Studio and exhibition work archive at augustinekofie.info

Wednesday, September 10th, 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: Experience 11: Scratch at El Segundo Museum of Art, CA

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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WCA Wall curated by David Cowan (MINER) with works by,

Pedro Balugo (PJ), Steven Tishkoff (Mist), Devin Flynn (Relm), Jeffrey Saunders(Dye5), and Augustine Kofie.

Museum instalation. Created on sight.  Acrylic, spray paint and paper (pre-printed, found, reclaimed). 2014.

20′ x 24′

Photo by SteadyJenny.com

 

Experience 11: Scratch – Jun 8 until Sept 21, 2014

 

Many of LA’s most influential graffiti and tattoo artists will cover the walls and floors of ESMoA to publicly launch their 21st century encounter with an artistic tradition: The Getty Graffiti Black Book.

In 2013 more than 150 of LA’s leading graffiti artists responded to a 16th century manuscript from the vaults of the Getty Research Institute called a liber amicorum (book of friends) by contributing works on paper to be bound into a single book and created the Getty Graffiti Black Book. Street artists have used black books for decades to create a visual memory of drafts and to serve as a vehicle for the exchange of ideas. The extraordinary competition that occasionally arises among such artists can also lead to respect as rivals invite each other to “hit” their black books with original works. The contributing artists decided to give the Getty Black Book the title, LA Liber Amicorum, to capture the spirit of its transformation of rival ‘writing-crews’ into a Los Angeles Book of Friends.

Now, ESMoA and the Getty Research Institute have invited Getty Black Book artists Axis, Cre8, Defer, Eyeone, Fishe, and Miner to co-curate those crews of creative friends from the LA graffiti art community and turn the art laboratory of ESMoA into an open black book. Graffiti and tattoo artists will transform the space into a cathedral of urban art for the first presentation of the LA Liber Amicorum to the public with SCRATCH.

Graffito is old Italian slang for “a little mark,” and graphein in Ancient Greek meant “scratch, draw, paint” long before it meant “to write.” Graffiti artists craft letterforms, draft perspective, and merge line, color, and form with the same techniques employed by Renaissance masters like Albrecht Dürer.

The first edition of Dürer’s landmark book on perspective was just one of the many rare books that the artists viewed at the Getty Research Institute in the process of creating the LA Liber Amicorum. Some of those jewels in the history of calligraphy, engraving, and emblematic symbolism from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, as well as sixteenth-century painted friendship-books that inspired the project, will be installed in the space surrounded by the graffiti-writers’ art. iPads will be mounted, so visitors can ‘e-flip’ through the books and not only share the artists’ own creative experience and response to the impact of viewing these rare books, but also continually co-curate the space by choosing which page-openings will be in dialogue with the art on the walls and floor.

The SCRATCH art experience is curated by GRI Rare Books Curator, David Brafman.

SCRATCH Artists   AiseBorn | Alex “Defer” Kizu | Arbe | Atlas | Augustine Kofie | Axis | Big Sleeps | Bob Roberts | Charlie Roberts | Cryptik | David Cowan (Miner) | Demer One | Design 9 | Devin Flynn (Relm) | Dr.Eye | Earn One | Eder | Enkone | Eric “Cre8” Walker | Eyeone | Fearo | Fishe | Gajin Fujita | Gorgs | Heaven | Hert | Jeffrey Saunders(Dye5) | Jose “Prime” Reza | Kasl | Keo One | Kopey | Korea | Kozem | Krush | Kyle Kyote | Lokus | Mark 7 | Patrick Martinez | Nuke | Pedro Balugo (PJ) | Plek | Pyer | Raymond “Gramps ”Green | Roder 169 | Saber | Sano | Steven Tishkoff (Mist) | Swank | Tanner | Tempt | Thanks | The Phantom Street Artist | Versus 269 | Vyal | Wram One

. . . And all of the other artists who left their mark on the walls and in the Getty Black Book’s LA Liber Amicorum   Acme | Adict One | Angst | Asylm | Augor | Bash | Betoe | Blosm and Petal | Cab | Cache | Cale One | Care | Chaz | Chris | Chubbs | Crae & K4P Crew | Craola | Craze | Crime (Rick One) | Czer One | Duem and Crae | Elika | Else | ESK31 | Estevan Oriol | Gabe88 | Gasoline | Gkae | Graff One | Green | Haste | Hex (LOD) | Hex (TGO) | Hyde | Jack | Jack Rudy (Mr. Huero) | Jake One | Jero and Each | Joker One | Junior (“Kost One”) | K4P (Collaboration of the K4P crew-Pranxs Method | Biser | Crae | Dsrup) | K4P (Chelo | Noek | Notik) | Kaos | Krenz (Yem) | Kwite One | Ler Keen | Look | Mach Five | Mandoe | Man One | Mike Miller | Mister Cartoon | OG Abel | Owen | Panic One | P. Chuck | Phever | Playboy Eddie | Pletk P17 | Precise | Punk | Push | Pyro | Rayo | Relic | Retna | Rev | Rich One | Rick Ordoñez | Risk | Rival | Sacred 194 | Sel | Ser | Shandu One | Sherm |Skan One | Skez | Skill | Slick | SomeOne | Soon One | Spade | Spurn | Syte One | Teler | Test | Thel | Trigz | Tyke Witnes | Useck | Vox One | Werc | Wise | Wisk | Woier | Zes

LA Liber Amicorum

The Getty Black Book Project was the brainchild of donor and art collector Ed Sweeney, who approached the GRI with the idea and brought the graffiti artists together, ultimately donating the book to the Getty Research Institute.

