Over The Edge: MadC @ 1AM

Eternity @ Max Eternity.com – Complete with a DJ and wall-to-wall, street-artists, slackers and hipsters, it was a refreshing surprise to attend the opening reception of Over The Edge.  The show is curated by 1AM art gallery, located in the South of Market (SoMA) district of Downtown San Francisco, and indeed this art space bucks the trend of the typical wine and cheese crowd–in ambiance and artwork shown.

Images courtesy of 1AM


Originally conceived and used for light industrial warehouses and workshops, SoMA was, like so many other American manufacturing neighborhoods and cities, all but abandoned by the late 1990’s   However, in the last decade, SoMA has quickly gone from being a sketchy and depressing, blight-stricken area to a chic, edgy urban success ripe with art and culture venues.  This revitalization includes 1AM, and the MadC exhibition demonstrates the gallery’s commitment to the neighborhood and forward-thinking art projects as a whole.

An excerpt from the curatorial statement about “Over The Edge” reads:

MadC’s work is inspired by graffiti and the perfect connection of letters, foreground, and background. With the constant evolution and argument of graffiti as an art form, the show aims to keep the energy of this art form alive on canvas without taking it directly from the street. While using spray paint, acrylic paint, watercolors and ink, she hopes to push the boundaries of what graffiti is conceived as and inspire future generations to take new approaches to the art form.

The show represents MadC’s first show in the United States, and originally recorded on December 9th, what follows is a 3-part interview with MadC, aka Claudia Walde, and 1AM gallery representative, Maya Griffin.

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