Solo Show: TAKING SHAPE @ Openspace, Paris

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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Augustine Kofie  | Taking Shape |  Solo show

Hors les murs - November 27-30, 2014 | Openspace-Paris

 

Listen to the Soundtrack here 

 

 

Mural intervention: FORUMATION with NAWER, Krakow Poland

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

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

 

 

 

FORUMATION

Collaborative mural intervention by NAWER & A. Kofie

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

Location: Marii Konopnickiej 28, Kraków, Poland

Final photos: Bartek Senkowski

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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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Mural Intervention: Bridge Fest, 2014 | Milano, Italy

Friday, April 25th, 2014

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Bridge Fest | Navigle Pavese, Milano | March 2014

 

Many thanks to AIR ONE for the Invitation

Photo: Marina Alessi

 

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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.

 

 

 

Mural intervention: MANA CIRCULATES for Pow! WOW! Hawaii, Kaka’Ako, Honolulu

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

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Mana Circulates

Gestural aditions by DEFER

Spray paint and latex on primed cinderblock

Kaka’Ako district of Honolulu, Hawaii

For POW! WOW! 2014 

View FULL SIZE here

 

Was an honor to been selected to participate in the 2014 lineup for POW! WOW! HAWAII.

 

“Augustine Kofie began his career as a graffiti writer over two decades ago, but his desire to master the art of the spray can lead him to develop the abstract style and vintage-inspired color palette for which he is known. Kofie is currently working on a mural for the ongoing street art festival Pow Wow Hawaii in Honolulu. Hi-Fructose got a chance to go up on the lift with him to chat while he painted. Kofie showed us his initial sketch (something he rarely reveals), which he renders in a combination of traditional and digital media.

“About 10 or 12 years ago, I knew I was going to go in this direction. I kind of let the style take it there, I didn’t force it. But I was paying attention to what I was doing and what I needed to do to let it grow and mature,” said Kofie when asked about the evolution of his style. “I’m a pensive guy as it is, so of course I’m over-thinking everything. So add that to working with the structural aesthetic [of graffiti], and it sort of goes hand in hand… This is what I draw naturally, this is what I gravitate towards.”

He explained that when he arrives on site to paint, he rarely looks back at his first sketch, allowing for room for happy accidents that ultimately become part of his geometric composition. Among the architectural lines are spontaneous elements, like dripping paint, that give Kofie’s work a sense of motion.”

-Nastia Voynovskaya for Hi-Fructose

 

 

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High Snobiety Coverage of the festival

 

 

 

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 

Mural Intervention: All City Canvas for Herman Miller Foundation and Impact HUB, Mexico City D.F.

Friday, December 20th, 2013

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Augustine Kofie in Roma Colony, Mexico City for All City Canvas, Herman Miller Foundation and Impact HUB D.F.

In the middle of Colonia Roma (Roma neighborhood) in the Cuauhtémoc borough of Mexico City, where the modern converge with the old and where the historic intertwines with the contemporary creating an eclectic and lively atmosphere I will be creating a sight specific mural intervention from December 13th to the 21st. Near Alvaro Obregon Avenue, on Tonala Street, this urban aesthetic intervention will begiving the passersby a new perspective on their surroundings. 

 

+Progress photos via All City Canvas- Day 1

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Mural Intervention: CIRCULATIONS in the Tenderloin, San Francisco

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

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Circulations in the Tenderloin (Working Title),

20′ x 35′,  September 2013

Acrylic polymer and enamel spray paint on primed brick and cinderblock, original signage.

Corner of Larkin and Post in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, CA.

Progress photos: Derek Chamberlain

 

The Patek-Ecklon type and the crown logo are the original buildings signage painted in the mid 40’s. I wanted to make sure I respected the original signage, even though the business is defunct, it’s still a landmark ghost sign for the area.

 

Many thanks to Poesia, Graffuturism, Derek Chamberlain, Brock & Justin at White Walls Gallery and Michael Covington for their helping hands in this piece.

