Artist Spotlight: Hellbent

What lies at the core of Hellbent’s art with its brightly color strips and contrasting patterns? You might be surprised to hear that the answer is music. Not only did he base his street name off of the punk musician, Richard Hell, but he names his works after songs that he listens to while creating them. His intense love for music spans a variety of genres that include punk, country, and indie rock.

Hellbent's Denim Supply Ralph Lauren Wall Project

Hellbent’s Ralph Lauren Wall Project

Besides his floral patterns and incredible stencil work, Hellbent’s work is sometimes distinguished by a jaw bone. He explained that the jaw bone idea came to him after reading a story about Freud’s battle with jaw cancer. The story goes that Freud was saved from a sudden hemorrhage by his hospital roommate – who happened to be a dwarf! Hellbent explains that the jaw also suggests the importance of basic human functions such as speaking and eating.

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For “A Major Minority 2015“, Hellbent created three pieces inspired by Joy Division songs. A closer look at each piece reveals subtle intricacies and beautiful patterns that are unique to Hellbent’s style.

"Candidate (Joy Division)" by Hellbent

“Candidate (Joy Division)” by Hellbent

"Interzone (Joy Division)" by Hellbent

“Interzone (Joy Division)” by Hellbent

"She's Lost Control (Joy Division)" by Hellbent

“She’s Lost Control (Joy Division)” by Hellbent

Stop by the gallery to see this Brooklyn-based artist’s work until the end of the April.

For prices and more information about Hellbent’s art, please email anu@1amsf.com.

Artist Spotlight: Okuda San Miguel

Okuda San Miguel is a Spanish artist known for his unmistakable style of multicolored geometric prints. Critics point to pop surrealism as a signifying essence that emerges from Okuda’s work. The art that he creates is constantly emphasizing the conflict between nature and our roots. Themes that tie into his work generally revolve around contradictions between existentialism, the universe, the infinite, the meaning of life, and the false freedom of capitalism. For Okuda, inspiration comes from normal everyday things such as travel, film, music, and the environment. For “A Major Minority 2015”, Okuda skillfully molded anthropomorphic forms and symbols into three captivating pieces.

"Bear Hunted" by Okuda San Miguel

“Bear Hunted” by Okuda San Miguel

"Deep Chiuaua" by Okuda San Miguel

“Deep Chiuaua” by Okuda San Miguel

Deep Chihuahua” and “Bear Hunted” portray his classic use of bright geometric renderings. The grey-human shapes represent Okuda’s worries about humanity’s false sense of freedom.

"Bear Queen" by Okuda San Miguel

“Bear Queen” by Okuda San Miguel

Bear Queen” is exceptionally unique because it is a canvas tapestry crafted of yarn. By simply looking into the eyes of the queen, it is easy to see the power that Okuda evokes through his themes.

Art for "A Major Minority 2015" by Okuda San Miguel

Art for “A Major Minority 2015″ by Okuda San Miguel

Outside of “A Major Minority 2015”, Okuda recently participated in Urban Art Biennale 2015 in Germany. This was a significant show for the artist because Urban Art Biennale is an exhibit of over 75 international artists who’re helping to demonstrates how classic street art can easily merge with traditional art forms while maintaining the roots of the urban art world.

Okuda San Miguel's work at Art Biennale 2015

Okuda San Miguel’s work at Art Biennale 2015

Come experience the vibrancy of Okuda’s art for yourself at the 1AM Gallery from now until April 22nd. For prices and art inquiries, please contact anu@1amsf.com

1AM Mobile App’s “Best of the Week”

1AM Mobile is at it again.  The streets are our playground so get in on the action now with the 1AM Mobile App! 

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Photo by YonElvira in Los Angeles

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Photo by JohnnyKush in Denver

Wings

Photo by anncat in Los Angeles

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Photo by knkknk in San Francisco

 

VMware brings their user experience team for a fun offsite!

Dang, that design is crisp! The VMware User Experience teach came by for a hands-on workshop to make stenciled T-shirts and paint two take home canvases for their office space! 16733806320_528c0947bc_bVMWare_3242015 - 08 Email privateevents@gmail.com to set up an event for your team.

Join Us for “A Major Minority 2015″

The art for “A Major Minority 2015” has travelled thousands of miles to be displayed at the 1AM Gallery. We’re excited to exhibit artists from across the globe and share a vast collection of unique styles. Othercontemporary Urban Art is changing perceptions of urban art and doing it with an artistic power that hasn’t been seen before. With packages of art arriving daily, the gallery has been a whirlwind of action. However, in-between all the work we managed to sneak in some space for a wicked yarn installation (but don’t just take our word for it, come see it yourself). Join us tonight, April 2nd, for the opening reception at 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM and checkout some mind-bending art!

"Animated Spirits Royalty" by Shie Moreno

“Animated Spirits Royalty” by Shie Moreno

"Modern Apprentice" by Col Wallnuts

“Modern Apprentice” by Col Wallnuts

"Letter Study 2" by Poesia

“Letter Study 2″ by Poesia

Please contact anu@1amsf.com for the art catalog.

Street Art and Social Change: El Mac Paints for US/Mexico Border Injustices

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As an independent binational art project, El Mac has finished two large murals in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuaha and El Paso, Texas. The LA based artist draws influence from the Chicano and Mexican cultures he grew up with. These influences are clear in his work, which he creates using contemporary graffiti and photorealism techniques. Mac worked tirelessly to complete these works, with the help of his comrade, David ‘Grave‘ Herrera. His signature, ripple-like effect of painting, is achieved by using only fat caps on his spray paint cans, and meticulous precision. For these two walls he painted on either side of the US/Mexico border, he focused his work on those who have been caught in the violence of the borderlands. His piece in Ciudad Juárez, entitled “Juarense y Poderosa,” is of a young woman named Diana who lost her mother to kidnapping.

