Street Art and Social Change: No-Tech Zone Signs in San Francisco Public Parks


Artist and culture jammer, Ivan Cash, of San Francisco recently took it upon himself to have people look up and question the present moment. This was done in the form of official looking city signs he made and installed around several public parks in SF. The signs state: “No-Tech Zone; No cellphones, tablets, laptops, or smart devices permitted; Violators subject to $300 fine.” On any given afternoon in any of the numerous city parks in San Francisco, you can find city residents congregating and enjoying themselves in the open air. While activities and types of people may vary between the parks, one thing links them together – though persons may be in the outdoors relaxing with friends or having a solitary moment, almost always at some point the phone comes out and they begin the downward stare.

And this is by no means only happening in SF! What is the point of being outside and at the park if you are only staring down at your phone?! Cash’s urban intervention prompts this question. Discussions and debates on the SF tech-boom, gentrification, and housing crisis aside, this piece is simply a friendly reminder. About his project, he states: “We designed and installed “No-Tech Zone’ signs in parks across San Francisco, encouraging people to question the role technology plays in our lives and environment.” That role, here in SF and beyond, is perhaps something that we need to have a little more of a philosophical conversation with. Cash, himself, is no outsider to the tech industry, having worked with Facebook and Airbnb, and so the question comes from a humble yet critical place. Technology can be a great and wonderful the, but at what cost?



“Memento Mori” Opening Reception with C215 & Logan Hicks Recap

The opening of our most recent show “Memento Mori” brought people from all over to view the amazing stencil works by C215 and Logan Hicks. These intricate pieces consist of layers upon layers of meticulous work by these talented artists who picked the memento mori theme to showcase and shed light on the medieval latin term that some people might not know much about. Memento mori, Latin for “remember (that you have) to die” is a 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.

A big thank you to everyone who came to the opening reception to support these wonderful artists. The show will hang through October 21st and is Free and open to the public Tuesdays-Saturdays from noon-6pm. For catalog requests/ inquiries about pieces please contact

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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

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










Photos by Kelly Koehler-Gorman |  Written by Adriana Sparkuhl
Travel Photos courtesy of Eddie Colla & 2wenty

With a solo opening around the corner, 1AM went to Oakland on a sunny morning to visit with Eddie Colla at his studio. Nestled deep between highway, truck routes, and train tracks, Eddie works diligently in a large industrial warehouse space filled with printing materials, stacks of equipment, and a slew of artwork, floor to ceiling. He met us wearing a navy automotive coverall with a nametag that said Alan.  

“Nothing Lasts Forever” is a new collection based off the art he has been doing for the last nine to ten months. While Eddie has been known to create bodies of work using materials found on Oakland roadsides, this exhibition consists mostly of work on wood panel, allowing the process to be less influenced by the surface.



Eddie’s commitment to running a gallery until late 2014 has given him a pretty serious travel bug. Within the last year, he rolled through the southwest and New Orleans, visited Paris twice, jumped into Mexico, and spontaneously hopped on a plane to see Thailand for the first time. He’s been seeing dollar signs as airline tickets, and took along with him a wealth of creative juices. Eddie highlights some these experiences with us.

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“Free To Be” Opening Night Recap

Last night was the Opening of our group show “Free to Be” and with it came great work, great people and an awesome party! A lot of energy was in the air as our roster of artists showcased their hard work to friends and locals making for an overall good time. We’d like to thank all of our participating artists: Christopher de Leon, Sam Rodriguez, Joshua Lawyer, Steven Lopez, Nuria Mora, Mark Bode, Mike Tyau, J.S. Weis, Nate1, Bask and Vyal. Weren’t able to come through? Check out these pictures of the event! The show will continue running through this month so make sure to stop by to enjoy the new exhibit! For inquiries or catalog requests, please email

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"Free to Be" Opening

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


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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(Photos by Birdman)

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 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.


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.


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 for more information.




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