Assioma: Exhibition overview at Avantgarden Gallery, Milan

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

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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: 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

 

Gravillis Inc. creative space mural installation

Friday, December 6th, 2013

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Client: Gravillis Inc., Los Angeles, CA

Creative space mural and installation

Architects: SmithGroupJJR

 

 

DeAnna and Kenny Gravillis invited me to paint their new 6,200 square feet creative office space off the Miracle Mile in the early Spring of 2013. Gravillis is a graphic design firm that I have had a relationship with since our first office mural in 2005. I was given full creative range with the inclusion of the text ‘MADE FOR DESIGNERS’ in the main production space.

 

+Interior Design Magazine

+Art Of Studio visit

+Gravillis on Twitter

+Gravillis blog 

Mural for the Los Angeles Offices of CBRE | Film by FORM Follows FUNCTION

Monday, November 25th, 2013

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KOFIE @CBRE documented by FORM follows FUNCTION

 

In the Spring of 2013 I was approached by CBRE & Gensler to create a mural for their newly acquired 400 South Hope office space. Though they purchased the entire building, the top 2 floors of the 26 story high rise would be home to their main Los Angeles Headquarters. After many meetings and litigations the project began in the mid summer during mid construction of the space. 2 weeks and some 20 gallons of acrylic later the mural was completed. This would mark my largest privately contracted indoor mural and a milestone in my public display catalogue. Many thanks FORM Follows FUNCTION for the documentation, Lew Horne, Nary La, Gensler and my 2 assistants Michael ‘Puede’ Hernandez & Ixchel Lara [complete credits here].

 

 

Augustine Kofie: LA’s own brings his craft to CBRE by Amy Dittoe

 

Against the backdrop of CBRE’s new space is a mural that symbolizes the company’s transition to a new way of working. It’s complex and thought-provoking, challenging the traditional muted colors and right angles of yesterday’s office. It redefines the 25th floor as something beyond a collection of workstations and conferences rooms. It’s a place we go to be inspired.

 

The piece was created by Augustine Kofie, an LA-based artist with a history of defying convention. He’s dabbled in everything from t-shirt design to fine art, constantly experimenting and refusing to identify with just one artistic medium. “I’m a mixed kid who does mixed media,” he says. “I’m a fine artist with a foundation in graffiti arts. It’s the core of it. It’s why I do art. I didn’t study it; I learned it by trial and error, by sweat and tears.”

 

Deeply rooted in its LA identity, the piece is a system of colors and angles that communicates an aura of renewal and progress. It’s a reflection of both CBRE and downtown LA, two entities in the midst of profound reinvention.

 

Art and real estate services aren’t often mentioned in the same breath, but at 400 South Hope the two have combined to make something truly original. In seeking a complete overhaul to its traditional ways of working, CBRE found inspiration in Kofie’s work. And while he doesn’t always take on commercial projects, Kofie noticed something genuine in CBRE’s commitment to progress.

 

“I liked the way you guys approach me,” he said. “I like the energy. And this is serious; this is a new space. It’s for the employees. I like all those factors.” Kofie agreed to the two-week project and collaborated with senior management. The result is a timeless blend of earthy and bold tones, masculine angles tangled with feminine arcs. “I do paint subconsciously,” he said. “A few turns in one area changes the dynamic of the piece.”

It’s a complicated balance that is reminiscent of Kofie himself. Growing up in LA, he experimented with countless artistic media and tools. He can’t remember a time when he didn’t consider himself an artist.

 

Kofie’s partially credits his mother for his inclinations; a former art student at UCLA, she held on to her passion while she raised a man who would eventually become world-renowned for his work. “I took over this career that my mom was originally supposed to do,” he said. Rather than photographs, the majority of Kofie’s childhood likenesses are captured in a sketch. His mother would often draw him as he slept.

 

In contrast, Kofie’s father had more mechanical leanings combined with an entrepreneurial spirit. “My father was always independent,” Kofie said. “He never worked for anyone.” A talented artist who explores unorthodox media and exercises a keen sense of business, a combination of Scottish, Irish, German, African American and Choctaw Indian heritage, Kofie is a living narrative of the forces that combined to create him.

 

Now, CBRE has a piece of that shared journey. The downtown LA mural is most appreciated in context, a celebration of an idea and the visionaries who brought it to life. It’s a story of progress, diversity, balance and the will to break with convention.

 

And it’s a reminder that those who get to the future first are the ones that embrace change, rather than fighting the inevitable. That’s the story not only of CBRE, but of Los Angeles as well. “LA is constantly in redevelopment,” Kofie said. “It’s never going to settle. It’s always going to be reevaluating itself and repositioning itself.”