 

 

 

Assioma: Preview documentation by Francesca Holsenn & Manuel Muccio

Friday, 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

 

Assioma: 2 Man show with Moneyless @ Avantgarden Gallery, Milan

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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A. Kofie & Moneyless  / Assioma No. 01

30 x 42 (76 x 106 cm) acrylic on paper.

Acrylic on 300 lb acid free paper. Finished in satin varnish.Framed.

 

 

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A.Kofie & Moneyless/ Assioma No. 02

39 x 27.5 in. (100 cm x 70 cm)

Acrylic and spraypaint on wood. 

Finished in satin varnish. Framed.

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A.Kofie & Moneyless/ Assioma Installation

Acrylic & spray paint

231 sq ft, 7 x 11 = A.Kofie, 14 x 11 = moneyless 

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Gallery view of the Assioma exhibition at Avantgarden Gallery, Milano, Italy

A. Kofie & Moneyless

Avantgarden Gallery, Milan

March 20 - April 23

 

Avantgarden

Via Cadolini, 29
20137 Milano

 Assioma

A. Kofie & Moneyless

Avantgarden Gallery, Milan

March 20 - April 23

 

Avantgarden

Via Cadolini, 29
20137 Milano

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

 

BIO

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: they 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.

 

AUGUSTINE KOFIE

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.

 

 

 

Three The Hard Way: 
A.Kofie / Jerry Joker Inscoe / Christopher Derek Bruno @ Breeze Block

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

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Three The Hard Way:
Augustine Kofie /
Jerry Joker Inscoe / Christopher Derek Bruno

Three-person exhibition curated by Sven Davis

Breeze Block Gallery Portland OR.

7 November – 30 November, 2013

 

For the month of November, Breeze Block Gallery is very proud to present Three The Hard Way; a three-person exhibition featuring Augustine Kofie, Jerry Joker Inscoe and Christopher Derek Bruno.

 

All three artists come from a graffiti background, and are firmly established members of the pioneering Transcend graffiti collective. These highly versatile artists are equally known for their large-scale mural projects, as well as their own very individual voices in a gallery setting. Traditional letterforms are abstracted into geometric configurations within their work; and dimension, form and space are considered and explored within their dynamic compositions.

 

Their collective approach to art-making is steeped in academic discourse, and whilst retaining the vibrancy of their graffiti backgrounds, traditional art movements such as Futurism, Abstract Expressionism and Precisionism are also embraced by the visual vocabulary imbued within their work. The exhibition title itself is a literal reference to the historical terminology Hard-Edge painting; which was first coined in the late fifties and used to describe intense and abrupt delineation of color within the burgeoning Geometric Abstraction and Op-art movements. Whilst these artists acknowledge and embrace movements of the past, they confidently stand outside of historical classification and have established themselves as a core group of protagonists defining a contemporary movement they have made their own.

 

Whilst the three artists have shown together previously in larger group exhibitions, Three The Hard Way is the first time that this trifecta has shown together in a collaborative environment. For the month of November the three artists will take over both of Breeze Block’s gallery spaces for an installation that incorporates the full range of multi-facetted oeuvres from each of these influential creators. Continue on..

 

 

+PDX Art review by Richard Schemmerer

+High Fructose Studio preview

+Arrested Motion coverage

+Graffuturism coverage

+Vandalog interview

+Brooklyn Street Art preview

+Slam X Hype

 

 

 

 

 

Solo Exhibiton: Structurally Sound at White Walls SF

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

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Structurally Sound, Sight specific fond object installation

2013, 4′ 6″ x 14″ x 4′, Found wood, clipboards, paper, light box & drafting table.

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Beneath a structural evolution

72 x 60 x inches [2013], Acrylic and spray paint on primed duck canvas

Finished in satin gel medium. Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine.

 

 

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Reliability System

84 x 60 x inches [2013], Acrylic and spray paint on primed duck canvas.

Finished in satin gel medium. Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine.

 

 

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Different plane of existence

47 x 47 x 1 1/2  inches [2013], Acrylic and spray paint on primed duck canvas

Finished in satin gel medium. Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine. 

 

 

 

 

 

Structurally Sound: New Works on paper, wood and canvas by Augustine Kofie

Opening Reception September 14, 2013

On View Through October 5, 2013

 

White Walls 

886 Geary St,

San Francisco, CA

 

White Walls is pleased to present Augustine Kofie’s Structurally Sound, as the artist’s third solo show with White Walls, directly following his sold-out exhibition in Paris.

The opening reception will be Saturday, September 14, from 7-11 pm, and the exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through October 05, 2013.

 

 

Comprised of works crafted in his Los Angeles studio from May to August, 2013, this recent collection began with a series of small notes and doodles on found paper, “a usual task in the studio,” Kofie said, “but this go around I kept the idea in mind of sound structures and systems of reliability.”

 

Case study-like illustrations on found file cards became the catalyst for large scale works on canvas that question if these shapes and forms can stand the weight; are they now and could they continue to be successfully reliable over time? Frequently praised for compositions that recall architectural drafting, Kofie’s new body of work was partially inspired by the idea of what would happen if these compositions could be physically constructed.

