1:AM Oakland Is Open!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Grand Opening of 1:AM Oakland! We are so grateful for all the support for our second location, and are excited to have a home base within the Oakland art community. Check out some shots from Thursday night!

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Our Oakland shop has the same hours as our San Francisco store, Tuesdays – Saturdays from Noon to 6:30pm. In addition to our art supplies, art prints, branded goods, and experiences, our new location features 1AM Prism which offers art services such as digital imaging, archiving, and canvas/paper printing. 1523 B Webster Street, Oakland x 15th Street.

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Street Art and Social Change: Seth Paints for Paris

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In the wake of yet another horrific tragedy in Paris, France, Parisians and empathizers from around the world are picking up the pieces asking big questions about life and death, love and war, hate and peace. There have been many sentiments  given by words, speeches, videos, and art. Perhaps the most well known image depicting solidarity with Paris is of the Eiffel Tower as a Peace Symbol, made by artist Jean Jullien. But for this week’s SASC focus, we are going to the place we know best – the street – and the Paris native, globetrotting artist, Seth. In response to the terrorist attacks, Seth walked out onto the streets of Paris with a few cans of paint and deliverd a poignant and powerful piece that shows mourning, gives respect, builds solidarity, and delivers hope. In the artist’s style, a young figure is painting on a wall – a young boy writing a saying with red spray paint. The saying is Latin and it reads “Fluctuat nec mergitur,” meaning, “Tossed but not sunk.” It is the motto Paris, and it has been used by Parisians since the late 14th century. It is on the city’s coat of arms and speaks to the city and it’s people’s ability to rise strong in the face of adversity, and in this most recent case, tragedy.

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(story awareness via Street Art News)

You asked for it. We wanted it. 1AM Oakland is here…


We are excited to announce the Grand Opening of our second location at 1523 B Webster Street, Oakland x 15th Street.  With such an amazing artist community and energy that has been growing year over year, laying roots in Oakland was an eventuality for us.

In addition to our art supplies, art prints, branded goods, and experiences, our new location will feature 1AM Prism which will offer art services such as digital imaging, archiving, and canvas/paper printing.

Come celebrate 1AM’s expansion with us on Thursday, November 19th from 6-10PM. Art, drinks, music, and free giveaways while supplies last. RSVP here.  1523 B Webster Street, Oakland x 15th Street

Here is a sneak peak of our space before…
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Interior before

Street Art and Social Change: The Hula Paints Toward Climate Change in the Arctic


Sean Yoro, aka The Hula, just returned from a trip to the edges of humanity – The Arctic – where he painted a series of pieces he entitled “A’o’ Ana,” or “The Warning.” Hula travels the world creating paintings which capture the emotions and interactions between the figures and their environment. With each piece, Hula merges his backgrounds in both street and fine art. The native Hawaiian and master of oil brush painting traveled to continental North America with his oil paint and acrylic, sheets and drove north; far north, and took off on foot and paddle board. He then mounted his acrylic sheets to smaller icebergs that were freshly broken off glaciers and painted them. The paintings are raising awareness toward climate change, global warming and rising waters. He states:

“Series of murals painted on a few of the thousands of icebergs freshly broken off from a nearby glacier. In the short time I was there, I witnessed the extreme melting rate first hand as the sound of ice cracking was a constant background noise while painting. Within a few weeks these murals will be forever gone, but for those who find them, I hope they ignite a sense of urgency, as they represent the millions of people in need of our help who are already being affected from the rising sea levels of Climate Change.”

Thank you Hula, for your work, with its beauty and poignant messaging! We always look forward to your contributions here at 1AM.


“Catch Me If You Can” Opening Night Recap

Last night’s opening of “Catch Me If You Can” showcased a body of captivatingly distorted and surrealist work from the French brothers, Ratur and Sckaro. The two brothers share a lifelong partnership of painting in the streets and in the studio–this collection brilliantly reveals their roots in classical oil painting and graffiti. The dynamic and colorful show produced positive energy from existing and new fans of the artists alike.


A big thank you to everyone that came out to support Ratur and Sckaro. “Catch Me If You Can” is on display until January 7th, Tuesdays-Saturdays from 12PM-6:30PM. For catalog requests/art inquiries please contact Adriana(at)1amgallery(dot)com.

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Opening tonight: Catch Me if You Can, Ratur & Sckaro

San Francisco!! Join us tonight, 6:30-9:30PM, for the opening of Ratur & Sckaro’s exciting new show, “Catch Me if You Can”. Both artists will be in attendance, and the event is free and open to the public.

Sckaro’s “Yogurt Pot”


Detail of Ratur's "Writers on the Storm"

Detail of Ratur’s “Writers on the Storm”

The French duo have painted side by side their entire lives on the streets and in the studio, battling each other with captivating interpretations of the figure in motion. Inspired by graffiti as well as classical European and Flemish paintings, the brothers continue to push each other towards a more polished style.

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Studio Visit

Each painting of “Catch Me if You Can” is based off a computer-edited photo, usually of the artists themselves. They use the photo as a guide to manipulate depth of field, carefully rendering the foreground while allowing the mid and background to slip away into less contrasted illustrations. As a result, each painting contains in itself a sense of unreality; a dreaminess that seems to push forward out of the painting. The hands of their figures in particular seem to reach out of the canvas. Allying digital work and technical virtuosity, the series questions the painter’s place in our overwhelmingly digital society and challenges the relationship between street art and a more classical, academic current.

