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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: ADELE RENAULT

 

First Amendment Gallery is excited to have Adele Renault as the artist spotlight this week. Adele grew up in the Belgian Ardennes and graduated from the Academie Royale des Beaux Arts in Brussels with a degree in Graphic Design. In her youth, Adele traveled around the world alone- living in Venezuela and England. Adele collaborates with her husband and artist Niels ‘Shoe’ Muelman. They now live in Amsterdam where they practice in a shared studio. She practices a variety of visual arts from oil painting to spray can graffiti. Her works are extremely detailed and realistic, similar to high definition photographs. A majority of her paintings consist of pigeons, the elderly, and homeless people. She finds beauty in the ordinary. Adele “observes closely those and that not considered worthy of a second look”. By immortalizing them on canvas, she brings their status to a higher value. Adele photographs pigeons in the different cities she visits. She keeps folders full of pigeon pictures that are specific to each location. Travel triggers her imagination. To collect an original of your own contact info@firstamendmentgallery.com.

 

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These are the kind of people that are very much forgotten. With elderly people, they are still living but nobody comes to visit them and they aren’t really appreciated any longer. I actually feel that people who have lived, have such beautiful faces. I have always painted portraits, but the smooth, beautiful 20-year-old blonde girls became boring, there isn’t much to it. Then eventually you end up with the elderly and the homeless, people that live on the edge of society. I enjoy giving them the honor of painting them.”

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Adele is also very well known for her paintings and murals of pigeons, painting them in a large scale with significant detail creating a beautiful piece with a not so commonly thought of as beautiful subject matter. First Amendment Gallery is fortunate to have featured her in our “ON SET” group show this year, highlighting one of her incredible pieces of pigeons that she is so famous for. Here is a closer look at her piece currently up in our San Francisco boutique area. If you are interested in collecting an original work of Adele’s contact info@firstamendmentgallery.com or if you would like to check out the rest of our inventory please visit firstamendmentgallery.com

 

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Adele Renault is also highly renowned for her captivating murals throughout the world. The bay area had the pleasure of welcoming her to Pow Wow San Jose Global Music and Arts Festival this week where she is currently working on a large scale mural next to many other world renowned artists. Here is a progress shot of the piece along with some images of First Amendment’s favorite murals of hers.

 

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Press Release | “Dystopia” by Hell’O Collective

 

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First Amendment Gallery is very excited to announce “Dystopia” a debut US solo exhibition by Belgium duo Hell’O Collective in San Francisco, CA.  The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, November 2nd at 7pm. The exhibition with include new paintings, drawings, installation and exterior murals. The gallery is located at 1000 Howard St. in Downtown San Francisco.  To receive a preview of the works in the exhibition contact info@firstamendmentgallery.com

 

Hell’O is an artistic duo composed of Jerôme Meynen and Antoine Detaille. They quickly left behind graffiti letters and spray paint in favor of paper, characters, ink drawings and paint, moving on to sculpture, installations and wall drawing. They developed a unique graphic vocabulary that is complex and ambiguous, which they continue to expand in the course of their creative output, customizing many recurrent elements, which they combine each time with new characters, or incorporate into unusual settings.Through their creative approach, characterized by its extreme conventional freedom, as well as its rigorous execution, they produce a fertile, imaginary fantasy world, sometimes grotesque yet always poetic. A kind of strange fantastic bestiary, populated with enigmatic animals and vaguely human-looking, asexual creatures, with shapes and symbols drawn from the iconography of fairy tales, fables, and other medieval allegories, ancient and contemporary mythologies, but also vanities, esotericism and surrealism. Death, hope, failure, optimism, frivolity, animalism, cruelty, constraint and the desire to control are the most frequently addressed themes in the works of Hell’O.