 

With canvases reaching up to five by six feet, Kofie has crafted work that pulls viewers into a new realm of possibility. Sharply-defined angles butt up against cylindrical forms in complex arrangements of geometric potential. A mix of neutral tints, peach and copen blue add dimension, and provide expanses of space that balance areas of dense linework.

 

From the artist:

I am a painter, yes. I fall under this category by default, but what I feel I do is construct and assemble. I build paintings. These pieces then go through a process of deconstruction to free the painting up to breathe, but that simplification could in turn weaken the foundation of the piece as a whole.

 

In this show, a mock dialogue began with the search for relationships between an engineer’s tongue and a constructivist visual response. An affinity to compartmentalizing forms represented in both an angular and horizontal fashion leads to works that are visually strong, but subconsciously touch on the idea of instability.

 

 

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GRAFFUTURISM Preview 

Installation documented on the White Walls Blog 

Progress photos on the Keepdrafting Tumblr

SLAMXHYPE Preview 

 

 

 

My Billboard for #ARTSHARELA Photos by Todd Mazer

Monday, March 11th, 2013

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#ARTSHARE LA 

The Seventh Letter

Known Gallery

 

Billboard is located south of Santa Monica Blvd. on Vermont in East Hollywood near Los Angeles City College.

Photo: Todd Mazer

 

Ed Fuentes at KCET explains more on the project HERE

‘Gather’ 2 man show with Paul Senyol | Cape Town, South Africa

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

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GATHER  A two-man ‘Live open Studio’ show by Augustine Kofie and Paul Senyol  

12 - 27 October, 2012

 

THE LOVELL GALLERY

139 Albert Road, Woodstock,

Cape Town South Africa

 

 

This October The Lovell Gallery in association with Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection presents GATHER an exhibition by visual artists Augustine Kofie and Paul Senyol, whose works grace the streets and galleries of Los Angeles and Cape Town, respectively. GATHER will include works by the individual artists in their signature styles, collaborative works by Kofie and Senyol, as well as a true pièce de résistance, a historic racing Porsche 911, which will be transformed into an object of art inside the gallery from the 16th to the 19th Oct as part of this exhibition. This Art Porsche will then race in the endurance challenges of the International Springbok Series in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth starting in November this year.


Augustine Kofie (born 1973) is a self-taught artist living and working in Los Angeles.  He has exhibited extensively worldwide with seminal shows in California, Japan, London, Germany and Switzerland. The artist has been featured in Juxtapoz, The Huffington Post, LA Weekly, Project Room and Studio Voice Japan. Kofie is internationally renowned for his awe-inspiring technical skills, employed to create his unique abstract compositions, characterized by simple geometric shapes, exact lines and smooth colour – complex yet elegant and in a league of their own. He has just completed shows in London and Turin Italy, and is in Cape Town for three weeks only on a residency with The Lovell Gallery.


Paul Senyol (born 1980) has been drawing and painting since his early high school years, however never pursuing any form of artistic training. Graffiti and street artists such as Marc Gonzales, Ed Templeton, and Barry McGee have all been major influences in his work, and in later years, the artistic genius of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Cy Twombly. The absence of formal training has given the artist the freedom to break away from traditional notions of painting, to explore a variety of genres and styles, and to meld mediums, allowing him a creative freedom that flows so evidently through his works. Senyol’s art lingers gracefully and intentionally between beauty and honesty and brings a surreal, yet abstract world into being. Geometry, line, shape, composition, typography, abstraction and colour form the key elements in his work. Senyol has exhibited extensively throughout South Africa and has shown in a number of exhibitions in Europe. He currently works from a studio in Woodstock, Cape Town, and is represented by Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection. 


Kofie and Senyol have both succeeded in developing their own unique abstract- and street- inspired artistic identities without any formal training. Process, balance, geometry, layering and typography are common elements, which link these artists’ works together. The pairing of Kofie and Senyol’s practice in GATHER results in a richly diverse visual dialogue and outcome, coexisting beautifully and harmoniously within the gallery space. GATHER further invites the viewer to be witness to the art-making process of two original contemporary street- and fine-artists in their own right. A world-class exhibition not to be missed!

 

GATHER will be celebrated with a wrap / closing event due to the live and evolutionary nature of the exhibition.  Viewers will be able to observe the creative processes of the artists throughout the course of the exhibition by the day-to-day progress and happenings at the gallery.

 

 

The Lovell Gallery hours: Tue – Fri 10am - 6pm; Sat 10am – 2pm

Closed on Mondays 

 

Contact:  Brendon van Kraayenburg (Gallery Manager)

info@lovellgallery.co.za 084 627 2951 / 021-447-5918


Tamzin Lovell Miller (Gallery Owner)

tamzin@lovellgallery.co.za 079 176 4292 / 021 447 5918

 

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Art Basel:MIAMI | GRAFFUTURISM ‘In Situ’ mural installation

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

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Graffuturism mural installation project at Art Basel Miami , 2011

 

The installation titled “In Situ” will took place in the Wynwood Art District at the Kohn Compound during Art Basel|Miami 2011

 

With mural installation by:

Eric Haze, Mare 139, West One, Poesia, Aaron De la Cruz,

Kema, Jurne, Sueme, Remi Rough, Greg Lamarche, Rae Martini,

LX One, Matt W. Moore, and Augustine Kofie.

