Studio and exhibition work archive at augustinekofie.info

June 29th, 2014

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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. 

Group Show: REWIRE - ART x AUDIO - Exhibition, Book & Vinyl Box Set

June 25th, 2014

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I will be participating in REWIRE – ART x AUDIO - an exhibition, book and vinyl box-set that reverses the common art/music model.

An international line up of abstract urban artists have created works which are now being interpreted sonically by audio artists working in the vein of experimental electronica, effectively reversing the common record model where the artist creates an image to capture the mood of the music.

Visual artists include myself, Jerry ‘Joker’ Inscoe, Poesia, sheOne, Nawer, Stendec, Moneyless, Phil Ashcroft, Derm, Robert ‘Tone’ Proch, Sebastien Preschoux, Sat One, Graphic Surgery, Felipe Pantone, O.Two, Clemens Behr and Christopher Derek Bruno.

Audio artists include Luke Vibert, Divine Styler, Mike Ladd, Andrea Parker / Daz Quayle, Cristian Vogel, Arovane, Einoma, Third Shock, Methodblack, Lyken, Monkphat, Clatterbox and Gregory Fleckner Quintet.

This promises to be an exciting project . For further information and to support REWIRE’s Kickstarter campaign, check this.

Mural Intervention: WILD CARD creative space, Culver City

June 9th, 2014

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In the Fall of 2013 I was commissioned by Edelweiss Legaspi of the full service design firm Christopher David Associates to incorporate a mural in the existing offices of Wild Card Creative advertising agency, situated in the Umbrella building in Culver City ’s Hayden Tract industrial district

 

I was already aware of the building situated in the former industrial area that’s been reimagined with the help of Los Angeles’s own Eric Owen Moss Architects. The compound, originally built in the 1940s, is largely populated by such creative agencies as Oglivy and Anonymous Content.

 

After some mock ups and and approvals by Nick Temple, We moved forward on a light mural intervention that complimented the existing structure, the additional upgrades by Christopher David Associates as well as the energy of the agency itself.

 

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Some coverage of the upgrades in VARIETY

 

Artworks for Bläp Dëli x Pragmatic Theory x Goldie Records 12″, WHISPËR.MË

June 1st, 2014

 

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Illustrations for the Bläp Dëli Pragmatic Theory x Goldie Records 12″ LP ‘WHISPËR.MË’.

Released internationally June 1s, 2014. AVAILABLE HERE.

 

About The Release

With the beginnings of UK based label Pragmatic Theory inspired by interactions & admiration of the talent found within an underground music community, happening upon Bläp Dëli’s page, we unanimously felt we had stumbled across someone special. Immediately reaching out, talks of releasing both his first LP vinyl & Pragmatic Theory’s, went underway. In capturing the musical essence of the finished album, its cover art was an integral representation of the project as a whole & we had the pleasure and fortune to be able to work with the extremely talented LA artist Augustine Kofie to fulfill that aim. Spanning a wide range of genres & styles that align with the vision of both the artist Bläp Dëli & label Pragmatic Theory alongside the perfect visual landscape Kofie has created, we welcome you to join us in this journey a year in the making of which we hold close to our hearts. Please enjoy Bläp Dëli’s ‘Whispër.Më’.

 

Bläp Dëli ‘Whispër.Më’ LTD Edition Vinyl is available from our Website, Bandacmp page & as of the second week of June HHV, Jetset Japan & various Worldwide independent record stores. ‘Whispër.Më’  will also be available digitally through i-Tunes, Amazon, Juno, Spotify & various online digital music sites in the coming days & weeks.

 

About The Artist

California beatmaker and Goldie Records founder Bläp Dëli [Emmet Kai] began his venture into electronic music in late 2011. With years as an instrumentalist in various punk/metal bands, transition into making his own music came easy leading to an artist and musician group in 2012: The Sandbox Collective, a San Francisco and Sonoma County based label. With all of Bläp Dëli’s projects released independently, the collaboration with Pragmatic Theory Records and focus on his current label Goldie Records made born  to his his first 12″ LP “Whisper.Me” (June 2014). Currently residing in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa area, Bläp continues to make music and play in bands.

