Group Exhibition: WELCOME TO NEW JERSEY @ Jonathan Levine Gallery

February 12th, 2017

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Full shot and detail of 

Modernizing room

24 x 60 x 1 3/4 inches, 2016 

Found paper, ball point pen, acrylic and spray paint on cradled birch panel.

Coated in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin gel medium. 

Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks.

 

 

 

I will have  2 recent works available for the inaugural relocation exhibition for my NY gallery. Both ‘Modernizing Room & She Problema  are collage works that include vintage ephemera from my travels to Marrakech, Mexico City as well as Paris. VIEW larger images HERE

 

 

 

 

 

WELCOME TO NEW JERSEY

Jonathan LeVine Projects Inaugural Exhibition in Jersey City at Mana Contemporary

 

February 18 - March 18, 2017

 

Opening reception Saturday, February 18, 6-8 pm

 

888 Newark Ave, Jersey City,

New Jersey 07306

 

 

Group exhibition featuring Adam Wallacavage, AJ Fosik, Alessandro Gallo, Alexis Diaz, Andy Kehoe, Ashley Wood, Augustine Kofie, Beth Cavener, Camille Rose Garcia, Carlos Ramirez, Chloe Early, Cryptik, Dan Witz, Diego Gravinese, Dylan Egon, Eloy Morales, Erik Jones, EVOL, Gary Taxali, Handiedan, Haroshi, Hush, Jeff Soto, Jim Houser, Joel Rea, John Jacobsmeyer, Jorg Heikhaus, Josh Agle (Shag), Kazuki Takamatsu, Mab Graves, Martin Wittfooth, Mary Iverson, Matt Leines, Matthew Grabelsky, Michael Reeder, Miss Van, Nick Walker, Nychos, Phil Hale, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Tara McPherson & Tristan Eaton

 

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News on the recent relocation of Jonathan LeVine Gallery 

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Group Exhibition: RESET at Athen B. Gallery, Oakland

January 4th, 2017

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Magnetic quality overcast, 2016

36.5 x 36.5 x 1 3/4 inches

Found pressboard, acrylic, pencil, ball point pen, white-out & screen-print  on cradled birch panel.

Sealed in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin gel medium. 

Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks.

 

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Glendorafied System, 2016

24 x 24 x 1 3/4 inches

Found paper, ball point pen, acrylic and water-based spray paint on cradled birch panel.

Sealed in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin gel medium. 

Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks.

View LARGE HERE

R E S E T 

 

AUBREY LEARNER | AUGUSTINE KOFIE | CHRISTIE YURI NOH | CURIOT

DAVE KINSEY | DUNCAN JAGO | JEAN NAGAI | KELLY ORDING

MARTINA MERLINI | NICOLAS ROMERO | PAKAYLA RAE | SMITHE

Athen B. Gallery is pleased to present “Reset”, a group exhibition coming to Oakland January 14th featuring the works of twelve local, national and international artists. 

Some of the artists in the exhibition, like Augustine Kofie, Dave Kinsey and Duncan Jago, are considered to be veterans in the urban contemporary movement.  They will be hanging alongside emerging artists like Aubrey Learner, Christie Yuri Noh and Pakayla Rae. By hand selecting a diverse array of techniques, styles, and aesthetics, we have aimed to make this our most surreal exhibition to date. We’re excited to have Smithe, Pakayla Rae, Kelly Ording, Duncan Jago, Dave Kinsey, Curiot and Augustine Kofie joining us for the first time.  We couldn’t be happier to welcome back Nicolas Romero, Martina Merlini, Jean Nagai and Aubrey Learner back for another exhibition at Athen B. Gallery in Downtown Oakland.

Be sure to join us Saturday, January 14th at 7pm for the opening reception of “Reset”.  We’re conveniently located in Downtown Oakland at 1525 Webster St. just off both 12th and 19th Ss. Bart Stations.  The exhibition will be on view through February 3, 2017.  

To inquire about available works contact info@athenbgallery.com

Athen B. Gallery

1525 Webster | Oakland, CA | 94612

Contact | info@athenbgallery.com

Hours | Tuesday to Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 11am - 5pm

 

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Gallery Press release

Exhibition view via Instagram 

INSTAGRAFITE coverage of exhibition 

 

 

 

 

MNI WICONI | Benefit for the Rosebud Camp at Standing Rock

January 4th, 2017

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Collisionist antiqua, 2016

24.5 x 24.5 x 1 3/4 inches

Found paper, ball point pen, acrylic and water-based spray paint on cradled birch panel.

