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Moda Hotel Mural Install Remi Rough, Joker, Sueme, and Augustine Kofie

Photo Aaron R T Smedley

Photo Aaron R T Smedley

Photo Aaron R T Smedley

Photo Aaron R T Smedley

Photo Aaron R T Smedley

Photo Aaron R T Smedley

Photo Aaron R T Smedley

Photo Aaron R T Smedley

Photo Aaron R T Smedley

Photo Aaron R T Smedley

Photo Aaron R T Smedley

Photo Aaron R T Smedley

Photo Aaron R T Smedley

Photo Remi Rough

Photo Remi Rough



As we posted previously Remi Rough , Augustine Kofie, Scott Sueme, and Joker would be installing a mural. They finished there Mural Install at the Moda Hotel in Vancouver as part of their Unintended Calculations Show at Becker Galleries. Monumental in Size the 4 man team was able to tackle the walls in a 3 day period leading up to the opening. Indigo the curator of the install and event couldn’t have picked anyone else that would have complimented each others work so well. Thank to Aaron Smedley for the beautiful photographs as he was able to document the install. Also thanks again to GetGrounded TV for the video shot day one of the install. We hope to have some of the pictures from the opening of the show in the next couple days.

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Unintended Calculations Sneak Preview Augustine Kofie Jerry Inscoe Scott Sueme Remi Rough Curated by Indigo

Kofie Upstairs Collage Art Photo by Todd Mazer

Kofie Upstairs Collage Art Photo by Todd Mazer

Sueme Detail

Sueme Detail

Sueme in Progress

Joker Detail

Joker Detail

Joker Detail

Evaristus detail Remi

Lucrezia Detail Remi

Marozia Detail Remi

Celestine work in progress Remi

Unintended Calculations is an upcoming exhibition at Becker Galleries that is very special to Graffuturism and its extended family of contributors and artists. You can say these artists involved in this exhibition are one of the reasons this site exists. It is with great satisfaction that we are able to post these preview images of some of the work that will be in the show. Thanks to Indigo for the pictures, and also for bringing these artists together and allowing them to build upon an already in motion evolution of our art form. Thanks to Grounded TV who shot the video. I am not ruling out making the trip to see this show in person, and if I were anywhere near Vancouver I would suggest making the trip to this event.

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Here is a brief Bio about the Show

“Curated by Indigo, Unintended Calculations brings together a group of internationally renowned artists – Augustine Kofie (LA), Jerry Inscoe (PDX), Remi/Rough (LDN) and Scott Sueme (VAN) – for an exhibition at Becker Galleries and two collaborative murals at Moda Hotel exploring four very different approaches to abstraction. Working in a variety of mediums, these artists have evolved the letter form building blocks of their shared graffiti background, deconstructing and rebuilding them as compositions of color, line, shape and movement.”

“Linear Empires” Group Show at White Walls Gallery

Moneyless Installation Golden Gate Park

Moneyless

Greg Ito

Kofie One

Richard Pearse

Mary Iverson

Diana Ruiz and Geoff Campen

Moneyless Installation

Moneyless

Kofie One

Mary Iverson

Greg Ito

Diana Ruiz and Geoff Campen

Diana Ruiz and Geoff Campen

Diana Ruiz and Geoff Campen

Mary Iverson

Kofie One

Moneyless

Greg Ito

Diana Ruiz and Geoff Campen

Diana Ruiz and Geoff Campen

Moneyless

Mary Iverson

I was able to catch up with Moneyless at White Walls Gallery in his first ever exhibition in America. Augustine Kofie was also featured in the show, as well as some other great artists. Many of the artists work I was seeing for the first time. The show titled “Linear Empires” focused on where art and design intersect. Moneyless had a strong showing of paintings that utilized his strength of linear compositions. His floating graffiti geometry installed floating above his work created a sense of lightness to the whole installation. Moneyless has plans after the show to do some installations around the bay area before he heads home to Italy. He has already done one install at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Kofie’s work as usual was worth the trip to see, as he continues to push deeper into his collage work with these pieces involving some great images that don’t overpower his precise and powerful line work. I really was impressed with all the artists in the show, Geoff Campen and his wife Diana Ruiz teamed up for some great collage mix media work that was very well done. Geoff is a great guy as well, really looking forward to seeing their future work. Greg Ito, Mary Iverson and Richard Pearse all had amazing paintings. As a whole a great show, and i am very glad White Walls Gallery was able to bring Moneyless to town, showing him with Kofie was a bonus. Here are some excerpts from interviews they did with the artists, you can read the full article following this link to the White Walls Gallery Blog.

Augustine Kofie

Why do you choose to depict such precise graphic elements using a wide variety of mediums within each piece? Do you feel that it’s essential to the aesthetic or the technique in any particular way?

“Because it aesthetically appeals to me. I am developing a style that envelopes all of my inspirations and loves. I am very heavy with technique and application when it comes to work on woods, a solid natural surface. Applying layers of found paper to a surface, then building a structured painting on to top helps me with my overall end result, which is the exploration of controlled layers, balance of line, space and form.”

Tell us about you interest in old-school drafting and related processes. How are you attempting to bring a fresh perspective to these processes as a fine artist/street artist?

“For some time I have found inspiration from late 50′s to late 70′s graphic design as well as music. Majority of these adverts were hand built ‘cut and pasted’ then drafted together using now outdated applications. I passionately collect various ephemera based around engineering, drafting and ‘DIY’ booklets and incorporate them out of sheer inspiration and admiration. I consider my assemblage artworks to be a sort of evolution of this same ‘cut and paste’ technique, just updated with my linear painting style. The hybrid of old and new interweaving intrigues me, the beautiful Vintage Futurism contradiction at work.”

