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

Sunday, 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.

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

Sunday, 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 

 

 

 

 

‘Iso-Hectic’ | 3-color Screenprint with Serigraphic Systems

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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[ During my stay in Portland, Oregon during the ‘Three The Hard Way’ exhibition at Breeze Block Gallery, John Goff of Serigraphic Systems Inc. and I took some time out to create this 3-color screen print, my first with SSI. The entire production was completed on the campus of Portland State University in the arts and science campus. I painted the transparencies, mixed the specific colors and John hand pulled the edition by hand. Each is signed with my A.Kofie signature and embossed with the Agents of Change & TRANSCEND icons, same used on Jerry Joker Inscoes recent edition with SSI.

The title is a play on words referring to isometric, the exercise of illustrating 3-dimensional renderings in a 2-dimensional manner. Bump that against the hectic balance of a fast paced structural case study. The cool blue color way manages to warm the sharp illustrations as well as hint to my admiration of the outdated process of blueprints. ]

 

 

Iso-Hectic by A.Kofie

18″ x 24″

3 color silkscreen on 275 gsm archival paper.

Editions of 40

Printed at Portland State University

 

Released January 5th, 2014. 12 Noon Pacific Standard Time

 

This print is SOLD OUT

 

Detail photos, more information and ordering can be made here.  

Enquiries on future releases can be made here:

orders@serigraphicsystems.com

 

5-Color Screen Print with Intellectual Property Prints

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

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I’m very proud to announce the release of this recent print. This will mark my forth official multi color screen-print in my career, and one if my finest.

“Study of A Manifest Horizon is a 5 color, hand pulled, screen print on Coventry Rag 320gsm archival paper with hand-torn deckled edges at 18 x 24 inches (Standard frame size). Each print is signed and numbered by the artist on the front with certificate of Authenticity included.

What makes this a unique print is that each transparency was painted by hand with opaque inks, markers and spray paint, making the final print as painterly and illustrated as a true hand could. Completely hand pulled by Ryan McIntosh of Intellectual Property Prints.

This edition of 50 has sold out.

Smart Urban Stage | Future of the city global project

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

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Suburbia Redux

Case study No. 1 & 2

Ink, paper & digital collage

2011 

 

The car manufacturer SMART have an amazing project entitled Smart Urban Stage.

 

It’s a global online project dealing with the future of the city. They ask pioneers from metropolises around the world to question the urban status quo. The results are visions, ideas and solutions for sustainable lifestyles, modern social systems and forward-looking developments in the fields of architecture, design and technology. The worldwide event series ’smart urban stage’ is exhibiting ideas and solutions of forward thinking future makers.

 

I was posed the question “What is LA going to do with suburbia?” You can follow up up my answer here..

 

Many thanks to Cathy Boom for reaching out & Ixchel Lara for guidance.

 

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More information about the project here

Jaybo Monk also was posed a question 

Illustration: Black Bird

Monday, July 25th, 2011

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Blackbird  

8.5 x 11 inches 

Sharpie & white-out illustration on aged vellum.

Photo reference photographer: Koury Angelo

2011

 

 

Backbird is talented

3-color Serigraph print with Edition One Hundred: I Love LA

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

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 Edition One Hundred Presents I LOVE LA

Designed to provide beautifully packaged and produced art and photography at prices within reach, Edition One Hundred is a gallery without walls, open twenty-four hours a day in any time zone around the globe. The gallery is located at Editiononehundred

 

Edition One Hundred launched on June 30, 2010, with I LOVE LA, a six week exhibition curated by founder Cat Jimenez celebrating the influence of the Los Angeles art scene on its denizens, and its impact around the globe. Fusing high and low, young and old, independent and commercial cultures, I LOVE LA features local artists, from the famous to the unknown including B+, Augustine Kofie, Estevan Oriol, Miles Regis, Katie Shapiro, and Tasya van Ree. Ms. Jimenez brings them together to reveal the power of their imagination as it is made manifest for the pleasure of art collecting.

