Street Art and Social Change: PangeaSeed Sea Walls – San Diego

As a part of PangeaSeed, the Sea Walls project has been bringing attention to the degradation of our ocean and costal environments to people around the world by way of large mural paintings, indoor gallery shows, events, information and conversation. PangeaSeed is an international organization who collaborates with members of the art, science, and environmental activist communities. They are dedicated to raising public awareness and education surrounding oceanic protection and understanding.

PangeaSeed Presents – Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans – Mexico Expedition: Isla Mujeres 2014 from PangeaSeed on Vimeo.

The Sea Walls project aims to bring the oceans to inner cities around the world. By painting large murals with inspirational and educational messages, the hope is to reconnect city residents with the beauty and plight of our oceans. Sea Walls is currently in San Diego, CA, and fifteen street artists have been invited to paint murals addressing the topic of the modern tuna fishing industry. Here is the Australian street artist, Fintan Magee‘s, wall entitled “Hunger.”

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Latest 1AM mural, “Daily Grind”

Check out our latest mural production,”Daily Grind”, @ Duboce and South Van Ness in San Francisco.  This mural goes out to all the hard working (and semi-hard working) people that make our city a great one.  If you have a boring wall and are looking to change things up, check out our services, or contact us directly at murals@1amsf.com to get started.

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Behind The Scenes – Emergent

It’s all coming together here at 1AM gallery! We are excited about the opening tonight but first we want to take you behind the scenes. A look at the process of creation, the journey and exploration. Photo courtesy: Studio Circa

Christopher De Leon, Malik Girley and Leon working the 1AM wall

Christopher De Leon, Malik Girley and Leon working the 1AM wall

Malik Girley working on his piece "Hitherto"

Malik Girley working on his piece “Hitherto”

Steve Javiel in his studio

Steve Javiel in his studio

Leon Loucheur leaves his signature on 1AM wall

Leon Loucheur leaves his signature on 1AM wall

Monty Guy in his studio

Monty Guy in his studio

Leon eloquently puts it: The artists are a facilitating conduit; the elements beneath the conscious surface organize, interlace, and emerge from the cocoon of self. It is the Grand Magic, the emergent properties of style, substance, and self. “Emergent”, is the manifestation of this idea. It views art not as a linear thought, but as a tapestry of experience woven by skilled hands.

Come on over tonight to not only view the amazing art but meet with the artists who created it! See you between 6:30-9:30pm. For inquiries or catalog, please contact ANU@1AMSF.COM.

“Emergent” – A Closer Look

1AM Gallery is pleased to present, “Emergent”, a group exhibition, opening November 6th, 6:30 – 9:30pm. The show will feature works by Steve JavielDaniel ValadezMalik GirleyMonty GuyChristopher De LeonLeon LoucheurEmily Moore and J. S. WeisFor media inquiries or to preview art catalog, please email ANU@1AMSF.com

Work-in-progress by Steve Javiel

Work-in-progress by Steve Javiel

Christopher De Leon started with classical training in the arts but didn’t emerge into the art scene until his skillful live painting demos at clubs. His passion and talent was soon recognized and he continues to exhibit in galleries around the Bay Area. Monty Guy, an up and coming artist in the last few years, has hit the scene with his remarkably realistic black and white portraits.Leon Loucheur is a self-taught artist whose work focuses on the relationship between natural and man-made worlds through the exploration of his own psychological biases.

The Path Of The Innocent by Emily Moore

The Path Of The Innocent by Emily Moore

J.S. Weis’ drawings touch upon an innately human sense of marvel at the beauty of nature. He encourages viewers to examine the health and vitality of nature in relationship with our own well-being. As new artists to 1AM Gallery, Daniel Valadez, Emily Moore, and Steve Javiel will be bringing their rich mixed media and portraiture work. Malik Girley is a rising talent known for his illustrative prowess.

Out West by Leon Loucheur

Out West by Leon Loucheur

This exhibition runs Nov.8th through Nov.28th. Hope to see you there!

Street Art and Social Change: Rustam Qbic

Rustam Qbic is a Russian surrealist artist who’s work touches on themes of knowledge, community, environment, and education. His versatility can be seen with his illustrations, canvases, and large-scale murals. Recently he spent eleven cold days painting this beautiful nine-story piece in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia; a part of the New City Festival.

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With the use of these dreamy pastel greens and blues, Rustam paints a picture of what could be a humble critique of humanity, freedom and knowledge. Be sure to check out his other walls and paintings, which explore more themes of nature, books, freedom and modernity! Read More »

Sneak Peek “Emergent” Opening November 6th, 6:30pm!

