A. Kofie & Moneyless
Avantgarden Gallery, Milan
March 20 - April 23
Via Cadolini, 29
The ASSIOMA is the ultimate Starting Point.
By definition and its nature it doesn’t require any arguments to unravel, there are no secrets to uncover, no relativistic misunderstandings when you state it. In Math it’s a self-evident concept, a postulate whose Truth is proven and taken for granted in an immediate and intuitive way; an axiom is therefore obviously indemonstrable and yet basically already demonstrated because it comes with an irrefutable universal recognition, given its lack of mathematical and narrative rhetorical connections.
What is an axiom then, if not the Original and unquestionable concept from which all theories flow like a waterfall? It’s the safe foundation on which we can “gamble“ in order to give life to new variables, that are driven by ground rules that turn hat’s necessary into something useful to analyze reality.
These two artists met in San Francisco in 2010. They share a mutual respect, on a personal and professional level, and a similar sensibility for Geometric thinking a bond that will take them all the way to Milan, Italy where they collaborate artistically for the first time.
With ASSIOMA Moneyless and Augustine Kofie meet at the Avantgarden Gallery to explore a new theory, finding together all the similarities and differences in their works, juxtaposing them. Moneyless takes care of building a solid foundation and Kofie begins a process of research combing Geometric and Hyperuranic Platonic perfection with the virus of reality. The work of Augustine Kofie therefore becomes one of the possible variables directly connected with Moneyless’ axiomatic purity.
The image of a circle shown over and over in its perfection in Moneyless’ new works is a mantra that doesn’t leave any space for questioning. Immediately one recognizes its beauty and lives its perfections. The effect is overwhelming, complete and totalizing. The thought process behind ASSIOMA is complemented by Kofie’s approach that starts from architecture, from everyday reality, and uses geometry to create futuristic scenarios that encompass serial tastes and important analog incursions. The result is a brilliant balance between abstract geometric shapes objects that belong to an organic, warm, human reality.
Thanks to both artists, Geometry, usually seen as an abstract model of reality and a dry set of rules, theorems and demonstrations, brings its soul back to life, a soul lost shortly after his origin when it was the source of inspiration and took on a role of its own changing History.
Through ASSIOMA, Moneyless and Kofie work on a joint experimental project. Avantagarden Gallery has in fact invited them for ten days of collaboration where they are expected to conduct a sort of “controlled improvisation”. Geometry defines lines and borders, deduction is the basis of reasoning and in this particular case, of artistic expression.
ASSIOMA is a challenge that turns the method into the primary source for creative inspiration. Art then relies on the typical creativity of theoretical science, which comes up with news ideas always starting from universal and fixed theories.
The axiom of transitivity is, on the other hand, inferred from the theory of a consumer’s preferences and it determines the logical coherence of the choices of a typical consumer.
Moneyless’ mission has always been linked to reestablish a certain kind of order in consuming materials and Kofie’s rationalistic approach is actually a simple proposal for an unpretentious architectonic world that shouldn’t lose its accessibility and its beauty in being relatable.
The expressive needs and the preferential choices of the two artists start from different backgrounds and independent paths but it becomes almost obvious, self-evident, natural the fact that they complement each other so well. ASSIOMA is the point of encounter of two very distinct paths that carry within them two very kindred spirits.
-Francesca Holsenn for AvantGarden Gallery, Spring 2014
MONEYLESS – Teo Pirisi
Born in 1980, known as Moneyless, he lives between Milan, where he was born, and Lucca. His mission is clearly suggested by his pseudonym: Moneyless, a name that underlines his goal of making art with simple material and without wasting resources, like it often happens in our omnivorous consumer-driven society in which we live in, utilizing this material at its best. Famous for his works in public spaces, the artist explores lines and volume, his creations find inspiration in nature: the are minimalistic geometric shapes, essential and at the same time majestic, mystical in way, that stand out in the space as if suspended and silence us, make us reflect and think about the relation between us and time passing.
Informal American Artist, born in 1973, well-known name among street artists in Los Angeles he is considered one of the most significant exponents of Graffuturism.
His style has been defined Futuristic Vintage, and he finds inspiration in modern architecture, Jazz music and his passion for lettering.
His art is characterized by an instinctual reasoning, when the artist works according to a fluid thought but with an order that revelers his search for balance, his focus on form and composition.