Never take a seat to taking shape, 2014
Acrylic polymer and enamel spray paint on fiberglass.
Finished in satin varnish. Signed on back.
Group Exhibition / Nov 1 - Nov 14, 2014
SOZE Gallery is pleased to present an exhibit of unique custom painted Modernica fiberglass shell chairs made on the original Herman Miller Equipment to benefit THE ART OF ELYSIUM. Established artists including: RETNA, Erin Riley, Aaron De La Cruz, Ben Frost, Mel Kadel and many others will display custom painted chairs that are works of art in and of themselves. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to THE ART OF ELYSIUM to support the incredible work they do.
RETNA, Cleon Peterson, Anthony Lister, Neckface, Augustine Kofie, Ben Frost, Gregory Siff, Aaron De La Cruz, Crash One, Seratla, Rolland Berry, Jaybo Monk, Marco Pho Grassi, Cole Sternberg, Mel Kadel, Ciler, Hueman, Brittany Segal, Erin Riley, Kristin Bauer, Emmitt Potter, Karen Bystedt/Mar, Paige Smith
Contact Toowee@Sozegallery.com for all informations
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.
LE PETIT VOYEUR is an independent magazine released bianually by curator, designer and publisher Kristian Rosėn out of Denmark.
LE PETIT VOYEUR - Issue 02
Visual Arts, 24×34 cm, 273 pages incl. cover and special Ian Kuali’i cut out insert, 33 artists from around the world. Sold in a limited and numbered edition of 1000 copies – all individually numbered on the cover.
Offset printed in Denmark on Igepa Avanta Card 280g/m2 (cover) and Arctic Volume White 130g/m2 (content). Embossed logo on the cover.
Featuring the works of:
Alexis Diaz, Ashley Oubré, Augustine Kofie, BATES, Boris Tellegen – DELTA, Bryan Liston, Cameron Davis, Caroline Mackintosh, Claudio Oliverio, CMP ONE, CPHCPH, Erik Jones, Erin Elizabeth Kelly, Hélio Bray, Ian Kuali’i, Joel Daniel Phillips, Jouk Oosterhof, Juan Francisco Casas, KACAO77, Kasper Eistrup, Kevin Cyr, Kevin Peterson, Mairi-Luise Tabbakh, Michael Johansson, Miko Lim, MODE 2, Rasmus Weng Karlsen, ROA, Rob Timko, Scien & Klor, SOBEKCIS, Tristan Eaton & Tyler Shields.
WCA Wall curated by David Cowan (MINER) with works by,
Pedro Balugo (PJ), Steven Tishkoff (Mist), Devin Flynn (Relm), Jeffrey Saunders(Dye5), and Augustine Kofie.
Museum instalation. Created on sight. Acrylic, spray paint and paper (pre-printed, found, reclaimed). 2014.
20′ x 24′
Photo by SteadyJenny.com
Experience 11: Scratch – Jun 8 until Sept 21, 2014
Many of LA’s most influential graffiti and tattoo artists will cover the walls and floors of ESMoA to publicly launch their 21st century encounter with an artistic tradition: The Getty Graffiti Black Book.
In 2013 more than 150 of LA’s leading graffiti artists responded to a 16th century manuscript from the vaults of the Getty Research Institute called a liber amicorum (book of friends) by contributing works on paper to be bound into a single book and created the Getty Graffiti Black Book. Street artists have used black books for decades to create a visual memory of drafts and to serve as a vehicle for the exchange of ideas. The extraordinary competition that occasionally arises among such artists can also lead to respect as rivals invite each other to “hit” their black books with original works. The contributing artists decided to give the Getty Black Book the title, LA Liber Amicorum, to capture the spirit of its transformation of rival ‘writing-crews’ into a Los Angeles Book of Friends.
Now, ESMoA and the Getty Research Institute have invited Getty Black Book artists Axis, Cre8, Defer, Eyeone, Fishe, and Miner to co-curate those crews of creative friends from the LA graffiti art community and turn the art laboratory of ESMoA into an open black book. Graffiti and tattoo artists will transform the space into a cathedral of urban art for the first presentation of the LA Liber Amicorum to the public with SCRATCH.
Graffito is old Italian slang for “a little mark,” and graphein in Ancient Greek meant “scratch, draw, paint” long before it meant “to write.” Graffiti artists craft letterforms, draft perspective, and merge line, color, and form with the same techniques employed by Renaissance masters like Albrecht Dürer.
The first edition of Dürer’s landmark book on perspective was just one of the many rare books that the artists viewed at the Getty Research Institute in the process of creating the LA Liber Amicorum. Some of those jewels in the history of calligraphy, engraving, and emblematic symbolism from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, as well as sixteenth-century painted friendship-books that inspired the project, will be installed in the space surrounded by the graffiti-writers’ art. iPads will be mounted, so visitors can ‘e-flip’ through the books and not only share the artists’ own creative experience and response to the impact of viewing these rare books, but also continually co-curate the space by choosing which page-openings will be in dialogue with the art on the walls and floor.