 

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“We’re always happy to have new street art in the neighborhood and foresee that this piece will be counted as a SF favorite for residents near and far. The compositional building blocks of Structurally Sound (on view until October 5) are expanded to cover the full side of a building wall. Soft hues work to blend the darker forms into the faded Patek-Ecklon sign, making the overall effect one of cohesive beauty. Take advantage of San Francisco’s Indian Summer and come see this mural while the weather is sunny and bright.”

  -White Walls BLOG

 

 

 

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Great coverage of my Tenderloin district mural in SF by BrooklynStreetArt. Photos by Brock Brake. 

TRBDSGN & Kofie | Paris 2013

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

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Augustine Kofie & TRBDSGN 

Character to Left: Mr Hobz | Center: A.Kofie | Circle to right: Honda

May 2013

Rue Henri Noguères 19è

Paris, France

Photo © Lionel Belluteau 

 

View the full panoramic here

Detail of my piece by Lionel Belluteau HERE 

Sowat & Kofie | The Mausolée | Paris, France

Monday, May 27th, 2013

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‘Under The Influence’

Sowat & Kofie

Spring 2013

The Mausolée

Photos: Nibor Reiluos

 

FULL Shot here

 

My visit to Paris for my California Soul Exhibition included a few special side projects with some select Parisian artists, among whom Sowat of Da Mental Vapors, a long time supporter of one of my prime LA crews UTI (Under The Influence). For the occasion I was given the guided tour and allowed to paint in the now infamous Mausolée, a supermarket left abandoned in a Parisian suburb. Here is a link of photographs taken by Nibor Reiluos documenting the entire intervention of us in an atypical environment.

 

More on Nibor Reiluos here

A beautiful time-lapse of the Mausolee project here

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

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

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All photo © Fatina Faye 

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

 

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

 

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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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Expostion du 25 mai au 5 juin 2013

 

 

Mural Intervention: ‘The Color’ in Tokyo, Japan

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

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Toranomon Prefecture

Tokyo City/ MORI BUILDINGS property developers

 

The Color mural

3 x 6 meters / 9 x 19 feet

Acrylic and spray paint on prepared alpolic aluminum & poly carbonate panels.

 

 

Commissioned by Satoshi Maruhashi of Colors Int. & Yoshi Yamaguchi of World Bicycle Customs to paint a mural for ‘The Color’, a showroom & creative space in the Toranomon prefecture that went public in early 2013. Both Yoshi and Satoshi are good friends of mine who both helped me with my t-shirt project Draftsmen over the past decade. Painted within a week just 7 days before Christmas.

The Color| Tokyo, Japan | Photos by Yoshi Josef Toomuch

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

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Tokyo, Japan 2012

Toranomon Prefecture

Progress shot of a commissioned mural by Satoshi of Colors Int. & Yoshi of Wbc Jp for ‘The Color’ showroom & creative space opening 2013.  

Photo: Yoshi Josef Toomuch 

Side Street Studios Mural | Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

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Side Street mural Fall 2012

Spray paint, laytex house paint on primed plaster & brick. 

Woodstock district of Cape Town, South Africa

Light mural located in the Side Street Studios complex in Woodstcok. Work shots courtesy of Ixchel Lara. Many thanks to Elad for the support and getting this wall together.

Mural Intervention: Lovell Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

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Lovell Gallery mural Fall 2012

Spray paint, laytex house paint on primed plaster. 

Woodstock district of Cape Town, South Africa

 

Painted the day before my 2 man show ‘Gather’ at the gallery during my 3 week stay in Cape Town. The exterior walls were already painted this dark, rich brown so I felt right to bringing in bright colors to liven up the alley off of the main road.

 

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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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‘Gather’ documented by Gregor Rohrig | Cape Town

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

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Cape Town based photographer Gregor Röhrig documented myself and Paul Senyol over a period of two weeks, while we worked independently and collaboratively on artworks for the ‘Gather’ live exhibition presented by The Lovell Gallery in association with Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection.

 A link to the complete photo essay. 

Mural intervention: FUTURINO for the Picturin Festival, Torino, Italy

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

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Futurismo Mural progress [Day4]

The Institute Richelmy building

Between Corso and Via del Sarto Tassoni, via Medail 13.

Torino, Italy

Assisted by Vesod and Wens.

