Solo Exhibiton: OFF/GRID at David Bloch Gallery, Marrakech, Morocco.

March 23rd, 2015

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MasterMix Soundtrack for ‘OFF/GRID’ @David Bloch Gallery, Marrakech by 4×4tracktor on Mixcloud

 

Solo Exhibition |  “OFF/GRID”  | David Bloch Gallery   |  Marrakech, Morocco.

Recent works on canvas and wood created in both the US and during studio residency in the Kasbah, Marrakech + on sight installations and mural interventions.

 

Streaming and free download of a curated 4×4Tracktor soundtrack here.

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The opening will be held in the presence of the artist at the gallery on March 27 at 7:00 pm.

The exhibition will continue until April 26, 2015.

 

The title of Augustine Kofie’s 2015 exhibition OFF/GRID refers to the tension that animates his work: the juxtaposition, and then synthesis, of opposing forces.  This tension operates at a number of levels. In the arena of style, the vintage and the futurist collide.  In the arena of formal composition, shapes and lines are built within a strict grid format but then break from this grid, playing off a tilt, shifting off of the established pattern, in an improvisational, freestyle experimentation.  In the arena of medium, a collage technique using industrial packaging and office supply materials from the 1950s to the 1980s is filtered—rendered contemporary—through painting.  There is the constructivism of the work, which Kofie approaches like a builder—an architect or engineer—a draftsman, not a painter, making preliminary, two-dimensional sketches of a structure, but one which will never be built.  This produces a paradoxical sense of time: the structure simultaneously exists in a future that will never take place, while referring back to a past that has been forgotten.  OFF/GRID refers to this sci-fi temporality, a push and pull between past and future, a tilt off of the grid of time.

 

 

OFF/GRID, which opens at David Bloch Gallery in Marrakech in April 2015, pushes this ongoing exploration further, this time in dialogue with its context.  Kofie will be exploring oppositional synthesis by collaborating with craftsmen to produce work that merges established Moroccan artistic traditions with his own brand of American contemporary expression.  The title OFF/GRID therefore also refers to the way this body of work is made off the grid of Kofie’s usual cultural milieu.

 

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Group Exhibition: Beyond Graffiti 2 @ A+D Museum, Los Angeles

March 23rd, 2015

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Architects and Designers Museum Presents | BEYOND GRAFFITI 2 group exhibit | CURATED BY THE LOS ANGELES ART COLLECTIVE

 

Recent works by iconic Los Angeles Graffiti artists, defining the rich history of the urban art scene as it pushes past the preconception of the spray can as a form of aggression. Graffiti is more than just adding color or words to a wall – it is an expressive gesture vis à vis architecture, design, and the landscape of the city in which we live.

With installations and recent works by:  Eder, Aise, Axis, ATLAS, Defer, EyeOne, Fishe, Gajin Fujita, Swank, Kofie & Chaz 

 

A+D Museum 

Saturday, March 28 @ 8:30 PM

6032 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA. 90036

 

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Group Exhibition: GRAFFUTURISM 5 Year @886 Geary, San Francisco

March 12th, 2015

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Different plane of existence No. 02, 2015

48 w  x  65 h  x 2 inches   /   4  x  4.5 ft.    /   121.92 x 165.1 cm

Acrylic polymer & spray paint on primed duck canvas. Finished in satin gel medium.  

 

 

886 Geary Gallery presents:

Graffuturism 5 Year Anniversary Exhibition, Curated by Art Poesia 

An International Group Exhibition at 886 Geary Gallery, San Francisco

Saturday, March 14th  through April 4th, 2015.

 

[ Larger image at augustinekofie.info ]

 

PREVIEW 

 

 

886 Geary Gallery will celebrate Graffuturism’s 5 Year Anniversary with an international exhibition opening March 14th. Graffuturism has exhibited as a group over the past 5 years in cities such as Glasgow, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Miami and San Francisco. Graffuturism has chosen 886 Geary to hold its anniversary show bringing together an impressive group of International artists to exhibit. Poesia has curated a lineup of premier Urban/Graffiti Art artist who have been pivotal in the development of Graffuturism the past 5 years, or who have been closely associated with the group.

