Solo Show: TAKING SHAPE @ Openspace, Paris

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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Listen to the Soundtrack here 

 

AUGUSTINE KOFIE

“TAKING SHAPE” SOLO EXHIBITION

27 November - 13 December, 2014

 

Public opening: Thursday 27 November at 6:30pm

November 27-30 at Bastille Design Center, Paris

December 2-13  at Galerie Openspace, Paris

 

 

OPENING 27 NOVEMBER AT 6:30 PM

Immersive, impressive, and scenographic at Bastille Design Center, Paris

 

 After the success of his first Paris solo show, “California Soul”, in April 2013,  Openspace Gallery is delighted to invite Augustine Kofie again to exhibit in the French capitale. The Los Angeles-based artist is one of the leaders of the Graffuturism movement. Practising graffiti in the 90s, exhibiting his studio work in the early 2000s, 2009 marked a turning point in his career, laying the foundations for his current work.
His artworks full of lines and structured shapes are composed with a mastery of scale and movement. A vintage feel also pervades his work; from the 60s magazine illustrations he uses for his collages to the salvaged materials he uses as media, through his choice of colours.

 

 

COLLECTORS OPENING
Thursday 27 November at 5pm

PUBLIC OPENING
Thursday 27 November at 6:30pm
You can follow up the preparation of the show if you subscribe to the Facebook event above

 

 

The event
TAKING SHAPE is in 2 parts:

• IMMERSION
Friday 28 November and Saturday 29 November
open 11 am- 7 pm
and Sunday 30 November open 11 am- 5 pm
Bastille Design Center
74, bd Richard Lenoir

• EXHIBITION
2 - 13 December
Tuesday to Saturday
from 2 to 7 pm
Galerie Openspace
56, rue Alexandre Dumas

 

 

THE EXHIBITION

Following the off site exhibition by the French artist Éric Lacan, the Openspace gallery is curating Augustine Kofie’s second exhibition in France, from 27 November to 13 December. Once again, the exhibition will take place in the architecturally monumental, majestic 19th-century setting of the Bastille Design Center, where wood reigns supreme (even on the floor), 

 

 

Group Show: ‘The Soze Collection’ Colaboration with MODERNICA

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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Never take a seat to taking shape, 2014

Acrylic polymer and enamel spray paint on fiberglass.

Finished in satin varnish. Signed on back.

 

 

Group Exhibition / Nov 1 - Nov 14, 2014

 

The Soze Collection

 

 

SOZE Gallery is pleased to present an exhibit of unique custom painted Modernica fiberglass shell chairs made on the original Herman Miller Equipment to benefit THE ART OF ELYSIUM.  Established artists including: RETNA, Erin Riley, Aaron De La Cruz, Ben Frost, Mel Kadel and many others will display custom painted chairs that are works of art in and of themselves.  A portion of the proceeds will go directly to THE ART OF ELYSIUM to support the incredible work they do.

 

RETNA, Cleon Peterson, Anthony Lister, Neckface, Augustine Kofie, Ben Frost, Gregory Siff, Aaron De La Cruz, Crash One, Seratla, Rolland Berry, Jaybo Monk, Marco Pho Grassi, Cole Sternberg, Mel Kadel, Ciler, Hueman, Brittany Segal, Erin Riley, Kristin Bauer, Emmitt Potter, Karen Bystedt/Mar, Paige Smith

 

Contact Toowee@Sozegallery.com for all informations

 

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.

 

 

 

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

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

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Augustine Kofie, Circulación Templo

165 x 170 cm / 64.9 x 66.9 in, 2014

Acrylic polymer and spray paint on heavy canvas.

Finished in semi gloss gel medium

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Rotationship, 2014

On sight Installation, Various size. 

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

plastic cassette tape & enamel paint.

 

 


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

YESTERDAYS ADVANCE: 

Recent work by Augustine Kofie

 

Celaya Brothers Gallery

Zacatecas 194, Roma Norte,

Mexico City D.F.

(between Tonalá and Monterrey).

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Zacatecas 194, Col. Roma

Mexico City

 

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

+ 52 (55) 6391 5541

paula@arto.mx

 

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Celyay Brothers Opening photos

The City Loves You

Vinareal

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Group Show: Exhibit Z @ Library Street Collective, Detroit

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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After finishing up their big mural project, the Library Street Collective recently opened a group show featuring artwork from all the participating artists. Covering a wide range of styles, techniques and mediums, artists from all over the globe gladly partook in one of the biggest urban and contemporary art shows Detroit has seen in a long time. Featuring works by such names as Dabs Myla, How Nosm, Interesni Kazki, Tristan Eaton, Cyrcle, Revok, Gaia, Remi Rough, Sam Friedman, Maya Hayuk, Augustine Kofie, Pose, Logan Hicks, and more, the exhibition is a colorful overview of the infinite creative energy from the 27 artists featured in this project.

While the large murals created inside of “The Z “garage in downtown Detroit represented the street expression of their art, the sculptures, paintings and drawings exhibited at the LSC gallery showcased the participants’ fine art side. Ranging from surrealistic to expressive, abstract and futuristic, with lots of elements and influences of graffiti and urban art mixed in, the works in this show surely have something for everyone to enjoy. The exhibition is planned to be on view until the end of April, so make sure you check it out in person for a full experience.

Text: Arrested Motion   Photo credit: Sal Rodriguez 

POW! WOW! Hawaii: New print release with 1XRUN

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

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My most recent print Circulate System Shift’ with 1XRun will be on display as for sale along with a number of other great artists partisipating in the 2014 POW! WOW! Hawaii.  View the entire collection HERE.

 

Breakdown:

The team at 1xRUN is excited to announce a unique partnership with Pow Wow Hawaii, the world’s leading mural festival. This February 1xRUN will arrive in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu starting on February 3rd. At 3pm EST we kick off a series of 40 + print releases by participating 2014 Pow Wow artists, wrapping up on February 18th. 


With an expansive roster of over 50 artists converging on the island to paint large scale murals for nearly two weeks Pow Wow Hawaii is a one of a kind event not to be missed. As things wrap up 1xRUN will host a special print exhibition on February 14th at Loft in Space / Fresh Cafe. Along with the expansive 1xRUN print exhibition we have partnered with Pangea Seed, a local non profit to exhibit prints from their archives and their new Sametan figure customized by over 30 global artists. 

 

View All Pow Wow Featured Artists: Roids, Ron English, Tristan Eaton, Aaron De La Cruz, BASK, Meggs, Persue 1 & 2, Angry Woebots 1 & 2, Dave Kinsey, 123 Klan, Insa, Brendan Monroe Gold & Silver, Hannah Stouffer, Inti, Prime, Estria, Cyrcle, Defer, Cope2, Indie 184, Augustine Kofie, Gage Hamilton, Ekundayo, Mimi Pond, Wayne White, Tatiana Suarez, Reka, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, Gaia, Glenn Barr, Nychos, Apexer, Madsteez & Roids, Kamea Hadar and Dabs Myla 

LA Art Show 2014 | Mural Conservency of Los Angeles Exhibition

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

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California Convergence 

24 x 24 x  1 5/8 inches, 2013

Found paper, acrylic, ball point pen, white-out , screenprint & spray paint on wood panel.

Coated in archival matte varnish. Finished in matte gel medium. 

Framed in mahogany lattice & found yardsticks. 

 

Will L.A. Reclaim Its Title as The Mural Capital of the World?

 An Exhibition by The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA)

 

MCLA will be at Booth 152

Jan. 15th – 19th, 2014

Los Angeles Convention Center

South Hall J and K

 

1201 South Figueroa Street

Los Angeles, CA 90015

The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) presents Will L.A. Reclaim Its Title as The Mural Capital of the World?, an exhibition curated by Isabel Rojas-Williams, Executive Director of MCLA. Embracing LA’s visual art culture, this exhibit will include pioneer muralists Kent Twitchell, and John Valadez, together with emerging and mid-career artists such as Pablo Cristi, Augustine Kofie, RISK, MEAR ONE, and Sonia Romero, among others. The exhibition, inspired by LA’s mural culture, will connect the politics of the street to the politics of the canvas.

 

 

[ California Convergence will be on display at the MCLA Booth for this years LA Art Fair. I’m very proud to be sharing the walls with all of the curated artists. ] 

 

 

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LA Art Show 2014 | Breeze Block Gallery @ Littletopia

Monday, January 13th, 2014

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Circulations of her search

19 x 19 x 1 1/4 inches, 2013

Found paper, chipboard, ball point pen, pencil, white out & acrylic on wood panel. 

Coated in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin gel medium.

Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks. 

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Hands on horizons

24 x 24 x 1 3/4 inches, 2013

Found paper, ball point pen, acrylic and spray paint on wood panel.

Coated in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin gel medium.

Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks.

 

 

 

Portland’s own Breeze Block Gallery will have a booth in Littletopia at this years LA Art Show.

I will have 4 works on display from my recent Three The Hard Way exhibition with the gallery in November.

Breeze Block is also one of the top 4 galleries to see at this years Art Fair.

 

Jan. 15th – 19th, 2014

Los Angeles Convention Center

South Hall J and K

 

1201 South Figueroa Street

Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

Sales inquiries:

Paige@breezebllockgallery.com

 

 

 

Group Show: Graffuturism presents L’Avenir at Shooting Gallery

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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Manifest Horizon, 2013

48 x 48 x 1 1/2  inches.

Acrylic and spray paint on primed duck canvas

Finished in satin gel medium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Walls Gallery presents:

L’Avenir: A Graffuturism group exhibition curated by Poesia  |   December 14, 2013, 7-11 pm On View Through January 4, 2014

L’Avenir features a group of like-minded artists that flourish under the banner of Graffuturism, a term coined by artist and arts commentator Poesia, who edits and publishes an online blog under the same name, Graffuturism.com.

Taking inspiration from French philosopher Jacques Derrida and his axiom The coming of the Other, L’Avenir literally translates as “the future,” and is a direct reference to the progressive and contemporary element that has influenced this intercontinental group of individuals known for creating a distinct aesthetic of their own.

The exhibition is a survey of an emerging movement and features work from Augustine Kofie (US), Borondo (Italy), Chazme (Poland), Clemens Behr (Germany), Doze Green (US), Duncan Jago (UK), Part2ism (UK), Poesia (US), Robert Proch (Poland), Sainer (Poland) and Vesod (Italy).

L’Avenir brings this group of graffiti inspired contemporary artists crashing into our visual field with an exciting celebration of the neo-contemporary Graffuturism movement.

White Walls Gallery | 886 Geary Street, San Francisco , Caifornia

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+Vandalog Preview

+Brooklyn Street Art 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 

 

 

 

Arrested Motion | Structurally Sound | Joe Russo

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

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Photo credit: Joe Russo for Arrested Motion.
Complete post here..

Group Show: De La Ligne A L’abstraction, Montreal, Quebec

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

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Detail of GoldCoast Incline

65 x 48 x 1  [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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Detail of System shift in Sequoia reds 

22 × 30 inches (559 mm × 762 mm) Unframed [2013]

Acrylic on 300 lb Soft Press Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper.

(Two natural deckles and two cut edges). Finished in satin varnish.

Yves Laroche Galerie d’art presents:

FROM LINES INTO ABSTRACTION

 

Yves Laroche Galerie, Montréal, Quebec

September 12th - October 11th, 2013

 

 

Yves Laroche Galerie’s next show opens on September 12th. “From lines into abstraction” will showcase new works by a group of Graffiti artists from across the globe. Guest curator Patrick RESO Jungfleisch has gathered a collective of active Graff  artists whos works transcend their foundations of their respected Graffiti arts into the realms of abstraction, expressionist and modern territories.

 

Artists include fellow Agent Of Change, Remi Rough as well as Zoer, 123Klan, Dems333, Alex Scaner, Doc TC5, Bacon, Greg Lamarche, Reso, Pose, El Mac, Pro, Sen2, Stare, Victor Reyes, Wane, Yes2, Zek One and Cope2.

 

 

6355, Boul. Saint-Laurent

Montréal, QC, H2S 3C3

info(at)yveslaroche.com

tel. : 514.393.1999

 

 

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Preview photos via  Yves La Roche

Group Show: Out With The Old @ Library Street Collective, Detroit

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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Circulation of the navy peak

36 x 36 x 1.5 inches [2013]

Acrylic and spray paint on primed duck canvas

Finished in satin gel medium

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Where the action is 

24 x 24 x  1 5/8 inches [2013]

Found paper, acrylic, ball point pen, white-out , screenprint &  spray paint on wood panel.