 

“The title “In Situ” is a reference to the Mural installations that in the definition of the term will be made and created for the site specific to this event. Permanent Murals that will be placed in a unique and contrary to traditional compositions. As graffiti enters its place among the art world as legitimate art form, we have put together this lineup with the intention of showcasing some of our cultures important figures. With most, if not all the artists having an extensive background in traditional graffiti we have tried to bring many aspects of our current culture. From Legends Like Mare 139 & Eric Haze to emerging stars like Sueme and Jurne. We have picked a wide spectrum of talent. International additions like Remi Rough and She One will also contribute, reminding us of how far our culture has reached. We offer a different vision, modernist at times to street art and traditional graffiti. The great part of the Art Basel event that spreads into the streets of the Wynwood arts district, is that all angles are represented. We now add our version this year with In Situ. We hope you stop by and say hello. The graffiti Avante Garde as some have called it is here and we hope you enjoy what we will be bringing to the table this year.”

Special thanks to MTN Colors for being the paint sponsor for this event.”

 

 

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The official GRAFFUTURISM post with a forward by HAZE

Hypebeast Reposts In Situ Installation

MWM documentation of In Situ

San Francisco: 941 Geary’s The Indoor Mural Project

Friday, April 1st, 2011

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Process documentation by Ixchel Lara on the Yashica.

San Francisco, February 2011

 

In February of 2011, just after completing the massive MODA Murals in Vancouver, I shot over to SF to drop in my contribution for the Indoor Mural Project at Justin’s massive gallery space. I wanted to drop in a piece that reflected my dustier approach to my constructive direction, relative to a piece I would execute outside of a studio space. I incorporated hand styles, line work and my traditional rusted/ distresses finishings. It was even lovelier to have the lady at foot documenting the session on her old trusty Yashica, shot in 120 film. 

 

 

 

941 Geary and Montana Colors Present:

The Indoor Mural Project: A Living Survey of Contemporary Street Art

 

941 Geary is proud to present the Indoor Mural Project featuring murals by Chor Boogie, Eine, ApexOne, Neon, Augustine Kofie, Damon Soule, Skinner, Roa,Sheppard Fairy, Hush, Damon Soule, Blek le Rat, Casey Gray and many more, filling the 3,000 sq. foot converted warehouse!

 

The doors are open to the public starting April 1st, 12-5 until the closing party on April 23rd, 6-9pm.

 

Join us at 941 Geary on Saturday, April 23rd from 6-9 p.m. as we unveil the entire giant, colorful, collaborative masterpiece!

 

Official Press Release

 

Graffuturism Coverage

Warholian Coverage

Warholian on FLICKR

 

 

 

 


Circulations in an abandoned train factory: East Boston, Mass

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

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Spray-paint on distressed brick & cement.

Abandoned train factory in East Boston, Massachusetts.

Winter/ December 2010

 

Photo Credit: HeatherMcgrath

 

Another shot on my Flickr

Other Photos on Flickr from my Massachusetts trip 

Triangulations discovered in Gloucester, Massasachussets

Friday, January 7th, 2011

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Triangulations of a factory in dispair

 

Rustoleum [American] spray-paint on distressed 

brick in Steam furnace of an abandoned factory.

 

Gloucester, Massachusetts

USA

 

Winter/ December 2010

 

**Flickr set of observations/ documentations here

True Blue American Circulations

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

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True Blue American Circulations

 

Imported spray-paint

on tile in abandoned factory.

 

Gloucester, Massachusetts

USA

 

Winter/ December 2010

 

**Flickr set of observations/ documentations here

Retrofitted @ White Walls/SF | Shaun Roberts Opening Night Photos

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

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Excellent opening night documentation/ recaps of my RETROFITTED solo @ White Walls SF by the accomplished Shaun Roberts.

 

ShaunsFLICKR

ShaunsSIGHT

 

Live Art: Projectroom. Berlin, Germany

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

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Live Art: Berlin, Germany

June 24, 2010

ProjectRoom

 

Los Angeles, Kalifornien – schon seit der High School bemalt der inzwischen 36-jährige Augustine Kofie als Street Artist dort Mauern und Wände. Doch handelt es sich um weit mehr als Graffiti-Kunst, die der Autodidakt Kofie produziert. Seine Bildsprache ist inspiriert vom Kubismus, Futurismus und der Pop Art der 1960er und 1970er Jahre.Seine erste große Liebe war das Illustrieren mit einem einfachen Kugelschreiber. Dann klebte Kofie Collagen aus zusammen gesammelten Fundstücken auf Holztafeln. „I love cutting and pasting“, sagt er. Klingt sympathisch und ehrlich. Später entwickelte er seinen geometrischen „drafting style“ – mit Lineal, Winkel und Schablonen.

Auf seinen großflächigen Wandgemälden verbinden sich Struktur und Bewegung, erwecken den Eindruck von Dreidimensionalität und erinnern gleichzeitig an technisches Zeichnen: Klare Linien und geometrische Formen nennt er „childhood shapes“, weil sie grundsätzlich simpel sind.

 

Kofies Zeichnungen werden auch animiert und in Musik-Videos platziert, mal ist er verantwortlich für das CD-Artwork von Remy LBO, ein anderes Mal gestaltet er Schaufenster von Hugo Boss in New York oder verschönert Skateboardrollen, Spielkonsolen und T-Shirts mit seinen Designs.