 

About The Art

We feel truly blessed to be working with Los Angeles based street artist Augustine Kofie, whom has established himself within the local West LA graffiti scene since the mid 1990s & has then been manifesting a coalescence of artistic & structural aesthetic internationally. Having had no formal Art background past high school, Kofie’s natural inclination to experimentation of drawing was expressed when he was younger by use of the materials & supply available around his home by his mother, whom studied Fine Arts at UCLA. Further developing his skills through the type of experience gained as a veteran graffiti artist, his abilities, perspective, and approach of personal visual expression was further strengthened and veered toward merging simple shapes & linear lines on a structural form skillfully approached to become his canvas.
Along with his visual creations, Kofie has also been exploring with music from back in 1995 tying in another connection of providing the cover art of Pragmatic Theory’s first vinyl to beatmaker Bläp Dëli, who also resides in the California.

 

About The Label

UK based label Pragmatic Theory began as a movement for the love & appreciation of music & inspiration from the talent found within the SoundCloud community. In 2012 marked the first compilation being a Curtis Mayfield tribute released as both an album (mcs/beatmakers) and a beat tape. Not long after, the Pragmatic Theory bandcamp platform continued to release alternating compilations to support both underground scenes that shared the same love for music as well as independent artist releases. Continuing to be blessed with many talented artists/beatmakers as well as a loyal fan base, growth of the label opened up another opportunity to venture into vinyl & physical releases. Today the ethos of the collective & label remains the same, to provide a platform to promote underground artists & share with listeners new & innovative music. All for the love of music & the beat culture.

Auction: Works by Jaybo, A.Kofie & El Mac to benefit MFA Boston

May 29th, 2014

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I had the pleasure of donating ‘Formulations take shape: Peach study’ to be auctioned via Paddle 8 to support MFA Boston. Thank you Todd Mazer for curating the collection of myself, El Mac and Jaybo Monk for the MFA.

 

The Summer Party is the MFA’s annual black tie gala and a vital part of the Museum Council’s mission to provide annual operating support for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Proceeds from the Summer Party and the silent auction will benefit the artists and the newly endowed Museum Council Special Exhibition Fund. 

 

 

Online bidding ends June 6, 2014 at 4:00pm EST. All bids will transfer to the live event on June 7th.

 

Mural intervention: FORUMATION with NAWER, Krakow Poland

May 25th, 2014

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Film by Radek Drozdowicz of the creation of the collaborative mural.

 

 

 

FORUMATION

Collaborative mural intervention by NAWER & A. Kofie

Painted late April, 2014 in Krakow, Poland at  FORUM Przestrzenie.

Location: Marii Konopnickiej 28, Kraków, Poland

Final photos: Bartek Senkowski

 

 

I was invited to Krakow by Majki Malinowy of Temporary Space and NAWER to paint a mural for the 1 year anniversary of FORUM Przestrzenie, a popular bar and social environment. For this collaboration we took inspiration from the location itself, a grand Brutalist modern design hotel built in the late 70’s by Janusz Ingarden then closed in 2001 due to constant foundation issues. NAWER selected a complimentary color palette of beiges, creams, grays and purples, subdued but brought to life by our respected structural approaches.

 

The title itself is a mash up of Forum and Formation. Forum refers to the locations title and Formation relates to the collaborative efforts of both artists working with shape and form.

 

Many thanks to the staff at FORUM Przestrzenie for their help and support during the production week and Majki for the support.

 

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Solo Show: YESTERDAYS ADVANCE, Celaya Brothers Gallery, Mexico City

May 1st, 2014

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Augustine Kofie, Circulación Templo

165 x 170 cm / 64.9 x 66.9 in, 2014

Acrylic polymer and spray paint on heavy canvas.

Finished in semi gloss gel medium

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Rotationship, 2014

On sight Installation, Various size. 

Recycled wood (various), found paper,twine, nails, 

plastic cassette tape & enamel paint.

 

 


Celaya Brothers gallery Celaya Brothers gallery and ARTO are pleased to present:

YESTERDAYS ADVANCE: 

Recent work by Augustine Kofie

 

Celaya Brothers Gallery

Zacatecas 194, Roma Norte,

Mexico City D.F.