 

Using brief narrative sequences, which are sometimes juxtaposed, and a healthy dose of humor and mockery, they rail against human foibles in compositions that combine metaphysical reflection and pure non sense, showcasing mystery and the free interpretation of the viewer. The art of Hell’O lies in the image of the name the duo has chosen for itself: both joyful and macabre, amusing and frightening, cutesy and brooding, morbid and seductive, absurd and meaningful…Oxymoron and dichotomy are key areas of their work, playing on duality, ambiguity and pretense, continually oscillating between attraction and repulsion and dissolving into chaos that is paradoxically highly structured.

 

 

Artist Spotlight: Scott Albrecht

First Amendment Gallery is pleased to announce Scott Albrecht as this week’s featured artist. Scott Albrecht is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York, currently exhibiting all around the United States. He focuses on meticulously sculpted and painted wood panels, along with some experience in wood collage and mural painting. Primarily working in wood, paper, collage and walls he focuses on a geometric style that is unique to his process.  

 

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“Scott Albrecht in his art finds the elegant tension between the bold and sublime. His abstraction and deconstruction of type forms combined with his sophisticated color theory and surface treatments yield artworks that are immediate, yet command a deeper and closer look.”- Shepard Fairey

Scott Albrecht was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey and grew up largely on the East Coast attending art school in Philadelphia and graduating with a degree in Graphic Design. His graphic influence is very apparent is his work and shows his depth as an artist as he pushed himself to find more mediums to express himself creatively. He has been collected and exhibited throughout the world and continues to spread his exposure through dedicating himself to his craft and working to create as much quality work as possible. Scott Albrecht has been featured in a variety of magazines and blogs such as Juxtapoz, Amadeus Magazine and Vans, as an artist to watch as people are continuously intrigued by the subject matter and inspirations behind his mysterious work.

 

 

 

 

His inspiration stems from day to day interactions and the small and big moments he wishes to capture in his work. He quotes “I often see my process and final works as though I’m creating reminders or artifacts for myself of these ideas and situations, and have come to use this perspective as a guide in my work — to create something worth being reminded of.”

 

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Scott Albrecht is also a member of the Gowanus Studio Space, a cooperative workspace in Brooklyn offering the space and resources for artists and designers to come together to create their best work.

 

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First Amendment always aims to incorporate the street art style that it was founded on with the artists we exhibit so Scott Albrecht’s mural work is something that shows a new dimension and scale of the meticulous methods he uses to create such engaging pieces. Here are some images of some of our favorite wall pieces.

 

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Scott Albrecht is part of our current show “Natural Plain” exhibiting three pieces of smaller scale and will have a solo exhibition with First Amendment Gallery this summer. Here is a closer look at his pieces currently on display at our gallery in downtown San Francisco. The show will be up through October 26th so make sure you come by and check out his captivating pieces in person.

 

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For collecting inquiries contact info@firstamendmentgallery.com or visit the full catalog on our website at firstamendmentgallery.com

 

 

Artist Spotlight Luke Pelletier

First Amendment Gallery is thrilled to introduce Luke Pelletier as our artist spotlight. Luke Pelletier has three works on display at our group show “Natural Plain”, open until October 26th. He is based out of Los Angeles, but grew up in North Carolina. He is a young artist, sculptor, printmaker, and musician with a noteworthy amount of talent. He earned a BFA from the School of Art Institute Chicago in 2015. Living in such a popular tourist destination like LA, Pelletier is influenced to paint what he sees. This includes vibrant colors, pop symbolism, and culture clashes in a “decaying paradise”. The theme of Americana is rampant throughout his fun, cartoonish imagery- with a twist of dark humor.

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Pelletier’s work both celebrates and condemns the tourist. As a local, he experiences the seasonal wave of people from different cities that have come to marvel at the glitz and glamor of celebrity lifestyles among the palm trees. It’s easy to poke fun at the gawking tourist, but the city also depends on these visitors for their money. The relationship between the local and the tourist is a blurred line. Pelletier explores the relationship through nostalgic colors and imagery of Americana, reminding us of cheap motels and postcards from tropical destinations.

 

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Pelletier is constantly churning out new projects, from installations to comics. Keep up to date with his work on his blog. To collect an original artwork of your own contact info@firstamendmentgallery.com and visit First Amendment Gallery to see “Natural Plain”, showing through October 26th. 