 

Los Angeles ist Augustine Kofie mittlerweile zu klein geworden, er tobt sich auf Mauern und Wänden in der ganzen Welt aus, zum Beispiel am kommenden Donnerstag in Berlin. Dann wird man ihn nämlich auf Einladung von Jaybo beim Live-Painting im projectroom zuschauen können. Wir freuen uns drauf!

 

 

 

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During a recent trip to East Berlin, Germany I was invited by fellow artist Jaybo Monk to paint live at The ProjectRoom, an ever changing venue that supports art, then donates the work to worthy charities. Past live artists include Remi Rough &  Marco PHO Grassi to name a few

 

El Mac and I were already in Basel, Switzerland for the Art Basel and since he had some time to kill before his trip to Dublin he came up with me to Berlin. Our primary goal was to lock down an exterior wall to leave a permanent and visible mural on. That was a bit more difficult a job then expected due to many unexpected roadblocks, but we didn’t manage to find a wall in the same location as ProjectRoom|Berlin.

 

 

Timid of Agents of Change documented teh whole session in both still as well as the video below.

 

Many thanks to out hosts and new friends we made along the way…

 

ProjectRoom/ Facebook

 

Agents of Change on Vimeo

 

 

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Hope Glory Post

Style Mag Post

ArtSchoolVets Post

SoundsLikeMe Post

Vox Humana: Volta6/ Switzerland “Zirkulation eines Anti-Horizontes”

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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Zirkulation eines Anti-Horizontes [2001]

(Circulations of an Anti-Horizontal)

11.5′ x 11.5′ x 2″

Acrylic and spray paint on canvas. 

Painted live during the Volta6 Art Fair in June of 2010 for LA Art Machine & Rivera & Rivera Gallery

Basel, Switzerland.

 

Flicker Photos HERE

 

Manifest Equality Video: Viejas del Mercado

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

As many of you know the Manifest Equality Mural “JUSTICE” El Mac, Retna and myself painted was white washed over in the first week of April, 2010. My time lapse was the first official release of the process of the wall. Shig & Med of ‘Viejas del Mercado‘ & Mid City Arts just released their video of the wall, a homage and funeral doc of sorts. Deep and beautiful. They captured a certain tone in this one, as if they new the wall wasn’t going to last much longer….

 

 

Group Show: Never A Dull Moment/ White Walls Gallery San Francisco

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

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Files Just Released from Ampex [2009]

24 x 24 x 1 5/8 inches

Pencil, acrylic ink, gel transfer and letraset type on masonite.

Finished in matte satin gel medium.

[Built and drafted at my Temple studio. December 2009]

 

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Infastructure In Development [2009]

24 x 24 x 1 5/8 inches

Pencil, acrylic ink, gel transfer and letraset type on masonite.

Finished in matte satin gel medium.

[Built and drafted at my Temple studio. December 2009]

 

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Contribution #19/ Heart of the City [2009/2010]

Acrylic & spray paint on primed cotton duck canvas.

Finished in matte satin gel medium.

50 x 49.5 x 1.5 inches

 

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Art arrangement and Mural Install.

South/East corner of Gallery.

 

 

Never a Dull Moment

A Group Show Curated by iO Wright

 

White Walls Gallery

835 Larkin St

San Francisco, Calif

between O’Farrell & Geary

415-931-1500

 

Gallery hours

Tuesday - Saturday12pm - 7pm

 

Opening Reception: 

Saturday, February 6th through February 27th, 2010

Open to the public.

 

[ This will mark my first time showing works at White Walls and I’m looking forward to this. I will have a number of recent works on display for the duration for the show as well as a wall painting that will merge with Remi Rough over the entrance way. This will be a classic.]

 

 

White Walls is proud to present Never a Dull Moment, a group show curated by iO Wright. Never a Dull Moment will transform the gallery into a cohesive environment that embraces all mediums of creativity from sixteen artists. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, February 6th, 2010, from 7-11pm.

Never a Dull Moment features Anthony Lister, Alessandro Zuek Simonetti, Jaybo Monk, Angela Boatwright, Augustine Kofie, Dave Potes, Jonathan Darby, Ray Potes, Remi Rough, iO Wright, Erik Otto, Cheryl Dunn, Armsrock, Dave Schubert, Sam Ash and Clayton Brothers. 

 

iO Wright has chosen these artists for their “get your hands dirty” and “don’t worry just do” mentality. Without considering outside forces, they are urged to continuously create and express themselves. With shared roots in graffiti art, this group has a flare for action, immediacy, and unpredictability. Never a Dull Moment exposes viewers to the creative mind’s raw inner workings and draws distinct parallels between everyday immediate expression and fine art.

Never a Dull Moment will be a transformation of the gallery space into a chaotic, organic environment close to the heart of the artistic process. Film, sculpture, installation, and large-scale wheat paste can be expected from this multi media, multi talented group of artists. Embracing the connection between photography and fine art, Never a Dull Moment will meld the two together just as they are in everyday life. Several artists including Jaybo Monk, Remi Rough, Erik Otto, Augustine Kofie and Jonathan Darby plan to create a site-specific installation to accompany their works in the gallery. The installation will no doubt be interactive and multi sensory, with few white walls in sight.

iO Wright is a photography based artist, writer, and curator. Along with co-founding the street art quarterly, Overspray Magazine, iO curated Climb in the Back Window at Shadow’s Space Gallery in Philadelphia in 2009. Keeping close tabs on urban art, she has also interviewed such influential artists as Shepard Fairey and Erik Foss. This exhibition is curated by iO Wright and sponsored by White Walls, Hamburger Eyes, and New Order Magazine.