 

 

More:

+ CBRE journey to a new way of thinking

+ LA DT News: Does a New Downtown Office Design Mean the Death of the Cubicle?

+ FORM Follows FUNCTION post 

 

 

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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Observations via Tumblr 3 

 

Santa Fe, New Mexico | THE HOUR HAS ARRIVED

Monday, August 13th, 2012

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Jaque Fragua extended an invitation to contribute some artworks fand murals or THE HOUR HAS ARRIVED, slated the week of August 13-19, 2012. This event will mark my first trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Looking forward to painting some hopefully permanent murals in the city during The Santa Fe Indian Market.

 

 

 

THE HOUR HAS ARRIVED 

SANTA FE INDIAN MARKET 

AUGUST 13-19, 2012

 

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There is more info on N8VPA here

Twitter.com/n8vpa
Facebook.com/n8vpa

 

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The Santa Fe Indian Market is breaking new ground in 2012 and premiering

Contemporary Native Public Art at this year’s Indian Market.

 

 

Although Native culture is rooted in a rich, complex and difficult history, the strength and essence

of Native culture is contemporary, alive and evolving. As an outgrowth of its traditional roots, Native

American expression currently encompasses a spectrum of creativity that is at the cutting edge of

modern art. Part of this movement is broadly recognized as Public Art.

There has been a lack of focus and attention on new mediums employed by Native artists, some of whom

are at the forefront of the Public Art Movement. A prevalent movement based on independence, breaking

boundaries, strong work-ethic, sustainability and innovation. Public Art enriches communities it appears in

with values sharing, dialog, social awareness and incentive. Public Art or “street art” has gained a following

beyond any label. From large corporate enthusiasts to the poorest passer-byes, this art-form can be

appreciated by all. Public Art is being sought out by connoisseurs, elite galleries, tourists, local and foreign

communities and other artists.

 

The Hour Has Arrived will showcase public installations by prolific forerunners in this new modality for

Native American artists. Featured artists include , El Mac (Phoenix), Ernesto Yerena (Phoenix), Hoka

Skenandore (Oneida/Oglala Lakota/Luiseno), Jaque Fragua (Jemez Pueblo), KOFIE (Los Angeles), Rose B.

Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo), SABA (Four Corners), Watermelon7 (Isleta Pueblo), & Yatika Starr Fields

(Cherokee/Creek/Osage).

 

Live execution of exciting works by individual artists and special live mural collaborations will be featured

during Market and completed murals will be on view at select downtown Santa Fe locations during the

weeks leading up to Market until its closing. This is an inclusive, creative endeavor that will draw from

other Native talent in a manner that reflects the spirit of Public Art and this project.

 

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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 | Time lapse of the hanging, mural & installation

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

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

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 exclusively on the KnownGallery Blog.

 

KnownGalleryPost 

ShaunsFLICKR

ShaunsSIGHT

 

Retrofitted @ White Walls/SF | Scott La Rock Documentation

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

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SF Based documentarian Scott La Rock made it out to my opening night for RETROFITTED. Here is a link to 50+ captures of the evening, with clear detail shots of the work.

Many thanks Scott!

The Engine + FYF Festival +Live Art

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

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Burk Roberts, an independent film maker and creator of The Engine invited me down to have our second go around with a live art/ video projection/ shadow art project during the FYF Music Festival in Los Angeles in early September.

 

The idea came from us wanting to collaborate in a way that incorporated the Engine screen and my work. The end result is replaceable 4 x 8 foot plexi glass sheets mounted to a scaffold placed between the Engine and a digital projector. I then paint my designs in white onto the plexi and it shows at a shadow onto the Engine screen, but the white paint on the plexi still captures the colorful, visual collage that is projected. It’s a strange trip to see it develop live in a freestyle form.

Manuel Muccio: 35mm Documentation of Berlin

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

  kd-berlinmanuel.jpgManuel Muccio is a very close friend of Marco Pho Grassi, both hailing from Milan, Italy. Manuel’s English was much better then Pho’s, so not only did he became a great relayer of information, but was a fine photographer on top of that. These were pulled from his facebook page.

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!

 

„One Night One Piece“Live Painting mit Augustine KofieDonnerstag, 24. Juni 2010, 19 – 23 Uhrprojectroom, Schönhauser Allee 8, 10119 Berlin

 

 

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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….

 

 

San Francisco/ White Walls Gallery Install

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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Art arrangement and Mural Install.

South/East corner of Gallery.