Coated in archival matte varnish. Finished in matte gel medium. 

Framed in mahogany lattice & found yardsticks.

 

 

 

[I’m very pleased to participate in this well stocked group show in the heart of downtown Detroit, Michigan.  Thanks to a gracious invitation by Revok, this will mark my first time working with Library Street Collective. 4 recent works will be on display for the show including one canvas, one collage on wood and 2 found clipboard paintings.]

 

 

Library Street Collective Gallery:

 

OUT WITH THE OLD

 

AJ FOSIK - ALEX LUKAS - AUGUSTINE KOFIE - CLEON PETERSON 

DABS & MYLA - DANA OLDFATHER - DAVE KINSEY - HACER - JIM HOUSER 

KELSEY BROOKES - MR JAGO - NICK JASKEY - OMENS - POSE - PUSH - REVOK 

REYES - RICHARD COLMAN - RIME - SAM FRIEDMAN - TRISTAN EATON - VIZIE - ZES

 

Saturday August 3rd- October 1st, 2013

Public opening: August 3rd, 6PM - 9PM

 

Library Street Collective

1260 Library Street

Detroit, Michigan. USA 48226

info@lscgallery.com

 

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Solo Exhibition:GRAFFUTURISM’PARIS| California Soul at OpenSpace Opening Photos

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

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OPENSPACE GALLERY Presents:

 

 

GRAFFUTURISM Paris Exhibitions series

35 Artists - 1 Group Show - 4 Solo Shows

 

 

Augustine Kofie | California Soul

May, 25 – June, 06, 2013

 

OpenSpace Galeri

56, rue Alexandre Dumas. Paris 11e France

09 80 66 63 94

 

* Facebook Invite

 

Official ‘CaliforniaSoul soundtrack by 4×4Tracktor/ Free download and stream here

 

#Califsoul 

I am very pleased to be contributiong to another international GRAFFUTURISM project. Samantha Longhi and Nicolas Chenus of GRAFFITI ART Magazine & OpenSpace Galeri reached out in early 2013 to begin talks on this extensive Graffuturism Paris exhibition, including 4 solo shows to follow the highly anticipated Group show in April. My inclusion marks my first true solo show outside of these United States as well as my first solo in Paris… A great personal accomplishment for me.  


As most of my shows I do my best to solidify a theme and a fitting title that best describes the works as well as continues to highlight my style. California Soul came to me as a perfect direction. A great way of bringing some of this progressive West Coast aesthetic and a costal cool sunwashed color pallette to Paris.


A little over a dozen new works on paper, wood and canvas will be on display from May 25 - June 6th, just a bit shy of 2 weeks. With all new works created since February, I continue my theme of finding balance with shape and form in each of the pieces, whether big or small. Contrasting soft color fields and washes with grid work and linear forms that speak of transition and structure. Themes touch on a golden state of mindovercast optimism, southlandishness and the complexities of the good life in the rural paradise that he saw bulldozed into urban submission. 

 

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More opening photos at Openspace Paris 

Expostion du 25 mai au 5 juin 2013

 

 

Urban Art Biennale 2013 | Völklingen Ironworks, Germany

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

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Circulatory System No. 24, 2012

60 x 60 x 2 inches, stertched.

Acrylic, spray paint, white-out & bitumen on canvas.

Finished in matte satin varnish.

 

[I was invited to participate in this biennial held in an old ironworks factory in west Germany. Circulatory System No. 24 was last on display in London for the FUTURISM 2.0 Exhibition at Blackall studios. Many thanks to and RESO and Frank Krämer for this invitation.]

 

Urban Art Biennale 2013

Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte

World Heritage Site, Völklingen Ironworks

Germany

 

March 24, 2013 to November 1, 2013

 

Europäisches Zentrum für Kunst und Industriekultur
Generaldirektor Dr. Meinrad Maria Grewenig
66302 Völklingen / Saarbrücken, Germany

 

 

Since 2008 a new, young trend has splashed onto the international art scene: Urban Art. In the meantime Urban Art proponents have conquered museums and galleries commanding high prices for their works. In 2011 the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks presented the internationally regarded exhibition “Urban Art – Graffiti 21”.

 

From 2013 the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks is to provide a regular platform for Urban Art. Every two years, the European Centre for Art and Industry Culture, will display new and significant positions of art that has developed from graffiti. The first “Urban Art Biennial” is to begin on Sunday 24th March 2013, with stars from the scene in Europe and America.

 

 

 

More info on their Facebook page

Video press of the opening event 

 

 

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

Group Show: White Walls Gallery 10 Year Anniversary

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

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Baby Minto Transformation [2013]

42.5 x 31 x 1 5/8 inches.

Found paper, acrylic, ball point pen, white-out & spray paint on wood panel.

Coated in archival matte varnish. Finished in matte gel medium. 

Framed in mahogany lattice & found yardsticks.

 

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Circulation of a spring cleaning convenience [2013]

31 1/2  x 31 1/2 x 1 5/8 inches

Found paper, acrylic, ball point pen, white-out & spray paint on wood panel.

Coated in archival matte varnish. Finished in matte gel medium. 

Framed in mahogany lattice & found yardsticks.

 

 

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Motherly circulations [2013]

19 1/2 x 19 1/2  x  1 5/8 inches.

Found paper, acrylic, ball point pen, white-out & spray paint on wood panel.

Coated in archival matte varnish. Finished in matte gel medium. 

Framed in mahogany lattice & found yardsticks.

 

 

 

White Walls Presents:

10 Year Anniversary Show

 

Opening Reception – Saturday, March 9, 7-11 pm

On View Through April 6, 2013

 

886 Geary, San Francisco, CA

 

White Walls is pleased to present the 10 Year Anniversary Show, an exhibition of artists that have provided the backbone of our success and artists we look forward to growing with. Selections from Curator Justin Giarla’s personal collection will be on display alongside new works. Join us for the opening reception Saturday, March 9, from 7- 11pm. The exhibit will be open to the public for viewing through April 6, 2013. Directly following the grand opening of our new building at 886 Geary, the 10 Year Anniversary Show will be an expansive group exhibition, filling both White Walls and Shooting Gallery with influential artists that have changed the face of urban contemporary art, a scene that White Walls was created to give a home to a full decade ago. What was once an underdeveloped and oft-ignored part of the art world has grown into an incredibly diversified cornerstone of the contemporary market. The 10 Year Anniversary Show will reflect the breadth of talent that made such a change possible with range of work that will include everything from Russel Young’s ‘diamond dust’ screen prints on linen to Gronquist’s sculptural take on taxidermy.

 

Artists featured will be Shepard Fairey, Mark Whalen, Herakut, Augustine Kofie, Jet Martinez, DAL East, Faith 47, Fahamu Pecou, Robert Williams, Niels Shoe Meulman, Greg Gossel, ROA, Apex, Ferris Plock, C215, Casey Gray, David Grant, Peter Gronquist, Miss Bugs, Shawn Barber, Russell Young, Logan Hicks, Helen Bayly, Lauren Napolitano, Rene Gagnon, Gregory Euclide, Robert Christian Malmberg and Sean Murdock. 

 

White Walls Gallery has worked for a decade to exist as the premiere destination for urban art in the Bay Area. Combined with the Shooting Gallery and two project spaces, this 5,000 sq ft space is one of the largest galleries on the west coast. Justin Giarla founded the gallery with a commitment to furthering the urban art movement, drawing

directly from street art and graffiti culture. Named for its plain white walls, the gallery takes a backseat to the real focus: the work of our artists.

 

 

 

The Seventh Letter presents #ARTSHARELA

Friday, March 1st, 2013

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Triangulation of the everyday power alignment [2012-2013]

31 1/2  x 31 1/2 x 1 5/8 inches

Found paper and chipboard, ball point pen, 

pencil, white out & acrylic on wood panel. 

Framed in mahogany lattice & found vintage yardsticks.

 

 

The Seventh Letter presents #ARTSHARELA

 

Art Share LA

801 E 4th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90013
info@knowngallery.com

 

Opening reception: March 1, 2013 | 8 - 10pm
Show runs: March 1 - April 7, 2013

 

A celebration of Street Art curated by Casey Zoltan of Known Gallery, featuring gallery pieces & outdoor billboards from noted Los Angeles artists: Saber, Patrick Martinez, Rime, Victor Reyes, Pose, Sage Vaughn, Willie T, Shepard Fairey, Risk, Push, Revok, Zes, Sever, Augustine Kofie and Vizie.

 

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Video: The Qualities Of Light: Augustine Kofie

Monday, December 24th, 2012

kd-tqollogo.jpgThe Qualities of Light is a film project curated by my good friend and collaborator Shane Sakanoi of Draftsmen and Rich Hama.

I must say, after a number of years giving it up to cameras for interviews an the like, this is by far my most cherished contribution to a doc piece to date. Yes, I did have some say in the style for the film and a bit of direction and I’m sure that’s helping the sway of my judgement, but the guys went somewhere else with it and I’m happy for that.

 

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Group Show: GRAFFUTURISM | LA | December 14, 2012

Friday, December 14th, 2012

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The circulation of a process of elimination [2012]

47 x 65 x 2 inches 

Acrylic, enamel, white-out & enamel spray-paint on canvas.

Finished in matte satin gel medium. 

Framed in mahogany lattice

 

Soze Gallery presents “Graffuturism”

Curated by it’s founder Poesia [Transcend]

 

LA Artshare Building
801 East 4th Place,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

 

Featuring the works of:

 

2501, Aaron De La Cruz, Augustine Kofie, Boris “Delta” Tellegen, Carl Raushenbach, Carlos Mare, Clemens Behr, Derek Bruno, Doze Green, Duncan Jago, DVS 1, El Mac, Eric Haze, Erosie, Franco “Jaz” Fasoli, Futura, Gilbert 1, Greg “Sp One” Lamarche, Graphic Surgery, Hense, Hendrik “ECB” Beikirch, Jaybo Monk, Joker, Jurne, Kema, Kenor, Lek, Marco “Pho” Grassi, Matt W. Moore, Moneyless, O.Two, Part2ism, Poesia, Rae Martini, Remi Rough, Samuel Rodriguez, Sat One, Sever, Shok-1, Sowat, Steve More, West, Will Barras.

 

 

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Official post on GRAFFUTURISM Including a forward by Daniel Feral’s brilliant breakdown and history of the shows inception and growth.

 

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“Over the last year the Graffuturism blog has become a major player in the documentation of artists who share a Graffiti background/history but have taken their work to new heights, leaving the ‘rules’ of writing behind.  


This December, in collaboration with Soze Gallery, the folks at Graffuturism are hosting a large group show featuring some of the major players in the genre. Obviously, this is not showing everyone who is doing amazing work work that falls into this category, but it is a great selection. Hopefully the show will become an annual event to give opportunities to more and more artists as the blog, and the genre, continue to grow.”

                                                        -Jerry JOKER Inscoe, Fall 2012

 

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Preview of GRAFFUTURISM LA on 12OzProphet

 

 

Art Basel:MIAMI | White Walls GallerySF at Scope Art Fair, 2012

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

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Circulations of her search for alignment  [2012]

19 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches

Found paper, acrylic, pencil ,white out,ball point pen & screen print on wood panel.

Finished in matte satin varnish. Framed in mahogany lattice & found vintage yardsticks.

 

 

 

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Circulations of the sit back and relax [2012]

19 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches 

Found paper, acrylic, pencil , white out, ball point pen & screen print on wood panel.

Finished in matte satin varnish. Framed in mahogany lattice & found vintage yardstick 

 

 

I will have 4 recent collage works on display at the

Scope Art fair in Miami with White Walls Gallery, Booth B05.

 

December 4-9th

White Walls Gallery

SCOPE art fair, Miami.

 

Scope Pavilion
110 N.E. 36 St. at Midtown Blvd. 

Miami, Florida 33138
White Walls Gallery @ Booth B05

Tova@whitewallssf.com 

 

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Preview: White Walls Sets Up for Scope Miami

Preview Instagram post of set up

 

 

 

Conversations | 2 man show with Jaybo | Soze Gallery:LA

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

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SOZE Gallery presents:

 

C o n v e r s a t i o n s 

New individual and collaborative work by Augustine Kofie & Jaybo Monk of Agents of Change

 

+ the release of 2 zines in a limited edition of 30, ”When The Seas Catch Fire’ by JAYBO and ‘OBSERvations’ by KOFIE 

 

Public opening:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

7-11 pm

 

Show runs till November  22

 

 

Soze Gallery DTLA [New Location]

2020 E 7th St Unit B

Los Angeles Calif. 90021

 

Many thanks to AOC, DOZE Collective, Scott La Rockwell, Todd Mazer, Graffuturism and Soze Gallery.

