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Behind the scenes of “Everyone Deserves a Home” community mural

“Everyone Deserves a Home” is a testament to the community of the Tenderloin and a promise of hope and security. We wanted to share some behind the 1AM scenes shots of this epic street art mural.   This mural, overlooking the recently revamped Boedekker Park, brings new life and vibrancy to the Tenderloin community. This project was made possible and in collaboration with DISH, Friends of Boeddeker Park, and the Community Challenge Grant Program by SF Beautiful.  For more info, contact murals@1amsf.com

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Oakland Athletics and Illuminaries Community Mural


One day, I received a text from Krupt of Illuminaries with a picture of this 100′ x 100′ foot brick wall with small writing that said “our next mural”.   My first reaction was, “Top to bottom!?!?” I should have known that’s exactly what he meant. The Illuminaries have been blessing Oakland with ginormous murals for the last few years, busting back on the scene with the Steph Curry/Mac Dre Dubs piece, the giant Steph Curry mural off 880 South Bound, to the Oakland Marriott homage to “All Things Oakland”. I’ve known Krupt since 1996 when he was already coming up as a graffiti artist and entrepreneur. He was of the generation after my mine in the Berkeley graffiti scene. We lost contact for many years and next thing I know, Krupt and his fam Namm became the super crew Illuminaries and put it down in a major way! We connected through a Steph Curry activation and started building our relationship around me becoming a part of the team and lending my letters and brand management skills to Illuminaries. This time around, he reached out to me to do a commissioned piece for the Oakland A’s in the heart of downtown Oakland.

We at 1am had revamped our Oakland space and were looking for ways to engage with the Oakland arts community scene.  Once I saw this wall I told my partner, Dan,”We gotta be involved in this! It’s 3 blocks away from our spot!” Dan agreed and we supplied a great chunk of paint and had our videographer Keith Halterman capture and put together an edit of the “Rise and Grind ” piece coming to life.
Namm of Illuminaries said the focus of the “Rise and Grind” piece, the elephant, was a continuation of a much smaller scale piece they had done previously at Broadway and 22nd in Oakland.  When they connected with the Oakland A’s to do a piece commissioned by the A’s, it felt right for them to bring back the “Rise and Grind” concept in larger than life form.  The elephant of both pieces symbolizes power, longevity, loyalty and its cooperative spirit as well as the A’s mascot.  Representative of Oakland’s power, resilience, and cooperative spirit, this mural quickly has become a rallying point for Oakland Athletics’ fans as well as Oakland residents new and old.  We at 1am are proud to have been able to contribute and stay tuned for future 1AM x Illuminaries collaborations to come! The Mural can be found on 19th and Webster.

This Week’s Dranks and Draws “G O D S”

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” G O D S “
featuring Muse Teak (@freethabeast)
Saturday, March 25th, 2017
3-7pm 18+
1 AM Generator (1523 B Webster Street, Oakland, CA)

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1AM Generator is pleased to join Hella Massive in hosting the monthly ‘Dranks and Draws’ sketch night this Saturday, March 25th, from 3-7pm at our Downtown Oakland Generator Space. As platforms for freedom of speech through artistic expression, both of our organizations aim to bring together and provide a positive space for the Bay Area’s creative community to collaborate and generate! For our upcoming Dranks and Draws, we feature Teak (@freethabeast) as our muse for the concept ” G O D S “. Come join us as we welcome the community to interact with and explore creativity over exclusive, speciality cocktails amongst like-minded individuals.

Dranks and Draws is a community gathering sketch event for artists and non-artists alike. Featuring a live muse with a fresh concept and sounds curated by resident DJ Trackademicks, it is a modern twist to the traditional figure drawing done in art class. Each individually designed, every installment offers a unique experience (ambiance and aesthetic) for every patron, every time.

The series is a collaboration with some of the Bay Area’s leading cultural forces including lifestyle boutique/barbershop/art gallery Massive, art collective Haus of Godspeed, Events Producer Computrblu and lifestyle brand Dreamers Rule. The seven curators come together to present a new experience for Oakland’s network of creatives, inspiring collaborative artistic expression everywhere.

“We view art as a form of therapy, so we want our patrons to leave feeling better than they came in,” says Massive co-owner and event co-creator Kevin Correa.