Sealed in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin gel medium. 

Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks.

 

MNI WICONI

 

JANUARY 14TH, 2017

The Tangent Gallery

715 East Milwaukee 

Detroit, MI 48202

100% of the profits sold at the silent auction are going to THE ROSEBUD CAMP in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

Contact mikepopso@gmail.com for interest and show PDF

 

From Curator  Mike Popso:

The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project continues with harsh winter conditions. Just another reason for us as artists to bring some positivity to Standing Rock’s Sioux tribe. 7,000 people remain on site but were asked to leave by Dec. 5th, 2016  to a “safer” location. That will not be happening according to my friends currently at the camp.

The reason we chose The Rosebud Camp is because Ian Kuali’i visited the camp a few months back and knew this day was coming. They are in dire need of supply for the blizzards that are already taking place. Clothes, food and wood mainly.

Studio and exhibition work archive at augustinekofie.info

December 1st, 2016

 

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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. 

ArtshareLA Presents: ABOVE THE STREETS 2016

October 22nd, 2016

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The 3rd Annual Above the Streets fundraising event benefitting Art Share L.A. will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 6PM – 10:30PM. This year we will honor the 6th Street Bridge Project for contributing to the transformation of Downtown Los Angeles.  And we have the pleasure of highlighting artist/muralist Augustine Kofie.

Augustine’s work will be splashed around the City of Los Angeles through different outdoor media channels: large billboards, digital billboards, bus bench ads, and more!  Using drafting as his inspiration, Augustine’s architectural images align with the many new buildings and changes coming to our city.

Each year, Art Share L.A. serves our community of emerging artists and supports them through their artistic journey.  Last year we shepherded, 350 artists through our gallery and opportunities programs; hosted 4,500 attendees to various events; held 25 gallery shows; 150 musical performances and 50+ readings and poetry events.  Art Share is where you come to discover new talent – Art Lives Here!

 Your sponsorship will ensure Art Share’s ability to continue to support local, emerging artists in their journey of becoming professional artists

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Limited Edition 12x 12, 18x 18 and 24×24 inch, Moab Entrada 290 GSM, Cottonrag available for local Los Anggeles pick up only. NO SHIPPING. 

Mural Intervention for LOCO in South Boston

September 1st, 2016

 

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Untitled Mural intervention for  LOCO Taqueria & Oyster Bar, South Boston.

Acrylic and spray paint on primed masonry. 15′  x  55′ 

412 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

Commissioned by owner Mike Shaw.  Documented and organized by Todd Mazer.

FULL SHOT HERE

 I made a returns to Boston in mid August, 2016  to paint a commissioned mural for LOCO Taqueria & Oyster Bar in South Boston. Brought a bit of LA with me on this one as well as washed South of the boarder tones crystalizing through Bostonian brick masonry. Navigation, project organizer and  primary documentation via Todd Mazer.

Many thanks to Mike Shaw for the opportunity and to all the incredible folks at LOCO for the challenge, hydration and tacos.

 

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Group Exhibition: Grand Opening at Matthew Namour Gallery, Montréal

June 29th, 2016

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Acknowledge Rotation 
24.5 x 24.5 x 1 3/4 inches
Found paper, ball point pen, acrylic and water-based spray paint on cradled birch panel.
Sealed in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin gel medium.
Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks.

Group Exhibition | Matthew Namour Gallery | Opening | Mtl
June 29th | 17-19h

It is a pleasure to be part of the collective show on the occasion of the opening of the new space Matthew Namour Gallery, expansion of the Yves Laroche gallery.
GRAND OPENING
Located in a historical building in the heart of Old Montréal, The gallery’s mission is to showcase cutting edge contemporary art.

