Hellbent’s “Remnants” Opening Night Recap

We had a blast Thursday night with the opening of “Remnants,” by JMikal Davis, aka Hellbent. A huge thanks to everyone who came out to join us–it was great to see some familiar faces, and awesome to see so many new ones checking out the stunning resin work. If you weren’t able to make it to opening night, don’t worry. Hellbent’s untamed colors and wild lines will still be up on display until October 13th, so be sure to come on by and take in all the energy!

A special congratulations to Hellbent for his amazing collection!

You can view the full “Remnants” collection here. For inquiries: artsales@1amgallery.com

“Everyone Deserves a Home,” Finished!

Last Wednesday, crowds gathered at Boeddeker Park to see the finished six-story mural that had been in the works for so long. This colorful, vibrant addition to the Windsor Hotel is the product of many months of designing, revising, and careful execution by the 1AM Mural Team, and the community has received it with overwhelming praise. “Everyone Deserves a Home” is a testament to the community of the Tenderloin and a promise of hope and security. This mural, overlooking the recently revamped park, bring new life and vibrancy to the Tenderloin community. A big thanks and congrats to DISH, Friends of Boeddeker Park, and the Community Challenge Grant Program for allowing 1AM to help achieve this awesome goal! Read more about the project’s impact on the neighborhood from Hoodline, here.

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Street Art and Social Change: Steven Grounds Reclaims a Native American Boarding School


Artist, Steven Grounds, has been working hard the last couple years, filling the interior and exterior walls of an abandoned Native American boarding school in Concho, Oklahoma. The boarding school, during its years of operation from 1909-1983, had members from the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes among other Native American students. Grounds is Navajo and Euchee himself, and he obtained permission to paint the buildings from the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribe two years ago. He has been painting portraits of  his heroes and even of students who once walked the same halls ever since.

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Native American boarding schools have a dreadful history in the United States. They were built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries to provide education and to give opportunity for children with no formal schools in their vicinity. In reality, Native American boarding schools were seen as the means for the government to achieve assimilation of Native Americans. Children were usually immersed in European-American culture through appearance changes with haircuts, were forbidden to speak their native languages, and traditional names were replaced by new European-American names. The experience of the schools was often harsh, especially for the younger children who were separated from their families. In numerous ways, they were encouraged or forced to abandon their Native American identities and cultures.


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Photograph from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Agency’s Catholic School (1920-33) (via Bureau of Indian Affairs. Concho Agency/National Archives and Records Administration)

Grounds’ work is connecting history, culture, and time to place. The abandoned school was left for ruin but he has done what street artists are good at – activating spaces. “When you walk in here you can feel that energy, that there is a history here,” says Grounds. And about his portraits he adds, “I take them as a way to show reverence. So what I paint in here comes from a place of respect.”


Street Art and Social Change: Biancoshock’s “VIP” Street Intervention


Italian artist and urban interventionist, Fra Biancoshock, recently visited Tartu, Estonia, where he created several site specific street installations. His “V.I.P – Very Important Poverty” installation is gripping – a homeless person under a blanket on a red carpet with boundary ropes around. A poignant piece, as global wealth divide and inequality is at an alltime high. Baincoshock’s work has the beautiful and also alarming ability to cut right through the observer. His interventions walk the fine line between art and …something else – maybe reality.

For a very long time he didn’t consider himself as an artist, until, one day he decided to understand the purpose and the nature of his work. Soon becomes clear that there is no existing “category” that can fit his urban inclination, typical of the Urban Art, and his expressive process which is very close to the classic activist and performative art; this is the reason why he decides to give birth to EPHEMERALISM. Ephemeralism has the purpose of producing works of art that have to exist briefly in space but limitlessly in time through the photography, the video and the media.

He has realized more that 750 interventions in the streets of Italy, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, England, Hungary, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovak, Slovenia and Spain and he is not thinking about stopping. Thank you, Baincoshock. We can’t wait to see what you bring next!

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A Drink with Deb…

With the opening of Motel Mademoiselle, we thought it would be cool to have an interview with one of the artists, the fabulous Deb, so that we could get into her head and see what it is that makes her the great woman she is.

Hi Deb! First off, mermaid or good witch?

Hmm.. Merwhitch?

What made you leave Melbourne and move to San Francisco?