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“Sketching the Surface” Challenge

We’re excited to team up with Dranks and Draws for an extra special sketch night at 1AM Oakland Generator… participants have the chance to design and paint a public mural! We believe that art and creative expression in public spaces has immense impact for provoking inspiration, conversations, and community engagement. Freedom of speech is what 1AM stands for so with this event, we are scratching and sketching the surface of what our amazing art community can create. Each Sketching the Surface event will feature a new central theme disclosed at the start of the event along with the description and location of the mural wall.

Format:

The first Sketching the Surface event will occur this March 11th from 4-7pm at the 1AM Generator, 1523 B Webster, Oakland.  Entrants can drop in anytime during the event time window and will be required to provide their email address, phone number, and credit line for entry. Entrants will receive one 11” x 17” sheet of paper to submit their sketch. Aside from the provided sheet of paper, entrants will be responsible for all of their own other sketching material(s) needed to complete the sketch submission.

Ground Rules:

You must be 16+ years of age to enter and provide email address, phone number, and credit line for entry.

One submission is allowed per artist and cannot have any direct signature or symbols identifying the artist’s name.

Submissions are to be started and submitted at the event venue.

Sketches are to be black, white, and grey only. No color.

Group sketch submissions are not allowed.

*Not following any of these ground rules will disqualify your entry

Voting:

Voting will start with 1AM’s staff and collaborative partners choosing the top 5 Sketching the Surface event submissions.   These 5 submissions will be presented anonymously via 1AMsf’s social media to decide the winner.

Winning Sketch to Mural:

The artist with the winning submission will get to spray paint (with a lesson to start if needed), their winning sketch in color on one of 1AM’s public walls. At the discretion of 1AM, a select 1AM artist and past 1AM class alumni will assist/lead the winning sketch artist with the painting process. The mural will be produced as best as possible to capture the essence and details of the winning submission sketch, but is not expected to be an exact replica.

“Good Things Take Time” by Camer1

Camer1 just dropped a new print of his recent work at Wynwood, Miami, FL, a mural entitled “Good Things Take Time.” Check out this video to see the mural’s progress, learn about Camer1, and hear some inspirational thoughts from the artist himself for artists and anyone with a dream.

If you are interested in purchasing Camer1’s new print, you may do so here on our 1AM Gallery website.

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“Better Times,” Mural by It’s a Living

It’s a Living recently completed an awesome mural on the 6th Street exterior wall of our SF location, titled Better Times. Big thank you for creating such a clean, uplifting view for everyone on our 6th and Howard corner. Here are some progress shots of the mural, as well as a video interview with the artist that everyone should check out!

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1AM First Friday Event with Eddie Colla

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:

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“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

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Ratur & Sckaro’s New Downtown SF Murals

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: artsales@1amgallery.com

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PlanGrid Team Building Workshop

PlanGrid came by 1AMSF for an exciting team building workshop that brought out everyones creativity! Check out their awesome mural they created as a group on our outside wall!

For team building workshop or private class inquiries please contact vanessa@1amsf.com

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Back to School with Marshall Elementary

Fall is here! As students are settling into their classes all over San Francisco, the students at Marshall Elementary school are showing off their new mural on 15th street — painted and designed by the 2nd through 5th graders.

Made possible by funding and volunteers from Google and Deloitte, 1AM worked with Marshall Elementary and Mission Graduates to beautify Marshall Elementary School’s north-facing wall, on the corner of 15th & Capp Street. The corner was previously a dull, beige color, that didn’t have any visual indication of children or learning inside–sometimes creating a problem with loitering and drug use.

In the last week of school this past June, we visited the after-school program at Marshall Elementary to explain a bit about the importance of murals and public art in urban cities. The students then each designed their own mural concept, based on their S.T.E.A.M. curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). A school-wide cafeteria vote was held, and the students selected their top 3 designs.

Our artists drafted a sketch based off these 3 designs, and got set to paint. School ended, and the summer program started with Mission Graduates. Each afternoon for a week, we met with the kids and volunteers, teaching them how to use spray paint to create a community mural for their school. From 2nd to 5th grade, everyone painted their own portion–even the teachers!

A special thank you again to the SFUSD, Marshall Elementary, Mission Graduates, Google, and Deloitte! This was one of our most special projects to date.

For custom mural inquiries: murals@1amsf.com

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