Artist Spotlight: AMUSE 126

AMUSE 126 is best known as one of the most prolific graffiti artists to come out of Chicago. With works ranging from simple tags and throws to giant pieces and murals, it seems like AMUSE 126 can do just about anything. With over 15 years of experience, this self taught artist has grown in the graffiti world with constant work as well as perfecting his abstract style, continuously taking chances and trying new things. AMUSE 126 will be a part of our upcoming show CMYK opening June 4th from 630-930pm.

AMUSE 126

AMUSE 126

AMUSE 126

For media related inquiries or catalog requests please contact anu@1amsf.com

Street Art and Social Change: C215 Paints for the People in Morocco

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The continually producing and traveling legendary French stencil artist, C215, just finished producing a number of works on the streets of Rabat, Morocco. Given name, Christian Guémy, has been painting strong in the streets for over 20 years and is undoubtably one of the most recognizable street artists in the world. In Rabat, he is a part of the upcoming group show titled “Main Street” at the Museum Mohamed VI of Modern and Contemporary Art, organized by Print Them All. C215 has a poetic, humble, dignified, and touchingly human style to his work. He truly believes that painting in the streets can change the world. Him painting in the streets is him changing the city. This upcoming show in Morocco is in a major museum and C215 regularly has indoor shows around the world, however, for his fame he is undoubtably one of the most active street artists still producing unsanctioned works in public. He “leaves tracks”, painting where he goes and not going to a place to paint – a distinction he makes clear. He also enjoys producing small works that can be passed by if wanted and are not intrusive.

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Central to C215’s work is the representation of the often marginalized, hidden, or overlooked in society today. “I try to interact with context, so I place in the streets elements and characters that belong especially to the streets. I like to show things and people that society aims at keeping hidden: homeless people, smokers, street kids, bench lovers for example.” He is a true street artist, who brings art to the people in public spaces for free. He holds a mirror up to the world and shines light on the average person with his art. Seeing one of his small, vibrant, detailed stencils on the street can bring a moment of joy and humility for those who come upon it. Almost a reward for those who are aware of their surroundings and looking for creation in the streets. Catch C215 at 1AM Gallery in September.

 

(images from Street Art News)

New Print Shop in the 1AM Boutique!

Here at 1AM we want to intrigue art collectors with a wide range of art for any kind of budget, as well as provide local artists a place to archive their own work without breaking the bank. We’re introducing a new part to our boutique, PRISM, where you can buy limited edition prints from your favorite artists to start your own art collection!

We are excited to help local artists with all their digital imaging, printing, and archiving needs.  Come check out the finished display of limited edition prints for sale in the boutique or email prints@1amsf.com for more details.

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print shop

print shop

5 Reasons why BIGGER is better in Street Art

Size matters…. and so does location and complexity, but some really know how to excel in all three.  For all of us who’ve painted large walls, or seen the process in action, this weeks highlights pays homage to those that go big.  Not all these still exist to see in real life, but you can find current and past pieces like this on the 1AM Mobile App.

Photo by tigerbeat in New York

Photo by tigerbeat in New York

Photo by Shine in San Francisco

Photo by Shine in San Francisco

Photo by dgrader in Miami

Photo by dgrader in Miami

Photo by Oeyra in Oslo

Photo by Oeyra in Oslo

Photo by Oeyra in Oslo

Photo by Oeyra in Oslo

Limited Colors, Limitless Possibilities!

PEMEX is a hard name to overlook when it comes to consistent work in the realm of graffiti. He’s raised through the ranks over the years to become one of the most renowned graffiti artists putting up work throughout California and abroad. Born and raised in Los Angeles, PEMEX has been surrounded by street art and graffiti most of his life, opening up a gateway of inspiration for his own work. His pieces can be distinguished from the rest, with his fierce and unrelenting style which possesses aspects of humor, politics and history, making it all unique to him.

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Check out works by RPES, PEMEX and AMUSE126 in our upcoming show “CMYK”. Please email ANU@1amsf.com for inquiries or art catalog.

Street Art and Social Change: Herakut Looking Toward the Future

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Photo by Falk Lehmann

Prolific German duo, Herakut, were recently painting in their home country, in the capital city of Berlin. The woman (Hera) and man (Akut) team creates beautiful collaborative works that combine styles of drippy color fields with photorealistic aspects. The final result are images of childlike figures with strikingly lifelike eyes, plants, animals, dreamy landscapes and poetic messages. The team has been painting together since 2004 and are one of the most recognizable partnerships in the street art world today. What brings them to our focus this week is this piece, which like many of theirs, has social and environmental meaning embedded within it. For Herakut, their work is all about storytelling. The sentence, “If I Knew The World Ended Tomorrow, I’d Still Plant An Apple Tree”, is written in 20 languages throughout the piece, with a motherlike figure and two children with trees as hair. The image and text seem to be addressing a future unknown, with the possibility of peril, but where love still exists.

