Group Exhibition: A MAJOR MINORITY @ Mirus Gallery, San Francisco

August 8th, 2017


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 Studio progress of ‘Sequoiacast’, Summer, 2017. View in detail HERE.

 

I will have 2 recent collage works in this important exhibition. Also great to have work back in the city of San Francisco]

 

 

Mirus Gallery Presents: A MAJOR MINORITY_ an intercontinental survey of Othercontemporary Urban Art

 

August 18 - September 8, 2017

 

Opening Reception
Friday August 18, 7-10pm

 

540 Howard St., 3rd Fl
San Francisco, CA
415-948-3330

 

 

A Major Minority is an international exhibition consisting of urban artists from around the world. The concept and title of the show were developed by graffiti artist, Poesia, who is also the editor of Graffuturism.com and the cultural instigator at the center of the growing interest in abstract, progressive and hybrid Graffiti art forms. This will be the 3rd installment of A Major Minority and a much more intimate exhibition than previous ones, which incorporated hundreds of works of art. Poesia elected to exhibit this smaller quantity and particular group of artists in order to display a more condensed spectrum of progressive hybrid aesthetics within the Othercontemporary Urban Art community. This intensive and extensive sampling of stylistic specimens illustrates a broad continuum of approaches and aesthetics that fall under the purview of this art form, without focusing on any one sub-genre exclusively.

 

Featured Artists:

Alex Kuznetsov, Augustine Kofie, Cain Caser, Carlos Mare, Chad Hasegawa, Christopher Derek Bruno, Demsky, Gris1, Jan Kalab, Jaybo Monk, N.O.madski, Sabio Mazza, SEIKON, West Rubenstein, Zeser

 

 

Full press release and essay here.

 

 

For inquiries contact
art@mirusgallery.com

Group Exhibition: Abstrakt Forum 2 @ FORUM Przestrzenie, Poland

July 17th, 2017

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Iso-Stereophonic, 2017

24 x 36 x 1 inches

Found paper, screen-print, acrylic, ball point pen and white-out on cradled birch panel

Sealed in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin varnish. 

Framed by artist with found yardsticks.

 

 

 

 


Abstrakt Forum 2

// July 22, 2017

Pawilon Letni

Hosted by FORUM Przestrzenie and NAWER

 

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FORUM Przestrzenie Marii Konopnickiej 28, 30-302 Kraków

Confirmed artists:

  

AUGUSTINE KOFIE, POESIA, MAD C, SATONE, ROBET PROCH, REMI ROUGH

 

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ABSTRAKT FORUM 2  //PAWILON LETNI

 

What happens when graffiti abandons its classical form, forgets its assumptions and stops looking at the canons? Which decks of new possibilities conceal abstraction, which is limited only by the imagination of the artist? We wanted to see where its boundaries lie and whether they exist at all, inviting contemporary co-authors of abstract paintings, whose common denominator is widely understood street art. The result of our efforts is the exhibition of images ABSTRACT FORUM 2017, which will soon appear on the walls of the Summer Pavilion Forum Space.


ABSTRAKT FORUM is a collective exhibition of works by unconventional artists, whose work escapes the common definitions of classical graffiti. Curators of the exhibition - Łukasz Habiera Nawer and Maciej Malinowski - have selected outstanding contemporary painters whose roots are firmly embedded in the street arte, but what they are creating now strives for unstrained abstraction, deprived of principles, key motifs and specific graphic forms. The decisive aspect in choosing artists was the idea of ​​”Graffuturism” - an innovative concept that, although it helps to classify the presented, difficult to define images. The new, exciting possibilities, unlimited imagination and creativity of the invited creators are the decisive components of the ABSTRAKT FORUM exhibition, which is the first in Poland to explore and expose the audience about abstraction by street artists.


The exhibition of paintings will be available at the Summer Pavilion of Forum Spatrzenie ul. Konopnickiej 28 in Cracow.

 

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Co-organizer of the exhibition is the Krakow Festival Office

Patron: Pilsner Urquell, Liquitex, Windsor & Newton

Partners: Boom apartments, Forum Island

Media Patronage: Off radio Krakow, Sosm.pl, Lounge

 

For info on the exhibition:

maciek@forumprzestrzenie.com

 

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#abstraktforum

 

 

 

Group Show: ADVENTURES IN MODERN ABSTRACTION at STOLENSPACE, London

July 3rd, 2017

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LOS

30 x 30 x 1 3/4 inches, 2017

Found paper, acrylic, screen-print, ball point pen, graphite and white-out on cradled birch panel

Sealed in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin varnish. 