Matthew Namour Gallery expands on Yves Laroche’s long-established legacy of presenting the best & most recognizable of lowbrow & street art. Rooted in traditions of graffiti, tattooing, comics, pop art, illustration, and surrealism, Matthew Namour is proud to bring an eclectic selection of artists to Montreal’s most visited neighbourhood. This gallery is here to uphold the city’s position as an evolving force in the global art map.
Galerie Matthew Namour, 217 Boulevard Saint Laurent, Montréal (Québec) H2Y 3T9
514 903-1987 | OPENING HOURS | Everyday: 10am-6pm

 

Group Exhibition: Brick to Canvas @ Tinney Contemporary, Nashville Tennessee

April 20th, 2016

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Detail ofOvercast air’

24 x 60 x 1 3/4 inches, 2016  

Found paper, ball point pen, acrylic, screen print and spray paint on cradled birch panel.

Coated in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin gel medium. 

Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks.

 

 

 Full shot of and details of ‘Overcast Air’ HERE

 

Tinney Gallery presents: BRICK TO CANVAS: A survey of international street art

 

Herakut  -  Rone  -  Niels “Shoe” Meulman  -  Adele Renault  -  Augustine Kofie

 

Part I:

May 7th - May 28th, 2016

 

 

Tinney Contemporary

237 5th Avenue North

Nashville, TN 37219

 

 

  Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present a two-part exhibition curated by the founders of the Nashville Walls Project, Tova Lobatz and Brian Greif. Brick to Canvas - A Survey of International Street Art is a multidimensional look into the world of contemporary street art, urban contemporary or new contemporary. All the artists represented have extensive experience painting murals and have been exhibiting in galleries and museums around the world. Brick to Canvas - A Survey of International Street Art is on view until July 25th, 2016 at Tinney Contemporary and is free and open to the public.

 

 

Part I: May 7th - May 28th:  Nashville Walls Project Exhibition:  In conjunction with the “Nashville Walls Project” inaugural mural project in Nashville, Tinney will show works by international street artists - Herakut - Germany, Rone - Australia,  Niels “Shoe” Meulman - Amsterdam, Adele Renault - Amsterdam,  Augustine Kofie- United States, and Dal East- South Africa. Inside the gallery Herakut will be producing an experiential installation along with hanging 2D works. Herakut, Rone, Meulman and Renault will be in Nashville to paint public murals and will be present for the opening reception.

 

 

In addition, Tinney will also be exhibiting Banky’s “Haight Street Rat”.   The 7-foot tall beret wearing Rat is one of Banky’s most famous street paintings.  The public will be able to see the Rat for free during the course of the exhibit.

 

 

The Nashville Walls Project aims to bring internationally known street artists to Nashville. The founders, Brian Greif and Tova Lobatz, are art advisers and curators who met in San Francisco. Greif, based in Nashville, has spent a majority of his career in media, produced a number of movies (including “Saving Banksy”, a documentary about the infamous piece that will be hanging in Tinney Contemporary in May), and has been involved in the arts for decades. Lobatz, based in San Francisco, was the director of the leading urban contemporary gallery in the United States. She has founded her own public arts organization in San Francisco, and continues to advise private collections, corporations and curates independently.

 

 

 

 

Group Exhibition: EXCEPTIONAL @ Scream Gallery, London

April 14th, 2016

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Full and detail of ‘Assembly Instructions’, 2016

91 x 91 x 4 cm   /  36 x 36 x 1 3/4 inches

Found paper, ball point pen, acrylic and water-based spray paint on cradled birch panel.

Sealed in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin gel medium. Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks. 

 

 

 

 Animation of 6 Found Clipboard paintings for the exhibition

12.5 x 9 inches  [22 x 32 cm ]

Acrylic on found clipboard (pressed hardboard masonite wood). 

Finished in satin gel medium.

 

 

 

 

 

EXCEPTIONAL (ADJECTIVE: UNUSUAL, NOT TYPICAL.)

Curated by REMI ROUGH & Ruth Wilkinson

 

14TH APRIL - 29TH APRIL 2016 AT SCREAM LONDON

 

A group exhibition featuring:

Jerry Inscoe (USA)  -  Augustine Kofie (USA)  -  Zanny Mellor (UK)  -  Martina Merlini (ITALY)  -  Steve More (UK)  -  Charley Peters (UK)  -  Livvy Turner (UK)

 

 

Scream London present ‘Exceptional’, a group exhibition that connects seven artists with disparate working practices who share a minimalist sensibility. Employing a range of different methods, each artist has developed a unique way of working with processes such as erasure, visual systems or spatial investigation. Their practices are often labour intensive, contrary to the reductive nature of the final work.

