Group Show: Please Don’t Touch! @ Openspace, Paris

September 10th, 2016

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 Installation shot of  ’Maroon Base1′ and  ’Azul Unfold’ along with cement sculpture by DELTA.

Photo: Openspaceparis

Please Don’t Touch
Gallery Openspace
116, bd Richard Lenoir, Paris 11e

View updated PDF of Exhibition HERE

Detail of ‘Maroon base1′ HERE 

To celebrate the return and the first last year in its new space Boulevard Richard Lenoir,
the Openspace Gallery decided to think big by offering a selection of important pieces from
his own collection together unpublished works of its artists.
Canvas large format as well as sculptures up the exhibition “Please Do not Touch”. Starting
from the simple fact that the plethora of works and artists proposed by the galleries and auction
houses makes today any act very difficult decision, this event was truly thinking
for and with our collectors.

The team of artists of the gallery is in the spotlight in this event with works - across space - Augustine Kofie,
Robert Proch, Nychos, Addam Yekutieli (Know Hope), Rafael Gerlach (Satone), Doze Green, Lacan Eric Bruno Leyval,
Stéphane Moscato, Taku Obata, Emanuele Vittorioso, nawer and Jana & Js. They will be presented throughout the exhibition
through an evolutionary collision. Some innovations are being unveiled, with among others the return to France
the protégé of Gêmeos Os, Brazilian artist Nunca, works spectacularly futuristic Belgian Frédéric Platéus and a presentation of
works by C215 for his first exhibition with the gallery in 2017 Openspace.

“Please Do not Touch” is also an opportunity to discover a selection of masterpieces from the collection of the gallery,
artists such as Roa, Crash, or Mark Jenkins Smash 137 as well as some very fine editions of Cleon Peterson, Boris Tellegen,
Bom.K and Parra.

Mural Intervention for LOCO in South Boston

September 1st, 2016

 

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Untitled Mural intervention for  LOCO Taqueria & Oyster Bar, South Boston.
Acrylic and spray paint on primed masonry. 15′  x  55′ 
412 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127
Commissioned by owner Mike Shaw.  Documented and organized by Todd Mazer.

FULL SHOT HERE

 I made a returns to Boston in mid August, 2016  to paint a commissioned mural for LOCO Taqueria & Oyster Bar in South Boston. Brought a bit of LA with me on this one as well as washed South of the boarder tones crystalizing through Bostonian brick masonry. Navigation, project organizer and  primary documentation via Todd Mazer.

Many thanks to Mike Shaw for the opportunity and to all the incredible folks at LOCO for the challenge, hydration and tacos.

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Studio and exhibition work archive at augustinekofie.info

July 10th, 2016

 

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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. 

Group Exhibition: Grand Opening at Matthew Namour Gallery, Montréal

June 29th, 2016

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Acknowledge Rotation & Collisionist System
62 x 62 x 4.5 cm   /  24.5 x 24.5 x 1 3/4 inches
Found paper, ball point pen, acrylic and water-based spray paint on cradled birch panel.
Sealed in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin gel medium.
Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks.

Group Exhibition | Matthew Namour Gallery | Opening | Mtl
June 29th | 17-19h

It is a pleasure to be part of the collective show on the occasion of the opening of the new space Matthew Namour Gallery, expansion of the Yves Laroche gallery.
GRAND OPENING
Located in a historical building in the heart of Old Montréal, The gallery’s mission is to showcase cutting edge contemporary art.

Matthew Namour Gallery expands on Yves Laroche’s long-established legacy of presenting the best & most recognizable of lowbrow & street art. Rooted in traditions of graffiti, tattooing, comics, pop art, illustration, and surrealism, Matthew Namour is proud to bring an eclectic selection of artists to Montreal’s most visited neighbourhood. This gallery is here to uphold the city’s position as an evolving force in the global art map.
Galerie Matthew Namour, 217 Boulevard Saint Laurent, Montréal (Québec) H2Y 3T9
514 903-1987 | OPENING HOURS | Everyday: 10am-6pm

 

Group Exhibition: Brick to Canvas @ Tinney Contemporary, Nashville Tennessee

April 20th, 2016

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Detail ofOvercast air’

24 x 60 x 1 3/4 inches, 2016  

Found paper, ball point pen, acrylic, screen print and spray paint on cradled birch panel.