 

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‘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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Group Show: FUTURISM 2.0 @ Blackall Studios, London

Friday, September 28th, 2012

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FUTURISM 2.0 / SYMMETRY ACROSS CENTURIES / Group Exhibition 

 

Augustine Kofie, Phil Ashcroft, Boris Tellegen (Delta), James Choules (sheOne), Matt W. Moore, Mark Lyken, Sat One, Christopher Derek Bruno, Moneyless, Mr Jago, Nawer, O. Two, Morten Andersen, Keith Hopewell(Part2ism), Jaybo Monk, Poesia, Derm, Jerry Inscoe (Joker), Remi/Rough, Divine Styler and Clemens Behr.

 

 

Blackall Studios

73 Leonard Street

Shoreditch, London,

EC2A 4QS.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7739 9551

 

 

Public Opening/

Friday 28th September 2012, the gallery will be open to the public all day. DJ’s and drinks from 6pm.

The exhibition will run from Thursday 27th September - Tuessday 2nd October.

Friday - Saturday 11am - 8pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Monday - Tuesday 11am - 8pm

 

 

“We stand on the last promontory of the centuries! Why should we look back, when what we want is to break down the mysterious doors of the Impossible? Time and Space died yesterday. We already live in the absolute, because we have created eternal, omnipresent speed.” – Marinetti, Futurist Manifesto, 1909.

 

SYMMETRY ACROSS CENTURIES

In 1912, just three years after the manifesto was published, the Futurists exhibited in London for the first time. A hundred years later on September 27th, 2012, just three years after the creation of Graffuturism.com, the Graffuturists will exhibit for the first time in London at Blackall Studios.

 

THE IDEALS OF DYNAMISM AND PROGRESSION

At the core of both movements are the parallel ideals of “dynamism” and “progression.” Both of these keywords conjure a sense of action, motion and movement, wavering disturbances of change pulsing forward, like an electrocardiogram, along a historical continuum into the future. Marinetti extolled the virtues of a dynamic art form that was alive and motivated; Poesia, the founder of Graffuturism.com, has stated that the word Graffuturism was inspired by the desire to articulate a progressive impetus for graffiti.

 

URBAN, ONLINE, GLOBAL

Uplifting arms together in spirit, both these movements revel in the urban environment as a petri dish for the advancements and inventions of their age. Just as Futurism embraced the Industrial Age and its recently mechanized urban centers, Graffuturism embraces the Digital Age and its recently wired urban-global community. For the Futurists, the ideals of dynamism were expressed in images of their century’s new inventions, such as the motor car, the steam engine, the airplane, the telephone; whereas for the Graffuturists, the icons of salvation are the subway car, electric/ diesel freight trains, markers, spray paint, rollers, fire extinguishers, and so on. A different set of symbols for this century, but still imbued with the same impetus.

 

GRAFFITI, PAINTING AND ABSTRACTION

Because of the global composition of the group, the Graffuturists consist of disparate backgrounds, professions, and locations. They create in different styles, but their unifying theme is abstraction, their medium is painting, and their influence is graffiti. In their work on the streets and on canvas, these painters aspire to a high level of proficiency at their craft, which creates a visual poetry of depth and complexity. The Graffuturists could be classified as a High Style New Millennium Painting movement, consisting of a long dialectic and cross-pollination between advanced graffiti and fine art painting techniques.

 

Wildstyle Graffiti is combined with Abstract Expressionism or Geometric Abstraction, then transposed through the artist’s unique vision into a personal vocabulary of hybrid techniques, an experimental mix of the high and low, the intellectual and visceral, the visionary and the primitive. Whereas the Street Art movement of the mid-2000s tended to focus on collaged and wheat-pasted illustrations and figurative stencils, this group of artists focuses on the act of Painting, whether on the street or off, whether with spray paint or oils, with a fat cap or a sable brush.

Just as Be-bop developed from jazz, Raw Magazine from Superman comics, and Wildstyle from Original Writing, Graffuturism progresses from graffiti, and then takes up the oily-rag torch to ignite the future.

 

 

                                                                          -Daniel Feral (Pantheon Projects / 12oz Prophet)

Portrait Photo: Todd Mazer 

 

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Opening night photos via HookedBlog

Opening night photos via Unusualimage

FUTURISM2.0 Official 

 

RemiRoughs post for the show

 

 

 

 

Group Show: Geometricks at Gallery Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

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The triangulations of a coy showcase [2012]

19.5 x 19.5 x 1 3/8 inches

Found paper, acrylic and ball point on wood panel.

Finished in matte satin varnish. 

Framed in mahogany lattice & found vintage yardsticks. //SOLD 

 

 

BSA Presents GEOMETRICKS

Curated by Street Artist Hellbent

 

September 22 – October 28, 2012

Opening Reception Saturday, September 22, 2012
6 pm – 9 pm

 

Gallery Brooklyn

351 Van Brunt St.
Red Hook
Brooklyn, NY 11231

 

Gallery Hours
Thursday-Saturdays: 12-6pm
Sundays: 12-5pm

Vandal or Visionary Series presented by BSA

 

 

As part of their Vandal or Visionary Series, where BSA selects one Street Artist to curate a show that follows their specific vision of the scene, BSA is proud to introduce Hellbent as curator of the inaugural show of the series titled “GEOMETRICKS” at new Gallery Brooklyn in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York City, opening September 22, 2012.

 

Participating artists:

Augustine Kofie, Chor Boogie, Drew Tyndell, Feral Child, Hellbent, Jaye Moon, Maya Hayuk, MOMO, OLEK, OverUnder, See One

 

GEOMETRICKS turns the spotlight on the movement on the streets that boasts bold color, wild patterning, sophisticated lineplay, and a modern approach to abstraction.

As the stylistic circle widens on the street, GEOMETRICKS grabs a razor-sharp cross section of the growing number of graffiti artists who depart from traditional forms of lettering, Street Artists who are not interested in Pop-inspired icons or irony, and fine artists who never considered the “rules” of the street to begin with.

 

GEOMETRICKS references modernists, tribalists, and the rhythmic symmetry of the natural world, with it’s hexagons and spirals and comforting repetitions. Old labels about Graffiti and Street Art mean little; this group takes the formalist clarity that references geometry, folk art, and science, and often smashes it with an abstract hammer.

Parallel, perpendicular, rigid, curvilinear; lines and shapes intersect and play off color-rich pattern - challenging the shape, form and expectations of many in the Street Art scene.

 

 

“I’m stoked to be able put together this GEOMETRICKS show with some artists who I’ve really admired for a long time as well as some of the new players on the scene. This show is a great opportunity for me to create a vision and really put a dream team of artists into one room and show people what I am diggin’ right now.” - Hellbent

 

 

The Vandal or Visionary Series calls into question the simplistic characterization of artists who work on the street as one dimensional vandals and it wonders aloud what a gallery show would look like if viewed through their eyes. Many artists have always had a better understanding of the scene than academics or experts who talk about it and this series allow us to see a show curated by someone with a direct view and a very unique perspective.

 

 

 

Update/ Post Show:

 

 First we wanted to thank all the Street Art fans for your support for our really successful GEOMETRICKS show with 11 American Street Artists from 8 cities . With an 80% sold show and 400 guests on opening night in Red Hook, we felt lucky as hell to be working with some of the best Street Artists doing compelling work on the scene right now. Thanks to Gallery Brooklyn and our guest curator, Hellbent, for being great partners. 

                                             -BSA for GEOMETRICKS/ Nov 2012 

 

 

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BrooklynStreetArtFanPage

Color, Geometry and Pattern on the Streets”

Read all BSA posts on The Huffington Post HERE

BSA Fanpage on F

 

Vandalog post for the show

Group Show: Space // Form @ Breeze Block gallery, Portland OR

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

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SpcFrm/ Incised No. 17 [2012] 

10 x 10 x 2.5  inches

Acrylic, pencil and incising on masonite panel.

Finished in matte varnish 

Framed in found yardstick & mahogany lattice.

 

 

Space // Form

Breeze Block Gallery

Portland OR.

 

SEPTEMBER 6TH – 29TH
Opening Reception:

Thursday, September 6th, 6-10pm

 

SPACE//FORM

A group exhibition curated by Sven Davis

 

Space//Form centers around notions of the architectural landscape.  Over 100 of the most relevant young contemporary artists were each given an identical 10×10 inch panel and invited to create a work depicting their interpretation of space and form within either the constructed or the natural environment.  The exhibition will be accompanied by integral installations by Mark Dean Veca and Michael Murphy. Curator, Sven Davis, has worked in architecture for over 20 years and is the UK Director for the internationally staffed online arts magazine, Arrested Motion.

 

Participating artists:

Aakash Nihalani, Adam Normandin, Adam Wallacavage, Alex Lukas, Alicia Dubnyckyj, Amy Casey, Anthony Zinonos, Augustine Kofie, Ben Eine, Bill McRight, Blaine Fontana, Brendan Monroe, Brett Amory, Carl Cashman, Carl Riddle. Cheryl Molnar, Chloe Early, Chris Ballantyne, Chris Scarborough, Christian Mendoza, Christopher Derek Bruno, Clayton Brothers, Cleon Peterson, Dabs Myla, Dana Brown, Dave Kinsey, David Kassan, David O’Brien, Deedee Cheriel, Doze Green, Drew Tyndall, Eric Shaw, Eric White, Erik Mark Sandberg, Francesco Igory Deiana, Frank Gonzales, Gary Taxali, Geoff McFetridge, Ghostpatrol, Greg Eason, Greg Lamarche, Hamishi, Henry Gunderson, Ian Francis, Jacob Magraw Mickelson, James Marshall (Dalek), Jason Thielke, Jeff Depner, Jeff Soto, Jim Houser, Jordin Isip, Josh Keyes, Joshua Krause, Judith Supine, Kai & Sunny, Karin Krommes, Karl de Vroomen, Katrin Fridriks, Kenji Hirata, Kevin Cyr, Kevin Earl Taylor, Kevin Peterson, Kid Acne, Kozyndan, Kris Lewis, Kristen Schiele, Lex Thomas, Logan Hicks, Lola Dupré, Louis Reith, Lucas Price, LX One, Mario Wagner, Marissa Textor, Mark Dean Veca, Mark Schoening, Mark Warren Jacques, Mark Whalen, Mars-1, Martin Wittfooth, Mary Iverson, Matt Leines, Maya Hayuk, Michael Murphy, Mike Stilkey, Moneyless, Nick Walker, Pakayla Biehn, Paul Insect, Pete Watts, Reginald S. Aloysius, Remi Rough, Rich Jacobs, Richard Colman, Ricky Allman, Rostarr, Russell Leng, Ryan Shaffer, Ryan Stewart Nault, Sage Vaughn, Saner, Seonna Hong, She One, Sidney Pink, Sinc, Slinkachu, Stephanie Buer, Sweet Toof, Teresa Duck, Tim Biskup, Tom French, Tristram Lansdowne, Wayne White, Will Barras, Winston Smith

 

Curatorial statement:

Space//Form explores the constructed and natural environment while also serving as a comparative exercise in how different individuals respond to a single set of prescribed criteria.  All of the participating artists were given the same commission guidelines and an identical surface material to work with.  Each unique interpretation of the brief has led to the creation of a new artwork specifically for the show.  The disciplines of art and architecture traditionally enjoy a symbiotic relationship, and the parallels run deep between the conception and realization of an architectural project and the Space//Form exhibition itself.

 

Thank you to our generous sponsors, Ampersand Art Supply and Black Star Beer.

Ampersand Art Supply are the leading manufacturers of archival painting panels in the United States.  Their signature museum series panels include Claybord™, Aquabord™, Gessobord™, Encausticbord™, Scratchbord™ and Pastelbord™, each featuring Ampersand’s patented Archiva-Seal™ barrier technology.  As one of the key sponsors of Space//Form , Ampersand provided a custom made panel for each of the artists to produce their own unique art piece for the show.  Ampersand’s unique surface coatings allow each artist to experiment and further their creative expression beyond what can be done on an ordinary stretched canvas.

 

 

Breeze Block Gallery

323 NW 6th Ave.

Portland

OR 972209

USA

Phone +011 503318.6228

 

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A progress shot on my flickr

Post show coverage: Breeze Block 

Post show coverage: Arrested Motion  

The Board Dripper Festival 3: Querétaro, Mexico

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

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Mural progress with Smithe & DhearOne, 2 amazing artists from Mexico D.F In Querétaro at the UAQ.

