Is it time for a fun, offsite adventure?

We are stoked to release our new Street Art Workshop! Bring your team to learn about street artists from around the world, embark on a local mural tour, create your own individual stencils and take-home tote bag or T-shirt and make a final production! Untitled Untitled Untitled To book a workshop today, email privateevents@1AMSF.com.

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.

1AM Mobile’s “Best of the Week”

Another recap of some of 1AM’s staff picks for this week.  Thanks “everyonesfavoritejulio”, “CRowe807″, “seandavis”, “cassius”, and “kolorslab” for the uploads to the every growing 1AM Mobile archive.  Get involved in helping 1AM Mobile become the most accurate archive of art in the streets, or just use it to answer the what, where, and when. LiftedSeeing is believingLizard manObey
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Sky Partners says “Sky’s the Limit!”

Sky Partners visited 1AM early last week for an amazing offsite- they learned about the history of graffiti, did a local mural tour, created take home T-shirts and even invited local passersby to vote on which mural they liked best. It was awesome to meet you guys! Sky Partners Workshop! Sky Partners Workshop! For inquiries, email privateevents@1AMSF.com.

Honey I Shrunk The Streets – A sneak peek

Some of the art pieces from our community of artists are trickling in and we want to share with you! Our next show “Honey I Shrunk The Streets” will feature art painted on miniature versions of billboards, brick walls, trucks and dumpsters. Check out billboards and dumpsters by RPES, DUEL and GOSER below:

Miniature dumpster by DUEL

Miniature dumpster by DUEL

Miniature billboard by GOSER

Miniature billboard by GOSER

Miniature billboard by RPES

Miniature billboard by RPES

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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

RRobots in Brooklyn

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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