 

White Walls BLOG post

 

Manuel Arts High School Mural #001

Monday, August 17th, 2009

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I was invited to Manuel Arts High School in South Central, Calif. to add to the Art departments ever growing wall installations. Mr. Ayala has been educating the youth there on street art culture and it’s ever changing and developing mannerisms. His program has been running for a for a short time, but has gotten in good standings with the administration to move forward in embellishing the 2 story building with works by prominent Los Angeles street artists. My mural was sight specific, one of 2 main entrance ways into the north east building. Mr. Ayala felt my structural style would fit nicely into the horizontal crevices of the wall in question. I used 3 styles of brushes and acrylic paints to execute this 4 hour jammy.  I may stop in again within the month to add some random colors.

Zoso’s Contributions 

2cent’s Contribution 

2Man Show | Metallum: Kofie & Codak @ Ronin Gallery

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

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The Ronin Gallery is proud to present:  METALLUM An Exhibition of Architectural Patterns on Found Metal

From artists: Kofie and Codak.  Curated by Zury Ponce 
 

 

June 5 to June 25, 2009

 

In the summer of 2007 a small, independent Japanese run print shop neighboring Kofie’s studio in Boyle Heights, California quietly closed its doors after 50 years of service. The owners were distributing everything they had acquired and were preparing for a long overdue retirement. The studio was full of unused paper, packaging materials, graphic design office supplies and a ton of old offset type drawers lined the dusty old shop. The owners were surprised anyone would be interested in what they felt were useless materials, but recognized Kofie’s sincerity in helping to ‘lighten their load’. So he called a handful of artists that would benefit from this beautiful opportunity, Codak was one of them.

With an instant and immediate stockpile of materials to work with, ideas started to stir. The two creators were consistently brainstorming with ideas of exhibiting their work, and with the incorporation of these metal set type drawers a theme came pretty obvious.

 

Ronin, ambitious new gallery in Echo Park is honored to have Kofie and Codak exhibit their long awaited workmanship. Along with the display of original art there will be limited print collaboration and artist merchandise.

 

The Ronin Gallery  


1924 Echo Park Ave


Los Angeles CA 90026

p:323.284.8782


info@theroningallery.com

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[I will be showcasing all new works applied with Enamel paints (1-shot,

Rustoleum as well as various enamels recovered from garages), discontinued spray

paint and water based screen prints applied to found metal signs, found shelving & offset type drawers. I will also be showcasing over 40 found hand painted file boxes in various sizes and colors]

METALLUM | Mural Installation & Gallery Walkthrough from Augustine Kofie on Vimeo.

Solo Show: Vintage Futurism at Zero1 Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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Found Object Installation, 2009

9 x 12 x 4 ft.

Colby posters, discontinued spray paint, used paint brushes, found wood,found street

signage,used wood boxes, wood top drafting desk, drafting stool & drafting supply.

 

 

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The Triangulation’s of the Letter K, 2009

54 1/2 x 54 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches

Spray paint and acrylic on primed duck canvas.

Finished in matte gel medium.

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The Triangulation’s of Baby Minto, 2009

22 1.2 x 46 1/2 x 2 inches 

Found paper, packaging and chipboard, ball point pen and acrylic ink on wood panel.

Finished in matte gel medium. Framed with Yardsticks and found wood.  

 

 

Zero One Gallery presents:

“Vintage Futurism”

Recent works by Kofie One

Saturday, February 28th. The show will stay up through March 29th.

Zero One Gallery

530 South Hewitt Street

#141 / Los Angeles

 

 

Vintage Futurism was a seminal exhibition of recent works on paper, wood and canvas. An installation, light mural and new furniture pieces were on display for the month of March, 2009. I also produced a special 1-Hour mix set of  Jazz loops and Atmospheric soul especially made to accompany the exhibition. It’s available for download on DUBLAB.COM .

 

 

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Trangulations in Echo Park

Monday, January 12th, 2009

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A foggy, January 2nd. 11pm.

Solo mission/ Frustration release/ Still hung over.

2 Tacos de Pastor from the taco truck as a reward for the evenings debauchery.

Atlantis is at the bottom of Echo Park Lake.

 

 

Trangulations Unearthed in Pasadena

Friday, January 9th, 2009

kd-ancientpas09.jpgFoggy night. 1am. Deconstruction of an old Financial Center. Unearthed virgin cement walls. No security guards. 1 hour. House paint, acrylic and ink blend. 2 scrap cans. Parking lot illumination. Very quiet evening. Accompanied and guided by a beautiful soul.

Installation: Engineering Cinémathèque, Hollywood

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

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Friday JULY 18th 2008, LOS ANGELES – Hollywood’s newest independent art gallery, STUDIO 1636, in alliance with L.A.’s leading guerilla film militia Bizzurke Army U.F.M is proud to present”Engineering Cinémathèque,” a multi-media movie theater designed by renowned graffiti artist Kofie’One/Draftsman, installation artist Sonik Mercury and internationally acclaimed renegade filmmaker Burke Roberts.