Framed by artist with mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks.

 

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Blush response rotation No. 2

30 x 30 x 1 3/4 inches, 2017

Found paper, acrylic, screen-print, ball point pen, graphite and white-out on cradled birch panel

Sealed in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin varnish. 

Framed by artist with mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks.

 

View LARGE images here.

 

 

 

 

 

ADVENTURES IN MODERN ABSTRACTION

STOLENSPACE SUMMER GROUP SHOW

 

17 Osborn Street London

E1 6TD

United Kingdom

P: +44 (0) 207 247 2684

 

 

Opening Reception Thursday 6th July, 6-9pm

Exhibition Dates : 07.07.17 – 06.08.17

 

Featuring work by:

Felipe Pantone, Jason Woodside, Zest, Jeremy Brown, Clark Goolsby, 

Remi Rough, Mad C, Augustine Kofie, Roids, Florence Blanchard, Muro

 

 

Influenced by both Urban Art and Abstract Contemporary, we present works from a group of artists who merge the way between these styles focusing the energy and rawness of classical graffiti with abstract expressionism.

Works feature noticeable spray can strokes, fat cap lines, drips and splatters and all the other elementary components of classic graffiti as well as works with more graphic clean lines of geometric precision.

 

Abstract both in the visual language and approach, ‘Adventures in Modern Abstraction’ showcases a collection of works that embrace a vibrant approach to the outer limits of urban art and graffiti.

 

contact@stolenspace.com

 

Jonathan LeVine Projects at Urban Art Fair | NYC 2017

June 30th, 2017

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How hot

30 x 30 x 1 3/4 inches,  2017

Found paper, acrylic, screen-print, ball point pen, graphite and white-out on cradled birch panel

Sealed in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin varnish. 

Framed by artist with mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks. 

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Sparc-o-matic

14 x 18 x 1 3/4 inches, 

Found paper, acrylic, screen-print, ball point pen, graphite and white-out on cradled birch panel


Sealed in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin varnish. 

Framed by artist with mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks.

View LARGE images here.

 

 

 

 [ I will have 5 new collage on wood works made exclusively for LeVine’s booth at the urban Art Fair NYC. These are new mid-sizes works I will be sharing. ]

 

 

URBAN ART FAIR NYC

50 Varick Street | New York, NY | 10013
Friday, June 30 – Monday July 3
Opening reception: Thursday, June 29 from 4 pm – 10 pm

 

 

Jonathan LeVine Projects is pleased to announce it’s programming for the Urban Art Fair, a presentation in booth 6.02 featuring work by Augustine Kofie, DALeast, Dan Witz, EVOL, Faith47 and Prefab77. Also on view will be a selection of twenty limited edition prints by an array of artists.

 

Please email sales@jonathanlevineprojects.com regarding availability.

Press Release

 

Print edition for Jonathan LeVine Projects: Innferold-Overwhelm

June 22nd, 2017

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Innerfold-Overwhelm

24 x 24 inches

4-color Serigraph on 290gsm Coventry rag fine art paper with deckled edge. 

Hand pulled by @Seriopress fine art editions, Pasadena, CA. 

Edition of 100

$150

 

Photo: Michael Underwood 



I will be releasing my first Serigraph in 3 years this weekend [June24th] with Jonathan LeVine Projects for the group show ‘Multiples of Multiples’.

 

‘Innerfold-Overwhelm’ is based on my marker techniques sketches, referencing an illustration executed in the last 6 months. Each of the 4 transparencies was hand painted to give the piece a painterly and hands on, illustrated feel. This would be considered my most dense and heavily structured print to date, reflecting a feeling of being engulfed and surrounded. The overwhelming, constant barrage of the unwanted, be it politics, authority overstepping, or just good old general anxiety.

 

 

Available exclusively at the Multiples of Multiples’ group show as well as the online store.

