“Memento Mori” Art Opening with C215 & Logan Hicks

1AM Gallery is pleased to present “Memento Mori” a new collection of works by the profound stencil artists C215 and Logan Hicks. Memento mori, Latin for “remember (that you have) to die” is the medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.

Join us for the opening of this exhibition Thursday, September 17th, 6:30-9:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. Click Here to RSVP. For inquiries or art catalog email Artsales@1amgallery.com

Left: C215 | Right: Logan Hicks

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Street Art and Social Change: FAILE Installs “Wishing on You” Prayer Wheel in Times Square

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Brooklyn-based artist duo, FAILE, just installed this anti-consumerism prayer wheel in in the heart of American capitalism – Times Square, New York City. FAILE, comprised of Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, were granted the installation as a Times Square Arts project. Currently, they also have an exhibit across the East River in the Brooklyn Museum, entitled Savage/Sacred Young Minds.

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Prayer wheels are traditional to Asian cultures and give those who walk by and spin them much the same effect as orally reciting prayers. Though FAILE’s prayer wheel does not send out silent meditative thoughts on harmony, kindness, empathy and peace. Instead, their wheel and alter is nearly covered in images and text that speak to the social reality of the American present. Words and phrases like “Celebrity”, “Secret Places”, “Lottery”, “XXX”, “Artificial Flowers”, and “Truth & Lies” cover all surfaces. When one spins the wheel (which is apparently very heavy and difficult to do – on purpose???) loud voices try to get your attention and neon lights glow. The prayer wheel is a kaleidoscopic portrayal of Times Square’s history to the present day, where consumerism, pop culture, desire and spectacle entangle together. FAILE has always stood in the way of modern society, holding a mirror to us all, showing our social reality in a different light through their art. We always look forward to their next intervention!

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(FAILE – artists Patrick Miller and Patrick McNeil)

(all photos © Jamie Rojo)

Street Art and Social Change: The Mediterranean Tunnel by MTO

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French artist, MTO, recently created this magnificent dual-mural, spanning in the Mediterranean. MTO, known for his hyperrealistic style of spray painting and politically charged imagery, painted these two walls in two completely different location: Sliema, Malta and Sapri, Italy. Titled “The Mediterranean Tunnel”, the piece(s) use the physical space of the spanning sea as part of the conceptual intention of the work. MTO is addressing recent European immigration issues with this intervention, and in conjuncture he shared two news articles about the issue on his Facebook page: Malta Independent, Huffington Post. Be sure to stay up on the always critical and powerful work of MTO through his social media, and stay tuned with us here every week for updates on how art on the street is changing the world!

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Street Art and Social Change: Faith47 Gives NYC Some Love

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South African artist, Faith47, has just completed a large mural on the streets of New York City, entitled “Lay Your Weapons Down”. Painted on the side of a four-story building, the South African artist adorned the facade with this image of a couple in an intimate embrace. One of the world’s most recognized female artists, Faith47 steers her work toward issues of social justice with imagery that is loaded with symbolism and meaning. Much of her work touches on women’s rights, and social and political concerns. With her muted color schemes, Faith47’s murals can be unintrusive or deeply felt by passersby, inviting moments of poetic heartfelt reflection. She has the powerful ability to provoke questioning of our social reality and the complexities of the human condition. Take a moment and let this recent mural of her’s wash over you and see what comes from it. That is the intent of her work – to stir feelings with the hopes of making the world a better place. It’s always a pleasure to see new work from the talented, Faith47!

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Behind the Scenes with Eddie Colla

We’re getting excited here at 1AM for our upcoming solo show “Nothing Lasts Forever” by Eddie Colla opening this Thursday, August 6th from 6:30-9:30pm.With a great range of art pieces coming through from this very prolific artist, this show is not to be missed! Make sure to RSVP here and for any questions or would like to request the catalog please email artsales@1amgallery.com

Here are some behind the scenes shots of the 1AM crew setting up for this great show.

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Street Art and Social Change: SpY Creates an Urban Intervention on Barriers

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Spanish artist, Spy, was recently in Santiago, Chile, where he created this piece entitled “Barriers”. The artist used metal safety barrier fencing to create this impassable urban intervention, which invokes thoughts on control, division, and enclosure. The fencing is spiraling out from a central point to create an impassable circle in a plaza of a deprived neighborhood in Santiago. The artist began his career in public art in the mid-eighties as a nationally recognized graffiti writer, who shortly thereafter started to explore other forms of artistic communication in the street. SpY is creates with paint, natural elements, and urban form. He is an artist not limited to one genre, style, method, or concept. SpY’s pieces want to be a parenthesis in the automated inertia of the urban dweller. They are pinches of intention, hidden in a corner for whoever wants to let himself be surprised. Filled with equal parts of irony and positive humor, they appear to raise a smile, incite reflection, and to favor an enlightened conscience. A true master of social commentary through urban intervention, SpY could be the urban response to the master of natural assemblage, Andy Goldsworthy. Be sure to check out his work on his site and keep up with us for future coverage on the critical thinker, SpY!