The SCRATCH art experience is curated by GRI Rare Books Curator, David Brafman.
SCRATCH Artists AiseBorn | Alex “Defer” Kizu | Arbe | Atlas | Augustine Kofie | Axis | Big Sleeps | Bob Roberts | Charlie Roberts | Cryptik | David Cowan (Miner) | Demer One | Design 9 | Devin Flynn (Relm) | Dr.Eye | Earn One | Eder | Enkone | Eric “Cre8” Walker | Eyeone | Fearo | Fishe | Gajin Fujita | Gorgs | Heaven | Hert | Jeffrey Saunders(Dye5) | Jose “Prime” Reza | Kasl | Keo One | Kopey | Korea | Kozem | Krush | Kyle Kyote | Lokus | Mark 7 | Patrick Martinez | Nuke | Pedro Balugo (PJ) | Plek | Pyer | Raymond “Gramps ”Green | Roder 169 | Saber | Sano | Steven Tishkoff (Mist) | Swank | Tanner | Tempt | Thanks | The Phantom Street Artist | Versus 269 | Vyal | Wram One
. . . And all of the other artists who left their mark on the walls and in the Getty Black Book’s LA Liber Amicorum Acme | Adict One | Angst | Asylm | Augor | Bash | Betoe | Blosm and Petal | Cab | Cache | Cale One | Care | Chaz | Chris | Chubbs | Crae & K4P Crew | Craola | Craze | Crime (Rick One) | Czer One | Duem and Crae | Elika | Else | ESK31 | Estevan Oriol | Gabe88 | Gasoline | Gkae | Graff One | Green | Haste | Hex (LOD) | Hex (TGO) | Hyde | Jack | Jack Rudy (Mr. Huero) | Jake One | Jero and Each | Joker One | Junior (“Kost One”) | K4P (Collaboration of the K4P crew-Pranxs Method | Biser | Crae | Dsrup) | K4P (Chelo | Noek | Notik) | Kaos | Krenz (Yem) | Kwite One | Ler Keen | Look | Mach Five | Mandoe | Man One | Mike Miller | Mister Cartoon | OG Abel | Owen | Panic One | P. Chuck | Phever | Playboy Eddie | Pletk P17 | Precise | Punk | Push | Pyro | Rayo | Relic | Retna | Rev | Rich One | Rick Ordoñez | Risk | Rival | Sacred 194 | Sel | Ser | Shandu One | Sherm |Skan One | Skez | Skill | Slick | SomeOne | Soon One | Spade | Spurn | Syte One | Teler | Test | Thel | Trigz | Tyke Witnes | Useck | Vox One | Werc | Wise | Wisk | Woier | Zes
LA Liber Amicorum
The Getty Black Book Project was the brainchild of donor and art collector Ed Sweeney, who approached the GRI with the idea and brought the graffiti artists together, ultimately donating the book to the Getty Research Institute.
Very please to have a feature article in Issue 26 of VNA magazine. Excuse their typos, tho.
In VNA 26 we’ve managed to cram in large-scale muralists, fine art, graff writers who’ve transitioned to galleries, abstract art and even some skateboarding. From London and California, to New York and Penang by way of Bristol, we’ve scoured the world to bring you a mix of awesome artists we’ve just discovered alongside some of our old favourites who haven’t yet had their time to shine in VNA.
This issue, our cover feature is a bit of a personal hero of ours, Robert Del Naja, a character from the art world perhaps better known by his musical moniker; Massive Attack’s 3D.
3D’s brooding, politically motivated work stems from early punk album-art influences. Always one to buck social trends, he cut his own path and his own stencils, unwittingly sparking interest in a trend that surged from the States, leaping the Atlantic and taking the UK by storm.
After our inaugural visit to Pow! Wow! Hawaii, we made the most of our contacts there, staying in touch with Augustine Kofie, we also went back to dig in the crates with Buff Monster. We’ve pulled out the stops to bring you some gallery talk with Jonathan LeVine, as well as crossing over to Australia to catch up with James Jirat Patradoon and Numskull.
We also feature 10101010101010101010, or Ten Ten for short, the mystical eastern styles of Calma, London-based print wizard, Aida, and US-artist, Greg Lamarche, as well as Lithuanian street painter, Ernest Zacharevic and abstract Icelandic mark-maker, Katrin Fridriks.
Photo features focus on London, Singapore and Los Angeles, with contributions from NoLionsInEngland, Claude Crommelin, Mark Rigney, Chasing Ghosts and Birdman.
With cover shots from the talented photographer James Sharrock, we’re stepping up our game all round with this issue.
I will be participating in REWIRE – ART x AUDIO - an exhibition, book and vinyl box-set that reverses the common art/music model.
An international line up of abstract urban artists have created works which are now being interpreted sonically by audio artists working in the vein of experimental electronica, effectively reversing the common record model where the artist creates an image to capture the mood of the music.