 

Each artist’s work is printed in an exclusive edition of 100, and each print sells for $100. All prints are signed by the artist, come with a certificate of authenticity, and are made exclusively on Mohawk papers unless otherwise indicated.

 

LA can be anything you want it to be. Precisely because LA is so sprawling makes it natural for clusters of communities and groups to organize and occur. From the Valley to Santa Monica and everywhere in between, there are thriving art scenes. People say that the geography divides us but I think it’s created this dynamic place of subcultures and communities where one can easily navigate within, or get to. That’s the undercurrent I get…you have to be pretty organized and determined here; there’s not much whimsy.

 

I LOVE LA is about the artists who chose LA, who create in LA and who help to inspire Los Angelenos and the world. These artists belong to their own respective communities. In bringing them together under Edition One Hundred, they get to belong to another community, or the first “class” of Edition One Hundred artists, if you will.

 

I selected artists that have inspired me, or inspired hundreds of individuals here in Los Angeles; artists that are total unknowns but are super-prolific; and artists whose fame has secured them legions of fans. The artists all have different end products, some will chose the digital path, and some will remain in the traditional photo printing technology. Some will chose to use serigraphs as their prints, and other digital reproductions, so it’s about what feels right to the artist themselves.

 

I am a lover of the arts, especially photography. For me, collecting is a luxury that I most often cannot afford. I, alongside many of my friends, follow many artists and hope to be able to afford their pieces in the future that are sold through galleries, but in the meantime, there is this great possibility where new technology can create a space for selling art more affordably. Every artist that I am inviting is an artist that I’d love to support and also to collect. It’s that simple.

 

-Cat Jimenez, Curator

 

My bio and Q & A are HERE.

My contribution to this series is available HERE to purchase.

 

+ remember, a percentage of the sales goes directly to the “InDuskWeTrust” charity, which was set up by his younger brother Rashad in 2008 to honor DJ Dusk a.k.a. Tarek Captan for three reasons: To keep him alive in our hearts and minds, to further his social activism by raising money for charities and scholarships, and finally to preserve one of his life’s works…his record collection.

 

 

Group Show: CONTEMPORARY CORRUPTION REVISITED

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

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Pro Testing My Patience 2010

8.5 x 11 inches

Sharpie & Pilot Ink illustration on aged vellum.

Photo taken from the interweb.

 

Pro Testing My Patience is one of 3 of my line art sketches and a refrence for one

of three painting I will have on display at Mears CONTEMPORARY CORRUPTION 

 

 

 

Mear One & Mid-City Arts In Association W/ The L.A. Art Machine Presents:

 

CONTEMPORARY CORRUPTION REVISITED

An Art Exhibit & Installation

 

Asylm + Atlas + Cache + Eye One + Kofie + Mear + Siner + Vyal

Curated By: MEAR ONE

 

CELEBRATING MEAR’S OFFICIAL DVD

RE-RELEASE OF “LIVE ART EXPERIENCE”

 

Sponsored By 33third Los Angeles

 

Saturday May 15, 2010

7:30p-10p

 

Mid-City Arts Gallery

5113 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, Calif. 90019

(310) 694-3460

Open 7 Days A Week

 

 

 

Illustration: Julien Wari Hobobo AKA VibezOne Rest In Peace

Monday, March 29th, 2010

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Wari and I shared many mutual friends. I cant claim to be in this top tier of peoples, but we always chopped it up deep about music, samples and such when we happened into each other in the Mid city districts of Los Angeles. Wari was a meticulous beat maker and sample connoisseur. It took him a minute to warm up to me, but he finally let me listen to some tracks once in a while.

Taken much to early, he will be missed by many underground Angelinos.