 

Never A Dull Moment Group Show

White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, Calif 

 

When I first saw the flicker pictures for the newly installed wood panels in the gallery, I knew what I was going to do for the install. That was to basically do what I do to natural wood already, age it down.

Oxidized red, black acrylic washes, house paint, gold and black spray paint, fine tip enamel markers and a bit of brush was all I used to treat the wood. Took about half a day to build my install + spread the mural above the front entrance to meat up with Remy Rough’s section.

I would have had better shots, connections and all, but I was using the only camera I had on deck, a 4 year old Olympus Stylus that isn’t working up to par.

 

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.

*Download the free 4×4Tracktor METALLUM MIX here*

 

The Ronin Gallery  


1924 Echo Park Ave


Los Angeles CA 90026

p:323.284.8782


info@theroningallery.com

Theroningallery.com  

 

[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.

Group Show: Climb In The Back Window/ Philly: Documented

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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Climb In The Back Widow + A group show Curated by iO Wright

Shadow’s Space and Kung Fu Necktie

1248-50 N. Front St Philadelphia, PA

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Features the work of

Anthony Lister + Cheryl Dunn + Ricky Powell + Skullphone + Ale Zuek + iO Wright

Curtis Kulig + Luiza Sa (of CSS renown) + Augustine Kofie + Erik Otto + Various and Gould

 

 

 

 

   

MICROSOFT ‘Softwear’ Launch Party, NYC

Friday, March 20th, 2009

kd-redumbrella09.jpgIn January I was commissioned by my friends at The Red Umbrella Group to create a painting for the MICROSOFT ‘Softwear’ T-shirt launch Featuring COMMON and Biz Markie. Above are the pre party photos of the back-lit painting which was an acrylic on canvas.  Here are some event photos from Freshness.

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.

The Regent Theatre mural & installation

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

kd-the-regent-install.jpg kd-regentflyer.jpgThis was a one night only installation for the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk. I probably put in more work than I needed to for this, but it’s an amazing and fairly raw space. I had to insist on painting directly on the interior walls if I was to show any work & with Mr. Gillmores approval I crushed a lil jammie in the south west corner on the spot. I also showcased 10 new collage/assemblage works as well as a special selection of painted file boxes from my collection. Here are a set of photos Space Weave blessed me with.

Installation: Engineering Cinémathèque, Hollywood, Calif.

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.

Live art with Dragon76 | Kobe, Japan

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 y Kofie: Exploration#2

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

hmvandcamp07.jpg2007. House paint & Ink. This is the second abandoned building that photographer Heather McGrath & I explored together. Located in North East LA, the formr Van De Kamp bakery has been abandoned by the city for a number of years. Up until recently construction has been taking place. The space will eventually become a School. 

Architects + Designers Museum, Los Angeles

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

ad-museum07.jpg2007. ‘From LA With Love Installation Exhibit’ .  The A+D Museum off  Wilshire in Los Angeles.Large scale installation of found aged wood, metal signs & siding, Light box as well as a steel Drafting Desk. A handfull of recent works inspired by architecture & the beauty of urban decay also adored the display which was on view for 3 months. Video of installetion by Theo Jemison.

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.

 

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. 

No. 31/ Downtown LA Bridge

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

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No. 31/ Downtown LA Bridge [2006]  

House paint/Acrylic blend. Sunday, 5 am. Fathers Day. 

 

The true beauty of this piece is that the light grey colored blocks were painted by the either the city or a graffiti removal vigilante, similar to “The unconscious art of Graffiti removal’. I just came in and outlined the light blocks.

 

Photographer Heather McGrath accompanied me this morning to shoot the interiors of abandoned structures in downtown. This was the morning stretch & warm up for me.

SS+K Office: Santa Monica, CA

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

ssk05.jpg2006. Commissioned by SS+K to produce an inspirational mural for their conference room in the Santa Monica/ Venice District. The design is based off of their inspirational materials & felt it was best suited for an installation rather than my traditional paintings. The 3 canvases were digitally printed and I painted the wall itself to match.

El Mercado. Mid City, CA

Sunday, February 5th, 2006

06elmercado.jpg2006. 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. 

Agenda Showroom installation 2004

Tuesday, June 29th, 2004

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Installation Mural in the Agenda Trade show Offices in the California Fashion Mart, Downtown Los Angeles [2004]

Acrylic Paint on drywall.

Hokkaido, Japan 2004/ Corin Store Installations

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

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Acrylic & spray paint on drywall & plaster

Hokkaido, Japan

Commissioned installations

Summer 2004

 

 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.