Studio and exhibition work archive at augustinekofie.info

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

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Augustinekofie.info will be the new home of all of my studio and exhibition works as of Summer 2014.

A comprehensive view of my collage, paintings and exhibition exploits, past and present.

 

Keepdrafting has been the home of all of my creative exploits since 2001 an will remain so, but shall maintain a focus on public works and up to date projects. 

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.

 

 

 

LA Art Show 2014 | Mural Conservency of Los Angeles Exhibition

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

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California Convergence 

24 x 24 x  1 5/8 inches, 2013

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

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

Framed in mahogany lattice & found yardsticks. 

 

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

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

 

MCLA will be at Booth 152

Jan. 15th – 19th, 2014

Los Angeles Convention Center

South Hall J and K

 

1201 South Figueroa Street

Los Angeles, CA 90015

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

 

 

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

 

 

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MCLA on fbook

 

 

 

LA Art Show 2014 | Breeze Block Gallery @ Littletopia

Monday, January 13th, 2014

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Circulations of her search

19 x 19 x 1 1/4 inches, 2013

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

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

Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks. 

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Hands on horizons

24 x 24 x 1 3/4 inches, 2013

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

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

Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks.

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

Jan. 15th – 19th, 2014

Los Angeles Convention Center

South Hall J and K

 

1201 South Figueroa Street

Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

Sales inquiries:

Paige@breezebllockgallery.com

 

 

 

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

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

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

Three-person exhibition curated by Sven Davis

Breeze Block Gallery Portland OR.

7 November – 30 November, 2013

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

+PDX Art review by Richard Schemmerer

+High Fructose Studio preview

+Arrested Motion coverage

+Graffuturism coverage

+Vandalog interview

+Brooklyn Street Art preview

+Slam X Hype

 

 

 

 

 

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

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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Circulation of the navy peak

36 x 36 x 1.5 inches [2013]

Acrylic and spray paint on primed duck canvas

Finished in satin gel medium

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Where the action is 

24 x 24 x  1 5/8 inches [2013]

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

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

Framed in mahogany lattice & found yardsticks.

 

 

 

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

 

 

Library Street Collective Gallery:

 

OUT WITH THE OLD

 

AJ FOSIK - ALEX LUKAS - AUGUSTINE KOFIE - CLEON PETERSON 

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

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

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

 

Saturday August 3rd- October 1st, 2013

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

 

Library Street Collective

1260 Library Street

Detroit, Michigan. USA 48226

info@lscgallery.com

 

FBook Invite

Group Show: Wider than a postcard @ Breeze Block, Portland

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

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Greetings from LA [2013]

Screen print, acrylic and rub-on Letraset on 

reclaimed chipboard.

Finished in matte gel medium.

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Greetings from SF [2013]

Screen print, acrylic and rub-on Letraset on 

reclaimed index card stock.

Finished in matte gel medium. 

 

 

 

[I will have 3 smaller posctcard size works on display at The Breeze Block Gallery for their next big group show on May 2nd, curated by the incomperable Sven Davis.  The lineup for the show is extensive and impressive to say the least, a much bigger and better line up of artists than last years Space//Form exhibition at the same gallery. ]

 

 

Wider than a postcard

A group exhibition curated by Sven Davis

 

2 May – 1 June 2013

Breeze Block Gallery

Portland, Oregon

 

Complete list of artists here

Group Show: White Walls Gallery 10 Year Anniversary

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

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Baby Minto Transformation [2013]

42.5 x 31 x 1 5/8 inches.

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

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

Framed in mahogany lattice & found yardsticks.

 

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Circulation of a spring cleaning convenience [2013]

31 1/2  x 31 1/2 x 1 5/8 inches

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

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

Framed in mahogany lattice & found yardsticks.

 

 

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Motherly circulations [2013]

19 1/2 x 19 1/2  x  1 5/8 inches.

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

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

Framed in mahogany lattice & found yardsticks.

 

 

 

White Walls Presents:

10 Year Anniversary Show

 

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

On View Through April 6, 2013

 

886 Geary, San Francisco, CA

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

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Circulations of her search for alignment  [2012]

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Circulations of the sit back and relax [2012]

19 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches 

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

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

 

 

I will have 4 recent collage works on display at the

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

 

December 4-9th

White Walls Gallery

SCOPE art fair, Miami.