 

 

After spending a major week in London for the Futurism 2.0 show with GammaProforma I flew down to Torino, Italy to start a large mural for the Picturin Festival. Riccardo invited me down earlier in the year and I decided to schedule this project between London and my various projects in Cape Town.

 

The mural is currently being painted on an active construction sight, so hard hats and steel toe shoes are mandatory. The Richelmy building I’m painting is a completely new edition of surface and stucco attached to an old Catholic school that is in the process of being refurbished with the new additions. Were told that the space will be in open use, so the space could become living quarters or a school.

 

I submitted the sketch just a month before arrival, and truthfully I didn’t do my research on the environment, but that didn’t seem to matter. As I look upon the neighborhoods from the top of the scaffold , all I see are terra cotta tiles in creams and reds, ivory and grey buildings, construction cranes and new construction developments in an old, classic Italian City. My sketches color selection subconsciously reflect many of these color arrangements. The mural Is becoming an abstraction of the surroundings managed and balanced by line, order and form, hence the murals name, Futurino. It’s sort of perfect as my favorite artist from the Futurism movement was an Italian paper architect named Antonio Sant’Elia whos ‘New City’ illustrations still resinate and inspire today. 

 

On a sidenote/ strance coincidence, the building in named after a former Archbishop of Turin, Agostino Richelmy.

 

And many thanks go to Italian artists Vesod and the Torino OG, WENS of TOT Crew for their assistance on this wall project. True G’s and new friends for sure.

 

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Press on Lobodilattice 

Contemporary Torino/ Piemont post

 

 

Various Observations: Torino, Italy via Picturin festival

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

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Mural Intervention: Colab with NAWER | Shoreditch, London

Monday, October 1st, 2012

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NAWER and KOFIE 

Shoreditch area, London UK

Late September, 2012

 

Painted during the week of the FUTURISM 2.0 Exhibition at Blackall Studios. Nawer is based in Poland and this was the second show we have been in together and the first colab piece. I actually sort of stumbled upon him painting the wall and he invited me to join in on the angles. Using a limited set of paint we had a go on the piece which was initially painted by fellow TRANSCEND member 0.TWO, You can still make out a bit of his forms on the right.

 

Many thanks to Jim & Matilda of EOTL for the wall & support.

 

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Various Observations: London via Futurism2.0

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

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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

 

 

 

 

Board Dripper Festival | Queretaro, Mexico | Kuku Ruku Circulation

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

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Light Circulation style mural for the Kuku RuKu Hostel in Queretaro, Mexico.

Curated by the Board Dripper Festival during Board Dripper 3// Collage 2012.

 

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Instagram post

The Board Dripper Blog

The Board Dripper FB

Mural Intervention: UAQ With Smithe & Dhear, Board Dripper Festival, Queretaro, Mexico

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

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Mural with Smithe & Dhear on the campus of Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, UAQ MEXICO

Curated by the Board Dripper Festival during Board Dripper 3// Collage 2012

 

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LARGE view on HERE

Detail via instagram

My page for The Board Dripper

The Board Dripper Blog

The Board Dripper FB

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

“Old Earth” Mural | Tesuque Village | Santa Fe, New Mexico

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

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“Old Earth” Mural with El Mac

Commissioned by The Tesuque Village Market

138 Tesuque Village Road

Santa Fe, NM 87506

 

Painted during

SANTA FE INDIAN MARKET

THE HOUR HAS ARRIVED 

 

AUGUST 13-19, 2012

 

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Keepdrafting TUMBLR post 

El Mac Progress photo

N8VPA 

Santa Fe, New Mexico | Mural with Yatika Starr Fields

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

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Collaborative mural with native artist Yatika Starr Fields (Cherokee/Creek/Osage) during the Santa Fe Indian Market Week for The Hour Has Arrived project.

Organized by N8VPA.

 

Saint Michaels Drive

Rear of Annapurna’s World Vegitarian Cafe

Santa Fe, NM 87505

 

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Progress

Yatika on FB

 

Eindhoven, Netherlands | Hidden Beauty Mural In Gestel

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

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June 18th - 22nd, 2012

 

 

Belin (ES), Smug (UK), Zedz (NL), Fecks (AUS), Chas (NL), Nash (NL) and I wil be working on a large mural at the Karel de Grootelaan in Eindhoven, the Netherlands just before the Step In The Arena event that week.

