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 »

1AM Mobile’s “Best of the Week”

Check out this weeks best from the 1AM Mobile App!  Thanks xLe, WJG, and Flamigni for the finds.

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A tapestry of talent emerges in “Emergent”

1AM Gallery is pleased to present, “Emergent”, a group exhibition, opening November 6th, 6:30 – 9:30pm. The show will feature works by Christopher De Leon, Daniel J Valadez, Emily Moore, J.S. Weis, Leon Loucheur, Malik GirleyMonty Guy, and Steve Javiel.

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The process of creating is 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. “Emergent”, is the manifestation of this idea. It views art not as a linear thought, but as a tapestry of experience woven by a skilled hand.

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For more information, visit our website. If you have any questions or would like to request media related material, please email anu@1AMSF.com

We Are Crossing – Immigration Told with Street Art

This week we are taking a look at some recent works from artists around the world centered on immigration. Following last week’s writing on Borders, Enclosures, Walls, we will continue in the direction of the movement of people – immigration. People have always moved; it is what has given us our unique and beautiful differences in appearances and cultures! In today’s highly globalized world, however, it is now more difficult for people to move from one place to another than ever before. There are many components at work with this issue (employment, housing, education, health care, environmental resources, etc.), so the topic can be very complex and emotionally charged for many. Over the past couple weeks we’ve come across some paintings that address this topic. Have a look and see what these images may bring up in your own thinking!

What Goes Around Comes Around by Sepe – Mural in Lagos, Portugal during ARTURb artistic residence 2014

What Goes Around Comes Around by Polish artist, Sepe, portrays Portugal’s history of colonialism to it’a current citizen emigration issue. Once an empire benefiting from the taking of land, resources and people from around the world, Portugal is now seeing its citizens emigrating to other countries in search of jobs and a decent life. Sepe’s timeline-like work serves as a historical archive, chronicling past to present.

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Street Art and Social Change

Here at 1AM we embrace the power that comes with making one’s mark in this world through creative means. For us, it is our First Amendment: the right of free speech, and we are passionate about exhibiting, teaching, painting, archiving, and sharing the street art  and graffiti movement while inspiring the masses. In a new weekly blog post, we will be sharing impressive ways that street art and graffiti are changing the world.

A new piece by Brooklyn artist, Gilf!, calling for action to The People’s Climate March in NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo) via brooklynstreetart.com

Art has always played a powerful role in history, and social movements have used its power in many ways. More recently, street art and graffiti have been playing particularly more prominent roles in current social and environmental justice movements. Street art and graffiti have served as a living archive, as a collective memory, as community representation, as building solidarity, in reclaiming public spaces, and in giving voice to the silenced. Thanks to modern technology and sharing capabilities, street art and graffiti have been increasingly well documented in recent movements like the current Climate Crisis protests in New York, Occupy, the Arab Spring, and in Ukraine, Greece, Palestine, and Syria. We can go back farther to the prolific use of graffiti and stenciling in the 2001 social movement in Argentina, and even farther back to the painting on the eastern side of the Berlin Wall before its destruction.

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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.

1AM Mobile’s “Best of the Week”

From dissections to rainbow shout outs, 1AM Mobile has you covered.  Download the app for FREE to see and share street art and graffiti worldwide.

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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.

SNEAK PEEK of “Becoming Lucid”

Next month, 1AM will be hosting “Becoming Lucid,” a solo exhibit showcasing surrealistic oil paintings by French street artist and graphic designer, Arthur Maslard a.k.a. Ratur. His new collection will be unveiled at the opening reception on Thursday, September 4th, 6:30-9:30PM. Get a more in-depth preview of the show on Widewalls and check out some quick teaser photos below! The KidAutoportrait (25x18,3')To request a preview of the exhibit, contact artsales@1amsf.com.

“A Declaration of Color” closes Friday, August 1st

Sen2‘s killer solo show “A Declaration of Color” will soon be coming down so make some time before August 1st to pop into 1AM Gallery to check it out.  See his new canvas work as well as a New York water tower installation and colorful Sen2 mural on the side of our building.

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For more info, visit www.1AMGallery.com and for further art inquiries email artsales@1amsf.com.