Board Dripper 3// Collage 2012

Querétaro, México

September 3 - 8, 2012

 

 

The THE BOARD DRIPPER© festival cares to encourage the youth in using recycling to reinterpet the spaces it provides them. Thanks to the support of government and private institutions, the festival has succeeded in positionning itself within the younger crowd of the population. The specific objectives of this event are to encourage a culture of recycling, cultural exchanges and the search for self-expression in the communal spaces.

 

Partisipating Artists:

Onesto /Brazil 

Tyza /D.F. Mexico

Exops, Nickel’One, Payo, Olito, Mathieu Labrecque, Sarah L’Herault & CY  /Quebec, Canada 

Caracrimen /D.F. Mexico 

Dhear One, Fusca & Smithe /D.F. Mexico

Terror Queretaro, Mexico

 

Full Program HERE 

 

 

 

[ I will be in attendance for this great project givint a talk to students at the Universty about my artworks with emphasis on my mix media collage. There are laso exhibitions planned as well as plans to paint at the University during my stay. Updates to follow]

 

 

 

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My page for The Board Dripper 

The Board Dripper Blog

The Board Dripper FB

Group Show: Marvelous Expeditions by Dabs Myla @ Thinkspace gallery, Los Angeles

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

 

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Detail of:

Circulations of the jetset [2012]

14 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches

Found paper, acrylic and ball point on wood panel.

Finished in matte satin varnish. 

Framed in mahogany lattice & found vintage yardsticks.

 

Marvelous Expeditions by Dabs Myla and Friends

Thinkspace Gallery

6009 Washington Blvd

Culver City, CA

 

Opening Reception with the artists:

Sat, Sept. 1st 5-9PM

 

Featuring 16×20” works from: 123 Klan Aaron, De La Cruz, Askew, Augustine Kofie, Axis, Cat Cult, Dabs Myla, Dscreet, Dvate, EINE, Elliot Francis Stewart, Ephameron, Greg Lamarche, Honkey Kong (aka Adam Hathorn), Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez, KC Ortiz, KEM5, Logan Hicks, Luke Chueh, Mark Mulroney, Meggs, Misery, NEW2, Pose, Remi Rough, Revok, Rime, Stormie Mills, Tatiana Suarez, Tom Gerrard, Tristan Eaton, Witnes and The Yok

 

 

Thinkspace is pleased to present the highly anticipated Marvelous Expeditions by Dabs Myla and Friends. In the spirit of travel and all things wonderfully itinerant, acclaimed duo Dabs Myla will take over the gallery space and will feature new work and an installation alongside curated selections from 32 of their closest and most inspiring artist friends. The gallery will in effect become a locus of meeting and communal exchange, as artists from all over the world are brought together by Dabs Myla to share their experiences of traveling through its landscapes.

Dabs Myla’s meticulously executed work combines narrative illustration, photorealistic drawing, and architectural rendering with a playful bawdiness and irreverence. Cast frequently as themselves in their imagery and host of characters, the artist pair create worlds of contentious and playful encounters against the seductive chaos of the urbanscape. The city features prominently in their work as the stomping ground for their numerous adventures. When looking at their pieces one has the impression of aesthetic confluence and fluidity, of two minds toiling together as one. The viewing experience is the keen pleasure of looking into another world and enjoying a story, and just as it is with the unrelenting freneticism of the city, there is always a new discovery to punctuate every observation right around every corner – and we’d be remiss to exclude mention of the donuts and street meat.

As artists and urban enthusiasts Dabs Myla translate their experience of the world through a distinctly collaborative amalgamation of their styles and rendering strengths. Their work conveys a synchronicity of vision and aesthetic uncommonly allied and collusive. It is constituted by their shared love of travel, food, graffiti, illustration, and urbanity. Just as all productive chaos emerges from unlikely places, the momentum of travel fosters unexpected discoveries and collisions of worlds. Dabs and Myla, originally from Melbourne Australia and now currently based in LA, are no strangers to this productive geographic disruption, and this project seeks to celebrate the unexpected encounters and inspirations catalyzed by travel. They have invited each of their featured friends to produce a piece for the exhibition on a 16” x 20” wood panel, and with these set material parameters each artist will work their magic. The series is loosely meant to invoke exploration and travel, and each participating artist will metabolize their impressions of the theme differently through their respective styles, voices, and memories.

Marvelous Expeditions showcases the duo’s love of friends, collegiality, exchange, and the proliferation of vision and variety that thrives alongside constant movement and displacement. These are the exploratory impulses of travel that lead to constant revisions, reconstitutions, influences, and to the indelible encounters that change everything.

 

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My Juxtapoz interview leading up to the show

Dabs and Mylas Juxtapoz interview leading up to the show

Event on Fb

 

 

Group Show: West Coast Art @ Mirror Gallery, China Town LA

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

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Incised Series No. 16 [2012]

24.5 x 24 x 1 5/8 inches

Acrylic, screen print and incising on masonite panel.

Finished in matte satin varnish. 

Framed in found yardstick & mahogany lattice.

 

 

 

WEST COAST ARTISTS Crew

Group Exhibition

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Public opening at 6:00pm - 11pm

Show runs till July 10th.

 


One of Los Angeles’ first, most well known, and most well respected crews. Founded in 1985, and consisting of some of the biggest names in the graffiti art community for almost 3 decades.


Many members have grown to become the worlds foremost tattooists, gallery artists, graphic designers and many members own some of the worlds best known graphic design firms and clothing companies. What started as a group of young kids in Los Angeles, with a mutual love of a new artistic art form, has grown to become a legacy of creativity, originality and respect worldwide.


ACE • ALIAS • ASH • BATES • BAZAR • BRAIL • CARTOON • CAZAR• CLAE
COOL BOY • COOZ • CRE8 • D-ROCK • DASH • DEN • DESIGN9 • DYE5
EDIT • EVOLVE • GASO • GIGS • HASLER • KOFIE • MAKE • MINER • MEAR
MUNK • OG ABEL • PJAY • PENO • PONY BOY • POWER • PRYER • PYRO
RAK • RAKUS • REMI ROUGH • RESEK • RETNA • RIVAL • RISK • SED • SEL
SER • SEVERE • SHADOW • SINER • SKILL • SKIT • STORMIE • STYLIE3
SWAN • TRIXTER • TYER • VEX • VISION • WISK • ZANE

 

Mirror Gallery in historic China Town
963 Chung King Rd.
LA, CA. 90012

 

Contact: Eric Barrette EB@mirrorfilms.tv

 

 

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FB Invite

Mirror Films Post

I Wuz Here post

My interview with DIG Magazine

KraspOne Post

 

 

Sonny Phono Detail photos of ‘Working An Angle’ at Known Gallery, Los Angeles

Friday, June 1st, 2012

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SonnyPhono shot some amazing detail shots for my Working An Angle show at Known Gallery.

 

Opens: May 26, 2012 | 8-11pm

Runs: May 26 - June 9, 2012

 

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

 

A 37 minute 4×4Tracktor Soundtrack for the show on my Mixcloud.

Teaser video on my Vimeo

 

 

Working An Angle | Solo Show | Known Gallery| May 26-June 9, 2012

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

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Known Gallery Presents:

Working An Angle

Recent works by Augustine Kofie

 

Working An Angle is a recent collection of work by Los Angeles-based artist Augustine Kofie. This will be Kofie’s first solo show with Known Gallery and will include 40 recent works including hand painted multiple screen prints, collage on wood as well as paintings on canvas and wood.


The works comprising Working An Angle feature found paper collage, clean line work, delineation of geometric forms and divisions of space with a technical precision that resembles a modernist like archtectype drafting. Kofie’s unique understanding of placement and line work results in a style of meticulous rendering that never seems cold or sterile due to the delicate sense of balance maintained within each drafted creation. Compositions incorporating found papers and ephemera from various hunts for the refuse of the past tend to help give these recent works an ‘old soul’ type vintage mood, while still holding a structural heart. Dusty pinks, mauves and mint greens compliment a muted palette to soften the sharp streaks of line work, and imparts a simple elegance to the complicated arrangements of each circular form and shape. 


Half a dozen larger works will be on display as well as a number of pieces from the artists ‘Incising’ series where acrylic paintings on clayboard are lightly carved to exposing the underlining color forms,  continuation in the artists curiosity with layering, movement and linear connections.

 

 

 

Opens: May 26, 2012 | 8-11pm

Runs: May 26 - June 9, 2012

 

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

 

A 37 minute 4×4Tracktor Soundtrack for the show on my Mixcloud.

Teaser video on my Vimeo

 

 

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Graffuturism breakdown&love

HYPEbeast

KnownGallery post

SensesLost post

BATES @ 12ozProphet post

DRTY post

 

 

Opera Gallery, NYC: Streets Of The World Group show

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

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Detail of:

Circulations of a Linear Lust 2010/ 2011

28 x 48 x 1 3/4 inches

Found paper, product packaging and chipboard, 

ball point pen, white-out, rub on Letraset, xerographic gel transfer  & acrylic ink on wood panel. 

Finished in matte gel medium. Framed in mahogany lattice & found vintage yardsticks.

 

Opera Gallery NYC Presents:

Streets Of The World

Opening May 19, 2012

 

For the first time, Opera Gallery will be uniting forty of the most important contemporary artists to emerge from the Street Art Movement. These artists span the globe, including the United States, Brazil, France, Ukraine, Poland, Belgium, Israel, Spain and China, proving that the Street Art Movement has no borders.

 

 

OPERA GALLERY NEW YORK

115, Spring Street

NEW YORK NY 10012, USA

Tel (1) (212) 966 66 75

 

 

 

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Catalogue of exhibition in PDF format

 

Remi Roughs’ workst for the exhibition

Hi-Fructose preview

BrooklynStreetArt preview

 

Circulatory System short documentation by Collin M. Day

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

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I had the honor of having my Circulatory System installation and a mural in SF documented by Colin M Day 

 

during my stay in SF last year. Due to Colin documenting 2011’s Art Basel projects, this one got bumped back, so it was a treat to see it finally posted.

 

Im really pleased with the piece and it covers some particular bits I dont speak on that often + the inclusion of my re-edit looping of Silver Apples’ “Oscillations” gives the vid a steady smashing.

 

Known Gallery: Sesame Street Group show & Benefit, Los Angeles

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

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Sesame Street System [2012]

Complete shot + detail 

20 x 30/5 x 2 inches

Found record covers, pencil, ball point pen,

acrylic and xerographic gel transfer on wood panel. 

Finished in a matte varnish.

Framed in found yardsticks and

mahogany lattice.

 

 

Sesame Street presented by The Seventh Letter & Neff Headwear

 

Benefiting City of Hope’s Department of Pediatrics 

 

Featuring:
Aaron De La Cruz, Amanda Lynn, Anthony Lister, Askew, Augustine Kofie, Axis, Carlos Donjuan, Dabs & Myla, Dame, Danny D, Ewok, Franco Vescovi, Jaime Oliver, Jasper Wong, Jeff McMillan, Joe King, Kelsey Brookes, Leo Eguiarte, Madsteez, Mambo, Mark Dean Veca, Matt Nichols, Mr. Cartoon, Munk One, Nate Van Dyke, OG Abel, Patrick Martinez, Persue, Pose, Revok, Rime aka Jersey Joe, Samuel Rodriguez, Sage Vaughn, Sever, Slick, Stash, Steel, Todd Bratrud, Trevelen, Victor Reyes

 

Show runs Saturday, April 28 to Sunday, April 29, 2012

 

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

 

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Seen on Instagram

Los Angeles Times

Huffington Post 

Seen on Pop Curious 

Well & Good Present: Discovery Exhibit- Toronto, Canada

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

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Well and Good presents:

DISCOVERY

 

April 23 - May 5, 2012

 

A contemporary art exhibition celebrating 10+ years of Discovery at the Mill Centre.

Discover the new contemporary art by 12 global artists:

 

Apex (San Fran), Augustine Kofie (LA), Chor Boogie (San Fran), Elicser Elliott (TO)

Gene Pendon (MTL), Labrona (MTL), Li-Hill (TO), Mediah (TO), Pascal Paquette (TO)

Patrick Thompson (TO), Recka (TO), Other (aka Troy Lovegates) (TO)

 

Commerce Court West Lobby

199 Bay Street
King & Bay, Toronto, ON

 

The exhibit is open daily.

