KEEP DRAFTING Book Signing @ Mumford Brewing Company | Los Angeles

August 19th, 2015

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ZERO+ Publishing 

KOFIE KEEP DRAFTING

 

Public book signing Sunday, August 23, 2015

3-6 pm.

 

Book will be available for purchase

 

MUMFORD BREWING COMPANY  416 BOYD ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90013 

 

 

 

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Group Exhibition: CUATRO IGUAL A UNO @ Celaya Bros. Gallery, Mexico D.F.

June 23rd, 2015

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Augustine Kofie, Circulación Templo

165 x 170 cm / 64.9 x 66.9 in, 2014

Acrylic polymer and spray paint on heavy canvas.

Finished in semi gloss gel medium

 

 

 

 

 

I will have a number of works from my ‘YESTERDAYS ADVANCE‘ collection on dislay at the one year anniversary exhibition for Celaya Brothers gallery in Mexico CityAlso on display will be works by Christiaan Conradie, 3ttman, Franco Fasoli Jaz and more recently Sten Lex, in addition to promoting talented Mexican artists as Smithe, L3Sup3rD3mon, Sanez, Tellaeche and Fusca.

 

Celaya Brothers Gallery

Zacatecas 194, Roma Norte,

Mexico City D.F.

(between Tonalá and Monterrey).

 

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Group Exhibition: L.A. MURALISTS: Artists In Their Studios ll @ Couturier Gallery

June 2nd, 2015

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Incised Series No. 35, 2014

19 1/2 x 19 1/2  x  1 1/8 inches 

Acrylic, screen print, spray paint and incising on masonite panel.

Finished in matte satin varnish.

Framed in found yardstick & mahogany lattice.

  

 

Couturier Gallery presents- L.A. Muralists: In Their Studios II

 

June 6 – July 18, 2015

166 N. LA BREA AVENUE

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90036

323-933-5557

 

 

Artists’ Opening Reception, Saturday, June 6, 6–8pm

10% of all proceeds will go to benefit the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

Murals are a familiar part of the Los Angeles landscape, however, the public may be less familiar with the more intimate studio work of these highly visible artists.  Such pieces, although prized by institutions and private collectors, often go unseen by the general public.  In 1990, Couturier Gallery examined the studio work of five pioneering mural artists. Now, 25 years later, the gallery revisits those artists alongside a new generation of painters with L.A. Muralist: In Their Studios II.  They include: Christina Angelina, David Botello, Pablo Cristi, Wayne Healy, Judithe Hernández, Alex “Defer” Kizu, Augustine Kofie, Lydiaemily, Kent Twitchell, John Valadez and Richard Wyatt.  L.A. Muralists: In Their Studios II will run from June 6 – July 18, 2015.  The artists’ opening reception will be held, Saturday, June 6, 6-8pm.  Note that 10% of all proceeds will go to benefit the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA).

 

The importance of murals in society is not only for their artistic beauty, but also the sociopolitical commentary they provide.  Diego Rivera and others spearheaded the Mexican mural movement of the 1930s, the political and aesthetic impact of which can still be appreciated today.  In the latter part of the 20th century, Los Angeles saw a renaissance in mural projects with commissions along roadways, in public lobbies and large-scale brand advertising on the exterior of commercial and residential spaces.  Such public murals, both old and new, act as a visual marker for neighborhoods by reflecting its inhabitants and providing a sense of community and identity through the shared ownership of these iconic works.

 

The difference between these public works for which these artists are known, and the work done in their studios, is the more personal viewpoint in the latter.  By their very nature public murals, more often than not, include a consensus of thought beyond the control of the artist.  By venturing into their studios we get a private glimpse behind the facade of these public artists and see the personal imagery and subject matter that resonates within and helps define them as the fine artists they are.

 

 

 

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Press Release

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm

For further information or images please contact cg@couturiergallery.com.

