A Wee Bit of Character

French graphic designer and illustrator, Alexone has made a name for himself through his kooky characters and distinct imaginative style. His paintings and walls seem to be alive with motion as if they are a still from an animation. Alexone brings his signature style, characters, and eye for design to 1AM Gallery for our current show, “A Major Minority” – an international survey of urban art with work from more than 100 artists from over 18 countries! Here’s a peak of one of his pieces currently on display at 1AM Gallery. Also, check out one of his EPIC  murals (below), located in Basel, Switzerland. Check out our store page to see more from Alexone as well as the rest of the GIANT “Major Minority” collection!

A43one by Alexone“A43one” by Alexone

Mural by Alexone in Basel, SwitzerlandMural by Alexone in Basel, Switzerland

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Sketches on Walls

Athens-based artist iNO has brought his surrealistic visions to the streets since 2000. His murals have a haunting dreamlike quality with figures gently weaving in and out of each other. As part of his “Sketches on Walls” project, iNO decided to recapture that same essence on a significantly smaller scale in a series of drawings depicting murals he has completed through the years. For our current show, “A Major Minority,” 1AM Gallery is exhibiting some of these drawings depicting iNO‘s walls in Athens, Naoussa, and Miami. Take a look at a couple of his beautiful walls and check out one of his drawings from the “Major Minority” exhibition. Check our store page for more on iNO and the rest of the Major Minority collection.

"No Future" Wall in Athens, Greece “No Future” Wall in Athens, Greece

"No Future" by Ino“No Future” by Ino, Pencil on Paper

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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.

Apple visits 1AM for an exciting mural creation workshop!

Apple brought their humor and skills to one of our team building workshops and got to take home their very own mural for the office!
Apple Workshop! Apple Workshop!

Email privateevents@1AMSF.com to setup a time for your team to paint your own take-home mural.

PracticeFusion visits 1AM for an awesome team event!

PracticeFusion joined us for an evening workshop adventure to learn more about the graffiti art scene and to try their hand at spray-painting. It was great to meet you guys!
PracticeFusion Workshop! PracticeFusion Workshop!

Email privateevents@1AMSF.com to setup an exciting happy hour event for your team.

Last week to see original works by Lily Black in “This Isn’t How I Planned It”!

Bay area artist Lily Black has lived more lives than your average. Although Lily refrains from calling himself an “artist”, he certainly has been creating things for profit for a long time. From selling props to costume stores at the young age of 12, to making record art for heavy metal bands like Autopsy, assembling H&R Block offices, doing graphic design, and being a slave for Sony, Lily would preferably do just about anything if he can do it with his hands, especially if it involves a paint brush or a pencil. Growing up in the East Bay and eventually transplanting into living in the downtown area of San Francisco from the burbs, Lily soon became familiar with the environment around him and thrived off it’s sometimes bleak existence and thus it became a type of fuel to inspire a portion of his creative process.
Even rat's have dreams

Purchase prints from the show through this link or find out more about Lily Black’s work in our interview below:

1AM: Did you start out drawing?

LB: My Art history background is art brut or outsider art which is the 3 C’s – children, criminals, crazies, so I’m self taught, pretty much anyone who hasn’t received formal art training. But oh yeah, you kind of have to. My father moved his office and bought way too much stationery and there were boxes and boxes of unused stationery for free and when I was growing up, any amount of trouble or restriction I was in did not include art supplies. It was like food, water, clothing, art supplies. And drawing is the lingua franca of the arts. If you can’t draw you’re going to have a hard time. Basically, I can teach a dog how to draw but I cannot teach a dog how to stop drawing.

1AM: How did this current body of work all start? What was it’s inspiration?

LB: The long Moleskine Japanese notebook is 5 inches by 3.75 inches and all the pages hold pout into one long page. I made it for a girl, which is a really good way to do stuff. It’s in the paradigm of art that is in the realm you’d have to call obsessive creepy stalker art. But we were already dating so it’s slightly different. So it’s more dating creepy stalker art. Some of the content in there include her name and date and ~love~  But we both like urban decay and in America it’s called Detroit and in Japan it’s called Haikyo which means melancholic and beautiful ruins. So I have industrial sites, love hotels which have been abandoned and open to the elements of animals, Haikyo Japanese culture in general is subtly tucked in there. We also both like science fiction a lot so I made a world that we both would like and enjoy. Making a world where there is atmosphere, architecture and population and which in this case is zero, and an aesthetic to convey this is warm grey scales which makes it appear to go beyond the edge. That’s what turns me on and that’s what I wanted to portray.

1AM: Essentially it’s like a visual love letter..
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AMM Spotlight: French Graffiti Artist, Romi

French graffiti artist and architect, Romain “Romi” Brision, has been painting up walls all over Europe since 2001. His work explores the intersections between order and chaos and dares to be multidimensional, bringing 2D design into an architectural configuration. Check out his Haiku pieces (shown below) which play with line, shape, and even light.  The pieces are currently on display for our current show “A Major Minority.” Visit 1AM Gallery to see them in person!

 

 


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Ready, Set, Show!

The 1AM team and Graffuturism extraordinaire, Poesia, are getting prepped and ready for the EXPLOSION of a show, “A Major Minority” which opens this Friday, March 14th, 6:30-9:30! With over 100 artists from all over the world exhibiting a vast myriad of A4-sized original artworks, this opening is a Can’t-Miss for sure! Can’t wait? No probs! We’ve got your preview right here. Check out these sneak peaks!

Honeycomb 2 by Sat One “Honeycomb 2″ by Sat One

Abstract House 5 by Drew Tyndell “Abstract House 5″ by Drew Tyndell

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Interview with Liquid Hymn artist, J.S. Weis

DescendingPattern3s1AM: The phrase “Liquid Hymn” implies almost a religious or spiritual relationship with nature. Is that how you view your relationship with the natural world?

Jeff Weis: A hymn is a song of joy or praise usually used in a religious context, but I meant it more as an analogy.  My working process is like a song of joy and it’s sung for nature instead of religion. Implied in the word hymn is that you are reaching out to an idea that can’t respond directly to you.

1AM: In an ideal world, how would you envision mankind’s relationship to nature? What attitudes would you like to change?

JW: In an ideal world consumerism wouldn’t dominate our lives. Taking energy away from something else is at the heart of consumption, which is necessary, but consumerism encourages overconsumption. Essentially, we take more than we need.
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“A Major Minority” is coming soon to 1AM Gallery!

You won’t want to miss our next show “A Major Minority” opening Friday, March 14th, 6:30-9:30pm. Curated by San Francisco-based artist Poesia, “A Major Minority” is a survey of Othercontemporary Urban Artists from over 18 countries consisting of over a 100 artists. Expect to see a sensational, international sampling of art works that reveal the overall character of Urban Art and its relationship to the public as well as the contemporary art world. Check out the killer artist line-up below: AMMFlyerAMMRosterFlyer For purchasing or general inquiries, please email artsales@1AMSF.com.