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:
“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
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!
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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 email@example.com
November is here, and we’re sad to say farewell to Ratur and Sckaro! Although the brothers are heading back to France this week, “Tourist” is still on display until November 10th. Following the opening reception, Ratur and Sckaro (AKA Arthur and Oscar Maslard) transitioned from oil paint to spray paint–leaving downtown San Francisco with some of their stunningly surreal mural work. Check them out on 7th & Market, and 6th & Howard! For mural inquiries and catalog requests: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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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
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.
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?