 

 

4 Man Show: AMBIGUITY @ GALERIE ZIMMERLING & JUNGFLEISC, Saarbrücken, Germany

May 30th, 2015

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Details of:

Ambiguous reform No. 02 

48h x 48w  inches [ 122 x 122 x 4 cm ]

Acrylic polymer & spray paint on primed duck canvas.

Finished in satin gel medium.

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Found Clipboard- Letter Size- Diamond/ reform

12.5 x 9 inches  [22 x 32 cm ]

Acrylic, spray paint and incising on pressed hardboard/ masonite. 

 Finished in satin gel medium.

 

 

 

[ I will have 4 works on display at this 4 man show in Saarbrücken, Germany. Ambiguous reform No. 01 as well as Ambiguous reform  No. 02 can be seen in full size at Augustinekofie.info]

 

 

 

May 24, 2015

Ambiguity :  REMI ROUGH - LXone - POESIA - AUGUSTINE KOFIE

Galerie Zimmerling & JungfleischSaarbrücken, Germany 

 

Galerie ZIMMERLING & JUNGFLEISCH is pleased to present  AMBIGUITY, an impressive group exhibition that brings together four international urban contemporary artists who work within the scope of Abstract Art.

ZIMMERLING & JUNGFLEISCH has curated a lineup of leading graffiti artists, who are all members of the global arts collective Agents of Change (AOC) or part of the popular Graffuturism Movement. The gallery artists that will be featured in the show – Remi Rough, Augustine Kofie, LX.One, and Poesia – not only share their graffiti background but also their fascination for Abstraction.

The title AMBIGUITY was chosen by the artists themselves and appears as a perfect show title when it comes to describing all of their works collectively. Each artist‘s work is similar in a way that it references something familiar to get something innovative and new. The ambitious nature of the works are a different and unique artistic approach. Although, the four exhibiting artists concentrate on Abstract Art, they refer to distinct art forms such as Futurism, Suprematism, and Op-Art.

AMBIGUITY represents an alluding to something without saying it directly and without defining it exactly. It induces the viewer to think about of all those various forms of art.

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Group Exhibition: A Study Of Camouflage @ Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne

May 20th, 2015

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Detail of:

Woodland Infrastructure, 2015

23 x 15 inches [35.5×56cm

Acrylic on 100% cotton, 300gms Arches paper.

Finished in archival satin varnish.

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Arctic Infrastructure, 2015

23 x 30 inches [56×71cm] 

Acrylic on 100% cotton, 300gms Arches paper.

Finished in satin varnish. 

 

 

[It’s a pleasure to be invited to share works for shows with a solid theme and lineup. I will have 2 recent works on paper for this one. LARGE view of  Arctic Infrastructure & Woodland Infrastructure at AugustineKofie.info]

 

Backwoods Gallery proudly presents A Study Of Camouflage - a new show within the A Study of… exhibition series. 

 

This is the fourth exhibition in row in the long-term project consisting of annual shows that focus on different study subjects. After more than successful exhibitions A Study of Hands, A Study of Eyes and A Study of Hair, the new show is focusing on a completely different subject – camouflage.

 

The exhibition will open on Friday, May 29th, and will be on view until Sunday, June 7th. It will take place at a warehouse space, just next door to Backwoods Gallery, at 5 Easey Street, Collingwood.

 

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With this series of exhibitions, we are creating a vivid archive of works by renowned artists from around the world whose works intersect on the same subject-matter. No matter the artistic style or technique used, a magnificent plurality of different approaches and representations of a single subject contextualises it, and places it in a dominant understanding of both the artists’ and audience’s views. Logically, this library becomes a diverse overview of different representations of a single subject, as seen and created by leading contemporary artists.

 

A Study of Camouflage brings together some of the leading contemporary artists whose art, in some way, touches the subject of camouflage. In collaboration with DPM-Studio (Disruptive Pattern Material), our concept seeks to deconstruct the dominant perception of camouflage from its military driven narrative, and to bring back the camouflage patterns to its natural roots. Camouflage is usually linked with military uniforms and inherently with violence and rigorousness. However, camouflage patterns are much more than a simple military feature. Its different forms can be observed and understood as an artistic product, both in terms of aesthetics and conceptuality. Aesthetically, camouflage can assume different shapes and forms, creating beautiful design and art products, while conceptually, it may be detached from its military connotation, and transformed to different purposes depending on the given context. Always depending on artistic approach towards it, camouflage has enormous potentials for being a perfect medium for countless interpretations of contemporary society. The use of camouflage in art may lead to more abstract forms, while on the other hand it can serve as the perfect material for figurative and conceptual approaches as well.