 

Curated by Chas/ LoveLetters crew.

 

 

Photo credits: FraJH Photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eindhoven, Netherlands | Step In The Arena Graffiti festival

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

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Step In The Arena 2012

I was invited by CHAS of Love Letters Crew to paint on one of the best walls at this years international Graffiti festival STEP IN THE ARENA in the city of Eindhoven, the Netherlands this past June, 2012

 

 

This year more than 250 local and international graffiti gladiators showed their skills in the weekend of 23 and 24 June in Eindhoven. Some names of the participating artists were:

 

Kofie (USA), Kems (USA), Belin (ES), MadC (D), Mr. Wany (I), Puppet (S), Soten (DK), Smug (UK), SobeKcis (SRB), ZoerCSX (F), Ogre (F), Mr.Dheo (P), Tiws (DK), New2 (AUS), Entes &Pesimo (Peru), Plaque (D), Semor (D), Casroc (B), Bue (B) Fuckone (B), JNC crew (B), Hertkore (B), Roofie (A), Musk (Lux), PQ (FR), Tempo (UK)


The Weird gang (D/A) - Nychos, Cone, Dxtr, Hr. Von Bias, Low Bros, Peachbeach.
LoveLetters (NL/D/F) - Ozer, Dater, Biser, Nash, Tumki, Puaks, Chas.


Dutch Artists
Nasty Sons, Dphaezer, Super A, Inca, Karski, Neas, Clone, Zenk, One, Druid, Moron, Nyse, Be Easy Crew, Coma, Kale, Awar, Seiro


Clowns From Hell (NL) - Mr.Mister, Ces53, Dr.Chess, Selone, Zedz.


KBTR, Lastplak, Nol, Lempke, Eau, Earworm, Narcoze, Popcorn, HMX, PZE, Edo Rath, 10:GU, Amik, 103, Schurk, the Imker, Reus,


Old Skool Eindhoven:
Skip -FAD, Yak-UFO, Yes-TMC, Dart-RSWC, Amore-TSC, CAZ-TIV, Tape-TSC,
Marcone-BWS, Real-SOL

 

 

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Fullsize shot here courtesy of FraJH Photos

Action shot of me via Luke The Duke

Luke The Dukes photos from Step In The Arena

Their facebook for pictures of the Festival.

 

Mural Intervention: Megaro Hotel, Central London by AoC

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

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All above photos courtesy of Ian Cox 

 

Agents Of Change/ Megaro Project/ Karpo Restaurant/ Central London

 

 

Earlier last month saw the completetion of this impressive and eye catching project by the Agents Of Change for the Megaro Hotel and Karpo restaurant. What looks to be one of London’s largest street art / graffiti murals has been painted by the four members of Agents of Change – Remi/Rough, Steve More, LX.One and Augustine Kofie with assistance from David Shillinglaw. The project encompasses the two sides of a five storey Georgian building located directly opposite St. Pancras International Station in Kings Cross, London.

 

With the building wrapped in scaffolding, it took the artists two whole weeks to complete, using over 150 litres of emulsion and 160 litres of spray paint. On it’s unveiling, the buildings colourful new addition was very well received although it was met with some opposition from a member of the King’s Cross Conservation Area Advisory Committee who felt “what was an attractive building had now been knackered with a layer of permanent paint,like an unwanted tattoo”!

 

We personally feel it is a great addition to the city and especially the Kings Cross area. And what with London hosting the 2012 Olympics this summer it makes for a fantastic first impression on national and international visitor arriving into St. Pancras, highlighting London as a vibrant and creative city.

 

-Hooked Blog, May 2012 

 

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Here is the London Evening Standard coverage of the mural

Graffuturism coverage of the mural as well as the Karpo collection

Arrsted Motions coverage of the mural with photos by Butterfly

Street Art News coverage of the mural

Urban Art Core coverage of the mural

12oz Prophet courtesy of Mare139

Complex Magazine coverage

UK’s Creative Review coverage

 

 

 

 

Megaro Hotel|Central London: Ian Cox documentation

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

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The incomparable Ian Cox of Wallkandy took these amazing shots while I was in Central London for the massive commissioned mural by Agents Of Change for the Megaro Hotel & Karpo. 

