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Vitamin Talent Joins 1AM for a Team Building Workshop

Vitamin Talent came in and enjoyed their corporate team building activity with our instructor who taught the company how to spray paint. They chose to paint on a canvas so they can take their new mural back to the office! In our graffiti workshops the group comes together to chose a word or phrase that they then tag on a wall or canvas to create their very own piece unique mural. The piece transforms as they work with their instructor to create the final project. To join 1AM for a street art or graffiti team outing in San Francisco contact privateevents@1amsf.com to book yours today!

 

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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.

 

 

Visa Enjoys a Group Outing at 1AMSF

The credit card company came in to experience a new way to come together through our unique team building activities in San Francisco. Our team outing workshops are a fun and interesting way to bond as the team creates their own mural to collaborate on. The workshops start off with a brief description of graffiti history and then the instructor takes the crew out to practice tag on our sixth street tag wall before they create their own finished piece. To book a street art or graffiti event for you and your company or any other private party contact privateevents@1amsf.com today!

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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

 

 

Dystopia an Exhibition by Hell’o Collective

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First Amendment Gallery is pleased to announce our upcoming exhibition “Dystopia” featuring the works of Hell’o Collective.

Dystopia will be showcasing new works from Hell’o Collective and will be opening on Thursday, November 2nd from 7-10 pm at 1000 Howard St. in San Francisco

RSVP here and to be added to the advanced collectors preview or if you have any questions, please contact info@firstamendmentgallery.com

 

 

Large Group Outing

 

Over 100 people gather at First Amendment Gallery in SF to celebrate Old Navy and Gaps’s success and team up with 1AM for some exciting team building. The group was happy to align their company values with the mission of 1AM and bring more street art to the SF community. Gap and Old Navy teamed up with our talented teachers to create two large scale canvas murals to take back to their office. They did some practice tagging in the gallery around a three piece “IM” canvas mural to get their creative juices flowing while learning how to write their own tag.

 

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Next the group went outside to create a finished mural together using spray paint with the help of our workshop instructors and do some more practice tagging with the spray cans. The team chose to write “Money Makers” for their second mural and together they took turns filling up the canvas. By the end the group created a brand new finished piece for the office.

 

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First Amendment was happy to have a full gallery of people surrounded by art. The group also enjoyed food and beverages inside the gallery throughout the workshop, which is always allowed and encouraged to help complement the experience. We also offer catering for larger scale workshops with a variety of different packages to choose from. To book a workshop of your own contact privateevents@1amsf.com and join us for some fun and exciting group outing!

 

 

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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OPENING RECEPTION “Natural Plain”

A huge thanks to everyone that made it out to the opening reception of “Natural Plain” a group exhibition curated by Brock Brake currently on view in Downtown San Francisco with First Amendment Gallery.  We cannot thank you enough for the continued support over the past 8 years.  We hope you enjoy seeing all of these new artists as much as we do!

The current group exhibition “Natural Plain” features the paintings and sculptures by:
Aeron Roemer – Conor Kolk – Ian Ferguson – Jared Duncan Tharp – Lenworth Joonbug McIntosh – Luke Pelletier – Mando Marie – Nelio – Oliver Hawk – Saddo – Samual Weinberg – Scott Albrecht

 

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For inquiries and interests in collecting a piece from our “Natural Plain” contact info@firstamendmentgallery.com or view the full catalog at firstamendmentgallery.com

Group Outing

Lola Lola came by our gallery for an awesome day of stencil creations! Our street art package offers individual art projects for everyone in your team along with a group stencil mural that you can hang in your offices! For private workshops or corporate team outings contact privateevents@1amsf.com for more information!36793109834_ca3fd78d3c_k 37455132676_d7b6712c2e_k