M-F 10am - 6pm

S-S 12pm - 5pm

 

 

Discovery Exhibition runs from April 23rd through May 5th, 2012, open to public April 24th onwards.

New artwork by street artists from Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles and San Francisco will be showcased and available for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Dixon Hall Mill Centre, a centre that offers carpentry training programs to women overcoming the effects of violence and abuse, aboriginal communities, deaf and hard of hearing and at-risk youth.

 

To see the artist roster & their work check here

 

Wellandgood.ca/discovery

 

 

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Who: Well and Good, Toronto’s premiere alternative creative collective specializing in street art in collaboration with Dixon Hall, a social

service agency serving Regent Park and surrounding communities since 1929.

 

 

Dixon Hall is a multi-service community agency that provides programs and services to downtown east Toronto since 1929. Programs include employment services and training programs, senior services, health and wellness programs, a homeless shelter, at-risk youth programs, day camp, music school, and more.

 

About Well and Good:  Well and Good has gained recognition as Toronto’s premiere alternative creative collective specializing in street art. They also provide artist management and development services. 

Special thanks to Barefoot Wines and Steam Whistle Brewing for their contributions of good cheer.


LA Freewalls Inside: Opens Saturday, April 21

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

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Circulatory System No. 21

34 x 32 1/2 x 1 3/4

Found paper, acrylic, ball point pen & xerographic transfer on wood panel.

Finished in matte varnish. Framed in mahogany lattice & found vintage yardsticks.

 

 

“We are incredibly proud to announce the opening of LALA Gallery on Saturday, April 21, 2012 where we will be presenting LA Freewalls Inside. LA Freewalls Inside is a group show featuring over 40 artists who have helped make Downtown Los Angeles one of the biggest and most recognizable public art spaces in the world, including Shepard Fairey, SWOON, HOW and NOSM. Keep a lookout as we unveil the final line-up over the next two weeks.

So spread the word, bring a friend and help us break-in the space for the first of what will be many, many, more events.”  - Daniel Lahoda, LALA Gallery

 

 

LALA Arts
1335 Willow Street
2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013

*Next door to Villain’s Tavern in Willow Studios

 

 

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My commissioned mural with La Free Walls 

12OZProphet/ Coverage

LA Taco/ Opening night coverage

StreetArtNews/ Coverage

 

 

 

Affordable Art Fair Los Angeles with Edition One Hundred

Friday, January 20th, 2012

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Detail of ‘ Circulations of a perfect match, deconstructed‘  2011

19 x 19 x 1 5/8 inches

Found paper, acrylic, ball point pen, pencil,

spray paint &screen print on wood panel.

Finished in matte varnish.

Framed in found vintage yardsticks.

 

 

I will have 5 works available at this years Affordable Art Fair in Downtown Los Angeles in conjunction with Edition One Hundred.

 

 

Affordable Art Fair 2012

LOS ANGELES

January 18-22

Event Deck at L.A. LIVE

 

Edition One Hundred @ General Store Pop Up | Los Angeles

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

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Circulations of a dusted invoice [2011]

Found paper, acrylic, ball point pen,

pencil & spray paint on wood panel.

Finished in matte varnish.

Framed in found vintage yardsticks.

 

General Store Pop Up -Winter Edition

Thursday, January 12, 2012  7-10pm

GeneralstoreRSVP@gmail.com

 

715 S. Los Angeles St.

Downtown Los Angeles

 

 

A Showcase Of Local Goods Featuring…

 

Edition One Hundred:

limited edition, hand-signed & numbered 

photographs & prints. Featuring original artworks by contributing artists, Augustine Kofie, Miles Regis & Tasya van Ree.

 

Mumford Brewing Co.:

small batch craft beer 

 

The Forecast:

Original fashion-focused audiovisual content

 

Flavorful music selection provided by DJ Jun & Josh One

 

 

[This will mark my first official showing for the new year. A choice selection of works from 2011 as well as some recent paintings fresh from the studio.]

 

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Flyer for this event here

Facebook Invite here

The General Store on Tumblr

General Store documented by The Forcast here

Art Basel:MIAMI | MTN Colors ‘Graffuturiste’ mural intervention

Monday, December 5th, 2011

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‘Graffuturiste’ or ‘Timeless’

Miami, Florida during Art Basel|Miami

Spray paint, Laytex paint & bitumen on cinderblock and plaster

Wynwood District

December 2011

 Photo: Mike Cuff/Warholian

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 MTNCOLORS presents site specific mural installations in the Wynwood Arts District at the Kohn Compound during Art Basel Miami 2011

 

 

MTN colors @ The Kohn Compound

219 NW 24th St

 

Key notes to the mural:

 

01. The point here was to reproduce the energy and direction of some of my recent studio paintings in a large scale format.

02. The ‘teeter effect’ or ’tilt’ of the overall composition leads to an off-centering that gives the idea of movement.

03. The earth tone palette is not a new concept for me, but due to the bright and vibrant murals throughout the compound, it makes the subtleness of this piece shine in contrast.

04. Both assisted straight lines ( straight edge and/or masking tape) and traditional manuel lines are executed in order to keep balance. The larger circles were assisted with the help of a center point. The smaller arch and circles were completed manually.

05. The majority of the left side of the mural was completed before I finalized the right side.

06. The majority of the mural was painted in one day. The following 4 days consisted of clean up, fine tuning and adjustments.

 

 

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Action shot found on Flickr

Progress photo published on Flickr

Progress photo on Tumblr

Destroy All Design progress shot

Juxtapox posts the MTN Colors Recap

 

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

White Walls @ Scope Art Fair during Art Basel:Miami

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

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Hunt & Peck [2010]

24.5 x 36.5 x 1 3/4 inches

Found paper, product packaging and chipboard,

ball point pen, white-out, rub on Letraset, gel image transfer

& acrylic ink on wood panel. Finished in matte gel medium.

Framed in mahogany lattice & found vintage yardsticks

 

 

 


White Walls is pleased to announce its participation in SCOPE Miami, one of the leading art fairs known for curating some of the most innovative contemporary art being made. Running from November 29–December 4, 2011, SCOPE will present the highest level of gallery shows, collector tours, film screenings, special events and performances.


White Walls will be hosting four booths at SCOPE, situated in the center of Miami’s Wynwood Gallery Arts District, featuring a MTN Colors Group show with APEX, Neon, Estria, Vogue, Blek le Rat, HUSH, Kofie and Chor Boogie, a White Walls Group show with Casey Gray, Ben Eine and Greg Gossel, and solo shows for both ABOVE and ROA. White Walls will be showing with SCOPE for the full duration of the fair as well as leading multiple projects throughout the city of Miami, bringing the work of our renowned participating artists to the streets of Miami.


APEX, Eine, Kofie, ABOVE, ROA and Chor Boogie will also be painting at the Kohn compound on 24th street, where MTN Colors is hosting projects by 20+ top shelf graffiti and street artists, making the compound home to the largest street level mural installation in the world and an Art Basel satellite event. The compound is 30,000 square feet at 219 NW 24th street and almost 10,000 sq. feet on 25th street, with a passage connecting the two streets, two bars and music performed Dec 1st through to Dec 4th.


SCOPE Pavilion

NE 1st Ave (Midtown Blvd)

at NE 30th St., Miami, FL 33127

Sun, Dec 5th, 11am-6pm

Solo Exhibition @ White Walls SF • Circulatory System

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

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Circulatory System: Recent Works by Augustine Kofie

Opening Reception – November 12th, 2011, 7-11 pm

On View Through December 3, 2011

 

White Walls

835 Larkin St,

San Francisco, CA

 

Gallery Press release for show

 

 

White Walls is pleased to present Circulatory System, the new collection of work by Los Angeles-based artist Augustine Kofie. This will be Kofie’s second solo show with White Walls, and will include 30 recent works including smaller collage case studies on paper, hand painted multiple screen prints, assemblage on wood, paintings on canvas and wood and a large wall installation. The opening reception will be Saturday, November

12th, from 7-11 pm, and the exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through December 3rd.

 

The works comprising Circulatory System feature a clean delineation of geometric forms and divisions of space with a technical precision that resembles architectural drafting. Kofie’s understanding of illustration and linework results in a style of meticulous rendering that never seems cold or sterile due to the delicate sense of balance maintained  within each composition. The muted palette softens the sharp lines, and imparts a simple  elegance to the complicated arrangements of shape.

 

The vintage-toned color scheme- the pale seafoam and mint greens of the sixties and the varying beige shades of worn paper- fit perfectly with the collage aspect of the work. Found imagery and ephemera are interwoven into many of the paintings, constructing a new way of looking upon fragments of the past. 

 

Kofie uses a similar approach of artful combination, rearrangement and layering to create  a soundtrack that will accompany the exhibition, reflecting the theme as well as setting  the tone for the collection. The 40 minute soundtrack is not an itunes mix but what Kofie  calls a true mix, meaning a well- collaged assemblage of original beats, pulled dialogue  from various films and re-edited songs. 

 

 

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Group Show: Rarely Found @ Lunch Money

Friday, August 19th, 2011

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Rapid Fire 2011

Ink on velum 

 

On Friday, August 19 I will be showing some smaller works on paper in a crew show at the Lunch Money shop off Melrose. TYER has been holding down the shop for close to a year now and it was time for a family show. There is also going to be a black & white  coloring book with the whole crews letter styles available at the opening for an undisclosed amount as of yet. Def a lil collectors item with letter ways from all of the above mentioned. 

Glasgow, UK: Recoat Gallery Mural

Friday, July 1st, 2011

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Enamel, acrylic and bitumen on primed brick [2011]

Glasgow, UK

 

During the Rudimentary Perfection exhibition at Recoat Gallery each of the artists that made it out to the show painted walls throughout Glasgow thanks to the efforts of Amy and Ali of Recoat. My wall above as well as Jaybo Monks wall ended up being the closest to the gallery, literally along the side of the building.

 

Here is a link to the mural locations

Here is Recoats Masterblaster of the whole event 

Group Show: Rudimentary Perfection in Glasgow, Scotland

Monday, June 27th, 2011

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Progress shot of Circulatory System No. 4 [2011]

Acrylic, enamel spray paint, screenprint & bitumen on canvas.

 

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Circulations of gentleman in colorama [2011]

10 3/8 x 10 3/8 x 1 inches

26.4  x  26.4 x  2.5 cm

Found paper, ball point pen, ink, acrylic & spray paint on wood panel.

Framed in vintage yardsticks.Finished in matte gel medium.

SOLD

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Triangulations circa 1952 [2011]

10 3/8 x 10 3/8 x 1 inches

26.4  x  26.4 x  2.5 cm

Found paper, ball point pen, ink, acrylic & spray paint on wood panel.

Framed in vintage yardsticks.Finished in matte gel medium. 

SOLD

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 Rudimentary triangulations, perfected [2011]

10 3/8 x 10 3/8 x 1 inches

26.4  x  26.4 x  2.5 cm

Found paper, ball point pen, ink, acrylic & spray paint on wood panel.

Framed in vintage yardsticks.Finished in matte gel medium.

SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recoat Gallery Presents:

Rudimentary Perfection

 

Proudly showcasing recent work by:

-SheOne

-Duncan Jago

-Jaybo Monk

-Matt W. Moore

-Augustine Kofie

-Poesia

-Nawer

-Derm 

-Morten Andersen

-Mark Lyken

 

 

Recoat Gallery 

323 North Woodside Road

G20 6ND Glasgow

United Kingdom

 

 

Opening on 1st of July 2011, 7-10pm, Scotland’s Recoat Gallery will host the UK’s first comprehensive Graffuturism Exhibition titled “Rudimentary Perfection“. The exhibition pulls together an impressive group of notable international artists linked by their innovative spirit & shared graffiti heritage. The project has been heralded as one of the finest of its kind to take place anywhere in the world this year.

 

Each of these artists has ventured down unique paths in their post graffiti output & each offers a radical take on expressive, figurative & letter-based abstraction. These works, while differing in approach & execution retain the sense of movement, assured marks & imperfect beauty of graffiti itself.

 

About Recoat:

Recoat is an exhibition space in Glasgow, Scotland. We exhibit illustration, graphic art, photography, street art and graffiti, showcasing Scottish talent alongside artwork from all over the world.