These select shots were taken live and direct on the scaffolding and as you can see, the work is in the details. Here is his official post including more photos of LX One, Remi/Rough and Steve Moore.

 

Completed mural docimentation to follow.

 

Megaro Hotel|Central London: Karpo Teaser with Agents of Change

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

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I was in London last December of 2011 to create a collection of exclusive works for Hotel Megaro’s upcoming Restaurant Karpo with members of the Agents Of Change Collective. The teaser video below documents the creation of the works on sight. In the following month a larger project at Megaro will be taking form.

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

Mural in San Francisco via WallSpaces

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

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November 2011

Mural in San Francisco with WallSpaces

 

Wallspaces set MWM, Poesia, Geso and myself up with a lovely wall off on the corner of Larkin and Bush in the city of San Francisco. The wall happens to be on the side of a Wallgreens [An American chain of drug store], but the building is actually an apartment complex above with over 50 units.

 

 

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Full size mural HERE

Matt W Moors documentation of the wall

GRAFFUTURISM documentation of the wall

Oakland, CA: Poesia VS Kofie

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

 

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Details of ‘KOF’ by Kofie

with Poesia 

 Transcend crew

Late Summer 2011

Oakland, California

Laytex, spray paint, bitumen and a bit of acrylic on cement.

 

 

With a month notice and a wall in mind, Poseia and I set off to Oakland to work a wall together, one on one for the first time. Nothing revolutionary, nothing fancy, just 2 grown-ass men tackle a wall and doing what we do.

 

I happened to be in town working on a project with Will of Collabo Arts, so it was natural to have Sibel document the session through the Cannon7D and a  special tilt shift lens for time lapse.

Scot La Rockwell  also came through documenting the ladder of the day catching Poesia and I finishing off our pieces. Serious faces in these ‘action’ captures of linebackers over-tinking and analyzing details and playing with color.

 

VIEW LARGE 

Poesia FLICKR

Graffuturism Post

My TUMBLR post

 

 

South London, UK: Mural with Remi Rough

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

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In July I finally made it out to the UK for the first time. My primary reason for the trip was to contribute works as well as a mural for the much spoken of Rudimentary Perfection Group show in Glasgow Scotland. What a success. A true pleasure to meet and communicate in person with a great handful of creatives.

 

Remi Rough and I had been going back and fourth before my trip with a comp generated mock-up for our planned wall. He had locked down a lovely banger just off the main thoroughfare in South London, East Dulwich to be exact. A great location and a positive response from the locals who were new to not only having a mural, but one in such a fashion.

 

What a pleasure it was to bang on a wall with Rem like. This one is definitely a highlight in my career.

 

 

Remi’s Post on our collaboration

Graffuturism feature on our exploits

Here is what Strictly Kev documented 

 

 

Glasgow, UK: KO with Mark Lyken

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

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KO 

Enamel spray paint & emulsion on ceramic tiles [2011]

Glasgow, Scotland

 

Detail of Mark Lykens Mural

Enamel spray paint & emulsion on ceramic tiles [2011]

Glasgow, Scotland

 

Since all the artists were painting separately in the city it was difficult to make it out to each wall to see the progress since we were all caught up. On my next to last day in Glasgow I finally made it out to Lyken and Jago’s respective walls in the city. There was a bit of space on the far left so I gave it a go with a tecky negative style KO with the scraps on hand.

 

Here is a link to the mural locations

Here is Recoats Masterblaster of the whole event 

The wall on Lykens Flickr

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 

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

 

 

 

 


Moda Hotel Mural Interventions | Vancouver, Canada

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

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Moda Hotel Mural interventions

Remi/Rough, Sueme, Joker & Kofie

Imported enamel Spray-paint & laytex on primed brick.

