Solo show: BUILD FROM MEMORY @ Openspace, Paris

February 24th, 2017

 

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Aquatico afterthought

60 x 60 inches, square

Acrylic and spray paint on primed cotton duck canvas.

Finished in satin varnish. 

 

 

 

 

AUGUSTINE KOFIE Build From Memory [solo show] 

Exhibition from 25 February -1 April, 2017 

OPENING SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY FROM 6PM TO 9PM WITH THE ARTIST

GALERIE OPENSPACE 

116, boulevard Richard Lenoir 75011 

Paris, France

For any further information or catalogue request : contact@galerieopenspace.com 

+ 33 9 80 66 63 94 

*Soundtrack stream and download HERE

#buildfrommemory 

The Openspace Gallery is pleased to announce Build From Memory, the third solo show of the Los Angeles-based artist Augustine Kofie, which work is represented by the gallery since 2013 in France. 

The title chosen for this new exhibition by Augustine Kofie’s showcasing 2016-17 new series of collage, painting and installation speaks to our human ability to acquire knowledge and repetitively apply it to the material world. We are defined by our ability to manipulate nature, and by our experience of being in time. What we learned and remember is essential to what we make. In this way, we make the future out of the past through our present action, through building from memory, reassembling a mutated, partially preserved set of fragments into something new. There is loss in this, but there is gain as well. 

Kofie continues to push and explore technologies and strategies to build up space within his work, and in each series he poses himself a new problem to be solved. Build From Memory began with the challenge of how to produce dynamic movement from a stable, static (horizontal/vertical) foundation. The answer came in the form diagonal “breaks”, perspectival lines that produce volume, protrusion, immersion, and depth in the horizontal-vertical system. It is these breaks that are built from memory and inspire the title of the collection, for they come directly from the 3D technique of traditional letter writing practices such as sign painting or graffiti. “If I draw from muscle memory, without thinking, I build a static foundation and then insert such 3D breaks to produce new shapes and space,” Kofie explains. “3Ds come from an imaginary point of perspective, from multiple points of perspective, multiple memories.” 

This classic compositional element and representational strategy informs both collage and painting. “The collage is my drafting room, constructivist technique. It’s the finding, recovering, prepping—the mosaic, collage, and transformation of the materials. It’s the closest I can come to building a painting, using the material as a color, using paint only to accentuate what is already there.” Each fragment has been salvaged out of the destructiveness of time, each holds a memory, each is a portal onto a moment, each font or graphic or color opening onto a memory path. 

As always, Kofie’s paintings begin in sketch form, but the sketch is not projected or directly copied onto canvas. Position, scale, the relation of shapes, of negative and positive space—all change with the switch in medium. Muscle memory comes in anew—now it is not the embodied knowledge of years of drawing letters bur rather that of painting large public walls that comes into play. “I am loosening up my canvas technique now,” Kofie says, “painting as I would do a wall. The body comes in – it’s a workout – the canvases are done in quick, repeated spurts, in a painting style I learned from street work, so they have a very loose, active energy. But then I always go back for the refinements, moving through brush sizes from large to small—moving from big dirty mini-roller, from raw brush lines, raw spray paint lines, overspray, that is then finessed and cleaned up with the rigger brush. It’s that relationship of gestural freedom and control that always interests me.“ 

 

 

Born in Los Angeles, Augustine Kofie discovered graffiti in the late 80s, immersed in the skate culture that surrounded him. Inspired by the shape and structure of letters, Augustine Kofie tamed them, deconstructing them to then rebuild them, with an unparalleled technical mastery of spatiality. The artist began to exhibit in galleries in 2002, and his 2009 exhibition Vintage Futurism (Zero1 Gallery, L.A) marked a turning point in his career, laying the foundations for his current work. Augustine Kofie develops his mastery of scale and movement in works full of lines and structured shapes. And a vintage feel also pervades his work; from the 60s magazine illustrations he uses for his collages to the salvaged materials he uses as media, through his choice of colours. Augustine Kofie collaborates with American galleries in New York and Detroit, and since 2013 has been represented in France by the Openspace Gallery and the exhibitions’ cycle it has organized on the theme of Graffuturism. Indeed, Augustine Kofie is now considered as one of the leading representatives of this world movement and is thereby renewing the approach to contemporary abstract painting. 

 

 

GALERIE OPENSPACE 

16, boulevard Richard Lenoir 75011 Paris, France 

Wed- Sat ; 2-7 PM

 For any futher information or catalogue request : contact@galerieopenspace.com 

+ 33 9 80 66 63 94 

Contats Owners of the gallery: Nicolas Chenus & Samantha Longhi 

Gallery assistant: Claire Tivelet 

Sales manager: Nicolas Chenus 

Press contact: Samantha Longhi

 

Group Exhibition: WELCOME TO NEW JERSEY @ Jonathan Levine Gallery

February 12th, 2017

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Full shot and detail of 

Modernizing room

24 x 60 x 1 3/4 inches, 2016 

Found paper, ball point pen, acrylic 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.