 

Graffuturism Preview 

Gallery info here

Recoat gallery on FB

Fbook Invite

Recoat on Flickr 

 

 

[Mark Lyken is paying attention. Not only can he hold his own style wise he also has a creative space that caters to the culture with a broad stoke. I’m very excited to be apart of this progressive lineup as well as have the opportunity to show my works in the United Kingdom, let alone Scotland. Im planning on making the trip to catch up with some good mates and make some new ones. It’s sad to say that I have never been to the UK in all these years of traveling, but I’m quite looking forward to it.]

 

 

 

 

Group Show: SCREAM Gallery London Presents: WEST END REBELLION

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

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Linear Study in a yellow-green [2011]

36 x 52 x 1 1/2 inches

91.4  x 132.1 x 3.8 cm

Acrylic, enamel spray paint, & screenprint on canvas.

Finished in matte gel medium.  Framed 

 

 

SCREAM Gallery London Presents:

WEST END REBELLION

 

01 JUL UNTIL 30

 

Scream presents West End Rebellion, a group show featuring urban and contemporary artists including;

Faile, Retna, Banksy, Futura, Swoon, KAWS, Giles Walker, Aroe, Antony Micallef, Adam Neate, Os Gemeos, Herakut, 

Augustine Kofie, Chaz Bojorquez and Shepard Fairey.  

 

West End Rebellion will include ‘Monica’ and ‘Skeletons on the Wall’ by Swoon,

Shephard Fairey’s ‘Duality of Humanity 2′, and a Banksy original ‘Laugh Now’.

 

Scream Gallery

34 Bruton StreetLondon WIJ 6QX, UK

+44 (0)20 7493.7388

 

info@screamlondon.com

inquire@screamlondon.com

 

GALLERY HOURS

Monday - Friday 10am - 6pmSaturday 11am - 5pmClosed for bank and public holidays 

Group Show: Assorted Flavor at Known Gallery Los Angeles

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

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Triangle assemblages No. 15 [2010]

Various sizes averaging 16 x 16 x 16 x 3 inches

Various mediums including:

Found & reclaimed wood, wood yardsticks, lattice, acrylic, enamel, 

spray paint, screen print, wood glue, found nails & found metal tacks.

 

 

 

Assorted Flavor Group show

Known Gallery

 

Featuring works by:

Jason Jagel, Greg Lamarche, Patrick Martinez, Saber, Push, Augustine Kofie and Kevin Ancell.

 

Opening Reception:

Saturday June 18th 2011 8pm-11pm at Known Gallery

Exhibition runs through July 9th 2011

 

 

KNOWN GALLERY

441 North Fairfax Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Group Show: Hall Of Fame [part 3] @ David Bloch Gallery, Marrakech

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

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Circulatory System No. 3 [2011] 

42 x 45 x 2 Inches [106.7 x 114.3 cm]

Acrylic & enamel spray paint on canvas.

 

 

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Contribution No. 22, 2011

30 x 50 x 2 Inches [76.2 x  127 x 000 cm]

Acrylic & enamel spray paint on canvas.

David Bloche Gallery Presents:

Hall of Fame (part 3) Summer Group show

June – August 2011

 

8 bis rue des Vieux Marrakchis

40000 Marrakech

Morocco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Bloch Gallery Presents:

Hall of Fame (part 3) Summer Group show

June – August 2011

 

 

8 bis rue des Vieux Marrakchis

40000 Marrakech

Morocco

Phone : +212 5 24 45 75 95

 

 

 

Most featured artists are from street art culture, the variety of content put forward the richness of this artistic movement in its own right with a central and recurring theme: life.

 

The exhibition will present new works of resident artists and you will have the opportinity to

discover the works of five newcomers artists who join the David Bloch Gallery:

- Augustine Kofie (USA)

- Dave Kinsey (USA)

- Zahlmann Heiko (Germany)

- Lek (France)

- Popay (France)

 

The gallery continues to assert its artistic direction through his favorite themes:

- The letter and calligraphy.

- Optical and kinetic art.

- abstraction and imaginary

 

 

 

More info at David Bloch Gallery 

My Artist page on David Bloch Gallery

FB

 

Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas at the PMCA

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

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Dark Side of the Triangulations No. 1 [2010]

5 x 7 x 2 1/2

Acrylic & spray-paint on canvas.

 

 

 

 

Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas 

May 15, 2011 - September 4, 2011

 

 

PASADENA, CA - The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) announces the first museum exhibition that joins the work created by Los Angeles graffiti artists for a fine art context with their graffiti art made in the streets. Internationally renowned as one of the most fertile grounds for graffiti art, the City of Angels has its own idiosyncratic graffiti styles created from the innovative New York “wildstyle” that heralded the birth of graffiti as it is seen today, filtered through local influences such as gang writing styles that greatly predate the modern movement. 

The artists for the exhibition have been consistently making influential public work, but their practice has expanded into work that is viewed in galleries and museums. Street Cred was first conceived in 2008 by PMCA Exhibition Manager Shirlae Cheng-Lifshin, who subsequently brought on Los Angeles graffiti historian Steve Grody as co-curator. Grody, who is the author of Graffiti LA, has been documenting high-quality work in the streets of Los Angeles since 1990. The exhibition will include his photographs from the crucial years of the graffiti scene, providing key insights into the visual “language” of graffiti, its development in Los Angeles, and the ways in which the street work informs the canvas work in the exhibition. 

 

Ironically, the fine art production of these artists are meant for wider audiences than their graffiti works, so the artists incorporate a more universal pictorial language than the specialized typography evident in graffiti in situ, usually readable only to other graffiti artists. Yet the artistic skill and dialogue with modernism displayed by many of these artists demonstrates that their place in the continuum of art history is well deserved. Works in the exhibition will also be grouped according to style, further underscoring both the breadth and depth of this contemporary art movement. Taken as a whole, Street Cred will show how a genre born on concrete translates into canvas, and how the two worlds interact. 

 

Artists featured in the exhibition include Michael Alvarez, ANGST, AXIS, Chaz Bojórquez, CODAK, CRAOLA, DASH 2000, Ekundayo, EYEONE, HASTE, Paul SKEPT Kanemitsu, Alex Kizu, KOFIE ONE, MAN ONE, MEAR ONE, Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez, Jose Lopez, Erick Montenegro, Nicnak, PUSH, RISK, Jeff Soto, Evan Skrederstu, RETNA, REVOK, SABER, SHANDU, Jesse Simon, SINER, and ZES.

 

Made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.

 

 

Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

490 E. Union Street

Pasadena CA 91101

 

OPENING RECEPTION

Saturday, May 14, 2011

7:00 – 10:00 pm

$5 admission

Free for PMCA Members

 

About the PMCA: 

The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is dedicated to the exhibition of California art, architecture, and design from 1850 to the present. Informed by the state’s rich mixture of cultures and inspired by its impressive geography, California art has long been defined by a spirit of freedom and experimentation. PMCA exhibitions and educational programs explore the cultural dynamics and influences unique to California that have shaped and defined art in all media.

 

Hours: 

Wednesday – Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00 pm. The Museum is closed July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Admission:

$7 for Adults, $5 for Seniors (65+) and Students with valid ID; free to PMCA Members and children under 12. Access for people with disabilities is provided.

 

Location/Parking: 

The Museum is located at 490 East Union Street. From the 210 Freeway, take the Lake Avenue exit. Go south and take a right on Union Street. From the 110 Freeway/Downtown Los Angeles, follow the freeway until its end, then take Arroyo Parkway and turn right at Colorado, then left at Oakland to get to Union Street. Parking is available at the Museum.

 

PMCA Information: 

For information, the please call 626-568-3665

 

PMCA Post

Artcihval Post

Arrestedmotion

Vandalog post

‘Inspired’: El Mac & Kofie Mural No. 4 in Mid-City

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

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‘Inspired’

El Mac & Kofie

Painted early May 2011

Latex enamel, enamel spray-paint & bitumen.

 

 

Permanent mural for  33third Store/ Mid-City Arts

Mid-City, Los Angeles.

 

 

This is my 4th collaborative mural with El Mac and notably our second in the city of Los Angeles. Painted in conjunction with the Pasadena Museum of California Art’s ‘Street Cred’ Exhibition opening on May 15th. A number of other artists from this seminal exhibition will also be blessing the back of the shop in the coming days.

 

 

El Mac’s Post

KD Flickr Post

Koshin Documentation for Arrested Motion

Todd Mazers Documentation on Brooklyn Street Art 

 

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

 

 

 

 


4 Man Show: Unintended Calculations/ Vancouver BC

Monday, February 14th, 2011

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Calculations are Structurally Sound No. 2

20 x  64 x 2 1/2 inches

Acrylic & spray paint on canvas. Finished in gel medium.

 

 

 

Unintended Calculations

Augustine Kofie | Jerry Inscoe | Remi/Rough | Scott Sueme

 

Becker Galleries

Pier 32, Granville Island

Suite 210-1333 Johnson St

Vancouver, B.C.

 

Moda Hotel/Red Card

900 Seymor St

Vancouver B.C.

 

 

March 4-26, 2011

 

Curated by Indigo, Unintended Calculations brings together a group of internationally renowned artists – Augustine Kofie (LA), Jerry Inscoe (PDX), Remi/Rough (LDN) and Scott Sueme (VAN) - in an exhibition exploring four very different approaches to abstraction. Working in a variety of mediums, these artists have evolved the letterform building blocks of their shared graffiti background, deconstructing and rebuilding them as compositions of colour, line, shape and movement.

 

The project begins with two collaborative mural installations at Moda Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. A VIP invite-only reception will take place at Becker Galleries on March 4th. The exhibit opens to the public on March 5th followed by an afterparty at Moda Hotel’s Red Card Sports Bar.

 

Augustine Kofie’s signature style “Vintage Futurism” layers tightly controlled linework and complex structures against a palette of heavy distressed earth tones. His architecturally inspired paintings, collages and assemblages incorporate found imagery and objects into a crafted world of process, organization and draftsmanship.

 

Heavily influenced by Deconstructivist architecture, Jerry Inscoe dissects and reassembles three-dimensional space within an elegant framework of smooth lines, soaring arcs and sharp angles. Tone-on-tone colors and neutrals exist in crisp definition, often set against a background of smooth wood grain.

 

Best described as “antiform”, Remi/Rough’s work is the product of a skilled balance of freedom and restraint, with references to Kandinsky, Kline and the Bauhaus and Dadaist movements. The negative space in his paintings speaks volumes, juxtaposed against gestural brushstrokes, skewed lines, strong shapes and angular configurations.

 

Scott Sueme’s mixed-media paintings are an exploration of spontaneity and intuition; a departure from his critically structured and designed graffiti pieces. Favouring improvisation over strategy, he layers dense lines and bold colors against subtle tones and textures to create a strong, energetic sense of movement.

 

In recent years abstraction has been rapidly gaining momentum within the graffiti community, with many artists around the world pushing the composition and construction of letters to more conceptual levels. Collectively and individually, these

four artists showcase the wide range of techniques and aesthetics that exist within this genre, and are as intriguing in their similarities as they are in their differences.

 

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Moda

 

 

Group Show: Linear Empires @ White Walls SF

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

 

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  The circulations of her linear curiosity [2011]

36 1/2 x 36 1/2 x 1 5/8

Found paper, ball point pen, acrylic, white-out, xerographic gel transfer & acrylic ink on wood panel. 

Finished in matte gel medium. 

Framed in mahogany lattice.

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She’s open minded [2011]

18 x 30 x 1 5/5 inches

Found paper, product packaging and chipboard, 

ball point pen, xerographic gel transfer  & acrylic ink on wood panel. 

Finished in matte gel medium. 

Framed in mahogany lattice.

 

 

 

 

Linear Empires

A group exhibition addressing the convergence of fine art and design

 

White Walls Gallery

835 LARKIN ST.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. 94109

Phone: 415.931.1500

 

Opening reception:

Saturday, Feb 12, 2011- March 5, 2011 

 

 

 

White Walls is pleased to announce Linear Empires, a group exhibition addressing the convergence of fine art and design. Linear Empires will showcase artists working across various mediums, yet united in their pursuit of organizing “visual concepts” such as delineation, color blocking, texture, contrast, geometry and line. Featured artists include Augustine Kofie, Geoff Campen, Diana Campen, Mary Iverson, Richard Pearse, Monelyess, Brendan Monroe and Gregory Ito. The opening reception for Linear Empires will be held at White Walls on Saturday, February 12 from 7-11pm. 

 

[I will have 4 works on display at this amazing group effort highlighting fine art and design. Im pretty excited to be showing with EVERY artist on this lineup. Each of them hold a unique approach to their craft as well as an appreciation of the creative process.]