 

Each artist participating at A Study of Camouflage uses the concept of camouflage in different ways. The artists featured in the show are: Aaron de la Cruz, Acorn, Alexander Mitchell, Ashley Wood, Augustine Kofie, Beastman, Clemens Behr, Hardy Blechman, James Greenaway, Jaybo Monk, Jon Fox, Jun Inoue, Kano Hollamby, K-narf, Madsaki, Mark Bode, Mark Drew, Masaho Anotani, MoneyLess, Nelio, O-Two, Petro, Raphael Sliks, Remi Rough, ROA, Senekt, SheOne, Shida, Shohei Takasaki, Shun Kawakami, Slicer, Stabs, Stephen Ives, TwoOne and Yusk Imai. 

 

 

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Email sales@backwoodsgallery.com for the exhibition catalogue.

FBook Event page 

Early teaser on instagram

 

 

 

Group Exhibition: AGGREGATE @ Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles

April 18th, 2015

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Refacciones Circulate

26 h x 29 w x 1 3/4 in, 2014

Found paper, acrylic & ball point pen on cradled birch panel..

Finished in archival varnish and satin varnish. 

Framed in mahogany lattice & found vintage yardsticks.

VIEW LARGE 

 

 

 

AGGREGATE

OPENING RECEPTION : SATURDAY APRIL 18th, 7-10 pm

 

KP PROJECTS // MKG

170 S. LA BREA AVE. LOS ANGELES, CA 90036

323.933.4408

info@mkgallery.com

 

 

Aggregate is an exhibition of the work of 17 artists, curated by Kirk Pedersen from the roster of visionaries published by his imprint, ZERO+ Publishing. Running the gamut from street art to pop surrealism to illustration to fine art—and sometimes blending genres in ways that defy categorization entirely—this group of artists could hardly be more eclectic. Yet they all share a passion for exploring other dimensions—uncharted territories that are both spatial and emotional, metaphorical and metaphysical. In addition to an original artwork by each artist, the gallery will display a number of unique artist-made deluxe box editions that have been created through the collaborative rapport that gradually evolved between these artists and their publisher.

 

 

From its inception, ZERO+ Publishing established a manifesto of sorts—it would publish limited editions of 1,000 that would never be reprinted, using the finest paper and printing methods available, and most importantly, design and edit each book in collaboration with the artist, recognizing that their insight is integral to creating a truly great book. In consequence, each book would be unique, taking its form according to the innate requirements of each artist’s body of work. For many ZERO+ titles, another level of artistry would be revealed with custom-made deluxe box editions, each of which would include original artwork. Ultimately, what makes ZERO+ unique in the publishing world is Kirk Pedersen’s sense of adventure and keen curatorial eye. The editions displayed in this exhibition share with their artist subjects a resonance and integrity that belie the perception of books as products—for in many ways, these books are themselves works of art.

 

 

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Preview on Hi Fructose

 

 

 

CIRCULATIONS TEE for GAMMAx99

April 16th, 2015

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AUGUSTINE KOFIE - CIRCULATIONS TEE

 

Gamma X99 Series - Augustine Kofie ‘Circulations’

Part One in a series of limited edition runs of 99 signature artist designed tee’s.

 

Despatched on 04/05/15

 

Pre-shrunk jersey. Seamless double needle stitched collar, tapped neck and shoulders. Double stiched sleeve and waist hem. Outer-turned body to eliminate centre crease.

Hand printed and constructed in London utilizing international parts.

 

Available only through Gama Proforma here.

 

 

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.

#KOFGOESOFFGRID

 

 

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