1AM is pleased to present, “Diversion”, a solo show of text-based graphic works by JURNE, an Oakland-based graffiti artist. The show opens Friday, September 20th, from 6:30-9:30pm. “Diversion” will showcase Bay Area-themed works including hand-cut wood and paper décollage that blend abstract compositions of text and geometric patterns. “Diversion” will also feature mixed media reinterpretations of East Bay creek tunnel topographical maps. Richly colored gouache and ink compositions layered upon hand-drawn city maps illustrate JURNE’s home-turf and artistic refuge.

In “Diversion,” JURNE reveals the unseen topography of the East Bay creek tunnel network. The underground infrastructure provides JURNE an expansive canvas free of restriction. Tucked away beneath the city, his work thrives in a time when the process of gentrification and public works crews rid cities of graffiti “spots”. “Diversion” pays homage to this artistic refuge and promotes the preservation of graffiti art.

Diversion” also features a collaborative series between JURNE and the photographer, Lea Bruno. Together they have created an aesthetic dialogue that merges their mediums and pushes the boundaries of conventional photography. JURNE has provided hand-made elements that Lea Bruno has re-interpreted into complex, layered photographs on film. Viewers are challenged to understand how these dynamic images were made without the use of digital manipulation.

JURNE is a graffiti and fine artist whose works have been showcased and recognized internationally. With roots in the Northeast United States, he developed his signature text-based style with the East Coast city streets as his backdrop. JURNE has burst through the Bay Area street art scene with his clean and refined letter styles.

If you have any questions or would like to be part of the preview, please email maya@1AMSF.com.