(between Tonalá and Monterrey).

 

Celaya Brothers Gallery (CBG) is a unique space that challenges the creative limits of the participating artists. A contemporary art gallery with a proactive offer that invites international artists to develop unique concepts and defy the parameters of their time. CBG is based on the Celaya brothers’ involvement in the artists’ process and their absolute support in the creative freedom for all of their artworks. This is what shapes the spaces of the gallery. Thus, CBG is involved in the artist’s professional development, guiding him to experiment, risk and explore innovative ways of expression, always maintaining the quality and aesthetic discourse of each style.

 

This first time around, Augustine Kofie is in charge of inaugurating the walls of the gallery with his exhibition Yesterday’s Advance | Avances del Ayer. In it, he depicts a moment, an experience, materialized into tangible artworks. Every piece is a result of his recent residency in Mexico City.

 

 

His use of recycled materials, geometric composition, collages, a mixture of paper and ochre tones, emphasize the Californian artist’s experimental nature as the main creative agent in the pieces of Yesterday’s Advance | Avances del Ayer. Kofie portrays his fascination for structures and architectural forms through the use of earthly tones to create a modern dynamism in the composition, a style he calls “vintage futurism.” Renowned in the urban art world for the quality and detail of his pieces, Kofie portrays his obsession with perfect angles and his immaculate linear work by reviving the washed out colors of certain façades, damaged by time and history. The peach, cream and turquoise tones of the Porfirian buildings of the Roma and Condesa neighborhoods as well as the art deco architectural ensembles are – consciously or unconsciously – the core of the pieces presented in this exhibition.

 

 

Exhibition will be open to the public from May 9 to June 6, 2014

Zacatecas 194, Col. Roma

Mexico City

 

Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

+ 52 (55) 6391 5541

paula@arto.mx

 

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Celyay Brothers Opening photos

The City Loves You

Vinareal

 

 

Mural Intervention: Bridge Fest, 2014 | Milano, Italy

April 25th, 2014

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Bridge Fest | Navigle Pavese, Milano | March 2014

 

Many thanks to AIR ONE for the Invitation

Photo: Marina Alessi

 

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Publication: Cover illustration for “My Los Angeles” by Edward W. Soja

April 20th, 2014

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Was an honor to contribute artwork for a recent publication from Professor and author Edward W. SojaMy Los Angeles: From Urban Restructuring to Regional Urbanization. Many thanks to contributor Stefano Bloch for the recommendation.

 

 

On the Author and the book:

 

Edward W. Soja is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Postmetropolis: Critical Studies of Cities and Regions and the co-editor of The City: Los Angeles and Urban Theory at the End of the Twentieth Century among other books.

 

At once informative and entertaining, inspiring and challenging, My Los Angeles provides a deep understanding of urban development and change over the past forty years in Los Angeles and other city regions of the world. Once the least dense American metropolis, Los Angeles is now the country’s densest urbanized area and one of the most culturally heterogeneous cities in the world. Soja takes us through this urban metamorphosis, analyzing urban restructuring, deindustrialization and reindustrialization, the globalization of capital and labor, and the formation of an information-intensive New Economy. By examining his own evolving interpretations of Los Angeles and the debates on the so-called Los Angeles School of urban studies, Soja argues that a radical shift is taking place in the nature of the urbanization process, from the familiar metropolitan model to regional urbanization. By looking at such concepts as new regionalism, the spatial turn, the end of the metropolis era, the urbanization of suburbia, the global spread of industrial urbanism, and the transformative urban-industrialization of China, Soja offers a unique and remarkable perspective on critical urban and regional studies.

 

 

Available for purchace at UC Press 

 

 

 

 

Assioma: Preview documentation by Francesca Holsenn & Manuel Muccio

March 21st, 2014

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Documentation of Moneyless and I for the ASSIOMA exhibition at Avantgarden gallery, Milano.

 

Photos: Francesca Holsenn (color) - Manuel Muccio (b/w)

Flyer design/ artwork: Martina Merlini