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Fri, Jun 27 - Mon, Jun 30
RUN #00675
Augustine Kofie - Circulate System Shift
Augustine Kofie
Circulate System Shift
Part of Pow Wow 2014 Featured Artists   View Entire Series
Edition Size:   100
22 x 30 Inches 6-Color Serigraph on 290gsm Coventry Rag Fine Art Paper
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"Circulate System Shift is in tune with my Circulatory System themed works, but a bit more focused on the 'circle' foundation. The inclusion of the 'rotation' contrasts well against my linear interpretations.

For these screen prints I painted the separations on site a few weeks back in January at the Seriopress's new print space in El Sereno, a faction of north east Los Angeles and one of the oldest communities in LA. This is my third screen print that I've created hand painted separations. I'm learning each time I create the next print. I always want them to be their own beast, still part of my creative viewpoint and characteristics, but they are always a unique approach and offering. This go around I had a chance to go in harder on the opacities in the inks and create more fun, unexpected colors in the layers." - Augustine Kofie

This RUN is signed, numbered and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Augustine Kofie and 1xRUN.

Discuss This Run

Augustine Kofie Returns With New 6-Color Serigraph “Circulate System Shift”

1xRun Thru Interview
Circulate System Shift by Augustine Kofie

1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece, is the original still for sale?
Augustine Kofie: This is my third screen print that I’ve created hand painted separations. I’m learning each time I create the next print. I always want them to be their own beast, still part of my creative viewpoint and characteristics, but they are always a unique approach and offering. This go around I had a chance to go in harder on the opacities in the inks and create more fun, unexpected colors in the layers. The original reference piece itself is no longer available. The prints are a fringe version of ‘Circulate Aqua System Shift’ (pictured left below) which was part of the Graffuturism group show L’Avenir at White Walls last year.

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1xRun: Was this piece part of a recent theme, series or show that you had?
Augustine Kofie: Circulate System Shift is in tune with my Circulatory System themed works, but a bit more focused on the ‘circle’ foundation. The inclusion of the ‘rotation’ contrasts well against my linear interpretations.

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1xRUN: When was this piece created and with what materials?
Augustine Kofie:  I painted the separations on site a few weeks back in January at the Seriopress’s new print space in El Sereno, a faction of north east Los Angeles and one of the oldest communities in LA. The original piece was produced in mid February, 2014 using opaque process black ink, spray paint and paint markers for the separations.

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1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Augustine Kofie: 1xRun brought the idea to the table and I wanted to work with (Seriopress master printer) Tony Clough again. No brainer.

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1xRun: How long did the piece take?
Augustine Kofie: The separations session took 7 hours, straight. No lunch break, straight grinding. We’ll have to ask Tony about the total printing time.

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1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Augustine Kofie:  I would say the final print of the piece. It’s a print the fundamentally locks in the entire piece with a transparent oxidized haze. It’s faint enough to ‘yellow’ the paper, but subtle enough to both subdue the color as well as bring out the varied interactions of layers. This final haze print also brings the white highlights out in areas where white ink hits white paper.

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1xRun: Why should people buy this piece?
Augustine Kofie: It’s delicate clamor on paper. Created by hand. Printed by hand. It’s a timeless contribution to my catalogue.

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1xRun: Describe this print in one gut reaction word.
Augustine Kofie: Vintage technology. 1xRUN-Augustine-Kofie-Circulate-System-Shift-22x30-bloghero1xRun: This will be your first year joining the Pow Wow Hawaii family, who are some of the artists you’re really excited to see working out there?
Augustine Kofie: Looking forward to catching Vhils jackhammering a wall.

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1xRun: Anybody you’d personally like to collaborate with if the opportunity presented itself?
Augustine Kofie: DEFER.

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1xRun: Have you been to Hawaii before or will this be your first time out there? What are you looking forward to?
Augustine Kofie: This will be my 3rd time to the islands. First time with POW WOW. I’m looking forward to putting my social anxieties to the test.

1xRun: Do you have any plans for your wall out there or are you just going to improvise it when you get there?
Augustine Kofie: I only sketched something up as Jasper of POW WOW wished to ease the property owners woes. So I have an idea, yes.

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1xRun: You’ve been staying crazy busy per usual, bring us up to speed on some of the walls you’ve been doing lately?
Augustine Kofie: After ‘The Z’ mural in Detroit I went straight to Mexico to paint a large mural intervention with All City Canvas. Truthfully, I’m a bit physically slammed.  I painted a small mural entitled ‘Rotary Connection’ similar to ‘Circulate System Shift’ in Los Angeles, but I’m cooling off until Hawaii. My POW WOW wall is going to be pretty long, and it’s all on me.

1xRun: How did 2013 wrap up for you?
Augustine Kofie: Beyond words.

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1xRun: Aside from Pow Wow 2014, what are your plans for the new year?
Augustine Kofie: Some still pending, but I have projects with some Graffuturism collaborators in the spring, a 2-man show in Milan with Moneyless and a solo in April in Mexico. Also working on a book project with ZERO+ publishing that I’m very excited about.

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1xRUN:  Where else can people find you?
Augustine Kofie:  WebsiteFacebook – Tumblr @TheyKeepDrafting – Twitter @Draftsmen – Vimeo + Flickr + Instagram @keepdrafting

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About the Artist

Location: Los Angeles, California



"Inspired by the basic building blocks of the geometric world, Augustine Kofie has formed a retro-futuristic aesthetic which transplants these shapes and angles into a soulful, organic, yet highly mathematical form of abstraction. Merging his traditional graffiti education, his inclination toward “certain colour forms and certain application techniques”, with his deep love of illustration and preliminary design, his fondness for “drafts, architectural renderings and pre-production concepts”, Kofie plays with form and line, with balance and depth, twisting and manipulating his murals, his illustrations, his compositions, into ever new and dramatic arrangements.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kofie’s instinct to draw was cultivated through the creativity of his mother. Whilst she was studying fine arts at UCLA, Kofie was using the supplies that lay around his house to start experimenting on his own, he starting to excel in drawing by the time he had reached middle school. Whilst his art education never went further than high school, Kofie’s real training was garnered through his time spent painting graffiti, he coming to prominence in the Los Angeles graffiti scene by the mid 1990s. Giving him an extensive understanding of both “colour and layering, points of perspective and arrangement”, graffiti not only gave Kofie his technical foundation however, it also provided the underpinning for his love of construction and form: Through drafting and sketching wildstyle pieces, “stretching the letters out and rebuilding them, giving them varied points of perspective and basically building shapes out”, Kofie began to understand the architectural basis of writing, an understanding pushing him to focus on the linear rather than alphabetic aspects of his work. Having also felt that he had made an honest contribution to the LA graffiti scene, Kofie’s evolutionary drive meant he soon began to “distort and manipulate” his work, attempting to “re-contribute and redistribute something new”.

Developing his aesthetic into an almost pure abstraction then, dominated by the simple squares, triangles and circles that make up our structural universe, Kofie’s relentless desire to experiment and explore his visual surroundings meant he was forced to engage in a constant test of his own mindset and preconceived ideas, each work an attempt to find a geometrical solution to a graphical problem. Putting his entire soul into his work, into his craft, Kofie has thus formed an intensely layered, earthy, dynamic style of contemporary muralism, an illustrative practice which digs deep and looks forward, a practice, like the Roman God Janus, which surveys the future and the past at very the same time." - Rafael Schacter , honorary research fellow at the Department of Anthropology at University College, London, 2013.

Find out more @ http://keepdrafting.com/