 

‘Multiples of Multiples’ - Group exhibition of prints and editioned work by Ashley Wood, Augustine Kofie, Ben Tolman, Ben Venom, Brett Amory, Dennis McNett, Dylan Egon, Hellbent, JeffSoto, Jeremy Fish, João Ruas, John Jacobs Meyer, Nick Walker & Shepard Fairey. On view from June 24 - July 22, 2017

 

Jonathan Levine Projects is now located at Mana Contemporary

Suites 415 and 344

888 Newark Avenue

Jersey City, NJ 07306

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm

201-763-6998

info@jonathanlevinegallery.com 

 

 

Studio and exhibition work archive at augustinekofie.info

May 24th, 2017

 

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Augustinekofie.info will be the new home of all of my studio and exhibition works as of Summer 2014.

 

A comprehensive view of my collage, paintings and exhibition exploits, past and present.

 

Keepdrafting has been the home of all of my creative exploits since 2001 an will remain so, but shall maintain a focus on public works and up to date projects. 

 

Openspace Gallery at Urban Art Fair | Paris 2017

April 20th, 2017

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Tape isolate, 2017

12 x 12 x 1 3/4 inches

Found paper, acrylic, ball point pen and white-out on cradled birch panel

Sealed in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin varnish. 

Framed by artist with found yardsticks.

 

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 Enthusiasm 80, 2017

12 x 12 x 1 3/4 inches

Found paper, acrylic, ball point pen and white-out on cradled birch panel

Sealed in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin varnish. 

Framed by artist with found yardsticks.

 

 

 

[ I will have 20 new 12 x 12 x 1 inch format works as well as some works from my recent Build From memory exhibition on display with Opespace ]

 

 

Urban Art Fair | Paris 2017

Le Carreau du Temple

April 20th to 23rd - Opening Wednesday, April 19th 

 

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Openspace Gallery will be presenting new pieces by myself,  SatOneJan Kaláb, Eric LACAN ,MODE 2 and Franco Fasoli.

 

About the Fair:

For its second edition, from April 20 to 23, 2017, Urban Art Fair will be gathering around thirty French and international galleries specialized in urban art at « Le Carreau du Temple » in Paris. 

A cycle of screenings (free entrance) around urban art history will take place from the 21st to the 22nd of April in the Auditorium of “Le Carreau du Temple”: from the beginning of the graffiti in NYC to contemporary muralism.

This year and for the first time, the fair will also take place at “L’Espace Commines” with an exhibition called “Cannot be bo(a)rdered” in free access from April 21 until May 7, 2017 and will display an itinerary of outdoor projects.

 

Carreau du Temple, 20-23 April : Full-fare ticket 15 € / Reduced fare 10 €.

Screenings, 21-22 April: free access, within the limit of available seats.

Espace Commines, 21 April - 7 May, 2017: free access.

More info > urbanartfair.com/en

 

 

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Facebook event page

 

 

 

2nd custom box set for KEEPDRAFTING book with Zero+

April 10th, 2017

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I am pleased to share my second custom box edition with Zero+ Publishing.

 

For availability and all inquiries please contact Kirk at  info@zeropluspublishing.com

 

 

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Book specifications:

Hardcover - Cloth with paper dust jacket

11.25 x 11.25″ (28.575 x 28.575 cm)

164 pages

100 color plates

200 gsm SPCO matte art paper

Introduction by Rafael Schacter

Edition of 1,000

ISBN 978-1-937222-39-0

Release date: June 2015

Designed by Pedersen Projects, Claremont, California  

 

 

Custom constructed HPM wood box:

Technical specifications

Edition: 8 / 2 AP

Custom constructed stained box with a HPM acrylic, screen printed†lid—12.5 x 12.5 x 3.75 inches (31.75 x 31.75 x 9.525 cm)

Vintage measuring stick (one side of the box)

 

Contents:

HPM—acrylic, paper and screen print on wood panel framed with vintage yardsticks—10 x 10 x 1 inches (25.4 x 25.4 x 2.54 cm)

Signed/numbered book

$1,500.00 (please write for availability and selection of box lid) 

Solo show: BUILD FROM MEMORY @ Openspace, Paris / Updates

March 17th, 2017

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Photo:  François-Xavier Laurent

 

 

View the Build From Memory exhibition as well as updated links to reviews via Augustinekofie.info

Solo show: BUILD FROM MEMORY @ Openspace, Paris

February 24th, 2017

 

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Aquatico afterthought

60 x 60 inches, square

Acrylic and spray paint on primed cotton duck canvas.

Finished in satin varnish. 

