We Are Crossing – Immigration Told with Street Art

This week we are taking a look at some recent works from artists around the world centered on immigration. Following last week’s writing on Borders, Enclosures, Walls, we will continue in the direction of the movement of people – immigration. People have always moved; it is what has given us our unique and beautiful differences in appearances and cultures! In today’s highly globalized world, however, it is now more difficult for people to move from one place to another than ever before. There are many components at work with this issue (employment, housing, education, health care, environmental resources, etc.), so the topic can be very complex and emotionally charged for many. Over the past couple weeks we’ve come across some paintings that address this topic. Have a look and see what these images may bring up in your own thinking!

What Goes Around Comes Around by Sepe – Mural in Lagos, Portugal during ARTURb artistic residence 2014

What Goes Around Comes Around by Polish artist, Sepe, portrays Portugal’s history of colonialism to it’a current citizen emigration issue. Once an empire benefiting from the taking of land, resources and people from around the world, Portugal is now seeing its citizens emigrating to other countries in search of jobs and a decent life. Sepe’s timeline-like work serves as a historical archive, chronicling past to present.

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1AM Mobile’s “Best of the Week”

And the beat goes on!!  1AM Mobile staff picks this week come from SF, France, and Hawaii.  Thanks Westside_Roses, xLe, Sumitomo44, and Alpha for the uploads to the 1AM Mobile App.  Documenting street art history in the making.  Download the app and get involved!

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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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1AM Mobile’s “Best of the Week”

This week’s staff picks.  Thanks to all the 1AM Mobile App members for sharing.  Download the app for FREE to see and share street art and graffiti worldwide.   Thanks for your patience as we develop the full website and Google Play version of 1AM Mobile.  Coming SOON so stay tuned!
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Behind the scenes: la préparation de RATUR

Getting prepped for tomorrow’s show while RATUR paints a mural on our exterior wall. At tomorrow’s opening night we will be showcasing a collection of his oil paintings on canvas. “Becoming Lucid” truly captures dreaminess and surreality of RATUR’s work. Not to miss! Be there or be square: Thursday, September 4th, 6:30 pm – 9:30pm.Ratur stretching canvas Ratur painting wallFor further art inquiries or to receive a preview catalog, email artsales@1amsf.com.

NEW PRINTS by Leon Loucheur

NEW PRINTS in the 1AM Boutique by Leon Loucheur! Limited edition, so swoop them up while they last. Find more of Loucheur’s new prints on display in-store or online.shark_print_1AMelephant_print_1AM(2)Find more prints at shop.1amsf.com.

 

SNEAK PEEK of “Becoming Lucid”

Next month, 1AM will be hosting “Becoming Lucid,” a solo exhibit showcasing surrealistic oil paintings by French street artist and graphic designer, Arthur Maslard a.k.a. Ratur. His new collection will be unveiled at the opening reception on Thursday, September 4th, 6:30-9:30PM. Get a more in-depth preview of the show on Widewalls and check out some quick teaser photos below! The KidAutoportrait (25x18,3')To request a preview of the exhibit, contact artsales@1amsf.com.

Kamea & Defer: “Paradise Lost” Mural

In the aftermath of the “Paradise Lost” opening last week, it’s time to post some recap pictures of the progress of Kamea and Defer’s collaborative mural on our exterior wall. Stay tuned for photo updates about the other murals they painted while they were in the city.Finished WallIMG_7474 Read More »

Pow Wow Hawaii mural sparks year-long series “Paradise Lost”

During POW! WOW! Hawaii 2014, the Kamea Hadar and Defer collaborated on a mural that marked the start of a year-long series of collaborative walls, gallery shows, and other creative projects between the two artists called “Paradise Lost”. Their new 1AM Gallery show by the same name opens this Thursday, 6:30-9:30pm, and is part of the second installment of this series along with two large-scale murals here in San Francisco. Stay tuned for updates about their upcoming murals. For now, here are some shots of Kamea and Defer working on the mural that started it all, located at Fresh Cafe in Honolulu. Kamea and Defer Fresh Cafe MuralKamea and Defer Mural Read More »

Watch Sen2 transform 1AM’s exterior wall

As a part of Sen2‘s show “A Declaration of Color“, he created a mural on our exterior wall over the course of two breezy afternoons which showcased his careful can control and astute color theory. The show closes TOMORROW August 1st. So stop by the gallery at 1000 Howard Street in SOMA to catch his artwork and wall up close! While Sen has been painting since the 1980s in NYC, specifically the Bronx where he still resides, his style remains fresh to this day.
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Can’t make it in? Check out the full online collection of “A Declaration of Color”.