Oakland’s WARRIORS and art scene have arrived!

Over the years, I’ve watched the Warriors Basketball team and street art scene both evolve and grow into new heights of distinction and prominence.  This week’s clips are just a taste of what Oakland is from the 1AM Mobile App.  Don’t sleep on Oakland, or you’ll get burned and then splash brothered!

Photo by Lea-Bruno

Photo by Lea-Bruno

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Photo by kNOwHOPE

Photo by Bam

Photo by Bam

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Photo by tigerbeat

Photo by BAM

Photo by BAM

Photo by Sputnik77

Photo by Sputnik77

Making sweet tees for Twitter!

Check out these sweet tees! Our staff loves to customize and paint take home shirts for our clients and Twitter got a stellar collection! They brought their group for some drinks, learning and hands-on fun. 2 1 Find our our different package options by emailing privateevents@1amsf.com.

Street Art and Social Change: JR Finishes ‘Wrinkles in the City – Istanbul’

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Street art has the indisputable ability to raise attention and awareness to issues and concerns. For some artists this is central in their work, because they use their art for just that reason – as a tool to make change. French photographer and large-scale pasteup artist, JR, has been recognized as one of the most influential public artists in the world, and he has been using his art for such reasons since the early 2000s. He was already a well recognized street artist with a number of international projects completed before 2011 when he was awarded with the TED Prize for his dream of starting the Inside Out Project. Since then JR has tirelessly been on a roll to change the world through his art. He uses his art as a way to create new dialog between people. His concept is simple yet so profound – take photos of regular people and paste them up in public spaces.

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Since 2008 JR has been working on his Wrinkles in the City project, which as taken him and his team to Cartagena, Spain (2008), Shanghai, China (2010), Los Angeles, USA (2011) and La Habana, Cuba (2012), and Berlin, Germany (2015). Over the last few weeks JR has been pasting away for the latest installment of the project in Istanbul, Turkey. The Wrinkles in the City project is a “world-scale project aimed to be presented in various cities around the world where ‘wrinkles’, human as well as architectural, can be found.” The recent work in Istanbul is breathtaking. The scale, placement, and imagery work together beautifully to deliver the intent of the art – to tell a story. The power of Wrinkles in the City (as well as most of JR’s work) exists in the ability for the portraits to give significance and capture a moment in time and space. A people, a place, a culture shared. Enjoy these amazing photographs of the recent work by the prolific, JR!

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Be sure to watch JR’s TED talk from 2011 that won him the award to launch his Inside Out Project:

Setting Up For CMYK – Behind The Scenes!

There’s so much energy in the air this week at the gallery as we prepare for our CMYK show! AMUSE 126, PEMEX and RPES have been working hard and playing hard in their usual upbeat style. Gallery is looking great as they add some finishing touches and paint the 1AM wall outside! We’re excited to showcase everyone’s hard work and can’t wait to see all of you this Thursday from 6:30-9:30pm for our Opening. Here are some dope shots from behind the scenes. Email ANU@1amsf.com for art catalog.

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Gotta love Tibco!

Check out Tibco! They weren’t afraid to get down and learn all about the street art world, spray paint their own T-shirts and make a take home mural. Sweet job! 1 Email privateevents@1amsf.com to setup an event.

Our Friend Mark Bode Is Getting Served!

Yesterday our friend Mark Bode stopped by the 1AM Prism print shop to finalize some limited sizes for a new run of “Lizard Of Oz” prints we are serving up for him.  Check out our 1AM Prism Services or stop by the shop at 1000 Howard Street in San Francisco to chat with our Prism production department about getting your our limited edition prints produced.  You can also email prints@1amsf.com for more information.

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Street Art and Social Change: Sepe on Modern Society

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Polish artist, Sepe, is known for his thought provoking murals which almost always have some kind of cultural or historical link to their place of creation. The artist is a graduate of the Academy of Art in Warsaw, but has always had a strong presence in the street. With large solo walls and collaborations with some of the best artists in the world, he has a way of painting toward local histories while raising attention toward current issues. This mural was just completed for his upcoming show at Lawrence Alkin Gallery in London and is titled “The Golden Age of Grotesque” (the same title as show). In this piece, Sepe has painted two characters wearing masks and clown-like costumes – a metaphoric way of looking at individuals and the presentation of self in the modern world. Like his powerful street work, this show is holding a mirror up to society and questioning the individual and the roles we play in the modern world:

“Sepe notices that individuality is on the verge of extinction – as if today’s humans existed only within a group, and defined themselves solely through assimilation. In his work the individual is being unceasingly tested, like a crash test dummy in a tunnel. Individually we feel the pressure which is only lifted when we succumb to the force of the crowd.

The world as seen by the artist is not necessarily a reassuring place. Sepe’s works are a summing-up of the human condition and the state of the world – or perhaps even a warning about the place we are heading towards. Are we willing to hear that voice?”

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Sepe has not only shown his talents as an artist, but also in critiquing important issues in the world today. This is the important role of artists, and what many believe they are here to do in the world – to critique and question through thought and creation. It has been wonderful to watch this artist develop and nurture these talents over the years. We are looking forward to seeing what comes next from him!

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Up On the Roof With RPES

Meet RPES, originally from the south of France and best known for his work in the PMB crew, he’s been making a name for himself all over Europe as well as 2 other continents. RPES fell in love with graffiti culture in the early 2000’s and with a strong urge for traveling and exploring, came to the Bay Area and never looked back. With nearly a decade of work under  his belt with the PMB crew, he was easily able to make a name for himself here in the states. ​His style has matured within the last 5 years as he has become more serious with his work and refined his graffiti style. We’re excited to have RPES be a part of our CMYK show opening, June 4th, 6:30-9:30pm. Check out our video from our roof having fun with RPES in anticipation for the show!

 

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Google brings their clients to 1AM!

We had a fun Google team treat their Adobe clients to a day of culture, education and painting where they learned some techniques of how to use spray can, made some rad T-shirts, and videotaped the production of their mural that said “Search”!

 

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C.R.E.A.M. rises to the occasion with 1AM’s custom mural for Ribbitcap

Wu Tang’s epic phrase, Cash Rules Everything Around Me, stands the test of time.  Revived by RibbitCapital’s desire for a custom mural by 1AM, we took Wu Tang’s inspirational words and added a modern twist.  Can you tell what the latest currency in the mural is?  If you need a mural to bring your vision to life, email murals@1amsf.com.Ribbitcap2 Ribbitcap1 Ribbitcap3 Ribbitcap