 

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Saddo Artist Spotlight

First Amendment Gallery is proud to spotlight the up and coming artist, Saddo, otherwise known as Raul Oprea. He is a Romanian artist, illustrator and muralist who founded one of the first Romanian street art collectives “The Playground”. He has an impressive list of collaborations with international galleries from Glasgow, Stockholm and Berlin, just to name a few. He currently has two pieces on display in a group show, “Natural Plain” at First Amendment Gallery exhibiting until October 26th.

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Saddo earned his education at Art University in Cluj Napoca, Romania, but found himself unlearning the formalities of high brow art in order to adopt a more “fresh” style- using graffiti, comics, and horror as muses. He creates work with a range of themes that have been constantly evolving and improving. These themes include death, mythology, war, religion, and natural science. He draws inspiration from painters of the 15th – 17th centuries like Giuseppe Arcimboldo and Bosch. He cites street art as a big influence, as it lets him feel the most “loose” and connected with a larger group of people. His massive murals are a sight to behold, existing in Bangkok, Budapest, Bosnia, Morocco, and Canada.

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Saddo’s first solo show “Rise of The Bird People” at Objectos Misturados Gallery in Portugal was a profound series of bird portraits that assume the roles of conquerors in a dystopian future. He imagines this race of war hungry super-birds that replace human history with a savage mythical world. Saddo’s ability to create strange new creatures with visually stunning painting techniques will leave you curious and wanting more. Keep up to date with Saddo’s new project which include fun portraits of hip-hop rappers by liking his Facebook pageTo collect an original artwork of your own contact info@firstamendmentgallery.com and visit First Amendment Gallery to see “Natural Plain”, showing through October 26th. 

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Mando Marie Artist Spotlight

 

First Amendment Gallery is taking a closer look at the dreamy work of Mando Marie this week. With our new group show “Natural Plain” exhibiting through October 26th, we’ve decided to show a personal and behind the scenes view of some of our favorite artists.

 

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This week we focus on the captivating work of Mando Marie, an American painter and stencilist based out of Colorado. Graduating with a degree from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and has been painting since 2001. She primarily focuses on mixed media, collage work and stenciling and has exhibited all over the US and Europe. Mando Marie is also an extremely talented muralist with large scale pieces similar to her storybook style, conquering Europe with some unique pieces to add to her highly renowned street art image. Here is a look at some of our favorite pieces of hers in the US and Europe. 

 

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Mando Marie is highly respected in the street art world and her ability to use stencil work and mixed media that also appeal to the fine art world establishes her as a very unique and well rounded member of the art community. Mando Marie has exhibited at some highly regarded galleries such as Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles, White Walls in San Francisco, and has even had solo exhibitions at C.A.V.E. Gallery and The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.

 

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Mando Marie illustrative style mainly focuses on graphic work of children, young adults and even some appearances of wolves throughout her works. Here is a closer look at some of the pieces she is currently exhibiting at our gallery available for purchase. To collect an original of your own contact info@firstamendmentgallery.com and come check out the show for yourself through October 26th!

 

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NATURAL PLAIN: A Group Exhibition at First Amendment Gallery

Opening Reception | Thursday, September 28th
Showing Through | October 26th 2018

RSVP HERE

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NATURAL PLAIN
A Group Exhibition By

Aeron Roemer
Conor Kolk
Ian Ferguson
Jared Duncan Tharp
Lenworth Joonbug McIntosh
Luke Pelltier
Mando Marie
Nelio
Oliver Hawk
Saddo
Samual Weinberg
Scott Albrecht
Yoskay Yamamoto

To be added to the collectors preview contact
info@firstamendmentgallery.com

“Transitions” by It’s A Living at 1AM Generator Oakland

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Artist Its a Living has been busy working a new series of works for his debut solo exhibition in the USA, “Transitions” opening tomorrow, Saturday, September 9th at 7pm in Downtown Oakland at the 1am Generator.  Be sure to check out his process and a couple sneak peeks of the new works below.  The gallery is located at 1523 Webster St. in Downtown Oakland.  Conveniently located off both 12th and 19th St Bart Stations.  To learn more about available works contact info@firstamendmentgallery.com

