Graphic Attack!

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Graphic Attack!

1000 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
May 7th, 2010 - June 19th, 2010
Opening: May 7th, 2010 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Tue-Sat 12-6:30
graphic design, graffiti/street-art, contemporary, urban


We are pleased to present "Graphic Attack!", an explosive group exhibition co-curated by Melissa McCaig-Welles and Andrea von Bujdoss, highlighting an exciting clash of techniques and styles, by 15 of the most prolific experts in urban art and graphic design. The collective display of works by these graffiti artists and graphic designers promises to be a fierce outbreak of complex imagery infused by intense and innovative personal artistic styles.

As contemporary urban art evolves, traditional elements of graffiti are inventively transformed, while graphic design progresses towards highly innovative and bombastic styles. These burgeoning artforms share a symbiotic relationship based on relentless thought-provoking communication as well as redefining and expanding subversive visual language. This show will honor these styles, which are pushing boundaries and contributing to the evolution of graphic art and graffiti.

This exhibition of works will include mixed media works including prints, paintings, drawings, sculpture and installation. Works will be of various price points, making the art accessible to both serious collectors and fans.

Exhibition will run May 7, 2010- June 19, 2010


COPE2: The man, the myth, the legend - Cope2! He's done it all, and to this day he is still doing his thing. He painted trains in the 80's and even 20 years later he's still out .Not just legal walls but he still bombs to this day. Many feel he's the one that kept graffiti alive in the 1990's. In a time when the Mayor was doing everything in his power to stomp graffiti out he was still defying the law. Cope 2 also sent in pictures to the Source magazine to keep graffiti in the public eye. While may writers retired and hung their cans up, Cope2 was out there organizing productions, and other artists came from other countries to paint with him.

CERN/ Cern YMI: Cern began writing graffiti in the early 90's. Diverse in his scope, he has created numerous collaborative murals with the YMI crew and artists around the world; and he has also exhibited canvas and watercolor works in galleries in New York City and beyond. Cern has been included in books such as Burning New York and Graffiti World. His unique blend of fantasy and realism blurs the lines between graffiti and fine art, and exhibits a technical mastery of his medium.

CES/ Ces-One/ Wish 4: (Born Robert Michael Provenzano, 1970, NY) is a New York City leader of the new Wild Style look in contemporary graffiti. Attention to streamlining and aerodynamics were key to the CES formula for alphabetic reconfiguration.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and the graffiti innovations of CES have been relentlessly knocked off by his peers and have influenced the new generation of graffiti writers in the U.S. and througout the world.

CES has been a graffiti artist since 1983 and continues to produce powerful visual artwork today, never settling-living from his art and learning from his art. CES has been featured in the New York Times, Rad Pages, The Source, Mass Appeal, TimeOut-New York, and Sneaker Pimps-Motug.

CYCLE: CYCLE was born in 1971. He grew up writing graffiti and skateboarding. CYCLE received his BFA from George Washington University in Washington DC and then his Masters from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He makes his living producing Fine Art, Illustration and Graphic Design. When not producing Fine Art, Illustration and Graphic Design, CYCLE enjoys graffiti and skateboarding.

DOZE GREEN: Doze Green speaks in a unique creative voice from the collective consciousness, applying a symbolist approach to metaphysical concepts. A New York City native, and often compared to Basquiat, his urban background and involvement in the early hip-hop/graffiti movement of NYC in the late 70's, early 80's as one of the original members of the Rock Steady Crew, led him to transition from creating art in the streets and subways into the gallery setting. Green's signature aesthetic combines stylized letterforms and figurative abstraction-using an array of mediums such as ink, gouache, and metallic pigments with an evolved, organic cubist quality to his high-contrast fluid line work. The artist's genealogy inspires many of the themes explored therein, influenced by ancient civilizations and indigenous cultures, including his own Afro-Caribbean roots. Green's totem-like human and animal figures are often conceptually based on various polytheistic deities. These divinities represent sentinels, the guardians of universal truths, immortal warriors warning mankind of the dangers contemporary society has manifested, looming on the horizon and threatening to destroy us.