 

 

 

I will have  2 recent works available for the inaugural relocation exhibition for my NY gallery. Both ‘Modernizing Room & She Problema  are collage works that include vintage ephemera from my travels to Marrakech, Mexico City as well as Paris. VIEW larger images HERE

 

 

 

 

 

WELCOME TO NEW JERSEY

Jonathan LeVine Projects Inaugural Exhibition in Jersey City at Mana Contemporary

 

February 18 - March 18, 2017

 

Opening reception Saturday, February 18, 6-8 pm

 

888 Newark Ave, Jersey City,

New Jersey 07306

 

 

Group exhibition featuring Adam Wallacavage, AJ Fosik, Alessandro Gallo, Alexis Diaz, Andy Kehoe, Ashley Wood, Augustine Kofie, Beth Cavener, Camille Rose Garcia, Carlos Ramirez, Chloe Early, Cryptik, Dan Witz, Diego Gravinese, Dylan Egon, Eloy Morales, Erik Jones, EVOL, Gary Taxali, Handiedan, Haroshi, Hush, Jeff Soto, Jim Houser, Joel Rea, John Jacobsmeyer, Jorg Heikhaus, Josh Agle (Shag), Kazuki Takamatsu, Mab Graves, Martin Wittfooth, Mary Iverson, Matt Leines, Matthew Grabelsky, Michael Reeder, Miss Van, Nick Walker, Nychos, Phil Hale, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Tara McPherson & Tristan Eaton

 

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News on the recent relocation of Jonathan LeVine Gallery 

FBook event page

Group Exhibition: RESET at Athen B. Gallery, Oakland

January 4th, 2017

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Magnetic quality overcast, 2016

36.5 x 36.5 x 1 3/4 inches

Found pressboard, acrylic, pencil, ball point pen, white-out & screen-print  on cradled birch panel.

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

Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks.

 

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Glendorafied System, 2016

24 x 24 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.

View LARGE HERE

R E S E T 

 

AUBREY LEARNER | AUGUSTINE KOFIE | CHRISTIE YURI NOH | CURIOT

DAVE KINSEY | DUNCAN JAGO | JEAN NAGAI | KELLY ORDING

MARTINA MERLINI | NICOLAS ROMERO | PAKAYLA RAE | SMITHE

Athen B. Gallery is pleased to present “Reset”, a group exhibition coming to Oakland January 14th featuring the works of twelve local, national and international artists. 

Some of the artists in the exhibition, like Augustine Kofie, Dave Kinsey and Duncan Jago, are considered to be veterans in the urban contemporary movement.  They will be hanging alongside emerging artists like Aubrey Learner, Christie Yuri Noh and Pakayla Rae. By hand selecting a diverse array of techniques, styles, and aesthetics, we have aimed to make this our most surreal exhibition to date. We’re excited to have Smithe, Pakayla Rae, Kelly Ording, Duncan Jago, Dave Kinsey, Curiot and Augustine Kofie joining us for the first time.  We couldn’t be happier to welcome back Nicolas Romero, Martina Merlini, Jean Nagai and Aubrey Learner back for another exhibition at Athen B. Gallery in Downtown Oakland.

Be sure to join us Saturday, January 14th at 7pm for the opening reception of “Reset”.  We’re conveniently located in Downtown Oakland at 1525 Webster St. just off both 12th and 19th Ss. Bart Stations.  The exhibition will be on view through February 3, 2017.  

To inquire about available works contact info@athenbgallery.com

Athen B. Gallery

1525 Webster | Oakland, CA | 94612

Contact | info@athenbgallery.com

Hours | Tuesday to Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 11am - 5pm

 

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Gallery Press release

Exhibition view via Instagram 

INSTAGRAFITE coverage of exhibition 

 

 

 

 

MNI WICONI | Benefit for the Rosebud Camp at Standing Rock

January 4th, 2017

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Collisionist antiqua, 2016

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.

 

MNI WICONI

 

JANUARY 14TH, 2017

The Tangent Gallery

715 East Milwaukee 

Detroit, MI 48202

100% of the profits sold at the silent auction are going to THE ROSEBUD CAMP in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

Contact mikepopso@gmail.com for interest and show PDF

 

From Curator  Mike Popso:

The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project continues with harsh winter conditions. Just another reason for us as artists to bring some positivity to Standing Rock’s Sioux tribe. 7,000 people remain on site but were asked to leave by Dec. 5th, 2016  to a “safer” location. That will not be happening according to my friends currently at the camp.

The reason we chose The Rosebud Camp is because Ian Kuali’i visited the camp a few months back and knew this day was coming. They are in dire need of supply for the blizzards that are already taking place. Clothes, food and wood mainly.

Studio and exhibition work archive at augustinekofie.info

December 1st, 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. 

ArtshareLA Presents: ABOVE THE STREETS 2016

October 22nd, 2016

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The 3rd Annual Above the Streets fundraising event benefitting Art Share L.A. will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 6PM – 10:30PM. This year we will honor the 6th Street Bridge Project for contributing to the transformation of Downtown Los Angeles.  And we have the pleasure of highlighting artist/muralist Augustine Kofie.

Augustine’s work will be splashed around the City of Los Angeles through different outdoor media channels: large billboards, digital billboards, bus bench ads, and more!  Using drafting as his inspiration, Augustine’s architectural images align with the many new buildings and changes coming to our city.

Each year, Art Share L.A. serves our community of emerging artists and supports them through their artistic journey.  Last year we shepherded, 350 artists through our gallery and opportunities programs; hosted 4,500 attendees to various events; held 25 gallery shows; 150 musical performances and 50+ readings and poetry events.  Art Share is where you come to discover new talent – Art Lives Here!

 Your sponsorship will ensure Art Share’s ability to continue to support local, emerging artists in their journey of becoming professional artists

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Limited Edition 12x 12, 18x 18 and 24×24 inch, Moab Entrada 290 GSM, Cottonrag available for local Los Anggeles pick up only. NO SHIPPING. 

Group Exhibition: 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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Juxtapoz
BostonHerald
Caught in Southie

Group Exhibition: Grand Opening at Matthew Namour Gallery, Montréal

June 29th, 2016

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Acknowledge Rotation 
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.