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: Strictly Paper | Schwalbe & Schwalbe | München, Germany

Monday, March 18th, 2013

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Elective cargo [2013]

8 x 10.5 inches

Found paper, ink, and spray paint on chipboard. 

Bound with 3m adhesives, finished in archival matte varnish.

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New on inside/ New on outside

8 x 10.5 inches

Found paper, ink, and spray paint on chipboard. 

Bound with 3m adhesives, finished in archival matte varnish.

 

 

 [ This will mark my second showing with the Intoxicated Demons collective based in both Munich and Berlin, Germany. I have contributed 4 recent collage works on paper, all at 8 x 10.5 inches. All the works incorporate found paper ephemera, my line work as well as over sprays of spray paint and each is coated in an archival mate finish.] 

 

SCHWALBE & SCHWALBE | Galerie München
Baldestrasse 8
80469 München

 

Public opening 3/ 21/ 2013

22.03. – 23.3.2013

 

Complete overview of the catalogue here

 

 

Group exhibition with Robert Proch, Chazme, wants bar-races/Yuske Imai/Tilt/Dave Kinsey/Twoone/Stephen Tompkins/Kofie/Sitni/Ben Slow/Shaka/James Reka/Titifreak/Low Bros/Seacreative/Saddo


White Walls GallerySF Presents: 10 Year Anniversary Show

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 compacto tune up [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 yardsticks.

 

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Circulations of a pacific painter [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. 

 

 

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: Fear No Art 4 @ Fourthwall Projects | Boston, MA

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

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Detail of Circulatory System No. 29

22 x 36 inches [2012]

Acrylic on 100% cotton, 

300lb Arches paper.

Finished in satin varnish.

 

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Detail of Circulations of another fade away No. 03

23 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 2 inches  [2012]

Found paper, acrylic, ball point pen, 

pencil & xerographic transfer on wood panel.

Finished in matte varnish. Framed in mahogany 

lattice & found vintage yardsticks.

 

Fear No Art 4 Curated by Marka27

 

Featuring:

 

Slick, Simone Legno, Shane Jessup, Augustine Kofie, Kenji Nakayama, Caleb Neelon, Raul Gonzalez, Cern One, Toofly, Gigi Bio, Don Rimx, Jesse Hernandez, Sket One, Marka27, Problak. Pac23

 

 

Opening Reception:

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

 7pm-10pm

On Exhibition through Dec 3rd

 

Fourthwall Project

132 Brookline Ave

Boston, MA 02215



The artists that curator, and prolific artist and designer Marka 27 has gathered from both coasts vary wildly: from passionate, feverish, athleticism to carefully structured graphics, these artists’ aesthetics are certainly varied, but not hard to associate. All 16 artists hint at a similar respect and nod to architecturally-influenced expression, vibrant, often-times grotesque design, and a no-holds-barred expanse of movement—all accompanied by a fierce, self-survivalist-immediacy.


While FEAR NO ART 4 is certainly not the first exhibition featuring street art, it is the first time these particular artists have been featured together on the same coast, in the same space, reacting and playing off of each other for the first time. Rather than showcase a singular artist, this exhibit is a representation of an amalgamation of cultures, identities, ideas, and personalities much like the cities that these artists use as their canvas.


The artists gathered in this collection range from legendary graffiti artists to up-and-coming graphic designers, to expressive pop-surrealist painters—but really, these labels do them a disservice. All of the artists represented in FEAR NO ART 4 are revolutionaries who use a variety of media to challenge the most complex ideals, which are, of course, wrapped in the simplest of questions: What is art? What is art if it is not for sale? What is art if it is impermanent, hidden, digital, wet, gross, or illegal? What is art if we do not call it art?

 

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More info on Fourth Wall Project 

 

 

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 

3 Assemblages for Rudimentary Perfection

Monday, June 27th, 2011

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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

 

3 assemblage works on display for the month of July during the

Recoat Gallery group show Rudimentary Perfection

 

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.

 

Linear Empires Show/White Walls SF • Scott La Rock Documentation

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

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SF Based documentarian Scott La Rock Made it out to the White Walls Gallery opening of Linear Empires and captured these detail shots of my works. Many thanks fam, your doing big things.

 

His Tumblr:Larockwell.Tumblr

 

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 

 

 

 

Circulations of an Official Premium

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

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2′ x 2′ x 1 7/8” 2010 [MMX]

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

Finished in matte gel medium. 

Framed in found yardsicks & rullers.

SOLD through Willem Kerseboom Gallery, Amsterdam/ Netherlands

Constructive

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

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Constructive 

11 7/8 x 12 x 1 5/8 inches

Found paper collage, acrylic inks, bal point pen & gel transfer on wood panel.