Above photo credit: Aaron Smedley

 

Executed from March 2-4, 2011

900 Seymour Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 3L9

 

 

Remi/Roughe, Scott Sueme, Joker and I were commissioned by Moda Hotel/Vancouver to produce 2 large scale murals for the exterior walls of their hotel and this would be #2. This was the larger of the two walls and a bit of a challange due to the fire escape, so the mural was designed based on these obsticles. Sueme managed the lower half of the wall as Remi took over the left side so Joker and I could merge the right side. I cant express how seamless and easy it was to work with all three of these cats. They understood that the overall result is a cohesive wall where we all could shine. Egos down - styles up. The overlaps and inter weavings of each others works throughout the mural are those special points where partnership and conversations merge.

 

Many special thanks go out to the team at Montan Colors North America, Inc. for the paint sponsorship. The MTN94 and Alien paint supplies helped to keep the mural bright and cohesive and we can’t thank yall enough!

 

There were many photographers documenting the creation of both murals. Here are some sets via Flickr to sort through and view the process.

 

S.Vegas Flickr Set

JDLaidlaw’s Flickr Set 

Mike BAM!’s Flickr Set 

Graffuturism Post

Juxtapoz Post

Graffuturism Post

Hello Vancity Post

Granville Online Post

Juxtapoz Post

Clout Post

 

  

 

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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Unintended Calculations Updated Blog


Moda

 

 

Triangulations discovered in Gloucester, Massasachussets

Friday, January 7th, 2011

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Triangulations of a factory in dispair

 

Rustoleum [American] spray-paint on distressed 

brick in Steam furnace of an abandoned factory.

 

Gloucester, Massachusetts

USA

 

Winter/ December 2010

 

**Flickr set of observations/ documentations here

True Blue American Circulations

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

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True Blue American Circulations

 

Imported spray-paint

on tile in abandoned factory.

 

Gloucester, Massachusetts

USA

 

Winter/ December 2010

 

**Flickr set of observations/ documentations here

Art Basel:MIAMI • Design District Mural

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

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Art Basel, Miami

Primary Flight 2010

 

Colaboration mural with Chor Boogie

Downtown Miami Design District

NE 38th Street & Biscayne Blvd.

 

Montana Black commissioned by 33Third

 

Progress capture on my Flickr

Chor Boogie’s post

Destroy All Design’s Flicker set

Jeremiah Garcia’s Flicker set here

S.Vegas Flickr Documentation

Revok’s documentation

 

Interview: Feature story in Juxtapoz Issue #117

Monday, October 18th, 2010

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JUXTAPOZ Art & Culture Magazine

Issue #117

 

A true highlight in my art career is this Jux interview for the October 2010 Issue of the famed art & culture magazine. El Mac provided the questions & UK based artist Pete Stern the profile photo.

 

 

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: Volta6/ Switzerland “Zirkulation eines Anti-Horizontes”

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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Zirkulation eines Anti-Horizontes [2001]

(Circulations of an Anti-Horizontal)

11.5′ x 11.5′ x 2″

Acrylic and spray paint on canvas. 

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

Basel, Switzerland.

 

Flicker Photos HERE

 

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

 

Melbourne, Australia: Northcote District Burner

Monday, April 26th, 2010

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On an April 2010 trip to Melbourne I had the opportunity to paint a wall in the Northcote District of Victoria. It was a long, wide wall that could manage 5 burners and one character this time around. Special thanks to Dabs & Myla & the SDM Crew for the Invitation and good times.

 

Full Size Piece HERE

Detail Here + Here + Here + Here

Full Panoramic of the entire wall  Here

 

 

Melbourne, Australia: Super Special Mural

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

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Belton spray paint, house paint & acrylic on primed interior cinder block

3 hours

Commissioned by Ben & Shelley of Super Special

Curated by Eddie of T-World

April, 2010

 

 

I extended my stay in Melbourne, Victoria to take care of some commission projects set up while I was in town. One of these was for a light mural in the Super Special Warehouse, a high quality screen printing facility in the Spotswood district of Melbourne. Ben and Shelley were more then accommodating and stayed a bit overtime on a monday evening for me to knock out this Circulation style Piece.

 

 

 

Mural Intervention: With El Mac in Phoenix, Arizona

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

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Spring 2009 | 1st colaborative mural with El Mac.