 

Artists exhibiting new work will be,

Aaron De La Cruz, Augustine Kofie, Basik, Bom.k, Boris Delta Tellegen, Carlos Mare, Chazme, Christopher Derek Bruno,Duncan Jago, EKG, Geso, Gilbert1, Jerry Joker Inscoe, Kan, Kema, Kwest, Matt W.Moore, Moneyless, Morik, Nawer, Nelio, Pener, Poesia, Pro176,

Remi Rough, Saber, SatOne,Thomas Canto, Tomek, Vesod, and West One.

 

About Graffuturism and the Artists

Graffiti/Urban Art has flourished and established itself in the contemporary art scene over the past decade, yet it remains a relatively new art form in the historical sense. In 2010 Graffuturism started a blog that set out to showcase the work of fellow Graffiti/Urban Artists who were underrepresented. There was a gap in how the media had been covering the art form: one side being about the new street art, and the other about traditional graffiti coverage. There was no middle ground or coverage of graffiti artists who had pushed forward to explore progressive hybrid directions, or about the newer street artists who worked more like graffiti artists.

 

This is where Graffuturism started and established itself as an alternative to what was taking place in the Graffiti/Urban Art media. Expectantly the blog would strike a chord with fellow artists from around the world, and would go on to establish one of the most organized international group of artists within the larger Graffiti/Urban Art scene. Graffuturism is composed of an emerging progressive global art form that in its natural environment on urban streets around the world has far surpassed any recent contemporary art form. While other art movements or groupings may have taken place due to common theory, ideas, schools, or location, Graffuturism has utilized social media and the Internet to connect and assemble through a common interest in this new progressive Graffiti/Urban Art.

 

What started out as a blog has now become something larger. The term might imply a movement by utilizing the ism in its name, and also reference Futurism within its title, but it had no intention of either being an art movement in the modernist sense of the word nor is it based on futurist principles. This doesn’t mean that Graffuturism does not share certain characteristics of an art movement or deny the fact that some of the artists reference futurism aesthetically in their work. Graffuturism is just another word. The real power of our art form is in our actions as artists collectively.

 

We don’t set out to define where we stand in today’s lexicon of art terms, instead we offer proof of our existence with our work. Our art form was born out of the need to express ourselves through art and aesthetics in the urban streets. With this grouping of artists for this Exhibition we set out to showcase a group of artists that have been part of Graffuturism over the past 5 years in some form, and bring together a wide range of aesthetics that exemplify the essence of this Othercontemporary movement Graffuturism, and also to explore where this movement is heading.

 

Through Graffuturism we have found a base to have this conversation amongst each other as International Peers. We move forward with or without the acceptance of academia, engaging the world the only way we know how – through our work in the streets and in the studio. The latter engages an older system of art with a structure much different than the art we create on the streets for the public and ourselves. Without the context of our street work, our studio work would seem impure, dishonest, out of place and out of context.

 

About The Gallery

886 Geary Gallery is a urban and contemporary art hub based in San Francisco. Combined with sister space White Walls Gallery and 4 project spaces, our state of the art 5,000 square

foot space is one of the largest galleries on the west coast.

Poesia, main curator of 886 Geary Gallery, has worked as an artist for over 2 decades in the San Francisco Bay Area and over the past 5 years curated multiple exhibitions internationally. Having started the internationally recognized website Graffuturism.com as well as Graffuturism Movement in 2010, he has now focused his attention to curating and bringing

emerging artists to San Francisco.

 

886 Geary is the curator’s newest project and venture into the commercial gallery space. Poesia will continue to bring artists from around the world to San Francisco and establish 886 Geary Gallery as the premiere destination of urban and contemporary art in the SanFrancisco Bay Area.

 

 

@886Geary

886 Geary Street

San Francisco, CA 94109

408.805.5626

Group Exhibition: Mapping The City @ Somerset House, London

January 18th, 2015

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Overcast Angeles, 2014

18 x 24 x 1 5/8 inches

Found paper, ball point pen, correction fluid,

spray paint & acrylic on cradled birch panel.

Finished in archival varnish and matte varnish.  

Framed in mahogany lattice & found yardsticks.

 

 

 

 

Mapping the City

22 January – 15 February 2015
Daily 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.30)
Enter via the River Terrace

Free admission

Somerset House London, in association with collaborative arts organisation Approved by Pablo (AbyP) will present an innovative exhibition of works by established and emerging artists from the Street art & Graffiti scenes. To complement the exhibition there will be a diverse series of events, including a series of film and music evenings, artists talks, performances and interactive workshops.

