XEME & SINIC: Wall Lords showcases best writers of Asia

Wall Lords is the collaborative brainchild of “Made in China” artists Xeme and Sinic. It is an annual graffiti event hosted in 9 countries around Asia that showcases the best writers and crews from the region. The objective of WL is “to provide a platform for the Asian graffiti community to interact and exchange through competition.” Crews and writers compete for the #1 title by creating theme pieces, throw ups and hand styles within a specified time. The crew with the best skills is selected from each location and represents its country to compete with crews from other countries at the Wall Lord Final. On top of that, the Wall Lords event features performances from live bands, rap groups, electronic musicians, DJs, breakdancers, skateboarders, freestylers, and more! Check out the blog for awesome wall updates from around the world and take a look at some video of Wall Lords Taiwan 2012.Wall Lords Taiwan 2012Stop by 1AM Gallery to see XEME & SINIC’s new exhibit “Made in China,” which runs until May 17th. For any inquiries or media-related materials, contact Adriana@1AMGallery.com.

“Made in China” Opens this Friday!

1AM Gallery is proud to present “Made in China” featuring Hong Kong-based graffiti writers, Xeme and Sinic. They will bring works on canvas, paper, and posters that toy with what it means to be original in a culture and industry that is overrun with “fake.” Xeme and Sinic appropriate imagery from graffiti and pop culture as well as large company brands and create new works with an intelligent tongue-in-cheek edge. Stop by 1AM Gallery this Friday, April 18th, 6:30-9:30PM for the opening! For now, take a peek at what’s in store.Mao by Sinic“Mao” by SINIC"The social study - 8" by Xeme“The social study – 8″ by XEME

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XEME riffs on the BNE World Water Day fiasco

In a series of acrylic paintings created for our new show “Made in China,” Xeme appropriates famous Banksy pieces and stamps on BNE logos essentially taking a jab at what recently went down between graffiti’s most notorious players. In late March, BNE claimed to have collaborated with Banksy to produce a line of limited edition of T-shirts for his ”Artists 4 Water” campaign to benefit World Water Day. Naturally, the streetwear world was buzzing as it would have been Banksy’s very first retail product: everyone wanted a piece. A few days after the announcement, an post by Animal New York revealed that the whole collaboration was a fake, simply a scheme to use Banksy’s name to sell more T-shirts. Take a look at Xeme’s response to this recent branding fiasco and check out the rest at 1AM Gallery when “Made in China” opens this Friday, April 18th, 6:30-9:30PM.The social study - 4 by XemeThe social study - 1 by Xeme Read More »

Graffiti in Vagrancy

On the Road – Graffiti in Vagrancy” is a 30-minute documentary released in December 2012 following China-based graffiti collective IDT Crew as they embark on a 1200-mile journey from Kunming to Tibet in the name of art. Supported by Converse, WHYYY, NAN, and “Made in China” artist, SINIC, travel for 50 days straight to paint elaborate murals across an ancient and unconventional landscape. Check out a couple of their pieces from along the way and don’t miss the opening for XEME and SINIC‘s 1AM Gallery debut “Made in China” next Friday, April 18th from 6:30-9:30!

Spaceship Crane by IDT CrewBalance Universal, Shangri-La, China by IDT CrewFor more info or to request a preview of “Made in China”, contact Maya@1amsf.com.

Last Week to See “A Major Minority”

A Major Minority” is a one-of-a-kind exhibition with art work from over 100 artists representing more than 18 countries, which adds up to well over 300 pieces! Phew, that’s big! Most people who walk into 1AM Gallery to see the gigantic exhibition of A4-sized pieces, the vast majority of which are original works, have commented that they have never seen so much art in one room.The whole objective behind “A Major Minority“ is to experience the current state and future progress of Urban Art, or Othercontemporary Art as curator, Poesia, has termed it. (Read the full exhibition essay here!) If you haven’t already, take some time this last week to stop by 1AM Gallery to see for yourself what the latest and greatest are creating. Also, hats off to Poesia, the Graffuturism team, and everyone who helped put this beautiful, expansive collection together!

Saint Ecstasy of Teresa Bernini by Poesia       ”Saint Ecstasy of Teresa Bernini” by Poesia

Sumo Wrestler 5 by Morik“Sumo Wrestler 5″ by Morik

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Coming Soon to 1AM Gallery: Xeme & Sinic

1AM Gallery welcomes Hong Kong-based graffiti artists, Xeme and Sinic, for their first-ever 1AM show, “Made in China!” They are bringing works on canvas, paper, and posters that explore what it means to be truly authentic in a culture and industry where replication and production rule. Don’t miss the show opening Friday, April 18th, 6:30-9:30PM. For now, check out these in-progress pics of Xeme and Sinic at work in the studio…

Xeme & Sinic

Xeme & Sinic

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A Wee Bit of Character

French graphic designer and illustrator, Alexone has made a name for himself through his kooky characters and distinct imaginative style. His paintings and walls seem to be alive with motion as if they are a still from an animation. Alexone brings his signature style, characters, and eye for design to 1AM Gallery for our current show, “A Major Minority” – an international survey of urban art with work from more than 100 artists from over 18 countries! Here’s a peak of one of his pieces currently on display at 1AM Gallery. Also, check out one of his EPIC  murals (below), located in Basel, Switzerland. Check out our store page to see more from Alexone as well as the rest of the GIANT “Major Minority” collection!

A43one by Alexone“A43one” by Alexone

Mural by Alexone in Basel, SwitzerlandMural by Alexone in Basel, Switzerland

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Sketches on Walls

Athens-based artist iNO has brought his surrealistic visions to the streets since 2000. His murals have a haunting dreamlike quality with figures gently weaving in and out of each other. As part of his “Sketches on Walls” project, iNO decided to recapture that same essence on a significantly smaller scale in a series of drawings depicting murals he has completed through the years. For our current show, “A Major Minority,” 1AM Gallery is exhibiting some of these drawings depicting iNO‘s walls in Athens, Naoussa, and Miami. Take a look at a couple of his beautiful walls and check out one of his drawings from the “Major Minority” exhibition. Check our store page for more on iNO and the rest of the Major Minority collection.

"No Future" Wall in Athens, Greece “No Future” Wall in Athens, Greece

"No Future" by Ino“No Future” by Ino, Pencil on Paper

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CREATING THAT BUSINESS

Once upon a time, we all had dreams, ideas, and hobbies that we didn’t know how to shape into a business. Last Monday, Nate1 and Shirley went to visit the The Boys & Girls Club South San Francisco Clubhouse to show a group of passionate  kids how to create a business out of their creative ideas. During his Small Creative Business class, Nate1 discusses the Do’s and Don’ts that he experienced while building up his own apparel company and lays out a business plan for creative beginners. The aim of this class is to give you valuable knowledge from a first-hand entrepreneur so that you can avoid the rookie mistakes and build a strong foundation to kick-off your creative business endeavor!  samll bizAfter talking about building his own hip hop kids & women’s business, New Skool, he gave advice to the kids about learning from his encounters and ended the class with a quick Letter Style draft.

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Interested in taking the Small Creative Business class to get your new business endeavor off the ground? Email classes@1AMSF.com.

Apple visits 1AM for an exciting mural creation workshop!

Apple brought their humor and skills to one of our team building workshops and got to take home their very own mural for the office!
Apple Workshop! Apple Workshop!

Email privateevents@1AMSF.com to setup a time for your team to paint your own take-home mural.