Mural Intervention: MURALU: Ludwigshafen, Germany

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

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Muralu: The Ludwigshafener Street Art project

 

The first exterior mural intervention for the city of Ludwigshafen and the MURALU project. In conjunction with a future exhibition with the Wilhelm Hack Museum.

 

Coordinators: Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein and the WOW magazine for art and culture. 

 

Location: Lagerhausstraße 26, 67061 Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany

 

Details: Acrylic polymer and aerosol on plaster. 8m x 56m [26.5’ x 184’]

 

Photo: Anja Lemburger

 

VIEW DETAL IMAGES AND INFROMATIONS HERE

 

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MURALU: The Ludwigshafener Street Art project. An initiative of the Wilhelm Hack Museum and the WOW magazine for art and culture in Ludwigshafen.

 

The large-scale Street Art project in Ludwigshafen, initiated by the Wilhelm Hack Museum and WOW magazine for art and culture in Ludwigshafen, will be launched at the end of 2018 and will continue to be developed until 2020. In addition to the involvement of regional and national Street Art artists, international greats of the scene are invited to Ludwigshafen to beautify the city.

 

Conceptually, the Street Art project is integrated in an exhibition of the Wilhelm Hack Museum, which will be opened in the fall of 2020 and will examine the cultural, symbolic and material significance of the street in the context of artistic developments from the modern to the present day. This includes a detailed chapter on the history of graffiti in the 20th century. The street art project expands the exhibition into the public space of the city and builds on current developments in the urban art movement.

 

 

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Press release:


New Street Art Project Muralu: Augustine Kofie designed facade at Luitpoldhafen


The façade of a building on Ludwigshafen’s Luitpoldhafen presents itself in a completely new style with geometric, interlocking forms in soft orange and purple tones. With façade paints and spray cans, the renowned American artist Augustine Kofie has designed the building in the dynamically abstract style since 16th of October, 2018, for which he is world-famous in the contemporary urban art scene.


The Ludwigshafen work is the artist’s first permanent wall design in Germany. Graffiti by Los Angeles-born Kofie, whose works combine influences from street culture, art history and futuristic film design, can be seen in major cities such as Mexico DF, Boston, Marrakesh and London.


The work on the corner of Rheinallee / Schwanthalerallee marks the beginning of the new Street Art project MURALU of the Wilhelm Hack Museum in cooperation with WOW Ludwigshafen. The project is part of an exhibition planned for 2020 in the Wilhelm Hack Museum on the importance of the street in art, including the history of graffiti in the 20th century. Until the opening of the exhibition, various buildings in the inner city of Ludwigshafen will be designed by national and international greats of the street art scene over the next two years.


The implementation of the wall work of Augustine Kofie was supported by the Hafenbetriebe Ludwigshafen am Rhein GmbH, which has kindly provided the facade of the building, which is currently used by the Police Headquarters Rhineland-Palatinate.


“The cooperation is a good example for the cooperation of municipal institutions and departments with other initiatives, sponsors or companies within the city of Ludwigshafen.” Cornelia Reifenberg, Mayoress of the City of Ludwigshafen am Rhein, at a press conference on October 25, 2018. “I hope that this inner-city dynamic lasts a long time and produces many such positive results, and I am looking forward to the next works in the series of MURALU “

 

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++ StadtLudwigshafen Video

 

++ RNF News coverage

 

++ WOW

 

++ Wilhelm Hack Museum

 

Mural Intervention: Renaud-Bray | ARCHAMBAULT, Montreal

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

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Title: Story line

 

Client: Renaud-Bray | ARCHAMBAULT

 

Interior lobby mural intervention, Fall 2018

 

Coordinator: Louis-Nicolas Coupal of ARTGANG

 

Location: Renaud-Bray ARCHAMBAULT Headquarters, Montreal Quebec

 

Details: Acrylic polymer on drywall. 100’w x 6’h.

 

VIEW PROJECT DETAILS HERE

Mural Intervention: Los Angeles Offices of CBRE | Film by FORM Follows FUNCTION

Monday, November 25th, 2013

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KOFIE @CBRE documented by FORM follows FUNCTION

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

More:

+ CBRE journey to a new way of thinking

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

+ FORM Follows FUNCTION post 

 

 

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

Circulations in an abandoned train factory: East Boston, Mass

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

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Spray-paint on distressed brick & cement.

Abandoned train factory in East Boston, Massachusetts.

Winter/ December 2010

 

Photo Credit: HeatherMcgrath

 

Another shot on my Flickr

Other Photos on Flickr from my Massachusetts trip 

Triangulations discovered in Gloucester, Massasachussets

Saturday, January 1st, 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

Dublab Studios interior Mural, Los Angeles

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

kd-dublabstudio.jpgI was blessed to paint on one of the DUBLAB recording studio walls in the early summer of 2009. I knew that a desk, computer and mixing board were going to be posted in my particular wall, so I worked out a design that I felt was according. Dusted ochras, burnt siennas, oxidized browns and ivory’s were me choice of color here.Dublab is turning 10 this year, and to celebrate here is the list of events for October in Los Angeles.

Mural Intervention: The Plant Studio, Downtown LA

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

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The Plant Studio Mural for Hit & Run

Acrylic & House Paint on primed drywall

Los Angeles, Ca. July 2008

 

 

Brandy Flower  invited me to molest a well sized wall in their first large scale studio appropriately located in Downtown LA.

 


DJ Dusk Memorial Wall with RETNA AWR, Los Angeles

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

kofmodusk-07.jpg2007. Acrylic on Drywall. Private Space. Downtown Los Angeles, CA. Retna AWR on the handstyles which is a 2-Pac quote….“Now of course I want peace on the streets- But realistically painting perfect pictures ain’t never worked- My misery was so deep.” The names in gold read….“DJ Dusk, Verse, Ayer, Kev”... Fallen Soldiers. Much Love to The Captan Family. You can see a shot taken in progress by Theo Jemison HERE.

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.

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.