 

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

Miami, Florida 33138
White Walls Gallery @ Booth B05

Tova@whitewallssf.com 

 

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Preview: White Walls Sets Up for Scope Miami

Preview Instagram post of set up

 

 

 

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

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

 

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Detail of:

Circulations of the jetset [2012]

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

Found paper, acrylic and ball point on wood panel.

Finished in matte satin varnish. 

Framed in mahogany lattice & found vintage yardsticks.

 

Marvelous Expeditions by Dabs Myla and Friends

Thinkspace Gallery

6009 Washington Blvd

Culver City, CA

 

Opening Reception with the artists:

Sat, Sept. 1st 5-9PM

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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My Juxtapoz interview leading up to the show

Dabs and Mylas Juxtapoz interview leading up to the show

Event on Fb

 

 

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

Friday, June 1st, 2012

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

 

Opens: May 26, 2012 | 8-11pm

Runs: May 26 - June 9, 2012

 

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

 

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

Teaser video on my Vimeo

 

 

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

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

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Sesame Street System [2012]

Complete shot + detail 

20 x 30/5 x 2 inches

Found record covers, pencil, ball point pen,

acrylic and xerographic gel transfer on wood panel. 

Finished in a matte varnish.

Framed in found yardsticks and

mahogany lattice.

 

 

Sesame Street presented by The Seventh Letter & Neff Headwear

 

Benefiting City of Hope’s Department of Pediatrics 

 

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

 

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

 

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

 

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Seen on Instagram

Los Angeles Times

Huffington Post 

Seen on Pop Curious 

Smart Urban Stage | Future of the city global project

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

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Suburbia Redux

Case study No. 1 & 2

Ink, paper & digital collage

2011 

 

The car manufacturer SMART have an amazing project entitled Smart Urban Stage.

 

It’s a global online project dealing with the future of the city. They ask pioneers from metropolises around the world to question the urban status quo. The results are visions, ideas and solutions for sustainable lifestyles, modern social systems and forward-looking developments in the fields of architecture, design and technology. The worldwide event series ’smart urban stage’ is exhibiting ideas and solutions of forward thinking future makers.

 

I was posed the question “What is LA going to do with suburbia?” You can follow up up my answer here..

 

Many thanks to Cathy Boom for reaching out & Ixchel Lara for guidance.

 

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More information about the project here

Jaybo Monk also was posed a question 

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: Linear Empires @ White Walls SF

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

 

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  The circulations of her linear curiosity [2011]

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

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

Finished in matte gel medium. 

Framed in mahogany lattice.

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She’s open minded [2011]

18 x 30 x 1 5/5 inches

Found paper, product packaging and chipboard, 

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

Finished in matte gel medium. 

Framed in mahogany lattice.

 

 

 

 

Linear Empires

A group exhibition addressing the convergence of fine art and design

 

White Walls Gallery

835 LARKIN ST.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. 94109

Phone: 415.931.1500

 

Opening reception:

Saturday, Feb 12, 2011- March 5, 2011 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

GALLERY HOURS

Tuesday - Saturday12pm - 7pm

 

Exclusive Q&A with all of the contributing artists HERE 

Mary Iverson for Linear Empires covered in Juxtapoz 

 

 

 

HACER Presents: DUALITY Exhibition in Downtown LA

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

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HACER Presents:

DUALITY  

 

CB GALLERY

408 S. SPRING ST

LA, CA 90012

 

Public Opening during Artwalk:

THURSDAY, NOV. 11, 2010 

6-9 PM

 

For more information on the porject & gallery hours contact:

Ashley Lund/ GH STUDIO 310-405-5285 

 

Exhibition Flyer

G-H Studio Statement 

Artist statement HERE 

Daily Dujour Press & Photos

Mention of DUALITY on StyleSectionLA

Known Gallery POST 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Isabel Rojas-Williams

Art Historian-Curator

November 2010

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 

  

Drafted Q-Bert for ‘I Am 8-Bit’

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

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Drafted Q-Bert

 4 1/4 x 20 1/4 x 2 inches

Found paper, acrylic & gel medium finish on masonite.

Found frame (circa 1980). SOLD

Self Portrait, 2002

Friday, March 15th, 2002

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Self Portrait [2002]

Found object & acrylic on wood panel.

 

Wood shipping boxes were abundant in the alleys of my local imported furniture stores. This piece was very much on a Rauschenberg tip, but in a self portrait style. Everything in this piece basically highlights my style and  inspirations in 2002. Used bucket paint covers, rusty paint cans & tray.