 

 

 

 

AUGUSTINE KOFIE Build From Memory [solo show] 

Exhibition from 25 February -1 April, 2017 

OPENING SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY FROM 6PM TO 9PM WITH THE ARTIST

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GALERIE OPENSPACE 

116, boulevard Richard Lenoir 75011 

Paris, France

For any further information or catalogue request : contact@galerieopenspace.com 

+ 33 9 80 66 63 94 

*Soundtrack stream and download HERE

#buildfrommemory 

The Openspace Gallery is pleased to announce Build From Memory, the third solo show of the Los Angeles-based artist Augustine Kofie, which work is represented by the gallery since 2013 in France. 

The title chosen for this new exhibition by Augustine Kofie’s showcasing 2016-17 new series of collage, painting and installation speaks to our human ability to acquire knowledge and repetitively apply it to the material world. We are defined by our ability to manipulate nature, and by our experience of being in time. What we learned and remember is essential to what we make. In this way, we make the future out of the past through our present action, through building from memory, reassembling a mutated, partially preserved set of fragments into something new. There is loss in this, but there is gain as well. 

Kofie continues to push and explore technologies and strategies to build up space within his work, and in each series he poses himself a new problem to be solved. Build From Memory began with the challenge of how to produce dynamic movement from a stable, static (horizontal/vertical) foundation. The answer came in the form diagonal “breaks”, perspectival lines that produce volume, protrusion, immersion, and depth in the horizontal-vertical system. It is these breaks that are built from memory and inspire the title of the collection, for they come directly from the 3D technique of traditional letter writing practices such as sign painting or graffiti. “If I draw from muscle memory, without thinking, I build a static foundation and then insert such 3D breaks to produce new shapes and space,” Kofie explains. “3Ds come from an imaginary point of perspective, from multiple points of perspective, multiple memories.” 

This classic compositional element and representational strategy informs both collage and painting. “The collage is my drafting room, constructivist technique. It’s the finding, recovering, prepping—the mosaic, collage, and transformation of the materials. It’s the closest I can come to building a painting, using the material as a color, using paint only to accentuate what is already there.” Each fragment has been salvaged out of the destructiveness of time, each holds a memory, each is a portal onto a moment, each font or graphic or color opening onto a memory path. 

As always, Kofie’s paintings begin in sketch form, but the sketch is not projected or directly copied onto canvas. Position, scale, the relation of shapes, of negative and positive space—all change with the switch in medium. Muscle memory comes in anew—now it is not the embodied knowledge of years of drawing letters bur rather that of painting large public walls that comes into play. “I am loosening up my canvas technique now,” Kofie says, “painting as I would do a wall. The body comes in – it’s a workout – the canvases are done in quick, repeated spurts, in a painting style I learned from street work, so they have a very loose, active energy. But then I always go back for the refinements, moving through brush sizes from large to small—moving from big dirty mini-roller, from raw brush lines, raw spray paint lines, overspray, that is then finessed and cleaned up with the rigger brush. It’s that relationship of gestural freedom and control that always interests me.“ 

 

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Born in Los Angeles, Augustine Kofie discovered graffiti in the late 80s, immersed in the skate culture that surrounded him. Inspired by the shape and structure of letters, Augustine Kofie tamed them, deconstructing them to then rebuild them, with an unparalleled technical mastery of spatiality. The artist began to exhibit in galleries in 2002, and his 2009 exhibition Vintage Futurism (Zero1 Gallery, L.A) marked a turning point in his career, laying the foundations for his current work. Augustine Kofie develops his mastery of scale and movement in works full of lines and structured shapes. And a vintage feel also pervades his work; from the 60s magazine illustrations he uses for his collages to the salvaged materials he uses as media, through his choice of colours. Augustine Kofie collaborates with American galleries in New York and Detroit, and since 2013 has been represented in France by the Openspace Gallery and the exhibitions’ cycle it has organized on the theme of Graffuturism. Indeed, Augustine Kofie is now considered as one of the leading representatives of this world movement and is thereby renewing the approach to contemporary abstract painting. 

 

 

GALERIE OPENSPACE 

16, boulevard Richard Lenoir 75011 Paris, France 

Wed- Sat ; 2-7 PM

 For any futher information or catalogue request : contact@galerieopenspace.com 

+ 33 9 80 66 63 94 

Contats Owners of the gallery: Nicolas Chenus & Samantha Longhi 

Gallery assistant: Claire Tivelet 

Sales manager: Nicolas Chenus 

Press contact: Samantha Longhi