Moneyless

Why do you choose to work with such pure and precise geometric forms and color blocking above any other visual devices? How did your relationship with these types of forms begin?

“I guess it’s a consequence of my graffiti period. Considering my entire artistic path, I’ve found the seeds of my actual works in the period I was experimenting the graffiti’s world. Back in 2004 I started writing “Moneyless” in a more geometric way, and while the lettering was still the protagonist, I started feeling the needing of gradually move away from it. The “type face” thus became a constriction, but mainly the writing rules were constraints for me, I found them quite outdated. The blossoming period of writing had ended already and what was left turned out in some boring verbal fights with rare authenticity.

I thought I could be able to use the wall – our medium par excellence – in a quite different way. My bond with lettering was slackening little by little. As far as I was concerned, I only cared about its shape, but being able to see it alone forced me to cut any reference to the sign itself. The world of simple and pure geometric thus became the ground of my endless investigation on shapes, which extends to the present time. Minimalism and geometry are the fundamental elements of my constructions, which heavily try to face the system of communication that traps us with information chaos. Given this, only simplicity and subtraction can give another point of view.”

When you’re working on pieces of gallery art, how is it similar or different to the work you do out in the street? What are some of the challenges you face when doing this kind of work outside of the studio? What are some of the benefits?


“What I do inside the galleries is normally the result of what I produce outside, it’s bringing my outer experience closer to somebody. I need a sort of intimate scene when I’m creating on the outside: I look for calm, nature, woods, abandoned spots… at the same time, galleries permit me to show my work to a public, as well as giving me a chance to come out of that kind of isolation that investigation on art may require.”


White Walls Gallery

Augustine Kofie Mural Miami Art Basel Primary Flight 2010

Kofie Detail


Kofie Detail


Kofie Detail


Kofie Detail


Kofie Detail


Kofie Detail


Kofie Detail


Kofie Detail


Kofie Mural Art Basel 2010



Kofie Freehand Circle

I ran into Kofie in Miami where he was busy all week completely killing this wall. Here are some of the shots i took of the completed wall. All business with Mr Augustine Kofie as he continues to create amazing works of art across the country and world. I have a feeling that 2011 is going to be another big year for Kofie. Much respect as he deserves all the acclaim that is coming his way.


http://keepdrafting.com/

Augustine Kofie Solo Show at White Walls Gallery Retrofitted and other forms of Vintage Futurism










Here are some Great pictures of Augustine Kofie’s Recent Solo Show at White Walls Gallery in San Francisco. These shots were taken by photographer Scott la Rock who always seems to capture the work perfectly. The show titled Retrofitted & other forms of Vintage Futurism was an amazing show and if you were lucky to attend you know how great the whole body of work was. The time lapse video Kofie shot is the closest you can get to seeing the whole process, but the amount of detail in the work and the countless time I’m sure it took Kofie to collect his mix media material cannot be seen. Kofie’s installation and move into some more sculptural pieces and mix media are what really got me excited about the show. We all know Kofies ability to paint and he did not disappoint in that manner at all, but it was the triangular pieces that he assembled with collage and collected vintage material that i really enjoyed. All around a great Solo showing as Kofie did not disappoint and continues to push forward yet with a solid foot in the past as his work is a great reflection of the balance of both.

White Walls Gallery Site with Show Pricing for Artwork
Kofie One Website
Photographer Scott La Rock’s Flickr

Joker Transcend BA Video MTN Colors

Joker Detail Photo courtesy of Scott La Rock


Kofie & Remi Rough Photo courtesy of Scott La Rock


Joker Painting Photo courtesy of Scott La Rock


Codak Detail Photo courtesy of Scott La Rock


Poesia Painting Photo courtesy of Scott La Rock


Diel Charachter Detail Photo courtesy of Scott La Rock


Kema Detail Photo courtesy of Scott La Rock


Joker Remi Poesia Detail Photo courtesy of Scott La Rock


Kofie Detail Photo courtesy of Scott La Rock


Rough Detail Photo courtesy of Scott La Rock


Whole Wall Finished

Here is the Video of the wall Joker painted earlier this year, this video was recently released by MTN Colors. I posted the wall while back from a meeting of writers that included myself, Kofie, Joker, Rough, Kema,Codak and Diel. Kofie and Remi were showing some work at White Walls Gallery in SF, Joker Flew in to see the Show. This was the perfect opportunity to get a bunch of like minded artists together on a wall. Thanks to Mr toads in SF we secured a nice spot. After painting this wall the idea of Graffuturism was born and basically pushed me to get out there and show artists with similar mindsets.

The guys at MTN Colors in SF came through and filmed Joker painting for there series of videos they are putting out. Here is the Video they just released of that Day.

Also Photographer Scott La Rock stopped by and was able to shoot some photo’s as well. All Pictures Copyright of Scott La Rock.

More Links

MTN Colors Vimeo Page

Scott La Rock’s Flickr Page

El Mac and Augustine Kofie in Berlin

El Mac & Augustine Kofie Berlin 2010


Augustine Kofie Berlin 2010

El Mac Berlin 2010

Timelapse Berlin Wall

El Mac and Kofie Project Room Shot by Timid

I apologize for the brief lack of updates been involved in a couple of moves for the better and i was unable to get the site updated the way i would like and instead of just posting up some garbage i figured it would be best to wait. So as I was gone El Mac and Kofie were in Berlin putting in some work at Projectroom for a Live painting session and also got to get a Wall finished. No introductions needed for these two. Here are some pics of the Wall and a time lapse of the wall. Also Timid was able to put together this Dope Video of Them at Projectroom props to Timid for the video.

Check out more at

Keepdrafting.com

Elmac.net

Kofie’s Vimeo Page

Kofie’s Flickr Page

Timids Vimeo @ AOC