 

++Full Size Download of my illustration of Wari to share is HERE++

 

 

Illustration: The Pharcyde for Delicious Vinyl

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

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Client: Delicious Vinyl  

Project: CD Artwork for The Pharcyde: The Bobby Evans Mix

 

Back in 2008, Rick Ross of Delicious Vinyl commissioned me to create an illustration of The Pharcyde for a Bobby Evans Mix-tape. I was lucky enough to reference an old Adidas press photo of the group that has never really seen the light of day. It was perfect, especially since it was an image that represented them during their younger days. It was an honor to work with Delicious Vinyl on even a smaller project such as this. It was a nice turn of events for me personally, especially since I was raised on the Pharcyde and was very much inspired by Slicks ’ original & progressive cover art for the Bizarre Ride Album.

Illustration: The Gaslamp Killer

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

kd-gaslampkiller.jpgXtra fine point Pilot ink pen & watercolor on vellum.  I have mad love and support for this cat as much as I can. Theo took a  the original photo and it called to me, especially since this is a hair style rarely seen in print. I placed the majority of the attention on the facial hair and the sun glasses and flipped some classic illustration techniques to aged her. There are some 2″ stickers floating around of this illustration as well.

Illustration: Camu Tao | Rest In Peace

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

kd-camu-tao08.jpgPen & Ink Illustration. Color Play in Photoshop. Camu Tao was a talented cat from Cleveland,  Ohio associated with RJD2 & The Definitive Jux Crew. He passed away on Memorial day of 2008 after a long bout with Lung Cancer. Keepdrafting sends our condolences to his family, loved ones and peers of the this late, very talented producer/emcee.

Illustration: Scion Presents: Connie Price & The Keystones VS BDK 12″

Monday, January 1st, 2007

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Watercolor Illustration on paper

Layout by Jeff Madrid of TRSR|HNT

2007

 

Producer, writer, arranger & guitarist Dan Ubick of Connie Price & The Keystones/The Lions Commissioned me to rock the layout for this Scion Promotional release featuring Big Daddy Kane and Percee P.

TRSR|HNT on the layout, text  and fine tuning.

 

 

Illustration: Stussy/ Keith Tamashiro T-shirt

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

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Various ink on vellum

2006

 

I created this illustration to help raise money for Keith Tamashiro’s mounting hospital bills after he suffered a untimely brain aneurysm.  Stussy produced over 200 of  the t-shrts at no charge & they were for sale at 3 special events to help out our friend. Keith is getting well.  

Talib Kweli’s ‘Listen’ Video/ Illustrations and performance

Monday, May 1st, 2006

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 Original linear and portrait Illustrations & Live Painting. 

Commissioned by Syndrome Studio

2006.

BlowNuts VS. Kofie | Skateboard Wheels

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

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BlowNuts Skateboards, Japan

2005

 

During my time working on Draftsmen in Japan, I was blessed with many opportunities and fresh projects coordinated via my friend Yoshi of Ritual Of Roots. For this project I was commissioned to create an original urethane wheel design for this Japanese Skateboard hardware company, BlowNuts. The client wanted to incorporate my traditional shapes, a Jeep & the 4×4 logo. It was a tuff fit, but it all worked out great. There was also a limited run of coaches jackets produced along with the wheels. I came from a skateboarding background so this was a true pleasure to work on this.

Illustration: Labwaste 12″

Sunday, April 3rd, 2005

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Illustrationsused for the Labwaste 12″ [2005]

Released on One Cell Records.

 

This is the second release from the Zwarte Achtegrod album.  A 12″ with 8 remixes. When Giovani (Subtitle) first showed interest in me adding a lil something to the album I was excited. I smashed out about 4 portrait illustrations of them based on Eric Coleman’s photos & just gave Sub xerox copies. I had confidence in his design taste & gave him free range of usage, pro bono. It was a treat to see what they did with them. Both Subtitle & Thavius Beck are so naturally talented & work very well together professionally and personally. It’s always an honor to provide my services to those cats.