OPENSPACE GALLERY Presents:
GRAFFUTURISM Paris Exhibitions series
35 Artists - 1 Group Show - 4 Solo Shows
Augustine Kofie | California Soul
May, 25 – June, 06, 2013
56, rue Alexandre Dumas. Paris 11e France
09 80 66 63 94
I am very pleased to be contributiong to another international GRAFFUTURISM project. Samantha Longhi and Nicolas Chenus of GRAFFITI ART Magazine & OpenSpace Galeri reached out in early 2013 to begin talks on this extensive Graffuturism Paris exhibition, including 4 solo shows to follow the highly anticipated Group show in April. My inclusion marks my first true solo show outside of these United States as well as my first solo in Paris… A great personal accomplishment for me.
As most of my shows I do my best to solidify a theme and a fitting title that best describes the works as well as continues to highlight my style. California Soul came to me as a perfect direction. A great way of bringing some of this progressive West Coast aesthetic and a costal cool sunwashed color pallette to Paris.
A little over a dozen new works on paper, wood and canvas will be on display from May 25 - June 6th, just a bit shy of 2 weeks. With all new works created since February, I continue my theme of finding balance with shape and form in each of the pieces, whether big or small. Contrasting soft color fields and washes with grid work and linear forms that speak of transition and structure. Themes touch on a golden state of mind, overcast optimism, southlandishness and the complexities of the good life in the rural paradise that he saw bulldozed into urban submission.
About OPENSPACE GALLERY
Located in a popular and trendy area, close to Place de la Nation, Openspace is the new gallery of contemporary urban art in Paris. Founded in September 2012, this space aims to create a link between the artworks, artists and public. By inviting pioneer or rising artists of the graffiti and street art scene, the founders of Openspace, Samantha Longhi and Nicolas Chenus – also respectively editor/founder and publication director of Graffiti Art magazine – are keen to share their discoveries and their extensive knowledge of this art form. Pro176, Tilt, Stéphane Moscato, Jana & Js, Smash 137 and Yaze are the artists represented by the gallery. Openspace has also opened its doors for events with artists such as Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rero, Katre, Btoy and the crew of VMD.