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May 8th, 2021

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The official collection of up to date studio works, mural and exhibition archives can be found at augustinekofie.info. KEEP DRAFTING will be a hub for archives, select limited releases and news.

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T-Shirt Drop: Solo Exhibitions: 2009-2021 on black.

May 7th, 2021

This item is available on Friday, May 5 – May 15th, 2021. NOT A PRESALE, Items ready to ship soon after order.

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Solo Exhibitions: 2009-2021 on black.

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Our studio is pleased to share the release of ‘Solo Exhibitions: 2009-2021’ to the public.
Written in my natural hand style, this is a breakdown of a handfull of my solo exhibition titles since 2009, including my most current showSTATE OF MIND. This is the 2nd release in an ongoing series of limited run signature t-shirts that will be available periodically all year direct from the studio. This design will be available for our SS/2021 collection to select boutiques in Japan.

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Production info / Sizing:
100% Cotton 6.5 oz Knit ring spun jersey knitted; garment dyed; constructed & printed in Southern California; sewn signature label, stamped size label. Shipped via USPS.

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Solo Exhibition: STATE OF MIND with HASHIMOTO CONTEMPORARY, NYC

April 19th, 2021

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Enlighten-moment, 2021
39.5 x 32 x 1.5 in / 100 x 80 x 4.5 cm
Acrylic polymer on synthetic polyester canvas; finished in satin varnish;
strip framed by artist.

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AUGUSTINE KOFIE – “STATE OF MIND”
17 APRIL – 8 MAY 2021

HASHIMOTO CONTEMPORARY NYC

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Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present State of Mind, our debut solo exhibition with Los Angeles-based artist Augustine Kofie. Made over a period of nine months under quarantine, the collection is part of Kofie’s ongoing industrial approach to fine art, which incorporates techniques such as overspray, tape blocking, detailed handwork, deconstruction, and draftsmanship drawn from architecture, graffiti and California car culture.

The particularities of quarantine shaped the process and thus the work itself. Unlike the usual linear development of paintings from start to finish, the State of Mind collection took a much more circuitous route.

“Some of these works were very frustrating to manifest. On the one hand, I had all this extra time, but on the other, it took much longer than usual for things to take shape. Emotionally and tonally, the works run the gamut from angst to harmony. My feelings are in the brushstrokes, the movements, the process of repeatedly adding and taking away, the layers of time it took to complete these paintings,” stated the artist.

The circular form, always prominent in Kofie’s earlier work, appears here to be breaking down.

“Where your eyes want to continue to complete the circle, you are stopped. With painting, I am in control. The pandemic was a stop, an interruption, a loss of control. So these interrupted circles, which break off and take new paths, are life interrupted,” Kofie elaborated.

With art supply stores and estate sales—Kofie’s two primary sources of tools and materials—shut down, a new technique emerged. Three of the works in the collection have a textural wood support, created by collaging found materials from the artist’s archive onto hand-made wood panels. This underlying structure, painted over entirely, comes through nonetheless, adding a hidden layer of meaning, a pentimento that also speaks to our varying, overlapping states of mind this year.

For every solo exhibition, Kofie creates a soundtrack. The music is assembled as part of the work process, which is both sonic and pictorial. This mix blends experimental hip hop with chill wave, including extended, up-cycled sophistso-pop saxophone, 80s synths, new wave breaks, lo-fi telefilm intermissions and poignant dialogue relevant to the exhibition theme and tone.

The gallery will be open by appointment only. In order to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff, please note that masks are legally required for entry. To schedule an appointment, please click HERE.

The exhibition will be on view Saturday, April 17th to Saturday, May 8th. For more information, additional images, or exclusive content, please email NYC Director, Jennifer Rizzo at nyc@hashimotocontemporary.com

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JUXTAPOZ review

WIDEWALLS review


Interview with VANTAGE POINT

September 1st, 2020

Had the great opportunity to speak with the good folks at Vantagepointradio.com in the first half of 2020. Spoke freely on my creative endeavors and how I attempt to manage my outputs.  Also had the chance to share some music that inspires me including Yusef Lateef, Narada Michael Walden, Sadistic Candle and The Nonce.

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Streaming on Vantagepointradio.com as well as iTunes, Spotify & Mixcloud.

IsoAzo Print Release with Hashimoto Contemporary

June 11th, 2020
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Progress images of IsoAzo, a set of hand embellished archival pigment prints for the upcoming group exhibition ‘MULTIPLES’ for HASHIMOTO CONTEMPORARY, NYC. Pulled out the vintage @automaticpens for some of the embellishments marks, as well.

Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present Multiples, a group exhibition featuring limited-edition HPM (hand-painted multiples) and prints.

For more information, additional images, or exclusive content, please email Jennifer Rizzo at nyc@hashimotocontemporary.com

20 JUNE – 11 JULY, 2020
HASHIMOTO CONTEMPORARY, NYC

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Solo exhibition: Adventures In Tonality at Openspace, Paris

January 10th, 2020

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Installation and further exhibition details can be found here.