House paint and enamel spray paint on plaster, exterior.

 

The Mac and I had not gotten the opportunity to collaborate one on one, and this trip helped make that happen on his own home town. 

 

Built in the 50’s, it was once home to a lil flower shop, and the original signage is still holding up. The mural took about 3 days to complete and is definitely ranked in my top 5 of all colabs. The Macs piece is all spray paint as my contribution is both spray paint, acrylic and house paint applied with roller and brush.

 

Civilian Flicker:

El Mac’s photo + Ear Detail + In the act + Detail + Face detail +  

Primary Flight | Art Basel Miami 2008

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

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Kof Spellout & UTI piece

Imported spray paint and acrylic on plaster

Miami, Florida

2008

 

Progression Here & Here.  Caught again here

Full Piece Here

Detail Here

 

Spent a few days in Miami, Florida during the 2008 Art Basel thanks to the Scion Installation exhibition in town. The good folks at Primary Flight blessed me with a space on the ‘Wall Of Fame‘. With a reference of a sketch I did on the plane there, I knocked my piece out in a about 5 hours. I didn’t want to f-up another pair of good shoes, so I did this one barefoot for at least half the time.

 

This was about the time I was going public with my Triangulation series. There is no real direct inspiration of the pyramid in the work, but you cant avoid it when you crisscross 45 degree angles. For this piece tho, I was definitely thinking of Atlantis & Bimini. Shit, I was at the tip of Florida & I was raised on In Search Of, the Bermuda Triangle was in my brain.

 

 

Japan 2008: Vantan talk and Live Art, Ebisu Minami

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

kd-vantan.jpgI was invited to paint & discuss my work for the 40+ graphic design students of Vantan School in Ebisu Minami, Tokyo.  I painted & answered questions for about 2 hours. At the end of the event the faculty blessed me with a beautiful navy apron that read “only the highest of quality” in Kanji. The school kept the piece to display in it’s hallways. All of the students took to me very well & were very appreciative I could be there and share. Many thanks to Maru of Colors International with whom this would not have been possible.

Japan 2008: Live art with Dragon76 for DUMBO in Kobe

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

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

No. 33/ Berkeley Bowl in Oakland, CA

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

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No. 33/ Berkeley Bowl in Oakland, CA [2007]

House paint & Acrylic.

 

I have been scoping this wall since i started visiting Oakland towards the end of 07.  It’s on the boarder of Berkeley & Oakland and it was constantly tagged on, so there were Graffiti removal blocks in that burnt red tone. I matched the red tone and thinned out the color with grey’s & creams. I actually didn’t know who to speak with the get the wall ‘legitimately’ so i just took it upon myself to rock it. I was about an 1.5 hours into it when the management of the local health food store came across the street to ask me how i could just go and paint it without asking. they liked it, but perplexed by my blatant lack of authority. I proceeded to let them know i was doing a public service by creating a painting that will prevent the continued act of malicious vandalism to their property. They firmly felt that it would still get painted over. It’s been about about 8 months and it hasn’t been touched.

Abandoned factory in Oakland, CA

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

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Oakland, Ca [2007]

Spray paint & House paint. Abandoned building.

 

 This spot was around the corner from a local watering hole. Perfect of that post last call relief. I was surprised a lot of the sickest walls were still virgin. The space used to be a Silkscreen & Sign Factory.

Japan 2007: PARCO projects and commission in Tokyo

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

Kichijouji Prefecture, Tokyo Japan, Summer 2007 

Acrylic on canvas. 

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

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

 
 

Live Art: Parco Gallery. Shibuya, Japan

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Contribution No. 8 [2007]

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

 

 

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

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Cream Of Her Profile, 2007

Watercolor Acrylic on Canvas

2 1/2′ x 2″ x 5 ‘

 

 

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

 

 

Japan 2006: Shinkawa & Kyusjhu projects

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

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Shinkawa Cho-Ku, Japan. July 2006

I was commissioned to paint a ‘Contribution’ style piece for a customer in the Ubiquily office of Shinkawa. Shinkawa is the business district of Tokyo & my distributer has been established here for a number of years. In the background is a piece I painted live a few years previous at a Stones Throw event in Shibuya.