Finished in matte satin gel medium. 2009

SOLD

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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

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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 

  

San Francisco/ White Walls Gallery Install

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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Art arrangement and Mural Install.

South/East corner of Gallery.

 

Never A Dull Moment Group Show

White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, Calif 

 

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

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

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

 

Dublab 10Year: CREATIVE CIRCLE Auction Artwork

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

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Above is a detail of my piece for the VIBRANT VISIONS exhibition at Continental Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

VIBRANT VISIONS is a retrospective of dublab’s original art exhibitions: UP OUR SLEEVE, THE DREAM SCENE & INTO INFINITY. Theis piece is part of the CREATIVE CIRCLE art auction with new works by extended Dublab family of visionary artists. A pop-up shop and live screen printing by HIT+RUN featuring exclusive dublab designs will be going off during the open public reception. Here is a  FLICKR set of all the available works from Creative Circle.

 

 

CONTINENTAL GALLERY

400 S. Spring Street, Downtown LA, 90013

7pm-11pm / Free / All Ages

 

 

1028 Designs: ‘Kofie Table’ Fine Art Furniture

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

kd_1028designs_kofie.jpg The table features laser cut imported tropical Avodire wood that is hand stained & inlaid into laser cut, powder-coated steel base with a smooth routed glass top. Each table has an interior shelf as well as adjustable feet. Each piece of fine art furniture is hand produced in Los Angeles & comes signed and numbered. Multiple color options are available for the bases. There will only be a run of 50 produced with this particular design, taken from my series of works entitled ‘Hands On’ from my solo exhibition at Transport Gallery in ‘06. All inquiries & orders can be made through 1028 Designs.comThis is my first produced Fine Art/Furniture piece and I must say a true stunner in person. The table will be on display starting March 12th to the 28th a Zero1 Gallery during my solo exhibition “Vintage Futurism”

‘The Triangulation’s of Baby Minto’ from Vintage Futurism

Friday, February 27th, 2009

kd-babyminto.jpg  The Triangulation’s of Baby Minto 200922 1.2 x 46 1/2 x 2 inches Found paper, packaging and chipboard, ball point pen and acrylic ink on wood panel. Finished in matte gel medium. Framed with Yardsticks and found wood.  On display during Vintage Futurism at Zero1 Gallery, Los Angeles.

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

Rust Defender K, 2008 form ‘LA Styles 2′ Group Exhibition

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

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Rust Defender K [2008]

24 x 24 x 1 3/4 in.

Found paper, chipboard, acrylic, gel transfer & found wood on wood panel.

Finished in matte satin gel medium. Framed with found rulers & wood.

 

LA Contemporary Gallery Presents: 

LA Style 2 A Group Show.

Curated by Ron Davis & Hoojung Lee

 

Recent works from Defer, Joex2, Hashiem Thomas, Heaven, Chase & myself.

 

May 24, 2008

2634 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA  90034 

‘Thanks’ Frowhawk 2-Feathers & Augustine Kofie

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

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

Group Show: Jigsaw Paws, Oakland CA

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

paws2.jpg2007. ‘Jigsaw Paws’ Group Art Show. Oakland, CA. With David P. Madson (Odd Nosdam of Anticon) - Brooke Reidt - Isla Prieto - The Duke Of Windsor - Mama Buzz Cafe hosted this month long show.

From LA With Love Compilation Art for TAKE

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

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Don’t leave me this Way [2007]

12 x 12 inches 

Found paper & Acrylic Ink on wood panel. 

Finished in matte satin gel medium.

 

Original piece created for the FROM LA WITH LOVE compilation for the song by Take feat. Gaby Hernandez song ‘Walk Away.

SURU Store Installation, West Hollywood, CA

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

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SURU Store Installation

West Hollywood, CA

Spring 2007

 

SURU Presented by: AGENDA, Draftsmen, KnownGallerySlamXHype.comGuerillaone.com & Beautiful/Decay

 

This was the first comprehensive installation incorperating my collection of found items. . A smorgusboard of harvested metal signs, vintage spray cans, outdated drafting supply’s, assorted boom boxes, electronic equipment, industrial furniture & a healthy handful of tool boxes.

 

The front & interior display windows  usually dedicated to toys and collectibles became host to my personal & never before seen artifacts.

 

‘Old Earth’ for Scion Installation 4: Beautifull World

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

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Old Earth

24 x 36 x 1 3/4 inches

Found paper, book covers, vintage chipboard, transfers & watercolor acrylic assemblage on wood panel. Finished in matte satin gel medium.

 

My 4th Submission into the SCION Installation Series. The theme was “Beautiful World”, so naturally a Native American/Mother Earth theme came to mind. This piece just might have established my creative direction for 2007. The incorporation of book covers and heavy weight chip board puzzled onto a wood panel, then worked out on top. Layers.

Bucket Paint Self Portrait

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.