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Nothing Lasts Forever

Introducing “Nothing Lasts Forever” a solo exhibition by Eddie Colla fresh off an extended international tour, opening August 6th, 6:30 – 9:30pm in San Francisco. From childhood we are instilled with a strong desire to obtain the unattainable – “Forever” as the mark of quality, persistence, or true emotion. We often drag this desire into our relationships, our view of the world, even our consumer habits. It is a flawed aspiration and unrealistic, as it is the desire that never arrives and goes against the natural order of the world.

Since 2005, Eddie Colla’s wheat pastes and stencils have been found throughout public spaces in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Eddie’s work first began to garner national recognition when his street art began incorporating images of Barack Obama throughout the 2008 Presidential election. His growing popularity landed him attention on internet blogs, features in six published books, and participation in the “Manifest Hope Art Gallery” shows at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. Eddie’s designs have been transformed many times over, from stickers, album and magazine covers. His work has also been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and many others.

“Some people view what I do as vandalism. I assume that their objection is that I alter the landscape without permission. Advertising perpetually alters our environment without the permission of its inhabitants. The only difference is that advertisers pay for the privilege to do so and I don’t. So if you’re going to call me anything, it is more accurate to call me a thief.”

Please join us to witness the opening of this very unique exhibition. For art catalogs or questions email artsales@1amgallery.com

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Street Art and Social Change: “No Land for the Poor” Mural in Greece by WD

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As the world watches the economic negotiations happening in Greece, the masterful artist, WD (Wild Drawing) gives voice to the silenced with his mural entitled “No Land for the Poor”. With cut backs in the public sector, closing businesses, and an unemployment rate of at least 25%, Greece is in dire straights. Greece is now in it’s third bailout in five years and only time will tell how this recent deal may help. Some of those hardest hit by this economic reality in Greece are artists, and they have been doing what they are good at – raising awareness and asking questions through acts of creation. Street artists have been voicing their opinion on the Greek financial crisis for years now, and most recently WD has added to the conversation with this mural in Athens. This colorfully vibrant and illustrative piece was completed in four days with a telescopic roller by the artist. With the written quote, “Dedicated to the poor and homeless here & around the globe”, WD connects the Greek struggle with similar struggles around the world. Perhaps the artist (who is based in Athens, by the way) is using his work to show what some economists, activists, philosophers and political commentators are saying is a growing distrust of capitalism. We look forward to seeing what WD brings next!

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Street Art and Social Change: ROBBBB Pasteups in Bejing

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Chinese artist, ROBBBB, has recently been busy creating pasteups in his home city of Beijing, China. This new set of images are a part of his “Morbid Society” series, in which the artist critiques the current social reality of China. He has always been interested with those living at the “bottom” of society, and this series holds a mirror up to Chinese society, addressing modern ideals in the country. ROBBBB started in the arts world in drama school as a stage artist, but transitioned to urban art after a stay in Venice. Now the artist is based back in Beijing and enjoys creating works in the street, specifically on ruined buildings. “Street art is a kind of space art,with its special way of occupying space and even reform the space,” he states. The ruins influence his art, as much as his art brings energy back to the ruins. Be sure to check out his website and follow his work in China and abroad!

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Street Art and Social Change: Isaac Cordal, Small Men, Society and Disconnection

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The less commonly practiced genre of street art, sculpture, is a unique category. Breaking the confines of 2D, sculptural street art can be as beautiful, poignant, and powerful as it’s siblings, painting and pasting. Perhaps its the installation of sculptures on the street without permission that sways most to paint and paper. It takes a great deal more coordination, planning, and funding to be able to haul a large piece into the street, install it, and leave without causing much of a scene. Nevertheless, artists step up to the challenge and work with the limitations.

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This week we are looking at Spanish artist, Isaac Cordal, who has been based and working in Berlin. Cordal’s work is captivating – if you can see it. He is a sculptor on the miniature scale. Cordal creates small cement figures (often frumpy balding business men) and arranges them in site-specific scenes in streets around the world. His work is critical and thought provoking, inviting viewers to look inside themselves and ask big questions about the state of the world and what is most important. “The art work intends to catch the attention on our devalued relation with the nature through a critical look to the collateral effects of our evolution.”

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Cordal created this body of work as part of the Łódź 4 Cultures Festival, held in Łódź, Poland. The festival is an annual event, artistic and social, referring to the founding history of Lodz: city built by hands of Germans, Jews, Russians and Poles. The small cement figures are each standing on their own balcony, overlooking the street below, detached, yet hopelessly connected. Cordal’s miniatures are almost a congratulatory visual prize for those who have their eyes up and are aware, and not glued to their phones moving from point A to point B as quickly as possible. Be sure to check out his website, and follow his travels and actions around the world!

(awareness via Brooklyn Street Art and photos © Isaac Cordial)