Visual artists include myself, Jerry ‘Joker’ Inscoe, Poesia, sheOne, Nawer, Stendec, Moneyless, Phil Ashcroft, Derm, Robert ‘Tone’ Proch, Sebastien Preschoux, Sat One, Graphic Surgery, Felipe Pantone, O.Two, Clemens Behr and Christopher Derek Bruno.
Audio artists include Luke Vibert, Divine Styler, Mike Ladd, Andrea Parker / Daz Quayle, Cristian Vogel, Arovane, Einoma, Third Shock, Methodblack, Lyken, Monkphat, Clatterbox and Gregory Fleckner Quintet.
In the Fall of 2013 I was commissioned by Edelweiss Legaspi of the full service design firm Christopher David Associates to incorporate a mural in the existing offices of Wild Card Creative advertising agency, situated in the Umbrella building in Culver City ’s Hayden Tract industrial district.
I was already aware of the building situated in the former industrial area that’s been reimagined with the help of Los Angeles’s own Eric Owen Moss Architects. The compound, originally built in the 1940s, is largely populated by such creative agencies as Oglivy and Anonymous Content.
After some mock ups and and approvals by Nick Temple, We moved forward on a light mural intervention that complimented the existing structure, the additional upgrades by Christopher David Associates as well as the energy of the agency itself.
Released internationally June 1s, 2014. AVAILABLE HERE.
About The Release
With the beginnings of UK based label Pragmatic Theory inspired by interactions & admiration of the talent found within an underground music community, happening upon Bläp Dëli’s page, we unanimously felt we had stumbled across someone special. Immediately reaching out, talks of releasing both his first LP vinyl & Pragmatic Theory’s, went underway. In capturing the musical essence of the finished album, its cover art was an integral representation of the project as a whole & we had the pleasure and fortune to be able to work with the extremely talented LA artist Augustine Kofie to fulfill that aim. Spanning a wide range of genres & styles that align with the vision of both the artist Bläp Dëli & label Pragmatic Theory alongside the perfect visual landscape Kofie has created, we welcome you to join us in this journey a year in the making of which we hold close to our hearts. Please enjoy Bläp Dëli’s ‘Whispër.Më’.
Bläp Dëli ‘Whispër.Më’ LTD Edition Vinyl is available from our Website, Bandacmp page & as of the second week of June HHV, Jetset Japan & various Worldwide independent record stores. ‘Whispër.Më’ will also be available digitally through i-Tunes, Amazon, Juno, Spotify & various online digital music sites in the coming days & weeks.
About The Artist
California beatmaker and Goldie Records founder Bläp Dëli [Emmet Kai] began his venture into electronic music in late 2011. With years as an instrumentalist in various punk/metal bands, transition into making his own music came easy leading to an artist and musician group in 2012: The Sandbox Collective, a San Francisco and Sonoma County based label. With all of Bläp Dëli’s projects released independently, the collaboration with Pragmatic Theory Records and focus on his current label Goldie Records made born to his his first 12″ LP “Whisper.Me” (June 2014). Currently residing in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa area, Bläp continues to make music and play in bands.
About The Art
We feel truly blessed to be working with Los Angeles based street artist Augustine Kofie, whom has established himself within the local West LA graffiti scene since the mid 1990s & has then been manifesting a coalescence of artistic & structural aesthetic internationally. Having had no formal Art background past high school, Kofie’s natural inclination to experimentation of drawing was expressed when he was younger by use of the materials & supply available around his home by his mother, whom studied Fine Arts at UCLA. Further developing his skills through the type of experience gained as a veteran graffiti artist, his abilities, perspective, and approach of personal visual expression was further strengthened and veered toward merging simple shapes & linear lines on a structural form skillfully approached to become his canvas.
Along with his visual creations, Kofie has also been exploring with music from back in 1995 tying in another connection of providing the cover art of Pragmatic Theory’s first vinyl to beatmaker Bläp Dëli, who also resides in the California.
About The Label
UK based label Pragmatic Theory began as a movement for the love & appreciation of music & inspiration from the talent found within the SoundCloud community. In 2012 marked the first compilation being a Curtis Mayfield tribute released as both an album (mcs/beatmakers) and a beat tape. Not long after, the Pragmatic Theory bandcamp platform continued to release alternating compilations to support both underground scenes that shared the same love for music as well as independent artist releases. Continuing to be blessed with many talented artists/beatmakers as well as a loyal fan base, growth of the label opened up another opportunity to venture into vinyl & physical releases. Today the ethos of the collective & label remains the same, to provide a platform to promote underground artists & share with listeners new & innovative music. All for the love of music & the beat culture.
I had the pleasure of donating ‘Formulations take shape: Peach study’ to be auctioned via Paddle 8 to support MFA Boston. Thank you Todd Mazer for curating the collection of myself, El Mac and Jaybo Monk for the MFA.
The Summer Party is the MFA’s annual black tie gala and a vital part of the Museum Council’s mission to provide annual operating support for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Proceeds from the Summer Party and the silent auction will benefit the artists and the newly endowed Museum Council Special Exhibition Fund.
Online bidding ends June 6, 2014 at 4:00pm EST. All bids will transfer to the live event on June 7th.