XEME and ROOKIE paint our wall in honor of Made in China opening

Fresh off the plane from Hong Kong, graffiti artists XEME and ROOKIE created a fresh new mural on the side of our building in honor of the show opening. Check out these images of the progress and stop by 6th and Howard to see the piece in person. While you’re there, stop in and check out our new “Made in China” exhibition featuring XEME and SINIC. The show will be on display until May 17th.Mural by XEME & ROOKIE ROOKIE painting Read More »

“Made in China” Opens this Friday!

1AM Gallery is proud to present “Made in China” featuring Hong Kong-based graffiti writers, Xeme and Sinic. They will bring works on canvas, paper, and posters that toy with what it means to be original in a culture and industry that is overrun with “fake.” Xeme and Sinic appropriate imagery from graffiti and pop culture as well as large company brands and create new works with an intelligent tongue-in-cheek edge. Stop by 1AM Gallery this Friday, April 18th, 6:30-9:30PM for the opening! For now, take a peek at what’s in store.Mao by Sinic“Mao” by SINIC"The social study - 8" by Xeme“The social study – 8″ by XEME

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XEME riffs on the BNE World Water Day fiasco

In a series of acrylic paintings created for our new show “Made in China,” Xeme appropriates famous Banksy pieces and stamps on BNE logos essentially taking a jab at what recently went down between graffiti’s most notorious players. In late March, BNE claimed to have collaborated with Banksy to produce a line of limited edition of T-shirts for his ”Artists 4 Water” campaign to benefit World Water Day. Naturally, the streetwear world was buzzing as it would have been Banksy’s very first retail product: everyone wanted a piece. A few days after the announcement, an post by Animal New York revealed that the whole collaboration was a fake, simply a scheme to use Banksy’s name to sell more T-shirts. Take a look at Xeme’s response to this recent branding fiasco and check out the rest at 1AM Gallery when “Made in China” opens this Friday, April 18th, 6:30-9:30PM.The social study - 4 by XemeThe social study - 1 by Xeme Read More »

Freight King KWEST of Toronto paints up 1AM

A Major Minority” artist, Kwest, teams up with Sharkie and other artists to paint the 1AM wall! Take a look at the process and stop by 6th and Howard to see it in person! Also, don’t miss out on this Friday’s opening of “Made in China” at 1AM Gallery from 6:30-9:30PM. Check back here soon for more!IMG_1147Kwest at work

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Graffiti in Vagrancy

On the Road – Graffiti in Vagrancy” is a 30-minute documentary released in December 2012 following China-based graffiti collective IDT Crew as they embark on a 1200-mile journey from Kunming to Tibet in the name of art. Supported by Converse, WHYYY, NAN, and “Made in China” artist, SINIC, travel for 50 days straight to paint elaborate murals across an ancient and unconventional landscape. Check out a couple of their pieces from along the way and don’t miss the opening for XEME and SINIC‘s 1AM Gallery debut “Made in China” next Friday, April 18th from 6:30-9:30!

Spaceship Crane by IDT CrewBalance Universal, Shangri-La, China by IDT CrewFor more info or to request a preview of “Made in China”, contact Maya@1amsf.com.

Last Week to See “A Major Minority”

A Major Minority” is a one-of-a-kind exhibition with art work from over 100 artists representing more than 18 countries, which adds up to well over 300 pieces! Phew, that’s big! Most people who walk into 1AM Gallery to see the gigantic exhibition of A4-sized pieces, the vast majority of which are original works, have commented that they have never seen so much art in one room.The whole objective behind “A Major Minority“ is to experience the current state and future progress of Urban Art, or Othercontemporary Art as curator, Poesia, has termed it. (Read the full exhibition essay here!) If you haven’t already, take some time this last week to stop by 1AM Gallery to see for yourself what the latest and greatest are creating. Also, hats off to Poesia, the Graffuturism team, and everyone who helped put this beautiful, expansive collection together!

Saint Ecstasy of Teresa Bernini by Poesia       ”Saint Ecstasy of Teresa Bernini” by Poesia

Sumo Wrestler 5 by Morik“Sumo Wrestler 5″ by Morik

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STENCIL MANIA

Last Saturday we had our Stencil Class with Strider where he taught the students about the history and fundamentals of stenciling through a slideshow, followed by techniques with xacto knives, as well as assisting the students with their personal stencil cut outs on their take home t shirts! Hit “Read more” to learn about our next Stencil Class!

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Condé Nast Traveler covers our popular mural production workshops!

For the last five years, we’ve been hosting fun, team-building workshops for companies and private groups to teach them about San Francisco street art culture by the artists of the trade. We’ve had over 70 teams thanks to the awesome referrals from our clients and press coverage from supporting companies like Wired. We are honored and excited to add Condé Nast Traveler to this list with their recent article about our unique street art experience! If you’ve ever been curious about what a hands-on street art offsite would be like, their article leads you through one of our workshops from start to finish! HelloSign Workshop! GAP Workshop! To learn more about our workshops and customize a package for your team, email privateevents@1AMSF.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Coming Soon to 1AM Gallery: Xeme & Sinic

1AM Gallery welcomes Hong Kong-based graffiti artists, Xeme and Sinic, for their first-ever 1AM show, “Made in China!” They are bringing works on canvas, paper, and posters that explore what it means to be truly authentic in a culture and industry where replication and production rule. Don’t miss the show opening Friday, April 18th, 6:30-9:30PM. For now, check out these in-progress pics of Xeme and Sinic at work in the studio…

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Xeme & Sinic

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CREATING THAT BUSINESS

Once upon a time, we all had dreams, ideas, and hobbies that we didn’t know how to shape into a business. Last Monday, Nate1 and Shirley went to visit the The Boys & Girls Club South San Francisco Clubhouse to show a group of passionate  kids how to create a business out of their creative ideas. During his Small Creative Business class, Nate1 discusses the Do’s and Don’ts that he experienced while building up his own apparel company and lays out a business plan for creative beginners. The aim of this class is to give you valuable knowledge from a first-hand entrepreneur so that you can avoid the rookie mistakes and build a strong foundation to kick-off your creative business endeavor!  samll bizAfter talking about building his own hip hop kids & women’s business, New Skool, he gave advice to the kids about learning from his encounters and ended the class with a quick Letter Style draft.

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Interested in taking the Small Creative Business class to get your new business endeavor off the ground? Email classes@1AMSF.com.