I had been wanting to live in USA for many years before I made the move. I had travelled the states a few times growing up as I have extended family in NY and LA and funnily enough I had always wanted to move to either of those two states. About 5 years ago I made a 7 week trip and spent time in NY, LA and SF and completely fell in love with SF, the people, and the art scene here is great. I flew back to Melbourne and I was like, “It’s time.” I need a change in scenery. I love Melbourne completely but my life was beginning to feel like that movie Groundhog Day. I have been working super hard on applying to obtain citizenship for years now so hopefully that will happen soon. I am completely in love with SF and this is where I want to stay.


A lot of your art includes goddesses, mythical entities, and a wide variety of other religiously symbolic imagery. Do you consider yourself religious? Can you explain your relationship to these powerful icons?

No, I am not religious at all. I love to explore other cultures in a lot of my art and other belief systems but I am especially drawn to Hindu art in a big way. It has so many wild stories and meanings and so much of Hinduism is about being peaceful and a good human. I love portraying my women to be a complete mix of different cultures from all over the place. My art has always portrayed this. I also like to travel so I get inspired by the way people live in all different parts of the globe.

If your characters could come to life, what would you envisioning them doing? Who are Debs Dolls?

They would do a lot of Rollerskating. Eat heaps of vegan donuts blow high bubbles with bubble gum, sleep a lot on hammocks, swim with dolphins and fly with unicorns, you know usual stuff like that… Um, also definitely hang out with animals that spoke the same language and have crazy wild tea parties like Alice in Wonderland, jump through portals, argh this question is too broad.



Name three of your modern day favorite super heroines.

Poison Ivy, She Ra Princess of Power, Sucker for Wonder Woman.

In the past you’ve donated to a lot of charities and contributed art to campaign for social change. What are a few causes that motivate you and your art right now?

I continue to raise money for cancer. Suicide, people with eating disorders, homelessness are ones I have tried to help with a lot. I am big on helping for charity as much as I can handle every year, for every year I have been a freelance artist I have taken as much time as I can possibly handle to help out with charities. Actually, I think there have been a few years I spend more time raising money for charities than myself. There has to be a balance so I don’t fall out of my own balance, but it is one thing that makes me happy and feel like the unspoken Karma I will hopefully get in return will help me get through life.. but I do as much as I can.

What are your favorite pair of heels currently on deck?

100% my ice-cream heals made by my good friends Fiebiger shoes, who I have collaborated with and more to come.

Describe your power suit.

My power suit is a giant strawberry and mint chocolate chip ice-cream suit that would light up and glow and shoot out colored paint any time people try to bite into my giant ice-cream power suit. It’s vegan, of course.

As a woman, what would you say has been your biggest challenge in your career and how did you overcome it? Conversely, what has been your biggest victory?

When I was young any boys saying, “you can’t paint its a boys thing!!” Drove me nuts, persistence pays off I guess. Another big one is a couple of years ago my painting hand started to get really bad and I deal with multiple issues still now. Pretty much everything I paint now causes me pain. At first I stopped painting for 6 months to try let it get better but it keeps flaring up when I use it. This is a constant challenge for me. In the time I tried to not use it I was severely depressed and I have decided that not painting is more painful emotionally then physically painting as much as I can handle. You do what you have to do to get by. I paint, that’s my thing, that’s why I was put on this earth. I will always paint. I have been trying to become ambidextrous, it’s tough. I’m keeping on it in the hope it will become a thing, that I can use both my hands or even the less dominant one more often to give the other one a break.


What’s next for Deb?

What’s next.. ? Heaps! I can’t tell you but I have a lot of amazing things lined up one after the next to shoot out to the world, stay tuned. Thank you for this interview, this was for sure one of the funnest interviews I have had in awhile!

For inquiries about available work from Deb, please contact artsales@1amgallery.com


Street Art and Social Change: Ever for Farmers in Paraguay

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Argentinian artist, Ever Siempre, just wrapped up painting this wall in Asunción, Paraguay. The piece is entitled “Chokokue” (“Farmer”) in the indigenous Guarani language, and represents a somber and violent history the country’s government has had with this agricultural social group. Ever writes:

“During 1989-2013 they were executed and disappeared 115 leaders and members of peasant organizations. These attacks has the objetive of acquire the land of the farmers this is a due to large corporate interests linked to models agribusiness such as soy, this situation has led Paraguay to be the country with the most unequal land distribution in the World . More than 80% of the land is in the hands of less than 2% of the population. This work is a claim to peasant social struggle in Paraguay, a universal human right. Color grading turn is the abstract representation of the “triple Alianza” War (Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay) funded by the English colony. The consequences of this war was that almost 80% of the Paraguayan population were killed during that war, a latent print in the history of Paraguay.”