 

The work presented in ‘Exceptional’ offers a contemporary vision of the traditions of abstraction. Some of the artists draw inspiration from the lines of urban architecture, some from surface and texture, and others from vintage system grids. Their work, however, avoids a nostalgic view of modernism and sits confidently within a post-digital landscape. The distinctive journeys that each of the artists go on in their daily routines in the studio are what brings them together in this exhibition.

 

‘Exceptional’ because nobody else makes work in the same way that these seven artists do. ‘Exceptional’ because the work is unique, not printed or manufactured but considered, built, erased, layered, constructed and painted by their own hands, using their own inimitable processes with incomparable results.

 

 

Scream LondonEastcastle House, 27-28 Eastcastle St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8DH

 

 

Illustration and handstyle for SACH Essential LP released by HIT+RUN

February 17th, 2016

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[Longtime collaborators HIT+RUN asked me to contribute to this great ‘Best of’ collection of music by Sach Illpages, a true LA connoisseur, Dj, beat-smith, painter and MC in it’s purest form. Photography by Eric Coleman of MOCHILLA, Liner Notes by Carlos Nino and design direction by Brandy Flower. The LP and cassettes are available via their Bandcamp and select stores.]

 

 

 

While G-funk dominated hip-hop airwaves through the 1990s, the pulse of underground rap was maintained at the Good Life Café, an open-mic workshop at the corner of Crenshaw & Exposition in Los Angeles. After Freestyle Fellowship became the first Good Life group to invade the national consciousness in 1991, a young duo called THE NONCE were their heirs apparent, seemingly primed for a breakthrough. Composed of Leimert Park natives Lance ‘Nouka Basetype / Sach’ Caldwell and Yusef ‘Afloat’Muhammad, The Nonce had already been rapping and recording together for years prior to arriving at Good Life. The Nonce signed to Wild West Records / American and completed a record called ‘World Ultimate’ in 1995.

 

An early single called “Mix Tapes” emerged from the ‘World Ultimate’ sessions. With its dense percussion, rolling bass, spare horn samples and deft turntable scratches, it’s emblematic of the sound that would pervade the classic album. The song charts Sach and Yusef’s growth from mixtape peddlers to artists. It also became The Nonce’s stepping stone to a major label contract and a bonafide west coast classic. While often likened to A Tribe Called Quest’s concurrent records, ‘World Ultimate’ moves at a lower frequency than any Tribe album, achieving the considered smoothness of the best mid-‘90s California rap.

 

After ‘World Ultimate’, Sach and Yusef intended to push their musical boundaries even further. In 1998, Sach formulated an ambitious project called ‘Seven Days to Engineer,’ in which he’d conceive, produce and record an entire album in a week. The song, “Look At Me Mean,” has a murky, uneasy vibe miles removed from ‘World Ultimate’s happy-go-lucky sound. For Yusef Afloat, the journey ended at age 28. In 2000 his body was found beside the 110-Freeway. Whatever the cause of death, “It was devastating to me, and it affected me in a lot of different ways,” Sach says. “It made me disavow the industry. I still wanted to make music, but I didn’t know how to proceed.”

 

Sach disappeared for a while but emerged in 2002 with ‘Suckas Hate Me,’ and in 2004 recorded his third solo album ‘Sach 5th Ave’ with producer Omid. In the years since Sach has maintained a prolific solo career, self-releasing nearly a dozen projects ranging from LPs to collaborations and instrumental tapes. As Sach Ill Pages and with Name Science (with Ino Oner), he’s pursued a more abstract lyricism and leans more heavily on jazz instrumentals than he did with The Nonce, but he’s the same rapper.

 

Fast forward to 2016 and the forthcoming release of ‘ESSENTIAL [HNR57] a remastered twelve-track “Best of” SACH compilation album, serving as a re-introduction of Sach to a new generation of hip-hop lovers, producers, beat makers & emcees. This extraordinary musical document comes complete with cover artwork courtesy of Augustine Kofie, the legendary photography of Eric Coleman, plus illustrative and informative liner notes by luminary Carlos Nino, and is available on limited-edition 12″ tangerine colored vinyl, (only 300qty pressed in collaboration with Fat Beats), plus Cassette tape (includes two non-LP bonus tracks “Heavenly Spit” & “Robot on Ya”).