Engineering Cinémathèque” showcases Burke Roberts revolutionary project, THE ENGINE.Beginning Friday July 18th, for one month Studio 1636 will transform into a unique screening venue that examines the ways in which the presentation of space and environment dictate the cinema experience. ”Engineering Cinémathèque” marks the first extended showroom for THE ENGINE — a transportable, kinetic, sculpture/projection hybrid that redefines the art of presentation and introduces a new era of independent screening venues. Designed to be equal in form and function, the 1000 pound steel sculpture houses a rotating 17-foot screen and features a high-end, audio-visual system.For each subsequent weekend after the July 18 opening until the August 17th closing, the artists behind “Engineering Cinémathèque” will offer select filmmakers and programmers the opportunity to curate their own screening presentations on Fridays and Saturdays for the duration of the run. Screening presentations have already been booked by the Slamdance Film Festival, the creators of Showtime’s groundbreaking animated series “Queer Duck,” and the DVD release viewing of “The Legend of God’s Gun,” a psychedelic spaghetti western film from the band Spindrift, featuring songs from the forthcoming Quentin Tarantino production “Hellride.”Freeing filmmakers from the restrictions and politics of traditional corporate venues, THE ENGINE indulges a myriad of interesting and forward thinking motion picture presentations. From hard-hitting documentaries to avant-garde short narratives, street-wise skate videos to refined art exposes, up and coming animators to those at the top of their field with a soft spot for the unexpected, THE ENGINE welcomes a wide spectrum of motion picture possibilities.

For press inquiries, an opportunity to program an event in this revolutionary venue, or for more information, please contact:Erin Broadley at STUDIO 1636 at 866-808-9260 or email studio1636@gmail.com, ATTN: Engineering Cinémathèque.Please note a limit to available dates, as the space is booking quickly.

STUDIO 1636: 1636 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, Ca. 90028 one block south of Hollywood Blvd.

Japan 2008: Live art with Dragon76 for DUMBO in Kobe

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

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2008. Dumbo Incense & the DEED Store invited me to Paint Live with DRAGON76 @ Cafe Fish in Kobe, Japan. The event was the release party for 3 special packaging designs of DUMBO incense by Jeff StapleDJ MURO & myself. The Cafe itself was designed by the architect Frank Gehry & included a huge sculpture of a fish just outside of the cafe. The party was a complete success and everyone was excited about the Live Painting. Here is a larger view.  Special thanks to the crew @ DEED for their hospitality.

Heather McGrath | Exploration No. 2, Los Angeles

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

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Japan 2007: PARCO projects and commission in Tokyo

Monday, June 25th, 2007
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Contribution No. 09 / Live art for Parco Gallery

Kichijouji Prefecture, Tokyo Japan, Summer 2007 

Acrylic on canvas. 

Painted live Outside The Parco Store in the town of Musashino, in the Kichijyoji Prefecture.

Invited to paint to commemorate the opening of my friends Camo Store. 

 
 

Live Art: Parco Gallery. Shibuya, Japan

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Contribution No. 8 [2007]

Acrylic on canvas. Painted live at Shibuya PARCO Gallery., Tokyo Japan.

 

 

Invited to paint to celebrate the opening of my friends Camo Store. It was a saturday during holiday, so it was more packed that usual. On top of that Maroon 5 were aound the corner signing autographs at Parco Radio. My man Sebastian Angle Killed the filming which you can watch below. The piece is on display @ the 6875 Office in Kaigan, Minato-ku.

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Cream Of Her Profile, 2007

Watercolor Acrylic on Canvas

2 1/2′ x 2″ x 5 ‘

 

 

During my 2007 visit I was commissioned by Win & Kim of LOL Salon to paint a piece for their savvy retro Unisex Hair Salon in Yoyogi-Uehara located in the Shibuya Ward. This was a last minute project that came about while the word spread I was in town that ended up being one of everyones favorite. What made it even more special was that I painted the piece in the salon for the employees and select friends and clients. They straight closed up shop for the day to watch it go down. The canvas & the area was already masked & prepped for me, very on point. Afterwards, a feast of Sashim to celebrate.

 

 

Architects + Designers Museum, Los Angeles

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

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SURU Store Installation, West Hollywood, CA

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

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SURU Store Installation

West Hollywood, CA

Spring 2007

 

SURU Presented by: AGENDA, Draftsmen, KnownGallerySlamXHype.comGuerillaone.com & Beautiful/Decay

 

This was the first comprehensive installation incorperating my collection of found items. . A smorgusboard of harvested metal signs, vintage spray cans, outdated drafting supply’s, assorted boom boxes, electronic equipment, industrial furniture & a healthy handful of tool boxes.

 

The front & interior display windows  usually dedicated to toys and collectibles became host to my personal & never before seen artifacts.

 

Target: Revolution Short film by Tronic

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

tronic06.jpg2006. Tronic is a well established NYC based Multimedia studio.  Scrawl Collective artist Mr. Jago & myself were commissioned by Tronic to paint 2 identical 8 x 8 x 8 white cubes for Target. The short film was never aired on public television, but projected on 8 jumbo LED screens that move across the faced of a building at Victory Park in Dallas, Texas. The actual painting was executed on an abandoned airplane runway near Coney Island, NY in the fall of 2006 from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. Yes, I came home with the worst case of bronchitis.

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NBC: The Singles Table commission

Friday, August 4th, 2006

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Single Table commission [2006]

4 x 12 ft

Acrylic on masonite

 

I was commissioned by Set Designer Charisse Cardenas to create a painting for an NBC pilot entitledThe Singles Table’ staring Alicia Silverstone. The piece is displayed in the living room of a teck geek/aspiring DJ in NYC. Last i heard the show was drooped, but they did film about 6 episodes so there is sill a possibility of it airing. If so, this was planed for a thursday Prime Time slot. 