Ever’s signature style of portraiture with encircling gradients and color fields has a powerful effect. Using both brushes and spray paint, his works are largely social based, telling stories through visual art. Ever has painted walls around the world and continues to connect people and place through his large public works. We’re always excited to see his next installment!

Recap: Opening Night of Motel Mademoiselle

Thanks to everyone who came to the opening of Motel Mademoiselle! It was great to see so many friends of the gallery enjoying the badass work of these talented women. And a special shoutout to B-Side Brujas for getting everyone dancing! Don’t worry if you missed opening night, you still have a chance to visit the gallery for your daily dose of femme fatale! Motel Mademoiselle is on display until September 15th. Check out all of the crazy opening night photos on our Facebook page. For catalog inquiries: artsales@1amgallery.com

Congratulations Deb, Bud Snow, Chuneed, Amanda Payne, Elrod, Franceska Gamez, Nina (Girl Mobb), Yenta, Midnite Maven, & Moe Alvarez!! Let’s continue to support women in the arts!





Street Art and Social Change: Eduardo Kobra “Ethnicities” in Rio


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The 2016 Summer Olympics are officially over, and Rio has many new additions in the city to remember the monumental event with. One massive addition is the powerful, vibrant, and meaningful mural entitled ‘Ethnicities’ by Brazilian muralist, Eduardo Kobra. The work features Kobra’s signature style of kaleidoscopic color filled faces of 5 indigenous people from around the world. The intent of the piece is to show the humanity that we all share, that we are all connected in our modern globalized world, and that we are all one. “We’re living through a very confusing time with a lot of conflict. I wanted to show that everyone is united, we are all connected,” said Kobra.

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Kobra and his team painted the piece in preparation for the games with support from the City of Rio. Clocking in at 3,000 square meters (over 32,000 sq ft), the mural brought Kobra and his crew a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest spray paint mural by a team. “Color, style, and cultural vibrancy. Three adjectives that describe the city of Rio de Jainero, and the illustrious 560-foot wall that now holds a Guinness World Records title,” wrote the Guinness World Records on their website.

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Street Art and Social Change: BEZT Paints a Mourning “Europe”

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Polish artist, BEZT, recently just wrapped up painting this beautiful and thought-provoking mural in Mannheim, Germany, as part of the Stadt.Wand.Kunst street art Festival. One half of the powerhouse Polish muralism duo, ETAM CRU, BEZT is known for his ability to masterfully blend captivating imagery with his illustrative realist style. This piece, entitled “Europe”, depicts three women wearing shawls and carrying flowers, as if in mourning. The mural has a somber tone and reflects on the shifting state of Europe today, with tensions high between the European Union, politics, borders, economics, immigrants, culture, religion, and safety. Powerful and poignant, as usual, from BEZT!

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Street Art and Social Change: JR Installations for the Olympics in Rio


Prolific French photographer and installation artist, JR, has been hard at work with this team in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The games are officially underway, with the grand opening taking place last Friday night, and JR has installed a number of massive olympians around Rio. Known for his ability to connect people with place, JR’s works in Rio are site-specific installations of athletes interacting with the city. Usually JR is wheatpasting his large photos on existing physical structures in cities around the world, but for his Olympics installations he has erected huge scaffolding structures and draped over them his photographs printed on fabric.

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Much controversy has surrounded The Games this year, with huge protests taking place before and during the games. NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro writes, “Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s elected president, has been suspended and is awaiting an impeachment trial in the Senate for fiscal mismanagement. Her former vice president, the right-of-center Temer, is now heading the country. Polls show he is hugely unpopular. He’s been pushing through austerity measures to reboot the country’s tanking economy.”

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“This is Mohamed, a Sudanese athlete who couldn’t make it to the Games because of an injury. He still came to Rio and jumps over a building in Flamengo,” JR shares. “80 years ago the Olympics happened in Berlin. Hitler wanted to use them to demonstrate the supremacy of the Aryan race. Today they will open in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a “mixed race” country (“país mestiço”). Even though Brazil is going through political and economic turmoil and the necessity of the Games at this moment can spark controversy, the Olympic spirit will joyfully be welcomed by the people […].”

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