GREG HABERNY: Greg Haberny seeks to re-interpret the cultural lifestyles and ideologies that pervade American society today through his art. Installation art is his vehicle to exaggerate the absurdity of the media circus and the violent images which have become status quo and which unchallenged, serve to further inundate our society in repression. Haberny hopes that an observer will walk away from his installations with a better understanding of his or her role in this "American Dream"; to redefine it for themselves and reclaim it as their own. His point of departure stems from satire and comedy. There are racial references as well as distortions of 1950's commercialism with an undertone of contemporary urban street art. Haberny's thematic vision is based on pop culture, politics, advertising, religion, and world history. Through his art he dismantles the politically correct conformist world around him. He utilizes gallery space to create an environment that engages the viewer and encourages participation. His installations utilize the walls, ceilings, and floor that reflect the content of his works individually and as a whole. His works and installations have been shown in museums, galleries and art fairs around the world.

HYDRO74: Hydro74 is a Orlando based designer, otherwise known as Joshua M. Smith. The soul purpose of my career is to push the boundries in doing what I feel is relevant to the market as well as extract various elements and trends to be able to offer them up in my own personal work. But let's be honest. I do what I love because I love it. Not because I have to do it, nor am forced to do it, but rather passionate about doing what I do. I firmly believe in having set style tones, yet a sense of diversity to make any various project unique to the demands that are set forth.

KEO/ SCOTCH 79 /KEO TC-5: is a bona-fide Brooklyn legend in the realm of NYC graffiti and hip hop. SCOTCH 79 came of age in the Brooklyn of the 1970's and learned his craft in the tunnels and yards of the MTA's subway system.

With an "old school" aesthetic he continues to ingrain his charismatic signature into the tapestry of urban art & pop culture. While also redefining classic graffiti styles into fresh new work through his fine art and design outlets

MARE/ MARE 139: Carlos Mare 139 Rodriguez is an internationally acclaimed artist/sculptor and pioneer in the art and culture of Hip Hop. Leading his generation into a new world of possibility with style writing sculpture, he pioneered a vision that had, before him, no reference outside of the painted subways of the time. Throughout his career as a sculpter, Mare 139 has consistently brought innovation to the genre's aesthetic and vocabulary. Mare 139 earned the prestigeous 2006 Webby Award for his launch of the Hip Hop documentary Style Wars website. Style Wars has also garnered the COMMARTS/Communication Arts Award, Horizon Interactive Award, as well as SXSW/South by Southwest Interactive. Not only an award winner but an award designer, Mare 139 designed and created the award for the annual BET/Black Entertainment Award show, which is given annually to entertainers, athletes and actors.. He also designed a G-Unit Award expressly for 50Cent given to him by fashion designer Marc Ecko. Other award projects include the 2005 and 2007 Red Bull Beat Battle Award and more recent the SPY Award for the 30th Anniversary of the Rock Steady Crew.

MORNING BREATH: Morning Breath is Doug Cunningham and Jason Noto. In 1996, the two worked together on skateboard designs at Think Skateboards in San Francisco. In 2002, Cunningham and Noto formalized their partnership with the creation of Morning Breath, a creative studio located in Brooklyn. Since Then, their collaborations have grown beyond skateboard graphics to include, music packaging, apparel, poster design and more. The two have also been part of many showings of their personal work. In 2006, their first book was published: The Early Bird - The Art and Design of Morning Breath. They have also had much of their work published worlwide in many design magazines and books, Most recently - Dirty Fingernails (rockport publishers 2009)

PURE/ PURE TFP/ Andy Dolan: Born in 1969, in Galway, Ireland he proceeded to move to Bronx, NY in 1976. Growing up right across the street from graffiti covered school yards and two major Bronx subway yards (The Concourse Yard and the Moshula Yard). It was in this neighborhood that a new language of line and color appeared and completely changed his view of what words, letters and art could be. No stranger to painted trains, Pure started writing in the late 70s and has since gotten down with infamous writers such as Reas, Ven, Jonone as well as fellow TFP member Sento. Recently featured on the cover of "Piecebook: The Secret Drawings of Graffiti Writers" by Sacha Jenkins and Chino BYI.

