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.

Ratur rides success!

Becoming Lucid, our current show, has been quite a success! Ratur’s dreamy paintings have captured imaginations and is being appreciated by artists and art lovers alike. Riding on this success, Ratur continues to paint around the city. He was recently found painting live at the Art Beats fair at the historic Pier 70 in SF Dog Patch district.

Ratur at ArtBeats

Ratur at ArtBeats

Ratur also collaborated with Eon75 for painting the rooftop of Ian Ross gallery.

Wall by Ratur and Eon75

Wall by Ratur and Eon75

Up close: Wall by Ratur and Eon75

Up close: Wall by Ratur and Eon75

Visit 1AM Gallery to catch last few days of Becoming Lucid. For inquiries, please contact artsales@1amsf.com.

Gray Be Gone!

An occasional splash of color so enlivens the drab grays of any city neighborhood! Take a look around, there’s a pulsating universe of colors created by street artists for everyone to enjoy.

Maya Hayuk in Baltimore

Maya Hayuk in Baltimore

Street art delightfully impacts with color where architecture never imagined it to be. It has the interpretive vision to reface, re-energize, and reimagine a building. Artists versed in art history and the rhythms of the street are collaborating with warm colors, geometric patterns, grid inspired lines and abstraction.

Kenor in Poland

Kenor in Poland

“The environment and its colors are perceived, and the brain processes and judges what it perceives on an objective and subjective basis. Psychological influence, communication, information, and effects on the psyche are aspects of our perceptual judgment processes. Hence, the goals of color design in an architectural space are not relegated to decoration alone.” writes Frank H Mahnke, in his book Color, Environment and Human Response

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Color is an international language understood by all, and street artists use it to perfection to express themselves with. Check out some 1AM murals that beautify our hometown of San Francisco. For more info, email murals@1amsf.com.

Honey, I Shrunk the Streets!!

Big things come in small packages and our next exhibit “Honey, I Shrunk the Streets” proves just that.  In this one-of-a-kind exhibition, our 1AM community of artists will paint miniature versions of billboards, brick walls, trucks, and dumpsters provided by TYO toys.  Check out our artist list on the flyer below and save the date – October 16th, 6:30-9:30pm!Flyerfinalfront

Untitled Questions? Ask anu@1amsf.com.

Behind the scenes: la préparation de RATUR

Getting prepped for tomorrow’s show while RATUR paints a mural on our exterior wall. At tomorrow’s opening night we will be showcasing a collection of his oil paintings on canvas. “Becoming Lucid” truly captures dreaminess and surreality of RATUR’s work. Not to miss! Be there or be square: Thursday, September 4th, 6:30 pm – 9:30pm.Ratur stretching canvas Ratur painting wallFor further art inquiries or to receive a preview catalog, email artsales@1amsf.com.