 

GALLERY HOURS

Tuesday - Saturday12pm - 7pm

 

Exclusive Q&A with all of the contributing artists HERE 

Mary Iverson for Linear Empires covered in Juxtapoz 

 

 

 

Group Show: Aerosoul2 Art Exhibition/ Oakland, Ca

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

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[Detail]

Two brothers observe, one investigates triangulations.

18 1/2 x 42 x 2 5/8 inches

Acrylic, Found paper, ball point pen, white-out & 

xerographic gel transfer on wood panel. 

Finished in a matte varnish. 

 

 

The Bay Area Aerosol Heritage Society is proud to present:

 

AeroSoul 2: Urban Hieroglyphics

(An International African Diaspora Spray Can Art showcase)

 

 

February 4 - 27, 2011

 

Joyce Gordon Gallery 

 

406 14th Street

Oakland, CA 94612

510.465.8928

 

A historic event honoring the contributions of

Black/African Spray Can Muralists and supporting

community mural projects aimed at curbing the crisis

of violence plaguing youth of color.

 

In honor of African History Month The Bay Area Aerosol Heritage Society is proud to present the second AeroSoul event “AeroSoul 2011” which will kick off on February 4th at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Downtown Oakland, CA, and be followed by a month-long series of events including an artist panel, slide show lectures, youth art workshops, live painting, and educational seminars.

 

With over 40 well-known Muralists from around the globe, this artistic consciousness-uplifting endeavor is advancing to bring forward a movement dedicated to fostering peace, mutual love and healing. A movement that will enlighten the minds and spirits of the community at large, sending shock waves of change to a society in desperate need of social face-lift.

 

AeroSoul 2 will showcase some of the most cutting-edge, dynamic Black Urban Calligraphers in the world, featuring artists from Writing’s east coast origins to the new lettering stylists of the day. Participating and invited artists include: Case 2, Pose 2, Mode2, Mad Hatter, Refa 1, CRE8, Toons, and Many More. Participating artists will demonstrate the creative benefits of the art form, and promote the essence of Writing culture, including how it is a means to address many of the social ills facing the black/brown community today, as well as a tool for collective empowerment and cultural liberation. This historical event strives to give recognition to the visionary creators of this urban craft. The fact that these contributions are rarely shown in their proper historical context if acknowledged at all has also been a driving force to bring these gems to light.

 

Oakland Youth, as well as youth across the nation, are facing critical times and taking responsibility as a community is vital if positive energy and peace are to become the new driving force in our city streets.

 

The Bay Area Aerosol Heritage Society actively promotes non-violence and youth empowerment through Art and Hip Hop culture. BAAHS, founded in 1999, is an organization created to foster community enlightenment in the city of Oakland. Their mission is to promote positive youth development and knowledge of culture and the arts with an emphasis on Bay Area Spray-Can History.

TO SCHEDULE PRESS INTERVIEWS PLEASE CONTACT:

EVENT CURATOR / Refa 1 510-326-6802/ Info@AeroSoulArt.com

 

 

Digital Flyer with full list of Artists

Pormo video for the event

 

Group Exhibition: Edifice Cache @ Morono Kiang Gallery, Downtown LA

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

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Girl, what’s on your mind

35 x 38 1/2  x 3 3/4 inches

Acrylic, ball point pen, white-out & xerographic gel transfer on wood panel. 

Finished in a matte varnish.

 

 

 Edifice Cache

 

 Exhibition: January 18 - February 19, 2011

 

 

Morono Kiang Gallery presents Edifice Cache

Curated by Shervin Shahbazi and featuring an evolving installation by Mike Russek, Augustine Kofie, John Carr, Favianna Rodriguez and Yuri Shimojo.

 

The exhibition will run from January 18 to February 19, 2011. The first of four receptions for the artists will be held on Saturday January 22, from 6-9 pm.

 

The concept of Edifice Cache is based on the idea of Exquisite Corpse whereby a work of art is created through the collaboration of a group of artists who sequencially add their work to components of, in this case, a single installation. Mike Russek, an L.A. based artist and designer will provide the foundation of the exhibit in the form of an evolving installation. Over the course of four weeks, Augustine Kofie, John Carr, Favianna Rodriguez and Yuri Shimojo will each proceed to create their own works, which will be inlayed into Russek’s original creation.

 

As the artists work on creating the installation “the Edifice”, their processes will be recorded on timelapse video and will be on display as the memory component, “the Cache”, of the exhibit. Sketches and pieces of the process from all involved will also be on display.

 

Starting on January 18, 2011 the public is invited to come and witness artists at work during gallery’s regular business hours. At the end of each week on the corresponding Saturday there will be a reception for the finishing team and the following component will be in place for the next team.

 

 

Edifice Cache will be created from January 18 - February 19, 2011

 

Opening reception for each artist team will be held on:

Saturday Jan 22, 2011 6-9 pm - Augustine Kofie

Saturday Jan 29, 2011 6-9 pm - John Carr

Saturday Feb 5, 2011   6-9 pm - Favianna Rodriguez

Saturday Feb 12, 2011 6-9 pm - Yuri Shimojo

 

 

 

About Morono Kiang Gallery

Morono Kiang Gallery is Downtown Los Angeles’s premier collector’s gallery promoting cutting edge contemporary art from around the globe. Exhibiting work by both recognized and emerging artists, the gallery occupies over 3,000 square feet of exhibition space and is located on the ground floor of the historic Bradbury Building.

 

 

Morono Kiang Gallery

Bradbury Building, 218 West 3rd Street

Los Angeles, California 90013

213.628.8208

moronokiang.com

 

Dreams Deferred: Artists Respond to Immigration

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

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Objection to the rule

32 x 40 inches  [2010]

Acrylic washes & fluorescent spray paint on acid-free and lignin-free Crescent mounting board.

Finished in 2 layers of acrylic matte varnish.

 

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Subdue your enthusiasm 

32 x 40 inches  [2010]

Acrylic washes & fluorescent spray paint on acid-free and lignin-free Crescent mounting board.

Finished in 2 layers of acrylic matte varnish.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dreams Deferred: Artists Respond to Immigration

Dec. 10, 2010 – May 22, 2011

 

425 North Los Angeles Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012-2939

(213) 485-8567

 

The Chinese American Museum (CAM) and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is proud to present Dreams Deferred: Artists Respond to Immigration Reform opening on December 10, 2010. This exhibition will showcase local artists exploring the tensions, repercussions, hopes, and dreams of immigrant communities in the face of new immigration legislation, through a broad spectrum of art including street art, graffiti art, sculptures, painting and multimedia installations.U.S. immigration laws have long reflected a lasting legacy of racial exclusion starting with the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, the first legislation to restrict immigration based on race and ethnicity. This legacy of immigration legislation targeting immigrant communities has since reemerged in the recent decades with California’s Proposition 187,and Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, as attempts at inhibiting the livelihoods of undocumented immigrants.Dreams Deferred continues the current national dialogue about immigration, kicked-off by the recent opening of CAM’s Remembering Angel Island, an exhibition commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the opening of the West Coast’s first immigration station. Both exhibitions will serve to shed light on the parallels of past and current immigration policies and reform, and how Los Angeles’ diverse immigrant communities collectively share not only their immigrant histories, but also many of the challenges facing new immigrant communities today.

Artists participating in this exhibit include:

 

Augustine Kofie, Cache, Eriberto Oriol, Ernesto Yerena Montejano, Eyeone, K. Lovich, Jesus Barraza of Dignidad Rebelde, Joel “rage.one” Garcia, John Carlos De Luna, LeHumanBeing, Oscar Magallanes, Patrick Martinez, Sand One, Shark Toof, Shepard Fairey, O.G. Slick, Swank, Tempt.

 

 

Sponsors:Chinese American Citizens Alliance | Grand LodgeCommunity Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los AngelesFriends of the Chinese American Museum

Co-Sponsors:Asian Pacific American Legal CenterMid-City ArtsSelf Help GraphicsThe UCLA Labor Center

 

 

HACER Presents: DUALITY Exhibition in Downtown LA

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

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HACER Presents:

DUALITY  

 

CB GALLERY

408 S. SPRING ST

LA, CA 90012

 

Public Opening during Artwalk:

THURSDAY, NOV. 11, 2010 

6-9 PM

 

For more information on the porject & gallery hours contact:

Ashley Lund/ GH STUDIO 310-405-5285 

 

Exhibition Flyer

G-H Studio Statement 

Artist statement HERE 

Daily Dujour Press & Photos

Mention of DUALITY on StyleSectionLA

Known Gallery POST 

 

 

Reaching back to his roots, Hacer has invited both established and emerging graffiti artist contemporaries Retna, Kofie, Saber, Tanner, Sharktoof, Eyeone to engage in a dialogue about the duality inherent in “public” art by making their mark on the inner panels of red-orange [Hacer’s signature color] 1/8 scale, origami-inspired, abstract forms; the full scale versions of which will be publicly installed as a multi-dimensional, Richard Serra-scale wall.

 

Once installed, the outwardly facing red-orange panels [signifying traditional notions of public art] will stand on the flipside of their inner graffiti-covered equivalents [signifying an equal but yet-to-be embraced form of public art]; creating a legitimate place for the duality of sculpture and graffiti to co-exist .

 

 

 ”(It is necessary for artists) to create work on the most visible sides of high modern buildings, in the most artistically strategic places in working-class districts, in Union halls, in public squares, in sports stadia, in open air theaters.”  [1](Siqueiros’ 1933 A Call to the Artists of Argentina)

 

In the very same manner that Siqueiros madea call to artists in Argentina in 1933 to create a mural, Gerardo Hacer reachesback to his graffiti roots and calls established and emerging graffiti artiststo join him in the creation of, “Duality”.  

 

Duality is Hacer’s response to inquiriesinto his “ability to protect the sculpture from graffiti” from local and stategovernment organizations while trying to secure right of entry for installationof his public works.

 

A former graffiti artist who credits theartform for his development, he responded by inviting graffiti artist s to maketheir mark on the inner panels of one-eighth-scale, red-orange,origami-inspired, abstract forms; the full scale versions of which will bepublicly installed as a multi-dimensional, Richard Serra-scale wall.

 

Once installed, the outwardly facingred-orange panels [signifying traditional notions of public art] will stand onthe flipside of their inner graffiti-covered equivalents [signifying an equalbut yet-to-be embraced form of public art]; creating a legitimate place for theduality of sculpture and graffiti to co-exist .

 

Hacer’s choice to embrace graffiti and combine this ancient form of expression with his sculptures, an equally ancientmode, is reminiscent of the Venus of Willendorf’s (sculpture, circa22,000 B.C.E.) co-existence with the Upper Paleolithic cave paintings (theoldest form of graffiti[2]) in the Lascaux and Altamira caves. 

 

Isabel Rojas-Williams

Art Historian-Curator

November 2010

 

[1] Rochfort Desmond. Mexican Muralists. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1998, 148.

 

[2] Graffiti (Italian plural of graffito/graffio, scratch or scribble), derived from “graph” is based onthe Greek graphein, or “to write,”[2]hence Graffiti’s scratching on walls is not much different from ancientwritings on the walls of sepulchers in the catacombs of Rome or at Pompeii.Graffiti. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graffiti 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OP STRAAT with Mear & Retna @ Kerseboom Gallery, Amsterdam

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

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Amsterdam - Willem Kerseboom Gallery, in collaboration with the L.A. ART MACHINE, is proud to announce the opening of OP STRAAT, an exhibition of original artwork by legendary Los Angeles street & mixed media artists, Mear One, Retna, and Kofie.

 

This landmark exhibition marks the first time that these celebrated contemporary artists have exhibited together in Holland, bringing the unique and diverse visual language of California street art to Northern Europe.All self-taught, these three artists elevate the subversive arts from the streets to established fine art venues, further challenging gallery and museum paradigms and establishing a new artistic vocabulary that is fresh, compelling, and unpredictable.

 

Op Straat, opens at Willem Kerseboom Gallery on October 16, 2010 and runs through November 13, 2010. Please join us for this exciting moment in contemporary art history.Includes a special viewing of the monumental murals created during the Vox Humana live art installation at VOLTA 6 in Basel 2010, as featured on the Huffington Post, Juxtapoz, and Arrested Motion.

 

Opening:

October 16, 2010 4-6 PM.

 

Willem Kerseboom Gallery 

 

Leidsegracht 38-40 1016 CM

Amsterdam, NetherlandsT +31 (0)6 53512379

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

 

Solo Show | White Walls SF | Retrofitted & Other Forms of Vintage Futurism

Saturday, October 9th, 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!