Event Information
Catch Me if You Can
Opening Reception – Thursday, November 5th, 6:30-9:30pm
On View Through January 7, 2014
1000 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

For catalog requests or questions email Adriana(at)1amgallery(dot)com.

Street Art and Social Change: Fintan Magee Creates Unique Syrian Refugee Infinity Mural

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This week we are taking a close look at our Australian friend, Fintan Magee‘s, recent mural / installation. Titled “The Water Carriers,” the piece is of seven Syrian children standing in a line with empty water jugs. The artist referenced a photo he found on a discarded newspaper for the image. What takes this piece to another level is that when you step closer to the wall, you notice that two mirrors are adjacent on either side of the piece. When standing close to the wall and looking to either end, the mirrors give an infinity affect – an infinite line of Syrian refugee children. Magee shares, “The children wait to fill empty water vessels that act as symbols for the healing component. The work comments on the scale of the current refugee crisis and echo’s a cynical view on how history repeats itself.” The refugee crisis is still overwhelming and some of the most sad stories are those of the children going through such horrific experiences. We have seen many artists touch on this topic with their own work. Fintan has created a clever, beautiful, powerful, and meaningful piece on the subject! 

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Street Art and Social Change: Tribute Mural to Sojourner Truth by Jetsonorama and Jess X


Photographer and wheatpasting artist, Jetsonorama, recently completed this mural with the help and collaboration of Jess X Chen, in New York City. The wall is a tribute to the African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist, Sojourner Truth. The inspirational piece was created as part of the O+ Festival – Kingston, NY. Sojourner was born into slavery in Kingston County, NY in 1797 but escaped to freedom with her infant daughter in 1826. The images were painted on giant pieces of paper and then pasted onto the wall by the two artists. To celebrate the contributions of Sojourner’s activism, the artists worked with and photographed three modern day poets, who like an untold amount of others, have been influenced by Sojourner’s work. Jetsonorama, using his photography talent, shot the poets in the studio for the work. Each poet’s words are painted around their portraits as halos and pertain to African-American womanhood. Jetsonorama states:

“Chen and I wanted to honor the historical contribution of Sojourner Truth to the women’s rights movement and her role as an humanitarian by asking three New York City based, African-American, female poets to share with us poems pertaining to African-American womanhood.  The three poets included Jennifer Falu; writer, poet and teacher T’ai Freedom Ford and writer, poet and director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Mahogany Browne. Sadly, due to time constraints only Mahogany Browne and T’ai Freedom Ford were included in the mural.”

Thank you, Jetsonorama and Jess X Chen, for your tribute work and connecting history, activism, remembrance, and modern cross-disciplinary art practice!


Jetsonorama and Jess X Chen


Jetsonorama, Jess X Chen, and the poets

(photos © Jetsonorama)

Street Art and Social Change: Ever on Immigration and the Next Generation

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The Monument Art Project has been underway in New York City and the murals produced are incredible! Located in the El Barrio and Bronx districts of the city, the project has brought in big artists like: Sego, Faith47, El Mac, ROA, Viajero, Luis R. Vidal, and shared here, Argentinian artist, Ever. The themes for the murals have been about centered around Puerto Rican culture, local neighborhood histories, and immigration. Ever, in his signature vibrant kaleidoscopic style, painted this massive wall above a local park. The piece touches immigration, local history, cultural diversity, and the next generation. For image reference, Ever used a photo he took of a youth kid playing basketball next to the wall, and two photos of neighborhoods kids in the 1980s from Martha Cooper‘s archive.

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(photos © Jamie Rojo)

Street Art and Social Change: Indigenous Peoples Day Artwork by make believe


Monday was Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly Columbus Day), and more US cities adopted the official change! Now Indigenous Peoples Day will took place in at least nine cities across the United States, including in Albuquerque, N.M., Anadarko, Okla., Portland, Ore., St. Paul, Minn., and Olympia, Wash. The state of Alaska officially changed the day, with Governor Bill Walker stating: “Alaska is built upon the homelands and communities of the Indigenous Peoples of this region, without whom the building of the state would not be possible. The State opposes systematic racism toward Indigenous Peoples of Alaska or any Alaskans of any origin and promotes policies and practices that reflect the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, ensure greater access and opportunity, and honor our nation’s indigenous roots, history.”

Indigenous Peoples Day began as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day, promoting Native American culture and commemorating the history of Native American peoples. Activists and supporters of the change say that Columbus Day overlooks the horrendous violences that colonialism caused, including war, disease, enslavement, discrimination, social cleansing, and landgrabs. Now the day is of honor and celebration instead of the Italian explorers so called “discovery” of the new world.

The cities to join the growing number of local governments making the change across the country may be a big push toward more joining next year. Artwork reflecting thoughts and ideas on this social change have been created around the country. Local San Franciscan artist, make believe, pasted up a couple new pieces last night in honor of the change happening. He states: “One of several pasteups I made to celebrate and honor the history and contributions indigenous peoples from around the world have shared with all of us. The Bay Area has a strong connection with the movement, as the first city to officially change the day was Berkeley in 1992. In order to move toward a more dignified future we must walk, ask, learn, share and accompany one another with empathy!”