SILOETTE/ Meagan Spendlove: Residing in San Francisco, Siloette, is a fine artist and illustrator with a Modern Art Nouveau style. Siloette started her artistic journey since she was a little girl and started writing publicly in 1998. Her graffiti art and paintings mostly portray vibrant, colorful, and ornate female portraits. She has done works for billboard ads, clothing, commercials, snowboards and most recently a sneaker collaboration with Adidas Originals.

TRUSTOCORP: TrustoCorp is a New York based artist (or artists) dedicated to highlighting the hypocrisy and hilarity of human behavior through sarcasm and satire. TrustoCorp targets areas in the public domain typically reserved for messages of trust and authority and abuses them with visual messages of mayhem and absurdity hijacked from the visual style of our authorities.

QUEEN ANDREA (Artist and Co-Curator) : Andrea von Bujdoss AKA "Queen Andrea" is a native New Yorker who was raised in the vibrant Soho neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.

Andrea's passion for urban art and graphic design surfaced at an early age. In the early 1990s, she began to learn graffiti history and developed important friendships and mentoring relationships with some of the most notable New York City old school graffiti artists.

As a young adult, Andrea attended Parsons School of Design where she earned her BFA in Graphic Design and graduated with academic honors. She then began a successful Graphic Design career, working for well- known brands who appreciate both the urban creative flavor of her work and her versatile and passionate knowledge of typography, branding and visual communication.

These days, she is one of the most traditionally skilled female graffiti artists in the country, possessing an explosively creative style inspired by the excitement of the urban landscape. Her custom lettering portfolio has grown beyond graffiti and is a comprehensive collection of letter studies and design explorations. She has been featured in art shows, toy shows, magazines, books, fashion lines and brand collaborations.

Andrea has curated and exhibited in numerous exhibitions in NYC and around the world.

SHEPARD FAIREY: Shepard Fairey is a contemporary artist, graphic designer, and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene. He first became known for his "André the Giant Has a Posse" sticker campaign, in which he appropriated images from the comedic super market tabloid Weekly World News. His work became more widely known in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, specifically his Barack Obama "HOPE" poster. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston calls him one of today's best known and most influential street artists. His work is included in the collections at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Wayne M Peterkin aka Wane One COD: Born in 1970 in the United Kingdom (west London) Wayne is of West Indian decent and lived in England till the age of three. After leaving in the UK, he lived in Grenada until 7 years old.

In 1978, Wayne's parents brought their 2 sons to the US and moved to the North Bronx, Allerton Ave. Here they stayed in a 5th. Floor apartment from where the window faced the 2 and 5 subway lines. The elevated tracks soon caught Wayne's eye. He became slowly obsessed with watching and admiring the many great graffiti writers of the late 70' and early 80's.

In elementary school, he soon started hanging out with kids who's brothers were already involved in graffiti and were in fact some of the painters that he had admired for several years.

About the curators:

Andrea von Bujdoss AKA "Queen Andrea: See above, under artists for full profile and website.

Melissa McCaig-Welles: owner of McCaig-Welles Gallery opened her gallery in Brooklyn in March 2000. McCaig-Welles was one of the first galleries to establish themselves in Williamsburg, contributing to what would become a burgeoning art community in Brooklyn and placed them on the global map. Since opening the doors, McCaig-Welles has continued to focus on mid-career, cutting edge artists, exhibiting their works in solo and group shows and art fairs all over the world, thrilled that so many have been acclaimed by critics and fans alike. She has always put innovation and talent at the forefront of our programs, presenting artists recognized as pioneers of the new contemporary art movements, from surrealism to urban contemporary. It was this steadfast support of a powerful and undeniable movement that contributed to the incredible success of the gallery over the years. She is currently working with her roster of artists in curatorial exhibits on the West Coast, where she has recently relocated to, with her family.

About 1AM Gallery

About 1:AM 1:AM, short for First Amendment, is a gallery dedicated to street and urban art. Monthly themed exhibitions will feature artists locally and globally. In addition to gallery exhibitions, 1:AM offers classes ranging from demystifying graffiti, to creating toys, to giving students a hands-on mural experience. With the gallery, classes, and a veteran mural production team, 1:AM strives to be a pillar of San Francisco that embraces and highlights the positive aspects of urban and street art to youth and art lovers alike. When visiting 1:AM, check out the wide selection of art, toys, clothing, and art supplies.

Pleased to announce Scion as our sponsor of the event