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 Kyusjhu. Fukuoka Prefecture. July 2006

 

 Fukuoka is the third-largest island of Japan & most Southwesterly of its four main islands. I was commissioned by Mr Fuji to paint his boutique in the Fukuoka Prefecture called Past-Present-Future. Went with the red-black-grey color pallet to match the decor of the store.

 

This was another ‘dead of summer’ Japan trip, so the humidity was on blast as usual. Island humidity tends to elongate the painting process, but I was in no hurry. Fukuoka was hit with a pretty heavy Quake the previous year & the damage was still very visible.

 

 

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

Monday, May 1st, 2006

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 Original linear and portrait Illustrations & Live Painting. 

Commissioned by Syndrome Studio

2006.

San Francisco/ Fifty24SF Show

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

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San Francisco/ Amoeba Wall

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

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Japan 2004: Stussy & Frank 151 party in Dakianyama, Tokyo

Sunday, December 5th, 2004

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Double booked this night. First off, live art @ the Back Channel Store. The Piece was auctioned off the a lucky ticket holder. 

 

Next was the Stussy & ALIFE party for the Frank 151’s Wu-tang issue @ Club UNIT. Painted Ol Dirty Bastard in a room between the stage & the entrance for the event. This club was super packed and the crew at Stussy took really good care of me. At one point U-God made it through, approved of the piece and sign the corner.

Wu-Tang forever.

Japan 2004: Corin Store Installations, Hokkaido

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

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Summer 2004

Acrylic & spray paint on drywall & plaster

Hokkaido, Japan

Commissioned installations

 

 

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

 

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

 

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2004: Kiryu, Gunma Prefecture

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004

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was invited to the small, traditional town of Gunma in Kiryu City to paint an interior mural for a boutique thatt supported Draftsmen called Hot Joint. It’s about 60 miles outside of Tokyo & it’s architecture hasn’t changed much. Sound Eater was a modest record store just around the corner from Hot Joint which is the painted roll up gate, a last minute adition to the project.  

Japan 2003: Level Store Mural No. 02, Hiroshima

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

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Level Store | Mural No. 2

Belton spray paint & acrylic on raw cement

Hiroshima, Japan 

Fall, 2003

 

A commission to paint the second floor of this well designed boutique just blocks from Peace Park, the epicenter of the atomic bombing in 1945. This was my second visit to the Level store within 2 years. The requested work this time was the Statue of Liberty, in gray’s and silvers.

Japan 2002: Flow Clothing mural installation, Odawara

Thursday, April 11th, 2002

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 Flow Clothing Store. Odawara, Japan. 

This was my first gig on my second work trip to Japan. The crew at Flow Clothing all listen to classic American Funk & Soul music, so the request for the mural was Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Sly, Hendrix & George Clinton. The shop was clean, long & pretty narrow so my photos are what they are. That’s Odawara Donjon by the way on the top. The first Odawara Castle was built around 1200 AD. Since then, it had been destroyed & rebuilt several times. The Present day castle is a reconstruction built in 1959 based on the original design. Inside are displayed suits of Japanese armor, tools, weapons and the model from which this reconstruction is based. Inspiration. So savvy. 

Japan 2002: Live Art for DJ MURO & Stones Throw Records in Tokyo

Monday, March 25th, 2002

Kangol Headwear sponsored the “Blow Your Head Exclusive Tour’ Featuring DJ MURO, Peanut Butter Wolf and Egon of Stones Throw Records.I was invited to paint live at both the Tokyo and Osaka shows. On this night I painted a portrait of Stevie Wonder. The following film was recorded during the Club AIR show in Tokyo by an anonymous patron. I recently found the VHS copy in my storage unit, transfered it to digital by shooting the TV screen, then edited it in iMovie.

Japan 2001: Kareem Abdul Jabbar portrait commission

Friday, October 26th, 2001

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My first time to Japan in the fall of 2001.

This trip was to have a sit-down with my soon to be Draftsmen distributer as well as paint a commission of a Kareem Abdul Jabbar portrait from ’Game Of Death’. I took my sweet time working on this piece which was displayed in the AMP Showroom in Harajuku.