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.

El Mercado store installation, Mid City Los Angles, CA

Sunday, February 5th, 2006

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2006. Acrylic & Enamel.

 El Mercado is a Street wear Boutique off of Pico in the Mid City District of Los Angeles. This is my second outdoor Mural for the store. The ‘Juanita’s Menudo‘ girl was a billboard that has fallen off of it’s billboard and was in storage for years. I incorporated it into the walls with other posters from the street as well as my ‘Slinky Cloud’ Style.

Solo show: Hands On at Transport gallery, Los Angeles

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

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Solo Exhibition

Hands On

New works in Black, White & Grey

February - March 2006

Transport Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

Currated by  Michael Russek

 

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This was my first solo show in some time & I knew I wanted to go simple, but big. Over 25 new works were on display as well as a few light murals of Hands & my shapes. Kutmah & Coleman played very select instrumental beats & Jazz sets while over 200 people made their way in and out of the gallery. One wall installation consisted of over 40 indevidually screen printed Colby posters printed just for the event. 

Japan 2004: Corin Store Installations, Hokkaido

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

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Summer 2004

Acrylic & spray paint on drywall & plaster

Hokkaido, Japan

Commissioned installations

 

 

 Hokkaido is the most northern island of Japan. I was commissioned to paint an interior & exterior piece for the store CORIN in the port city of Kushiro, which was not open just yet. The request for the interior was a little of everything from me including Technology, Waves and a portrait of musician Jackie Mittoo. The outside was for me to do as I wished. I had a great time in Hokkaido and was shown much love by the crew. Fresh crisp air, super green nature & a major port side industrial district smashed with rust, a place where nature meets urban in my favorite way.

 

The Video below was made using my friend Yoshi’s wifes old camcorder from the early 90’s, than edited by my friend Scott Dygert.

 

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No. 26/ Silver Lake Via Hyperion

Wednesday, April 21st, 2004

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No. 26/ Silver Lake Via Hyperion [2003]

 House Paint, weekday afternoon.

 

This was completed immediately after #25. It’s the back of the Nursery and looked beautiful, especially this day. The area was so virgin and untouched. I normally wouldn’t paint over old typography signage, but I wanted to leave something fitting. It lasted about 4 months and is now a Trader Joes parking lot.

No. 25/ Silver Lake Via Hyperion

Tuesday, February 10th, 2004

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No. 25/ Silver Lake Via Hyperion [2004]

 Housepaint on wood panel, weekday afternoon.

 

Originally I wasn’t trying to outlive this one, but some crab decided to wright inside the colors I laid out. I came back during 4pm traffic to outline and drip-out this one. The space was the old Hyperion Nursery and now is a good ol’ Trader Joes parking lot.

No. 23/ Linda Lea Theater, DTLA

Tuesday, January 20th, 2004

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No. 23/ Linda Lea Theater, DTLA [2004]

 Housepaint & Spraypaint on wood, weekend afternoon.

 

There was an art walk as well as a small show at the Enshalla Gallery in Downtown Los Angles. Across the street was this abandoned Japanese theater once called the Linda Lea. I had been wanting this doorway for as long as I could remember. Lasted a month. 

No. 22/ Beverly Blvd.

Saturday, January 10th, 2004

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No. 22/ Beverly Blvd. [2004]

Housepaint on Abandoned Storefront, weekday afternoon.

 

This one was the first time I was partially sweated by anyone for painting one of these. The owner of the property’s sister saw me painting it & called him. He actually came through thinking he was going to have to crunch me up, but after a short talk he let me rock the lil addition to the side. He wasn’t mad, especially after i inquired about the history of the property as well as the sick tiles above, which i took the color plays from.

Pacific Design Center Installation for LA LA LA: Design By Design And Not By Design

Friday, April 4th, 2003

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Mural Installation

Summer 2003

LA LA LA: Design By Design And Not By Design: LA Architecture.

Curated by Perlof/Webster @ The Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA.

 

 

 

Documentary courtesy of LAFCO

 

LA LA LA: Design By Design And Not By Design was a  giant 12,000 square foot installation produced by LAFCO, Perloff/ Webster and Kymaerica at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood during WESTWEEK 2003.

 

My mural installation  was to go along with a film aboutthe  Los Angeles homeless polulation, so my flowing shapes represent freeway cement and iron freeway systems. I was still developing the ‘aging’ of my shapes with the use of water & stain at this time, a practice i picked up during odd jobs on fils sets as a scenic painter.

Charizmatik Store

Wednesday, April 11th, 2001

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Client: Zen & Fred of Charizmatik  for the flagship store “The Treehouse Endeavor”

Location: Corner of Melrose & Van Ness St., Hollywood, Calif

Medium: House paint & American Spray paint (Iron oxide bronze by Krylon).

Summer 2001

 

Charizmatik was an adventurous and well conceived clothing brand based in Los Angeles that disbanded a few years back. The Store was called “The Tree House Endeavor” and ran with the concept of nature and having a child like heart. The interior of the shop was practically all wood and personal items. Walls were covered with square shaped blocks of found woodworks. I based the exterior mural around the idea of roots & foundation, hence the heavy earth tones. This was my first healthy sized top to bottom piece and it ran for 5 years.

 

HERE is the large panoramic shot.