RSVP HERE

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WHICH WAY, THAT WAY 8/24 – 9/21

UPCOMING GROUP SHOW at First Amendment Gallery featuring…

Adam Friedman
Andrew Antonaccio
Anthony Hurd
Clark Goolsby
Dan Hampe
Dan Lam
David Cooley
Ellen Rutt
Francesco Lo Castro
Hoxxoh
Jose Di Gregorio
Katy Gilmore
Kristin Farr
Optimist

Opening Reception | Thursday, August 24th
Showing Through | September 21st 2017

To be added to the collectors preview contact
info@firstamendmentgallery.com

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Street and Social Change: Ernest Zacharevic’s “Splash and Burn” Project

Splash and BurnErnest Zacharevic in Medan | Photo by Hype Media

Recently, Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic brought together a group of artists to begin a curated public works project on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. A play on “slash-and burn,” this project, titled “Splash and Burn” brings to light the problem of illegal palm oil harvesting in Indonesia. Over the course of two years, Zacharevic has gathered a group of creatives which include, Mark Jenkins, Axel Void, Pixel Pancho, Isaac Cordal, Strok, Gabriel Pitcher and Bibichun. Smane 2, Combat, and Reginal O’Niel have also contributed to the project.

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Conflict palm oil harvesting is not only an environmental issue but a human rights violation due to its effects on transboundary haze, deforestation, and human and animal displacement.Indonesia happens to be the largest producer of palm oil. Facing the large consumer demand for palm oil and timber, the local economy resorts to the “slash-and-burn” to clear up large patches of forest land for palm oil plantations. Farmers first cut down vegetation and set a fire to quickly clear the rest. The World Wildlife Fund estimates that up to 300 football fields of forest are cleared every hour. Indonesia happens to be the largest producer of palm oil.This not only affects Indonesia but forests worldwide.

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In regards to the environment, “Slash-and-burn” produces emits greenhouse gases, harms local vegetation, threatens biodiversity, destroys animal homes, and pollutes the water. The fires produce a thick smog that engulfs the air. The yellow toxic air has caused 6 Indonesian provinces to declare a state of emergency. To put it in perspective, anything above a 300 pollution index is considered hazardous. Areas of Indonesia can reach as high as 2,000 on the pollution index.

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Local communities are the first to feel these effects. Deforestation threatens the livelihood of farmers and locals outside of the palm oil industry. Many companies develop farms without the consideration of indigenous people who rely on or occupy the land. Rarely are these people compensated. Children as young as 7 years old can be found working for these companies to support their families. They are paid low wages for long hours and sometimes paid none at all. According to the NGO, Friends of the Earth, the palm oil industry is one of the top four worst industries of forced and child labor.

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Zacherevic first became interested in the matter when clouds of smoke traveled from Indonesia to the location of his studio in Penang, Malaysia. Though the issue does receive some International attention, Zacherevic felt that the media needed to bring light to the outside of the burning seasons. Working with international as well as local Indonesian NGOs such as OIC, “Splash and Burn” creates a platform for an otherwise overlooked crisis. Over the course of two years, Zacherevic worked with these organizations to gather spaces for his curated group of artists to tell a story about the issue. Ranging from murals to installations to sculptures, each piece highlights a different victim of the issue.

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Ultimately, Zacherevic’s desire for “Slash and Burn” is to educate worldwide consumers on the direct connection they have with this corrupt industry. From food to cosmetics, palm oil can be found in countless products. Consciously buying products derived from conflict-free palm oil can drive down the consumer demand and make a bold statement about popular palm oil farming practices.

More info about Zacherevic and “Splash and Burn” can be found at:

www.ernestzacharevic.com

To learn more about the illegal palm oil industry and what you can do to stop it, head to:
saynotopalmoil.com

Support the displaced Orangutans:                                   orangutancentre.org