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)

Street Art and Social Change: Shepard Fairey and D*Face on Freedom in Berlin

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The Urban Nation Project M/8 is underway in Berlin and the mural are going up around the city. This round of the project (which aims to bring together artists that shape and enrich urban spaces in neighborhoods) is curated by London gallery, Stolenspace. The theme chosen by Stolenspace for the show and murals is “Freedom”, which can be seen in the works produced by invited artists: Cyrcle, Miss Van, Maya Kayuk, The London Police, Word to Mother and EVOCA1. The murals of D*Face and Shepard Fairey, in particular, encapsulate the theme. Pictured here, D*Face’s mural of an angered soldier is a segment out of his indoor contribution to the show, where the solider is screaming “Peace!?” Shepard Fairey’s mural, positioned directly to the right of D*Face’s, is entitled “Israel/Palestine”, and depicts a woman peering out from behind a curtained barrier. Take the two by themselves and they provoke thoughts and reflections of peace, oppression, and freedom. Take the two murals together and their placement and duality balance wonderfully on the facade of this building in Berlin. Fairey’s work has always been politically charged, with strong opinionated imagery critiquing social injustices, colonization, climate crisis, consumerism and capitalism. This is a new realm for D*Face, who usually creates works that reflect themes of popular culture, and not so directly address political stances. From the color palette to the movement and form of these pieces, the complementary balance between them is applauded!

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What Would You Defend?

Introducing “Free to Be” a new show opening July 9th at 1AM Gallery. Independence Day is about your commitment to freedom of choice and liberty, we all have certain values and attributes we want to uphold and share with the world. Here at 1AM we’re asking our artists to show what values they thrive to share through their artwork by picking a corresponding theme. You will see the artists in “Free to Be” speak boldly about what’s important to them through their work. Email Anu@1amsf.com to request a catalog.

Here is a sneak peek of artist Sam Rodriguez‘s work.

"Freedom To Think" By Sam Rodriguez

“Freedom To Think” By Sam Rodriguez

"Freedom To Speak" By Sam Rodriguez

“Freedom To Speak” By Sam Rodriguez

NATE1 Repping That Bay Area Style!

We are proud to announce our newest limited editions to hit the 1AM Prism Boutique from San Francisco’s own NATE1.

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His work has transformed from graffiti murals to canvas paintings that encompass the urban landscapes of San Francisco.  Nate represents Bay Area to the fullest and his artwork will make you leave your heart in San Francisco as well.

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You can take home a piece of the Bay in one of Nate’s three prints we have for sale in the boutique > “Heading Down Clement” > “Sutter Fillmore” > “Battle of the Bay” or email kelly@1amprism.com for more information.

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CMYK Opening Recap

This past Thursday was the Opening of our CMYK show and with it came great people and an even better party! A lot of energy was in the air as RPES, PEMEX and AMUSE showcased their hard work to friends and locals making for an overall good time. Weren’t able to make it out to our CMYK Opening? We have your back with some awesome shots and a great video of our 3 artists crushing the 1AM wall! The show will  continue running through this month so make sure to stop by and enjoy some art! For inquiries or catalog requests, please email ANU@1amsf.com

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Setting Up For CMYK – Behind The Scenes!

There’s so much energy in the air this week at the gallery as we prepare for our CMYK show! AMUSE 126, PEMEX and RPES have been working hard and playing hard in their usual upbeat style. Gallery is looking great as they add some finishing touches and paint the 1AM wall outside! We’re excited to showcase everyone’s hard work and can’t wait to see all of you this Thursday from 6:30-9:30pm for our Opening. Here are some dope shots from behind the scenes. Email ANU@1amsf.com for art catalog.

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Gotta love Tibco!

Check out Tibco! They weren’t afraid to get down and learn all about the street art world, spray paint their own T-shirts and make a take home mural. Sweet job! 1 Email privateevents@1amsf.com to setup an event.

Up On the Roof With RPES

Meet RPES, originally from the south of France and best known for his work in the PMB crew, he’s been making a name for himself all over Europe as well as 2 other continents. RPES fell in love with graffiti culture in the early 2000’s and with a strong urge for traveling and exploring, came to the Bay Area and never looked back. With nearly a decade of work under  his belt with the PMB crew, he was easily able to make a name for himself here in the states. ​His style has matured within the last 5 years as he has become more serious with his work and refined his graffiti style. We’re excited to have RPES be a part of our CMYK show opening, June 4th, 6:30-9:30pm. Check out our video from our roof having fun with RPES in anticipation for the show!

 

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For more information or media related inquiries contact anu@1amsf.com

What’s your reason to riot?

Dave Kinsey is a Los Angeles based artist who created this piece called “Riot and Reason”. His work involves multi-layered, textured environments that signify the complexities of our human existence and we are honored to display some limited edition prints of his work in the 1AM Prism Boutique. This work was originally created with mixed media and the reproduction detail showcases his brilliant talent. Come check out our limited edition collection in San Francisco or email prints@1amsf.com for more information._MG_4956 _MG_4955

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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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