Galerie Openspace Presents: AUGUSTINE KOFIE  | Adventures In Tonality
116 boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris
+33 9 80 66 63 94
contact@galerieopenspace.com for all inquiries.

Opening Saturday January 18, 2020

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Adventures in tonality” is a term coined by George Russell, an American modern jazz musician and theorist, for the first codified original theory to come from jazz. The theory re-conceptualized the matching of scales and chords, granting the player or composer tonal freedom. I drew inspiration from this notion of freedom, as well as jazz’s processes of improvisation.

A technical illustrator at heart, my painting and collage is often based on sketches. This time, I used no sketches as reference. Instead, the work in this run was created through freestyle, intuition, and improvisation, producing a painterly, atmospheric series in a dusky palette, while still exploring collisions of forms, layers and transparencies to create abstract scenarios that somehow hang outside of time.

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The show’s accompanying 20-minute soundtrack samples my personal collection of jazz records, boasting extended, up-cycled, dusty jazz loops, spacey atmospheric transitions, lo-fi vintage cinematic intermissions, and relevant dialogue pupped from films. These sounds are the driving force behind the artworks.

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Group show : Up The Wall at Kirk Gallery, Denmark

November 25th, 2019

Opening November 30 , 2019
Danmarksgade 8, 9000
Aalborg, Denmark
+45 98 14 11 44

I am pleased to be presenting new work with Denmark’s Kirk Gallery. Their fall group show ‘UP THE WALL’ features works by Seth, Ian Francis, Vhils, Herakut, Bezt, Fintan Magee, Telmo Miel, Joshua Smith & Joram Roukes.

AK2020SS Collection for Monkey Time Boutique, Japan

July 8th, 2019

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<AUGUSTINE KOFIE> × <monkey time>

SUMMER 2019 COLLECTION Available Friday July 5th, 2019.

Available in store in ·monkey time HARAJUKU, Monkey time SHINJUKU & Monkey time OSAKA.

COLLECTION OF T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE HERE  | CUSTOM BUTTON-UPS ONLY AVAILABLE INSTORE 

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At the time of the release of the collection, @monkeytime_harajuku will exhibit an original canvas, which is also used for T-shirt artwork, from July 5 to July 18.

Please visit us at this valuable opportunity to see the original work of A.Kofie. 

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Production details: 

All designs are hand printed in Los Angeles on custom cut & sew  LA Apparel t-shirts. Sizes hand stamped on neck. 5 t-shirt designs available based on original illustrations, collages and studio artworks. Exclusive to the Monkey Time shops in Japan and will not be released in the states. 

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About MONKEYTIME:

Monkey Time is a private contemporary sub-label for UNITED ARROWS imprint BEAUTY&YOUTH. The brand has a mixture of street and traditional design elements, which represents the juxtaposition of high and low fashion. Monkey time has also collaborated with the likes of Champion, ASICS, DC shoes, Lee and The North Face Purple Label.

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Mural Intervention : Grenoble Street Art Fest 2019, France

July 6th, 2019

Progress shot of ‘In Addition’, 2019 by juliiea.

Acrylic polymer paint and aerosol on primed cement wall and staircase/chimney. 4 stories with varoius surfaces, roughly 2,800 sq ft.

40 Rue des Mathématiques, University Grenoble-Alpes in Saint-Martin-d’Hères, France.

In coordination with Jerome Catz of Spacejunk, Street Art Fest Grenoble Alpes and the Grenoble-Alpes University.

VIEW FINAL SHOTS HERE

Solo show: Darkest before the Dawn @ StolenSpace, London

February 1st, 2019

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StolenSpace gallery Presents:

Darkest before the Dawn

Opening Reception : 07.02.19, 6 – 9pm

Exhibition Dates: 08.02.19 – 03.03.19

StolenSpace gallery

17 Osborn Street,

London UK E1 6TD

P: +44 (0) 207 247 2684

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StolenSpace Gallery are excited to present ‘Darkest before the Dawn’ an exhibition of new work by Augustine Kofie.

Having lived in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains in Los Angeles County, Southern California, this new series of painting and collage by Kofie explores transition and juxtaposition. Created during fall/winter, this new body of work is inspired by the low winter sun rising against the mountain, the sky opening up, the change in colour, and wet wood after rain.

The palette builds on the fundamental contrast of darkness and brightness: starting from a darker base and building towards light. The dark, earth tones refer back to an architectural, hard-edge aesthetic; the jewel tones emerge from them in a new version of the dichotomy of infrastructure and nature, with which Kofie’s work constantly battles.

Kofie’s mechanical details as always, are there, but the work this series is more painterly. The first base layer is made by free styling, gestural brushstrokes with fast momentum. The second layer is structural and technological, at times interacting with the base, at other times hovering over it. The third layer, through the use of overspray, is an atmospheric overlay.

This series is not darkness as pessimism, but rather optimism in difficult times.

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