 

For a complete breakdwon of the exhibition and events visit: http://bit.ly/1rwYUN0

 

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Brooklyn Street Arts review of the exhibition

Approved By Pablo Fbook page

Studio and exhibition work archive at augustinekofie.info

December 30th, 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. 

Publication: Feature in Contrast Magazine Issue 13: Chasing the Dream

December 19th, 2014

 

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I have a nice spread of recent works in this 13th physical issue of CONTRAST Magazine based out of Hawaii. Titled “Chasing the Dream”, it’s 124 pages, offset-printed and perfect bound, full color on uncoated paper printed on the island. 

 

This issue features POW! WOW!, Will Barras, Augustine Kofie, Ron English, Yusuke Hanai, Kinfolk, In4mation, Salvage Public, Acacia, Farmers Market Hawaii, Vertra, Honolulu Beerworks, Paiko, Barrio Vintage, Island Fin Design, Innovative Leisure, Cut Copy, Daedelus, PAGE & Debin.

 

Available here

 

 

Mural Intervention: Geometries of Menilmontant: In 3 parts. Paris, France

December 16th, 2014

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Geometries of Menilmontant: In 3 parts

Curated by Elise of Art Azoï in collaboration with OpenSpace Gallery, Paris.

Pavillon Carré de Baudouin, Paris. November, 2014

 

131′ / 40 meters in length

Acrylic medium and spray paint on primed plaster.

121 Rue de Menilmontant, 75020 Paris France

 

With generous assistance by Michel of Art Azoi & Simon of Opanspace

Created during my Taking Shape exhibition with Openspace Gallery

 

Detail of Part 1 here 

+ View complete panoramic here courtesy of VitoStreet

+ View complete panoramic here courtesy of Bin D’Amour

+ View progress and details here courtesy of Bin D’Amour

 

 

 

Group Show: Into The Mystic Benefit show for Sandra Maya

December 13th, 2014

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Found Clipboard- Quill/ Dismantle System

12.5 x 9 inches [2014]

Acrylic and incising on pressed hardboard/ masonite.

Finished in satin gel medium. Signed. 

 

Found Clipboard- Quill/ Gold Line

12.5 x 9 inches [2014]

Acrylic and incising on pressed hardboard/ masonite.

Finished in satin gel medium. Signed.

 

 

[ I will have three letter size clipboards on display at this great benefit show for my friends mother Sandra Maya Campbell. These are the only clipboards available out of the US till late next year. Contact the gallery for all inquiries on availability and pricing. ] 

 

 

 

Into the Mystic:

Memorial Art Show for Sandra “Maya” Campbell

On Dec. 13, Pomona, CA’s DA Center for the Arts will see the culmination of over two dozen artists in a display of genuine admiration and support.“Into the Mystic” is a group exhibition in celebration of the life and creative efforts of Sandra “Maya” Campbell, a fiercely passionate photojournalist, mother and wife. Curated by her son, Ian Campbell, each artist has been pulled from Ian’s creative network to not only share their work, but represent themselves as an extension of the collective community produced through creative culture.

What began as a way to celebrate Sandra’s legacy after her battle with metastatic breast cancer ended this September, has become an effort in the act of communal care. Each purchase from this show will go towards lightening the monetary burden left behind by Sandra’s nearly five year battle with breast cancer, showcasing the unmatched ability for the creative community to create ties, strive collectively and extend consolation and strength.

Sandra’s emphasis on imaginative and ingenuitive ways to live vividly was enjoyed tenfold by her son, as well as his friends. Join them as they celebrate Sandra’s life and her lasting impression through a celebration of art.

When: Saturday, Dec. 13 during the Second Saturday Pomona Art Walk (3pm- 9pm) Where: DA Center for the Arts

 

Solo Show: TAKING SHAPE @ Openspace, Paris documented by Un oeil qui traine…

December 1st, 2014

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An excellent set of TAKING SHAPE opening night photos from Lionel Belluteau of Un oeil qui traine are available here.

Solo Show: TAKING SHAPE @ Openspace, Paris documented by François-Xavier LAURENT

November 30th, 2014

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An excellent set of TAKING SHAPE opening night photos from François-Xavier LAURENT are available to view here.

View the exhibition installations here.