San Francisco

Photo by knkknk in San Francisco

transfert_MontrealPhoto by transfert in Montreal

art2empower_LAPhoto by art2empower in Los Angeles

xLe_OaklandPhoto by xLe in Oakland

Holy Names University spends the morning tagging!

High school students from Holy Names University‘s summer program stopped by 1AM bright and early to practice sketching out their new graffiti writer names and paint a mural with our teacher. Opting to produce their mural on canvas so that they could bring it home with them, the group ultimately chose to inscribe the uplifting message of “Speak up!” across their canvas and it ended up looking aesthetically inspiring as well! Holy Names Workshop July 2014 Holy Names Workshop July 2014 Send the gallery an email at privateevents@1amsf.com to start the conversation about your next team-building event!

CAMER1: “Taking Flight” Mural

Fresh off the runway, CAMER1’sTake Flight” mural hit the 1AM gallery walls this week for the exhibit’s opening reception. The mural emphasizes the aesthetic of flying forms and it highlights the idea that the weightlessness of flight is similar to the connection an artist has with his or her art. With an awesome mashup of talents in this show, it’s no question that CAMER1 and the other artists brought their work to new heights. We’re excited to see CAMER1’s art taking off and we encourage you to check out the mural for yourself.

"Take Flight" Mural by CAMER1

“Take Flight” Mural by CAMER1

For inquiries or to request art catalog, please email ANU@1amsf.com.

Announcing: A Major Minority 2015

A Major Minority rocked the gallery last year with OVER 100 artists from 18 different countries. We’re excited to announce that we are bringing it back so get ready for  A Major Minority 2015. You’ll see some of the same talented names from last year as well as brand new artists from across the world. Prepare yourself for a new spin on Othercontemporary Urban Art, you won’t want to miss the show. We’ll see you at the opening on Thursday, April 2nd 6:30-9:30pm!

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For purchasing or general inquiries, please email anu@1amsf.com.

Behind the Scenes – “Take Flight” with CAMER1

Flying into the gallery and throwing up fresh paint, the “Take Flight” artists, Agana, Annie Preece, CAMER1, and Ivan “Gath” Preciado, took their art off the canvas and onto 1AM’s gallery walls. The gallery has transformed with each artist’s addition and now the space is ready to take off. Each wall reflects these artist’s unique talents and extends the depth of their work. Watch CAMER1 talk about his inspiration for the idea behind “Take Flight” in the video above. Come meet the artists, enjoy incredible art, and see the gallery transformed! We’re ready to take flight and we’re excited to see you on March 12th for the opening reception at 6:30 – 9:30pm.

CAMER1 preparing for "Take Flight"

CAMER1 preparing for “Take Flight”

Annie Preece painting the walls at 1AM

Annie Preece painting the walls at 1AM

Ivan Preciado leaves his mark on the walls of 1AM.

Ivan Preciado leaves his mark on the walls of 1AM.

For purchasing or general inquiries, please email anu@1amsf.com.

Sneak Peak – “Take Flight”

Want to experience a weightlessness where time is a blur and all that exists is art and air? Then take a sneak peak at some of these pieces for our upcoming show “Take Flight“. We’re excited to present works by some very talented artists who took part in the new reality TV show Street Art Throwdown. Join us in celebrating one of our instructors, Cameron “CAMER1″ Moberg, and his fellow contestants and artists AganaAnnie PreeceGrimnastyIvan “Gath” PreciadoJenna Morello, and Leba. You’ll want to see this before it flies by. Come to the opening reception on Thursday, March 12th at 6:30-9:30pm. 

Take Flight - 1AM First Amendment Gallery - Ivan Preciado

By Ivan “Gath” Preciado

Take Flight - CAMER1 - 1AM First Amendment Gallery

By CAMER1

Take Flight - 1AM First Amendment Gallery

by Leba

Take Flight - 1AM First Amendment Gallery

by CAMER1

Please email ANU@1amsf.com to preview the art catalog.

Artist Spotlight: Vans the Omega

This week we’re excited to introduce Vans the Omega as our featured artist spotlight. Loosely based out of Adelaide, Australia, Vans the Omega has spent time crafting his skills in a variety of letterforms and painting. He has traveled and showcased his art around the globe consistently since 2000. His work typically captures abstract shapes, traditional graffiti aesthetics, and an array of patterns.

Against the Falls by Vans the Omega

Against the Falls by Vans the Omega

Mural by Vans the Omega

Mural by Vans the Omega

Mural by Vans the Omega

Mural by Vans the Omega

Mural by Vans the Omega

Mural by Vans the Omega

As one of the artists in our current show, Inamorata, Vans the Omega diverged from his traditional style to create something more emotional and distorted. We asked him to give us some insight about his piece, “Against the Falls” and where he looked for inspiration.

“The inspiration is drawn from my idea of rising out of water, emotion and cleansing. Instead of painting someone I loved, I decided to let the process of painting this work and what I was personally going through dictate and guide me into a feeling of love through exploration. I just had my mural work destroyed in my home city and was trying to make sense of it by effectively trashing my finer art with a sense of vandalism and aggression, then worked on bringing it into balance by stripping it back unveiling a new raw sense of its beauty and maybe a more honest approach to this final piece.” – Vans the Omega

See “Against the Falls” in person at 1AM Gallery. Please email ANU@1amsf.com for inquiries.