The Ronin Gallery is proud to present: METALLUM An Exhibition of Architectural Patterns on Found Metal
From artists: Kofie and Codak. Curated by Zury Ponce
June 5 to June 25, 2009
In the summer of 2007 a small, independent Japanese run print shop neighboring Kofie’s studio in Boyle Heights, California quietly closed its doors after 50 years of service. The owners were distributing everything they had acquired and were preparing for a long overdue retirement. The studio was full of unused paper, packaging materials, graphic design office supplies and a ton of old offset type drawers lined the dusty old shop. The owners were surprised anyone would be interested in what they felt were useless materials, but recognized Kofie’s sincerity in helping to ‘lighten their load’. So he called a handful of artists that would benefit from this beautiful opportunity, Codak was one of them.
With an instant and immediate stockpile of materials to work with, ideas started to stir. The two creators were consistently brainstorming with ideas of exhibiting their work, and with the incorporation of these metal set type drawers a theme came pretty obvious.
Ronin, ambitious new gallery in Echo Park is honored to have Kofie and Codak exhibit their long awaited workmanship. Along with the display of original art there will be limited print collaboration and artist merchandise.
1924 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles CA 90026
[I will be showcasing all new works applied with Enamel paints (1-shot,
Rustoleum as well as various enamels recovered from garages), discontinued spray
paint and water based screen prints applied to found metal signs, found shelving & offset type drawers. I will also be showcasing over 40 found hand painted file boxes in various sizes and colors]