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

Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks.

 

 

 Full shot of and details of ‘Overcast Air’ HERE

 

Tinney Gallery presents: BRICK TO CANVAS: A survey of international street art

 

Herakut  -  Rone  -  Niels “Shoe” Meulman  -  Adele Renault  -  Augustine Kofie

 

Part I:

May 7th - May 28th, 2016

 

 

Tinney Contemporary

237 5th Avenue North

Nashville, TN 37219

 

 

  Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present a two-part exhibition curated by the founders of the Nashville Walls Project, Tova Lobatz and Brian Greif. Brick to Canvas - A Survey of International Street Art is a multidimensional look into the world of contemporary street art, urban contemporary or new contemporary. All the artists represented have extensive experience painting murals and have been exhibiting in galleries and museums around the world. Brick to Canvas - A Survey of International Street Art is on view until July 25th, 2016 at Tinney Contemporary and is free and open to the public.

 

 

Part I: May 7th - May 28th:  Nashville Walls Project Exhibition:  In conjunction with the “Nashville Walls Project” inaugural mural project in Nashville, Tinney will show works by international street artists - Herakut - Germany, Rone - Australia,  Niels “Shoe” Meulman - Amsterdam, Adele Renault - Amsterdam,  Augustine Kofie- United States, and Dal East- South Africa. Inside the gallery Herakut will be producing an experiential installation along with hanging 2D works. Herakut, Rone, Meulman and Renault will be in Nashville to paint public murals and will be present for the opening reception.

 

 

In addition, Tinney will also be exhibiting Banky’s “Haight Street Rat”.   The 7-foot tall beret wearing Rat is one of Banky’s most famous street paintings.  The public will be able to see the Rat for free during the course of the exhibit.

 

 

The Nashville Walls Project aims to bring internationally known street artists to Nashville. The founders, Brian Greif and Tova Lobatz, are art advisers and curators who met in San Francisco. Greif, based in Nashville, has spent a majority of his career in media, produced a number of movies (including “Saving Banksy”, a documentary about the infamous piece that will be hanging in Tinney Contemporary in May), and has been involved in the arts for decades. Lobatz, based in San Francisco, was the director of the leading urban contemporary gallery in the United States. She has founded her own public arts organization in San Francisco, and continues to advise private collections, corporations and curates independently.

 

 

 

 

Group Exhibition: EXCEPTIONAL @ Scream Gallery, London

April 14th, 2016

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Full and detail of ‘Assembly Instructions’, 2016

91 x 91 x 4 cm   /  36 x 36 x 1 3/4 inches

Found paper, ball point pen, acrylic and water-based spray paint on cradled birch panel.

Sealed in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin gel medium. Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks. 

 

 

 

 Animation of 6 Found Clipboard paintings for the exhibition

12.5 x 9 inches  [22 x 32 cm ]

Acrylic on found clipboard (pressed hardboard masonite wood). 

Finished in satin gel medium.

 

 

 

 

 

EXCEPTIONAL (ADJECTIVE: UNUSUAL, NOT TYPICAL.)

Curated by REMI ROUGH & Ruth Wilkinson

 

14TH APRIL - 29TH APRIL 2016 AT SCREAM LONDON

 

A group exhibition featuring:

Jerry Inscoe (USA)  -  Augustine Kofie (USA)  -  Zanny Mellor (UK)  -  Martina Merlini (ITALY)  -  Steve More (UK)  -  Charley Peters (UK)  -  Livvy Turner (UK)

 

 

Scream London present ‘Exceptional’, a group exhibition that connects seven artists with disparate working practices who share a minimalist sensibility. Employing a range of different methods, each artist has developed a unique way of working with processes such as erasure, visual systems or spatial investigation. Their practices are often labour intensive, contrary to the reductive nature of the final work.