 

White Walls is pleased to present Retrofitted and Other Forms of Vintage Futurism, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist, Augustine Kofie.

 

The artist examines the dynamics that emerge when new elements or techniques are built upon existing material. The exhibition will include a series of wood triangle collages, medium-sized assemblages on wood, acrylic paintings and an installation. The opening reception for Retrofitted and Other Forms of Vintage Futurism, will be held at White Walls on Saturday, October 09, 2010 from 7-11 pm. The exhibit will be on display through November 06, 2010 and is free and open to the public.

 

With a deep interest in process and structure, Augustine Kofie creates works of intense detail centered around the order of balance. The precision of Kofie’s “drafted” art is strongly inspired by modern architecture as well as the form and shape of typography.  In his quest for balance, Kofie harmonizes opposing and contradictory dynamics in his work by setting futuristic compositions against vintage earth-toned palettes, and creating organically complex formations through meticulously structured line-work and layering.  Active in the Los Angeles graffiti scene since the mid-nineties, the artist’s work reflects his ever growing influence of street culture, the craft of deconstructing lettering, contemporary music as well as 1960’s-70’s iconography.

 

Retrofitted and Other Forms of Vintage Futurism, Kofie’s debut solo exhibition with White Walls, continues his exploration of the process of organization, deconstruction and form while adhering to a controlled and tuned uniformity.  In this collection the artist poses a broader range of color set against his signature earth-toned palette.  The works conveys a ”push and pull” movement through the composition of the shapes and through the enhancement of classic or found material treated with newer counterparts.  The works for the exhibition are comprised of acrylic and spray paint on canvas, found paper and mixed media on wood, and found-wood sculptures and installations.

 

Kofie is a self-taught artist living and working in Los Angeles.  He has shown extensively  worldwide with highlighted shows in California, New York, Basel Miami, Japan, The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. The artist has been featured in Juxtapoz, The Huffington Post, LA Weekly, Project Room and Studio Voice.

 

Press/ Observations:

 

My FLICKR Set dedicated to the show

GRAFFUTURISM 

THE FLOP BOX 

Arrested Motion Studio Visit/ Preview 

Nice write up in SF Weekly

Official White Walls BLOG post

The Citrus Report’s post

SLAMXHYPE

Exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ for Hi-Fructose 

The Huffing Post

Scott La Rock/FLICKR

Warholian/FLICKR

Arrested Motion 

SF Weekly 

White Walls BLOG

The Citrus Report

SLAMXHYPE

Hi-Fructose

KnownGallery 

  

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: Live art @ VOLTA 6: Basel, Switzerland

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

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VOLTA 6 Art Fair: Basel, Switzerland


Live Art by El Mac, Retna, Mear & Kofie

 Presented by The LA Art Machine 

 

June 16-20, 2010

 

Volta 6

Dreispitzhalle

Dreispitz Areal

Tor / Gate 13

Helsinki Strasse 5

CH-4142 Münchenstein / Basel

 

 

L.A. ART MACHINE and Rivera & Rivera Gallery are proud to present, VOX HUMNANA at Volta6, Basel. Curated by Bryson Strauss, VOX HUMANA is a live art performance by legendary Los Angeles street artists Mear One, Kofie, Retna, and El Mac that will take place at VOLTA6 in Basel, Switzerland, June 16-20, 2010.Street artists work on the fly and in the open to create works of art that change the way we see, feel, and interact with our urban environments. The VOX HUMANA happening will provide an opportunity for VOLTA patrons to witness how street artists work and watch the live unfolding of “pieces” within the context of an international fine art fair.

 

For the five-day run of the fair, these four artists will create large-scale (up to 3.5 meters x 7 meters) pieces in their signature styles using acrylic and aerosol paints. VOLTA attendees are invited to witness the completion of these monumental works on Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 2 PM, and participate in a closing celebration.


VOLTA 6

VOX HUMANA @ VOLTA 6 Post

 

Triangulation of a bright, westerly transition, 2010

Friday, May 28th, 2010

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Triangulation of a bright, westerly transition

2010

5 feet x 5 feet  x 2 1/2 inches 2010

Acrylic & spray paint on primered stretched canvas. Finished in gel medium.

Produced in April of 2010.

 

On display this summer in Amsterdam & Switzerland:

In conjunction with Williem Kerseboom Gallery & The LA Art Machine

 

Art Amsterdam   May 26-30, 2010

RAI Exhibition Center, Amsterdam

&

Scope Art Fair June 15-19 2010

Kaserne BaselKlybeckstr. 1bCH - 4057 Basel, Switzerland

 

Group Show: CONTEMPORARY CORRUPTION REVISITED

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

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Pro Testing My Patience 2010

8.5 x 11 inches

Sharpie & Pilot Ink illustration on aged vellum.

Photo taken from the interweb.

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

CONTEMPORARY CORRUPTION REVISITED

An Art Exhibit & Installation

 

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

Curated By: MEAR ONE

 

CELEBRATING MEAR’S OFFICIAL DVD

RE-RELEASE OF “LIVE ART EXPERIENCE”

 

Sponsored By 33third Los Angeles

 

Saturday May 15, 2010

7:30p-10p

 

Mid-City Arts Gallery

5113 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, Calif. 90019

(310) 694-3460

Open 7 Days A Week

 

 

 

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….

 

 

‘JUSTICE’ Mural with El Mac & Retna for Manifest Equality

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

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Acrylic and enamel spray paint on primed brick, exterior

El Mac, Retna and myself were commissioned by Yosi Sergant to create a mural for the Manifest Equality event held in Hollywood, Calif from March 3-7 of 2010.

 

From February 26 to March 2 we painted day and night using imported spray paint and 3 scissor lifts to create the 20 x 100 foot semi-grayscale mural located in the parking lot of the former Pic-n-Save/Big Lots.

 

Retna’s type reads ‘JUSTICE’ from left to right. El Mac Painted the portrait of the woman, the sword as well as the scales, all created from his own photo reference. I painted the large circular frame caping each end as well as the halo’s behind each hand.

 

It was a pleasure working with both artists again and even more so together in a trifecta of sorts for Los Angeles.

 

Many thanks to Tom, the Sergants, Apple Via, FAIR & Mid-City Arts for the support.

 

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LARGE landscape photo here

 

El Mac’s Post + 

The Streets Are Calling’s Documentation  

 

Civilian photos via Flickr:

Fisheye  + Detail 1 + Detail 2 + Sword Detail + Hand Detail +

Mid City Arts Presents: Urban Heiroglyphics 3

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

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Style master King Cre 8 RTN & Mark7 of Soul King Legends Curated a show @ Mid-City Arts Entitled URBAN Hieroglyphics 3 the weekend of February 20-21, 2010. The art exhibition/Live painting & Discussion covered Street based artwork from artists of color on the west coast dating back to the early 80’s.

 

I was blessed to be apart of the show and included my Phase2 portrait as well as 4 characters on the back wall production. I wasn’t able to attend the opening on Saturday, but did make it out on sunday to watch Cre8’s slideshow. I always hold Cre 8 in high regards as a true pioneer in the Graffiti Arts and an OG style master. He is part of a very limited number of street artists that came out of South Central Los Angeles with the original street art education. A true B-boy he is and continues to live and teach the arts like a true Jedi. Also was blessed to meet up with Rafa, a bay area legend.

 

 

My Anibus Character on the 33third backwall via Flickr

My Cat & Bird Characters via Flickr

Unfinished Kwite, myself & Cre8 via Flickr

Asia One BLOG

 

 

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

 

Group Show: STREET LEGAL: Mear, Kofie, Retna & El Mac

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

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LA Times Article | Juxtapoz Article | Press Release | Show Catalog

 

LA Art Machine Presents:

STREET LEGAL

Works by Mear One, Kofie, Retna & El Mac

 

January 22 – February 27, 2010

Artists Reception: January 22, 2010 7 PM

 

Rivera&Rivera Gallery

1100 S. Hope Street

Los Angeles, California

 

RIVERA & RIVERA Gallery is proud to announce the opening of Street Legal, an exhibition of original artwork by legendary Los Angeles street artists, Mear One, Kofie, El Mac, and Retna.

 

Opening in conjunction with Vox Humana, a live art performance by these same artists at the Los Angeles Convention Center during the L.A. Art Show 2010, this exhibition will showcase more than 25 works of art, including the unveiling of Mear One’s monumental sculpture entitled “Pillar of Consciousness.”

 

While wildly diverse in styles, media, and scale, this unique group of artists have transcended street writing and evolved their work into one of the most challenging and sophisticated contemporary art forms.

 

 

VOX HUMANA: Final Piece

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

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The Circulations of a Formal Convention [2010]

Acrylic on Lucius Hudson canvas.

Finished in Matte Gel Medium.

138 x 138 x 2.5 inches

 

[Painted live at the Vox Humana Exhibition during LA Art Show 2010 at The Los Angeles Convention Center. Curated by Bryson Strauss of The LA Art Machine.]

 

Juxtapoz 

La Times   

Known Gallery 

ArtFixdaily

 

 

 

 

VOX HUMANA: Live art @ The LA Art Show with Mear, Retna & El Mac

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

kd-voxhumanaflyer.jpgOrganized by the L.A. ART MACHINE and curated by Bryson Strauss, VOX HUMANA is a live art performance by legendary Los Angeles street artists Mear One, Kofie, Retna, and El Mac that will take place during the L.A. Art Show, January 20 - 24, 2010.

 

L.A. Art Show 2010

Los Angeles Convention Center

1201 South Figueora St.

January 20-24, 2010

Noon-6 pm Daily

 

 

Using acrylic and aerosol paints, Retna and El Mac will collaborate on a canvas that is 12 x 24 feet, while Kofie and Mear One will work independently on 12 x 12 foot canvases. Los Angeles Art Show attendees are invited to witness the completion of the works on Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 2 PM, and participate in a closing celebration.

 

While much attention has recently been given to street artists in the fine art world with the rise in celebrity of Shepard Fairey, Banksy, and Gajin Fujita, VOX HUMANA marks the first time that a top-tier art fair has recognized, and celebrated the evolution, power, and artistic integrity of street artists in a such a bold and public manner. The L.A. Art Show is making history.

 

What originated in the U.S. as the ‘tag’ has evolved into one of the most sophisticated and challenging forms of contemporary art. This event recognizes the talents of these four artists while celebrating the historic journey and enduring nature of graffiti art, from the caves of Lascaux to the spas of Pompeii and from the streets of Los Angeles to the walls of galleries around the world.

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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.

Group Show: Climb In The Back Window @ Shadows Space Gallery, Philly

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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May 6 - June 10, 2009_Group Show: Philly

Climb In The Back Window Curated by iO Wright

Shadows Spaces Gallery

1248 North Front St.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

**Made my second trip to Philadelphia to attend this amazing group exhibition. To have been invited to show work amongst such a talented line up is very humbling. I will have 2 large works, 4 smaller works as well as an on sight light mural to compliment. 

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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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2 man show: ‘Thanks’ Frowhawk 2-Feathers & A. Kofie

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

thanks07.jpg2007. Unitard Gallery presents ‘THANKS’. A selection of new individual works & some collaborative efforts by my man Frohawk Two-Feathers & myself.The theme was tossed around all year leading up to the show, ranging from Colonialism in the early Americas, to going back in time & capsizing the Mayflower. In this 2-Man effort we went with a theme dear to our hearts and our own bloodline. Merging history with reality. Embellishing wood panels with soul & heart. Giving thanks and acknowledgment those before us. This was a holiday season show, so I felt it was necessary to have straw strewn throughout the gallery. B&W photo courtesy of Malakinetics.

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.

 

Solo Exhibition: Electric Avenue @ BENT, Pasadena

Friday, July 28th, 2006

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BENT Gallery presents:

 

Electric Avenue: Recent mix media works by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Draftsmen, Kofie’One

 

Summer 2006

Pasadena, California

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. 

San Francisco/ Fifty24SF Show

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

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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.

Group Show: HOTSY DUNK

Saturday, March 30th, 2002

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House paint & spray paint on drywall. [2002]

 

Hotsy Dunk Group Show @ The Produce Department Gallery.

Eugene The Jeep pictured to the left was part of the mural, but painted on a found sign. Los Angeles cats were just settling into the use of house paint as a primary element for spray paint murals at this time and this was one of my early demonstrations of this medium. 

The gallery produced a nice limited printing of a handmade book to commemorate the group show. From what I remember, MOCA purchased a small number of them to sell at one of their LA stores.