Emergent” is a tapestry of experience woven by the skilled hands of eight talented artists: Steve JavielDaniel ValadezMalik GirleyMonty GuyChristopher De LeonLeon LoucheurEmily Moore and J. S. Weis. Please mark your calendars for the opening of this not-to-miss exhibition: November 6th, 6:30 – 9:30pm. Meanwhile, enjoy this sneak peek!

"Mental Block" by Emily Moore

“Mental Block” by Emily Moore

“Mental Block” by Emily Moore addresses the issue that artists, writers and creatives alike seem to encounter from time to time, “seemingly emerging from no where”.

"5 Owl, Ocean Beach" by Leon Loucheur

“5 Owl, Ocean Beach” by Leon Loucheur

In the words of the artist “’5 Owl, Ocean Beach’ is an homage to the all-night, 5 owl bus-line that runs along Golden Gate Park, finally ending at Ocean Beach. I live in the Avenues, about a mile from the ocean. This piece was inspired by my practice of taking midnight walks to the beach to clear my head, stretch my legs, and for a ceremonial sip of salt water in the dark. Then I ride the bus back home.”

A Work-In-Progress by Daniel Valadez

A Work-In-Progress by Daniel Valadez

Leon Loucheur describes the process of creating as “A journey of exploration. An artist’s thoughts, habits, instincts, and history- these are the pixels that together create the portrait of a creative being. The artists themselves are a facilitating conduit; the elements beneath the conscious surface organize, interlace, and emerge from the cocoon of self. It is the Grand Magic, the emergent properties of style, substance, and self.”

For media inquiries or to preview catalog, please email ANU@1AMSF.COM

Have Fun With Miniatures This Thursday!!

What happens when a group of street and graffiti artists, who are used to working uninhibited on big walls, multi-storied buildings and larger than life billboards, are given miniature versions of their world? They have lots of fun with it!! Come and check out “Honey I Shrunk The Streets” this Thursday, Oct. 16, 6:30pm – 9:30pm and join in the fun.

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Kan (billboard)

Estria (truck2)

Estria (truck)

Plantrees (dumpster)

Plantrees (dumpster)

Satyr (dumpster)

Satyr (dumpster)

See you all at 1AM Gallery on Thursday at 6:30pm!! To preview the catalogue or for media inquiries please email Anu@1AMSF.com

Street Art and Social Change: Bicyclist Awareness and Civil Disobedience

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Street art often takes on many forms, including sculpture and 3 dimensional pieces. Sometimes these objects are large, and sometimes they move. When this is the case, objects can become actions. These actions can be described as “civil disobedience” because they often exist in a legal grey area, where there is a refusal to resist certain imposed laws or regulations and turn some heads while doing so. In an act of splendid civil disobedience, a group of Latvian activists made simple car frames out of bamboo and bicycled them through the cit of Riga. The action was meant to bring attention to sustainable urban mobility, bicycle safety, and question the use of cars to move (usually) only one person. The Latvian activist group, Let’s Bike It, organized the action as a part of the European Mobility Week to raise awareness. (story awareness from My Modern Met and Colossal)

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Street Art and Social Change: Borders, Enclosures, Walls

Throughout history barriers have been built for many different reasons – homes, buildings, land, etc. No matter the reason, with the building of barriers brought the notion of property and ownership. With this, walls have been used to divide and enclose, restricting the movement of people, items, and resources. It is from these actions that there have been a great deal of conflicts in history, many of which being about land and state. We can look at examples from history where walls were built for such reasons: the Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall, the Israel/Palestine wall, and the US / Mexico border wall. These structures have enclosed and divided people, in often very violent ways. However, with the building of these walls has also come the ability to voice outrage, build solidarity, and raise awareness of the situation by painting and creating art directly on them.

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Immigrant dolls hung on the US/Mexico border wall

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“Side By Side” opens at 1AM this December!

We are happy to welcome back BASK and to present TES ONE in our show “Side By Side” opening December 5th, 6:30-9:30pm!

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Bask’s richly textural work imbue his “anti-iconic,” sometimes satirical worldview with an undercurrent of dark emotion. His canvases are the city’s flotsam and jetsam of industrial and consumer decay. In August he returned to Detroit for “Location, Location, Location” which showcases Bask’s blend of graffiti, punk and DIY styles into his latest exploration of Detroit’s unique textures and vast urban landscape.

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Bask in Detroit

Combining traditional and non-traditional techniques, Leon “Tes One” Bedore creates works of art that contrast nature with technology, grime with grace. Tes One’s conceptual paintings are assembled from the foundation up; color and cast blanket organic substrates. Incorporating movement within his work brings his energy and message to the viewer, emotions envelope and hold focus.

Jimi Hendrix by TesOne

Jimi Hendrix by TesOne

For more information visit our website and for media inquiries, please email anu@1amsf.com.