 

The work presented in ‘Exceptional’ offers a contemporary vision of the traditions of abstraction. Some of the artists draw inspiration from the lines of urban architecture, some from surface and texture, and others from vintage system grids. Their work, however, avoids a nostalgic view of modernism and sits confidently within a post-digital landscape. The distinctive journeys that each of the artists go on in their daily routines in the studio are what brings them together in this exhibition.

 

‘Exceptional’ because nobody else makes work in the same way that these seven artists do. ‘Exceptional’ because the work is unique, not printed or manufactured but considered, built, erased, layered, constructed and painted by their own hands, using their own inimitable processes with incomparable results.

 

 

Scream LondonEastcastle House, 27-28 Eastcastle St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8DH

 

 

Illustration and handstyle for SACH Essential LP released by HIT+RUN

February 17th, 2016

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[Longtime collaborators HIT+RUN asked me to contribute to this great ‘Best of’ collection of music by Sach Illpages, a true LA connoisseur, Dj, beat-smith, painter and MC in it’s purest form. Photography by Eric Coleman of MOCHILLA, Liner Notes by Carlos Nino and design direction by Brandy Flower. The LP and cassettes are available via their Bandcamp and select stores.]

 

 

 

While G-funk dominated hip-hop airwaves through the 1990s, the pulse of underground rap was maintained at the Good Life Café, an open-mic workshop at the corner of Crenshaw & Exposition in Los Angeles. After Freestyle Fellowship became the first Good Life group to invade the national consciousness in 1991, a young duo called THE NONCE were their heirs apparent, seemingly primed for a breakthrough. Composed of Leimert Park natives Lance ‘Nouka Basetype / Sach’ Caldwell and Yusef ‘Afloat’Muhammad, The Nonce had already been rapping and recording together for years prior to arriving at Good Life. The Nonce signed to Wild West Records / American and completed a record called ‘World Ultimate’ in 1995.

 

An early single called “Mix Tapes” emerged from the ‘World Ultimate’ sessions. With its dense percussion, rolling bass, spare horn samples and deft turntable scratches, it’s emblematic of the sound that would pervade the classic album. The song charts Sach and Yusef’s growth from mixtape peddlers to artists. It also became The Nonce’s stepping stone to a major label contract and a bonafide west coast classic. While often likened to A Tribe Called Quest’s concurrent records, ‘World Ultimate’ moves at a lower frequency than any Tribe album, achieving the considered smoothness of the best mid-‘90s California rap.

 

After ‘World Ultimate’, Sach and Yusef intended to push their musical boundaries even further. In 1998, Sach formulated an ambitious project called ‘Seven Days to Engineer,’ in which he’d conceive, produce and record an entire album in a week. The song, “Look At Me Mean,” has a murky, uneasy vibe miles removed from ‘World Ultimate’s happy-go-lucky sound. For Yusef Afloat, the journey ended at age 28. In 2000 his body was found beside the 110-Freeway. Whatever the cause of death, “It was devastating to me, and it affected me in a lot of different ways,” Sach says. “It made me disavow the industry. I still wanted to make music, but I didn’t know how to proceed.”

 

Sach disappeared for a while but emerged in 2002 with ‘Suckas Hate Me,’ and in 2004 recorded his third solo album ‘Sach 5th Ave’ with producer Omid. In the years since Sach has maintained a prolific solo career, self-releasing nearly a dozen projects ranging from LPs to collaborations and instrumental tapes. As Sach Ill Pages and with Name Science (with Ino Oner), he’s pursued a more abstract lyricism and leans more heavily on jazz instrumentals than he did with The Nonce, but he’s the same rapper.

 

Fast forward to 2016 and the forthcoming release of ‘ESSENTIAL [HNR57] a remastered twelve-track “Best of” SACH compilation album, serving as a re-introduction of Sach to a new generation of hip-hop lovers, producers, beat makers & emcees. This extraordinary musical document comes complete with cover artwork courtesy of Augustine Kofie, the legendary photography of Eric Coleman, plus illustrative and informative liner notes by luminary Carlos Nino, and is available on limited-edition 12″ tangerine colored vinyl, (only 300qty pressed in collaboration with Fat Beats), plus Cassette tape (includes two non-LP bonus tracks “Heavenly Spit” & “Robot on Ya”).

