A. Kofie & Moneyless / Assioma No. 01
30 x 42 (76 x 106 cm) acrylic on paper.
Acrylic on 300 lb acid free paper. Finished in satin varnish.Framed.
A.Kofie & Moneyless/ Assioma No. 02
39 x 27.5 in. (100 cm x 70 cm)
Acrylic and spraypaint on wood.
Finished in satin varnish. Framed.
A.Kofie & Moneyless/ Assioma Installation
Acrylic & spray paint
231 sq ft, 7 x 11 = A.Kofie, 14 x 11 = moneyless
A. Kofie & Moneyless
Avantgarden Gallery, Milan
March 20 - April 23
Via Cadolini, 29
The ASSIOMA is the ultimate Starting Point.
By definition and its nature it doesn’t require any arguments to unravel, there are no secrets to uncover, no relativistic misunderstandings when you state it. In Math it’s a self-evident concept, a postulate whose Truth is proven and taken for granted in an immediate and intuitive way; an axiom is therefore obviously indemonstrable and yet basically already demonstrated because it comes with an irrefutable universal recognition, given its lack of mathematical and narrative rhetorical connections.
What is an axiom then, if not the Original and unquestionable concept from which all theories flow like a waterfall? It’s the safe foundation on which we can “gamble“ in order to give life to new variables, that are driven by ground rules that turn hat’s necessary into something useful to analyze reality.
These two artists met in San Francisco in 2010. They share a mutual respect, on a personal and professional level, and a similar sensibility for Geometric thinking a bond that will take them all the way to Milan, Italy where they collaborate artistically for the first time.
With ASSIOMA Moneyless and Augustine Kofie meet at the Avantgarden Gallery to explore a new theory, finding together all the similarities and differences in their works, juxtaposing them. Moneyless takes care of building a solid foundation and Kofie begins a process of research combing Geometric and Hyperuranic Platonic perfection with the virus of reality. The work of Augustine Kofie therefore becomes one of the possible variables directly connected with Moneyless’ axiomatic purity.
The image of a circle shown over and over in its perfection in Moneyless’ new works is a mantra that doesn’t leave any space for questioning. Immediately one recognizes its beauty and lives its perfections. The effect is overwhelming, complete and totalizing. The thought process behind ASSIOMA is complemented by Kofie’s approach that starts from architecture, from everyday reality, and uses geometry to create futuristic scenarios that encompass serial tastes and important analog incursions. The result is a brilliant balance between abstract geometric shapes objects that belong to an organic, warm, human reality.
Thanks to both artists, Geometry, usually seen as an abstract model of reality and a dry set of rules, theorems and demonstrations, brings its soul back to life, a soul lost shortly after his origin when it was the source of inspiration and took on a role of its own changing History.
Through ASSIOMA, Moneyless and Kofie work on a joint experimental project. Avantagarden Gallery has in fact invited them for ten days of collaboration where they are expected to conduct a sort of “controlled improvisation”. Geometry defines lines and borders, deduction is the basis of reasoning and in this particular case, of artistic expression.
ASSIOMA is a challenge that turns the method into the primary source for creative inspiration. Art then relies on the typical creativity of theoretical science, which comes up with news ideas always starting from universal and fixed theories.
The axiom of transitivity is, on the other hand, inferred from the theory of a consumer’s preferences and it determines the logical coherence of the choices of a typical consumer.
Moneyless’ mission has always been linked to reestablish a certain kind of order in consuming materials and Kofie’s rationalistic approach is actually a simple proposal for an unpretentious architectonic world that shouldn’t lose its accessibility and its beauty in being relatable.
The expressive needs and the preferential choices of the two artists start from different backgrounds and independent paths but it becomes almost obvious, self-evident, natural the fact that they complement each other so well. ASSIOMA is the point of encounter of two very distinct paths that carry within them two very kindred spirits.
-Francesca Holsenn for AvantGarden Gallery, Spring 2014
MONEYLESS – Teo Pirisi
Born in 1980, known as Moneyless, he lives between Milan, where he was born, and Lucca. His mission is clearly suggested by his pseudonym: Moneyless, a name that underlines his goal of making art with simple material and without wasting resources, like it often happens in our omnivorous consumer-driven society in which we live in, utilizing this material at its best. Famous for his works in public spaces, the artist explores lines and volume, his creations find inspiration in nature: the are minimalistic geometric shapes, essential and at the same time majestic, mystical in way, that stand out in the space as if suspended and silence us, make us reflect and think about the relation between us and time passing.
Informal American Artist, born in 1973, well-known name among street artists in Los Angeles he is considered one of the most significant exponents of Graffuturism.
His style has been defined Futuristic Vintage, and he finds inspiration in modern architecture, Jazz music and his passion for lettering.
His art is characterized by an instinctual reasoning, when the artist works according to a fluid thought but with an order that revelers his search for balance, his focus on form and composition.
After finishing up their big mural project, the Library Street Collective recently opened a group show featuring artwork from all the participating artists. Covering a wide range of styles, techniques and mediums, artists from all over the globe gladly partook in one of the biggest urban and contemporary art shows Detroit has seen in a long time. Featuring works by such names as Dabs Myla, How Nosm, Interesni Kazki, Tristan Eaton, Cyrcle, Revok, Gaia, Remi Rough, Sam Friedman, Maya Hayuk, Augustine Kofie, Pose, Logan Hicks, and more, the exhibition is a colorful overview of the infinite creative energy from the 27 artists featured in this project.