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Photo by Aurelio Schrei

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The massive wall was painted as a part of the One Wall Project by URBAN NATION, and for Herakut’s upcoming show “Displaced Thoughts”, which opens this weekend (Saturday May 16th) at Urban Nation’s studio space in Berlin. Made by Herakut and aptART, Displaced Thoughts is a collection of paintings, photographs and installations highlighting the work of individuals and organizations across the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Through the work of individuals and organizations Displaced Thoughts provides a platform for ideas and insights into the conflicts and refugee crises currently affecting humanity. The exhibition explores the placement of resources, intentions and perspectives from individuals as well as international media, aid agencies and governments. While raising difficult issues, the art inspires optimism for a new generation, one that is not divided by ignorance but unified by respect for humanity. URBAN NATION aims to bring together artists that shape and enrich urban spaces in neighborhoods in every corner of the world and around the globe. It is a unique vision with the goal to support renowned and up-and-coming contemporary artists alike as well as cities and their inhabitants. By hosting workshops, events and exhibitions in a non-profit public space, it promotes community, participation and creative exchange.

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Photo by Falk Lehmann

 

“CMYK” – A Color Tease

Our newest show, “​CMYK​”, will be showcasing brand new works by graffiti artists RPES, PEMEX, and AMUSE 126. The demand for colors in today’s art market is substantial, with shades ranging infinitely along the color wheel. CMYK aims to contrast this freedom of colors and experiment with simplified styles and techniques. CMYK colors were selected among many options because it is a universal pallet.

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For inquiries or media related materials, please email ANU@1amsf.com

Street Art and Social Change: Painting for Nepal

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The horrific April 25th 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal has reached a death toll of over 7,ooo people, with double that seriously injured. The event has caught the attention and hearts of the world. Aid, charity, assistance and prayers are flooding into the region. One artist, Paparazzi, from Cyprus, sent out his good wishes with this large wall he painted. The image of a Nepalese woman with her child on her back comes with the statement from the artist, “You are not alone.”

The World Food Program warns 1.4 million people require emergency food assistance, and the United Nations estimates 1.3 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. The quake opened massive rifts in roads and destroyed historic structures, including the 19th century Dharahara Tower in the capital Kathmandu, centuries old structures and UNESCO World Heritage Sites were demolished, and hundreds of thousands are left homeless. Sad too, within the street art world, was that Nepal was beginning to percolate with murals in recent years. In the capital city of Katmandu, a mural district was emerging with several mural campaigns in recent years like Kolor Kathmandu, and Artlab’s PRASAD project (“gracious gift” in Sanskrit).

A LOT of help is needed for Nepal and its people! Here are some ways you can help:

 

1AM Mobile App’s “Best of the Week”

Buildings are getting a facelift with 1AM Mobile App’s Best of the Week.  As the street art movement grows, so do the size of the murals.  Bigger is better?

Photo by chadsf from London

Photo by chadsf from London

Photo by transfert from Montreal

Photo by transfert from Montreal

Photo by Alpha from Oahu

Photo by Alpha from Oahu

Photo by Yonelvira from Los Angeles

Photo by Yonelvira from Los Angeles

Street Art and Social Change: Ron English on American Mass Consumerism

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(photo © Jaime Rojo)

At the legendary Houston Bowery Wall in New York City, prolific street art figure, Ron English, has completed his most recent large-scale mural which holds a mirror up to mass consumer America. English’s child Hulk figure, Temper Tot, is centered in the piece, with the American flag behind him. Though the flag is not its normal tri-color form. Upon closer inspection, your eyes traverse along the red and white stripes to find them made of  dozens of English’s POPaganda imagery – mashups of pop-culture imagery, between the highs and the lows, the goods and the bads. Images used to make up the stripes include Diabetic Coke adverts, Kid Kool’s Nicotine Enriched Candied Cigarettes, American Depress credit cards and other subversive images that jab at America’s unhealthy sociocultural addictions and their disastrous effects. English has mastered the use of this kind of imagery, with his refined painting skills and use of humor to pack a hard-hitting punch to current cultural norms. Also noteworthy of this piece (going back to its location at the Houston Bowery Wall), is that English’s mocking imagery of American capitalism and greed is exactly what has pushed out the original artists that made the legendary wall what it is now. Gentrification has all but wiped out the neighborhood that nurtured the Houston Bowery Wall, which has displayed works by some of the greatest figures in the history of the street art movement: Keith Haring, Os Gemeos, Faile, JR, Scharf, HowNosm, Swoon, Shepard Fairey, and Barry MacGee.

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(photo © Jaime Rojo) 

(awareness via street art news. all photos by Jamie Rojo)