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His piece across the border in El Paso, entitled “Ánimo Sin Fronteras,” is of a man named Melchor, whose son was disappeared by corrupt police.

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These walls represent the countless others who have been affected by the injustices and violence of the corrupt United States and Mexican governments. “I felt a responsibility to paint these murals, to create images of inspiration and empowerment. In my own small way, with my own voice and platform, I hope to honor those that have suffered the effects of this ongoing injustice.” – El Mac

(video shot and edited by Eric Heights)

(images via El Mac)

Sneak Peak – A Major Minority 2015

You don’t need a crystal ball to see into the future of art. A Major Minority, curated by San Francisco-based artist Poesia, is a vibrant demonstration of how the boundaries of contemporary art are expanding. Coined as Othercontemporary Urban Art, the pieces in this upcoming show illustrate the complexity of elements that make up the merging of street art and the critical art world. This international sampling of artworks will expand your understanding of urban art and its context in the world. Glimpse a sneak peak of some of the featured pieces before the opening reception on Thursday, April 2nd from 6:30-9:30pm.

Forcefield by Digital Does

Forcefield by Digital Does

Insomnia by Zmogk

Insomnia by Zmogk

Masks by Basik

Masks by Basik

Orthogonal Exuberance by Proembrion

Orthogonal Exuberance by Proembrion

For art inquiries, please email anu@1amsf.com.

Street Art and Social Change: Olek Crotchets a Women’s Shelter in India

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Olek (photo © Pranav Mehta/St+ARTIndia)

 

Polish born, and now Brooklyn based street artist, Olek, has been hard at work in the city of Delhi, India. Her signature work of crochet wrapping objects and buildings on the street has brought her around the world, and she has focused her work on many important issues regarding social and environmental justice. Olek’s project in Delhi is directed toward social inclusion and women’s empowerment. With a team of helpers (many local women who already crochet and follow Olek’s work), a local women’s shelter in New Delhi was fitted with a large crocheted cover. The shelter is one of  almost 2oo in a city of 11 million, and provides a safe space for homeless women and families. The focus of her work was to raise awareness toward the social disparities of gender, class and caste. In an interview with Brooklyn Street Art about St+Art Delhi, organizer, Giulia Ambrogi, shared that:

“[…] Artworks in the streets is already a sort of revolution. Public spaces, especially if peripheral, are most of the time neglected and are crowded mostly by lower social classes. The process of creating huge artworks for everybody’s eyes and the attitude of the artists and the team of involving everyone and gathering people under the signs of art-making and artworks – which is absolutely new in India, is an empowering breakthrough or a certain kind. By calling women artists we enhanced this prolific dynamic. It meant that we introduced a change, showing both to men and women that no matter the gender and the class, everyone has the same strength and rights of living, appropriating and positively acting in public spaces. Olek’s work brings back tot he streets a tradition that is usually practice by women in the private and closed envirnment of their homes. Also, this work highlighted the power of people, especially women, when they cooperate together.”

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Olek (photo © Pranav Mehta/St+ARTIndia)

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Olek (photo © Pranav Mehta/St+ARTIndia)

 

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Olek (photo © Pranav Mehta/St+ARTIndia)

 

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Olek (photo © Pranav Mehta/St+ARTIndia)

 

Olek’s recent work in Delhi has been a part of the St+Art Delhi festival. The festival brings together Indian and international street artists for a month of murals, installations, performances, workshops, walks and talks on the streets. The objective is to promote street art and graffiti on Indian landscapes, as well as provide a collaborative platform for artists from all over the world.

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Olek (photo © Pranav Mehta/St+ARTIndia)

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Olek (photo © Pranav Mehta/St+ARTIndia)

 

(story awareness via Brooklyn Street Art)

Holy Names University spends the morning tagging!

High school students from Holy Names University‘s summer program stopped by 1AM bright and early to practice sketching out their new graffiti writer names and paint a mural with our teacher. Opting to produce their mural on canvas so that they could bring it home with them, the group ultimately chose to inscribe the uplifting message of “Speak up!” across their canvas and it ended up looking aesthetically inspiring as well! Holy Names Workshop July 2014 Holy Names Workshop July 2014 Send the gallery an email at privateevents@1amsf.com to start the conversation about your next team-building event!

Artist Spotlight: Jenna Morello

Jenna, 29, grew up in a very close, creative family and now resides in Brooklyn, New York. As a kid she always loved to paint and draw. Her expertise lies in spray paint, house and acrylic paint. Not only is she ambidextrous, but her left hand can mirror her right hand with both hands drawing simultaneously. For the 1AM show, “Take Flight“, Jenna used torn linen to create a dark and edgy backdrop that allows her pieces to evoke a feeling of awe. She approached the theme from a more literal context and pushed the contrast on the colors to emphasize this feeling within her art.

"Exuviate" by Jenna Morello

“Exuviate” by Jenna Morello

"Icarus" by Jenna Morello

“Icarus” by Jenna Morello

"The Vultures" by Jenna Morello

“The Vultures” by Jenna Morello

Come see Jenna’s captivating work and more at the 1AM gallery. Please email ANU@1amsf.com for inquiries.