Publication: KEEP DRAFTING Monograph with ZERO+ Publishing

February 16th, 2016

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ZERO+ Publishing 

KOFIE KEEP DRAFTING

 

Published by Zero+ Publishing

Introduction by Rafael Schacter

160 pages, 11 1/4″ X 11 1/4″

120 Illustrations, English

100 color plates, 200 gsm SPCO matte art paper

Hardcover - Cloth with paper dust jacket

Release date: June 2015

Edition of 1,000

Designed by Pedersen Projects, Claremont, California

ISBN: 9781937222390

 

Keep Drafting traces the fascinating trajectory of Augustine Kofie’s work, from his early figurative pieces to his more recent forays into geometric forms and abstraction using collage and found images. Sketches, initial drawings and a grouping of paintings on clipboards give a strong sense of not only the working process of this incredible artist, but help document how he achieves such enduring finished paintings. KOFIE’s background growing up as a graffiti writer in Los Angeles in the 1990s has further informed his amazing outdoor murals, including a featured signature piece from Mexico City. Augustine has exhibited his work in Milan, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Paris, Tokyo, Cape Town, Miami, Glasgow, London, Vancouver, Berlin, Basel, Melbourne and beyond.    -GINKO PRESS

 

Available at:

1XRUN 

ZERO +

 

 

 

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Custom Box Set for KEEPDRAFTING Book with Zero Publishing

February 1st, 2016

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KOFIE: KEEP DRAFTING—DELUXE EDITION

 

Technical specifications:

  • Edition: 10
  • Custom constructed stained box with a unique acrylic / screen printed lid—12.5 x 12.5 x 3.75 inches (31.75 x 31.75 x 9.525 cm)

Contents:

  • Original acrylic, paper and screen print on wood panel framed with vintage yardsticks—10 x 10 x 1 inches (25.4 x 25.4 x 2.54 cm)
  • Signed/numbered book

 

$1500.00 Write to info@zeropluspublishing.com for availability

Group Exhibition: Cosmic Flush: Celebrating the life and work of the legendary Rammellzee, London

December 10th, 2015

 

 

 

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They knew I had wounds from platoons of the stars

39.5 x 39.5, 2015

Acrylic polymer & spray paint on primed duck canvas.

Finished in satin gel medium.

 

 

 

GammaProforma Presents: Cosmic Flush Exhibition, celebrating the life and work of the legendary Rammellzee.

Magda Danysz Gallery, 61 Charlotte St, London. December 10th, 2015

 

 

[ Very honored to have contributed my artwork to this project. MY SCHOOLBAG is available HERE to order] 

 

 

 

Rammellzee passed away in 2010, but before he left us he recorded his magnum opus, Cosmic Flush with producer Jonah Mociun. Unreleased, eight years have passed. The collection of breakcore and speed metal-influenced rap tracks stand as a futuristic relic which is just now about to see the light of day.

 

Cosmic Flush fully realises Rammellzee’s complex philosophy and unique vision of futuristic hip hop, apocalyptic science fiction, and extreme sonic exploration.

 

To celebrate the life of one of our culture’s great minds we are releasing Cosmic Flush as a commemorative series of records and prints. There are 7 core tracks, each will be reinterpreted and remixed by a visual and audio artist.

 

Illustrating the groundbreaking influence and genius of the artist, The Rammellzee. Works from Futura, Doze Green, Ian Kuali’i. Delta, sheOne, Augustine Kofie, Poesia, Toxic, Dr Zulu, Will Barras, Divine Styler, Mr Len, Edan, Beans and more TBA.

 

View all of the paintings from the Cosmic Flush project and hear the album and remixes at Magda Danysz Gallery, London on Thursday 10th December, 2015.

We’re producing a commemorative catalogue for the show which includes all of the artwork. A limited number of these are available to order here.

 

 

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