While the large murals created inside of “The Z “garage in downtown Detroit represented the street expression of their art, the sculptures, paintings and drawings exhibited at the LSC gallery showcased the participants’ fine art side. Ranging from surrealistic to expressive, abstract and futuristic, with lots of elements and influences of graffiti and urban art mixed in, the works in this show surely have something for everyone to enjoy. The exhibition is planned to be on view until the end of April, so make sure you check it out in person for a full experience.
Text: Arrested Motion Photo credit: Sal Rodriguez
Gestural aditions by DEFER
Spray paint and latex on primed cinderblock
Kaka’Ako district of Honolulu, Hawaii
For POW! WOW! 2014
View FULL SIZE here
Was an honor to been selected to participate in the 2014 lineup for POW! WOW! HAWAII.
“Augustine Kofie began his career as a graffiti writer over two decades ago, but his desire to master the art of the spray can lead him to develop the abstract style and vintage-inspired color palette for which he is known. Kofie is currently working on a mural for the ongoing street art festival Pow Wow Hawaii in Honolulu. Hi-Fructose got a chance to go up on the lift with him to chat while he painted. Kofie showed us his initial sketch (something he rarely reveals), which he renders in a combination of traditional and digital media.
“About 10 or 12 years ago, I knew I was going to go in this direction. I kind of let the style take it there, I didn’t force it. But I was paying attention to what I was doing and what I needed to do to let it grow and mature,” said Kofie when asked about the evolution of his style. “I’m a pensive guy as it is, so of course I’m over-thinking everything. So add that to working with the structural aesthetic [of graffiti], and it sort of goes hand in hand… This is what I draw naturally, this is what I gravitate towards.”
He explained that when he arrives on site to paint, he rarely looks back at his first sketch, allowing for room for happy accidents that ultimately become part of his geometric composition. Among the architectural lines are spontaneous elements, like dripping paint, that give Kofie’s work a sense of motion.”
-Nastia Voynovskaya for Hi-Fructose
My most recent print ‘Circulate System Shift’ with 1XRun will be on display as for sale along with a number of other great artists partisipating in the 2014 POW! WOW! Hawaii. View the entire collection HERE.
The team at 1xRUN is excited to announce a unique partnership with Pow Wow Hawaii, the world’s leading mural festival. This February 1xRUN will arrive in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu starting on February 3rd. At 3pm EST we kick off a series of 40 + print releases by participating 2014 Pow Wow artists, wrapping up on February 18th.
With an expansive roster of over 50 artists converging on the island to paint large scale murals for nearly two weeks Pow Wow Hawaii is a one of a kind event not to be missed. As things wrap up 1xRUN will host a special print exhibition on February 14th at Loft in Space / Fresh Cafe. Along with the expansive 1xRUN print exhibition we have partnered with Pangea Seed, a local non profit to exhibit prints from their archives and their new Sametan figure customized by over 30 global artists.
View All Pow Wow Featured Artists: Roids, Ron English, Tristan Eaton, Aaron De La Cruz, BASK, Meggs, Persue 1 & 2, Angry Woebots 1 & 2, Dave Kinsey, 123 Klan, Insa, Brendan Monroe Gold & Silver, Hannah Stouffer, Inti, Prime, Estria, Cyrcle, Defer, Cope2, Indie 184, Augustine Kofie, Gage Hamilton, Ekundayo, Mimi Pond, Wayne White, Tatiana Suarez, Reka, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, Gaia, Glenn Barr, Nychos, Apexer, Madsteez & Roids, Kamea Hadar and Dabs Myla.
During my December 2013 residency and mural intervention project with All City Canvas in Mexico City I sat down with Amber Bravo Of Herman Miller to discuss how the mural project came about as well as my mindset going into such a project.
I can’t thank IMPACT HUB, ACC and Herman Miller Mexico enough for the support and opportunity.
“Kofie’s work is a clash between really old and new technology and innovation. And looking at where we’re painting—we’re in a turn-of-the-century neighborhood, but we’re doing a project which talks about innovation and moving forward, we like how he gets inspired from architecture, schematics, and from machines.” -Gonzalo Alvarez
I have a featured interview translated in both spaish and english in the current issue of the graffiti culture digital magazine Illegal Squad.
I have a featured interview in the arts and culture digital mag Bizarre Beyond Belief issue #11. Very humbled to make the cover as well, Cheers BBB!
With another 100+ page issue, this lengthy new edition of BBB is an artistic gold mine. With a broad range of visuals such as Zeus40 of Wildboys, XRay, ANSER: Mysterious Date, Dick Cherry, Mikael B/KetsOne, an editorial on the graffiti Mecca “5 Pointz” in NYC, AGENS ABM Crew, Trevor Wheatley‘s NIKE Project and Augustine Kofie, this issue is sure to be an instant classic.
Enamel spray paint & laytex on stucco.
7th & Mateo st. Downtown Los Angeles [East of Alameda St.]
My first piece of 2014. This is the second piece of mine on this same plot of wall on 7th and Mateo, first painted in April of 2011.