Street Art and Social Change: Bicyclist Awareness and Civil Disobedience

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Street art often takes on many forms, including sculpture and 3 dimensional pieces. Sometimes these objects are large, and sometimes they move. When this is the case, objects can become actions. These actions can be described as “civil disobedience” because they often exist in a legal grey area, where there is a refusal to resist certain imposed laws or regulations and turn some heads while doing so. In an act of splendid civil disobedience, a group of Latvian activists made simple car frames out of bamboo and bicycled them through the cit of Riga. The action was meant to bring attention to sustainable urban mobility, bicycle safety, and question the use of cars to move (usually) only one person. The Latvian activist group, Let’s Bike It, organized the action as a part of the European Mobility Week to raise awareness. (story awareness from My Modern Met and Colossal)

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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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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.

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 »

Studio Collab: Kamea and Defer

During POW! WOW! Hawaii 2014, 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 entitled “Paradise Lost”. The 1AM Gallery show is part of the second installment of this series along with two large-scale murals here in San Francisco. Check out this dynamic duo at work on the collection for “Paradise Lost” opening NEXT Thursday, August 7th, 6:30-9:30pm! Visit our event page for details.

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SNEAK PEEK of “Paradise Lost”

We are stoked to welcome POW! WOW! Hawaii rep, Kamea Hadar, and LA graffiti pioneer, Alex Kizu aka DEFER to 1AM Gallery for their upcoming dual show “Paradise Lost” opening Thursday, August 7th. The collection focuses on how the modern world of urbanization has transformed the idyllic oasis of Hawaii. There will be illustrative hyper-realistic oil paintings along with complex multi-layered typographic works. For now, we’ve got these lovely sneak peek photos!

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Sen2 and the 1AM Crew

We had a great opening last Thursday for Sen2‘s solo show, “A Declaration of Color.” BIG thanks to all who came out !! 1AM Gallery is now decked out with some iconic Bronx style courtesy of Sen2. For those of you who missed out, click READ MORE to see some photos from opening night.  4IMG_4264

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Sen2 dons 1AM Wall with true Bronx style!

Check out Sen2‘s styling of our 1AM Wall! Stop by 6th and Howard to see it up close and pop in 1AM Gallery to check out his new show, “A Declaration of Color,” which showcases beautifully his layered and brightly colored mixed media paintings. Visit www.1AMGallery.com to take a look at the collection.

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