1AM Travels to Lake Tahoe for an offsite event!

Last month the 1AM crew went to Lake Tahoe for an annual event hosted by TubeMogul to spray paint custom t-shirts for over 400 guests! The 1AM team created custom laser cut stencils with 3 different beer related slogans to then let guests spray paint onto t-shirts to take home with them. Check out some pictures from the event below:

To get a quote for Graffiti & Street Art activities for your next event contact vanessa@1amsf.com

PlanGrid Team Building Workshop

PlanGrid came by 1AMSF for an exciting team building workshop that brought out everyones creativity! Check out their awesome mural they created as a group on our outside wall!

For team building workshop or private class inquiries please contact vanessa@1amsf.com

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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

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

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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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Abandoned Native American boarding school in Concho, Oklahoma

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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.”

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1AM Artist Spotlight: Kopsky of Lords Crew

Kopsky's "Leader of Ramen's Dissection Studies", on display at 1AM gallery now!

Kopsky’s “Leader of Ramen’s Dissection Studies”, on display at 1AM gallery now!

French artist Kopsky traces his beginnings back to the suburbs of Paris, where he was born and raised under the artistic influence of his painter father. Though always surrounded by art, Kopsy discovered spray paint in the mid 90’s and began to explore its many applications and benefits. In addition to learning graffiti the “classic b-boy way,” Kopsky started studying art and moved to the Mediterranean coast. Since then, he continues to experiment with different styles of street art to “color walls across the world.”

Kopsky’s expansive, large scale work captures the balance between uninhibited spontaneity and minute mastery of detail. He works with characters, symbols, and letters in an effort to enter a realm of “dysfunctional imagination,” where he can create art that is fresh and previously undiscovered. Since 2011, Kopsky has represented “Lords Crew” and the British team “After School Klub”. By dedicating himself to constant experimentation and discovery, Kopsky delivers messages that are colorful and unprecedented–an endless quest for “the fresh effect”.

Check out more of Kopsky’s work in “Legendary: Celebrating 30 Years of Lords Crew” until July 14th! For catalog requests & inquiries: artsales@1amgallery.com.

Artist Spotlight: Hellbent

What lies at the core of Hellbent’s art with its brightly color strips and contrasting patterns? You might be surprised to hear that the answer is music. Not only did he base his street name off of the punk musician, Richard Hell, but he names his works after songs that he listens to while creating them. His intense love for music spans a variety of genres that include punk, country, and indie rock.

Hellbent's Denim Supply Ralph Lauren Wall Project

Hellbent’s Ralph Lauren Wall Project

Besides his floral patterns and incredible stencil work, Hellbent’s work is sometimes distinguished by a jaw bone. He explained that the jaw bone idea came to him after reading a story about Freud’s battle with jaw cancer. The story goes that Freud was saved from a sudden hemorrhage by his hospital roommate – who happened to be a dwarf! Hellbent explains that the jaw also suggests the importance of basic human functions such as speaking and eating.

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For “A Major Minority 2015“, Hellbent created three pieces inspired by Joy Division songs. A closer look at each piece reveals subtle intricacies and beautiful patterns that are unique to Hellbent’s style.

"Candidate (Joy Division)" by Hellbent

“Candidate (Joy Division)” by Hellbent

"Interzone (Joy Division)" by Hellbent

“Interzone (Joy Division)” by Hellbent

"She's Lost Control (Joy Division)" by Hellbent

“She’s Lost Control (Joy Division)” by Hellbent

Stop by the gallery to see this Brooklyn-based artist’s work until the end of the April.

For prices and more information about Hellbent’s art, please email anu@1amsf.com.

Join Us for “A Major Minority 2015”

The art for “A Major Minority 2015” has travelled thousands of miles to be displayed at the 1AM Gallery. We’re excited to exhibit artists from across the globe and share a vast collection of unique styles. Othercontemporary Urban Art is changing perceptions of urban art and doing it with an artistic power that hasn’t been seen before. With packages of art arriving daily, the gallery has been a whirlwind of action. However, in-between all the work we managed to sneak in some space for a wicked yarn installation (but don’t just take our word for it, come see it yourself). Join us tonight, April 2nd, for the opening reception at 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM and checkout some mind-bending art!

"Animated Spirits Royalty" by Shie Moreno

“Animated Spirits Royalty” by Shie Moreno

"Modern Apprentice" by Col Wallnuts

“Modern Apprentice” by Col Wallnuts

"Letter Study 2" by Poesia

“Letter Study 2” by Poesia

Please contact anu@1amsf.com for the art catalog.

Sneak Peak – A Major Minority 2015

You don’t need a crystal ball to see into the future of art. A Major Minority, curated by San Francisco-based artist Poesia, is a vibrant demonstration of how the boundaries of contemporary art are expanding. Coined as Othercontemporary Urban Art, the pieces in this upcoming show illustrate the complexity of elements that make up the merging of street art and the critical art world. This international sampling of artworks will expand your understanding of urban art and its context in the world. Glimpse a sneak peak of some of the featured pieces before the opening reception on Thursday, April 2nd from 6:30-9:30pm.

Forcefield by Digital Does

Forcefield by Digital Does

Insomnia by Zmogk

Insomnia by Zmogk

Masks by Basik

Masks by Basik

Orthogonal Exuberance by Proembrion

Orthogonal Exuberance by Proembrion

For art inquiries, please email anu@1amsf.com.

Artist Spotlight: Jenna Morello

Jenna, 29, grew up in a very close, creative family and now resides in Brooklyn, New York. As a kid she always loved to paint and draw. Her expertise lies in spray paint, house and acrylic paint. Not only is she ambidextrous, but her left hand can mirror her right hand with both hands drawing simultaneously. For the 1AM show, “Take Flight“, Jenna used torn linen to create a dark and edgy backdrop that allows her pieces to evoke a feeling of awe. She approached the theme from a more literal context and pushed the contrast on the colors to emphasize this feeling within her art.

"Exuviate" by Jenna Morello

“Exuviate” by Jenna Morello

"Icarus" by Jenna Morello

“Icarus” by Jenna Morello

"The Vultures" by Jenna Morello

“The Vultures” by Jenna Morello

Come see Jenna’s captivating work and more at the 1AM gallery. Please email ANU@1amsf.com for inquiries.

CAMER1: “Taking Flight” Mural

Fresh off the runway, CAMER1’sTake Flight” mural hit the 1AM gallery walls this week for the exhibit’s opening reception. The mural emphasizes the aesthetic of flying forms and it highlights the idea that the weightlessness of flight is similar to the connection an artist has with his or her art. With an awesome mashup of talents in this show, it’s no question that CAMER1 and the other artists brought their work to new heights. We’re excited to see CAMER1’s art taking off and we encourage you to check out the mural for yourself.

"Take Flight" Mural by CAMER1

“Take Flight” Mural by CAMER1

For inquiries or to request art catalog, please email ANU@1amsf.com.