Persevering with with the Recent Views artist collection delivered to you by the brand new, edgy Lexus CT Hybrid, I talked to Augustine Kofie, an LA-based mostly painter and collage artist whose work is road- and graffiti-impressed. Nevertheless, there’s a extra notable facet of his work — the “drafting.” His use of shapes and angles are harking back to architectural plans, however extra badass. I may even see affect from typography, DaVinci and the Nineteen Sixties and 70s. Like a damaged mirror, every form appears to construct an mirror off of the subsequent, and at totally different views you see hidden objects. There’s a ton of motion in his work, too, as if he’s making an attempt to attract music.
His work has been featured in commercials, music movies, and numerous artwork exhibits everywhere in the world. He has a solo present this Fall at White Partitions Gallery in San Francisco, CA.
When did you first start making artwork and what have been a few of the first belongings you created?
My mom studied artwork at UCLA throughout my youth so there have been all the time provides round. I did the essential child drawings, nothing loopy. I didn’t excel in drawing until about my center faculty days once I was receiving excessive marks for artwork, greater then my basic teachers more often than not. My drawings gravitated towards warfare ships and something skateboarding associated since that was my main sport of selection throughout these days.
What sparked your curiosity in structure and drafting? Often a draft is the design for one thing else, the means to an finish. What makes you so within the strategy of drafting as the top outcome?
Once I began to craft my graffiti letter types within the late ninety′s I tended to go in a extra linear path. I used to be stretching the letters out and rebuilding them, giving them various factors of perspective and principally constructing shapes out. I noticed I liked Wildstyle Graffiti lettering due to the development issue, the drafting of sketching all new adjusted letter varieties. I went with that concept however advanced my letters into abstractions with concentrate on the linear features. All of it sounds technical however to me it turned out to be a pure evolution and progress.
You’ve completed murals, work, drawings, labored on music movies and commercials…what’s your favourite sort of medium?
Illustration is my old flame. ink on paper. It’s probably the most accessible and moveable medium for me + nearly all of my bigger works all start with my line work sketches and research.
How do you choose the varied gadgets that go right into a collage or 3D piece?
I thinks its greatest to say the gadgets I utilized in my collage discover me. I make a robust effort to dig for ephemera and dated pictures as each inspiration and incorporation in works. It’s harvested and regularly sorted by means of simply earlier than I plan a collage piece within the studio. I could also be impressed by shade, texture or material.. it’s all open.
What are you engaged on proper now?
Proper now I’m spring cleansing the studio. Clearing out and making room for brand spanking new works for exhibits in Europe and North Africa. I’m ending up a bit for the the group present Road Cred: Graffiti Artwork from Concrete to Canvas on the Pasadena Museum of California Artwork opening this Might. Additionally slowly getting again into display printing for Drftsmn.com, my T-shirt venture I started in 2001.
Why did you determine to develop into concerned in Recent Views?
I’ve been fairly blessed with alternatives to share my work with audiences which may not get to see or know of me typically. Right here was an opportunity to share my contributions and views on this tradition and add a little bit of colour to the combination, as nicely.
What was probably the most difficult a part of creating a bit of labor in 24 hours?
Not that difficult, truly. I’ve works which have taken me months to finish, some have taken hours. I deliberate these items based mostly on a time schedule and all of it labored out simply advantageous so long as every thing I want is prepped and at hand. Simply because I can work quick doesn’t essentially imply its not going to return out correct.
In case you might collaborate with one of many different Recent Views artists, who wouldn’t it be and why?
I respect the craftsmanship and talent that goes into correct males’s reduce & sew works. If the chance confirmed itself, It might be fascinating to collaborate with Robert James. Fashion clever I’m very “Utilitarian Stylish.” I might see a few of my line works translated as mild prints strategically situated on an outerwear jacket made out of re-claimed army canvas. Or a specifically designed shoulder to accommodate an artisan. Designers and painters are likely to click on very nicely.
The ultimate reveals are right here! Take a look at Augustine’s creation for “Escape”: Temper Swings.
See extra at freshperspectives.msn.com and keep tuned for the ultimate artists interviews and bios subsequent week.
Design Milk has partnered with Lexus on Recent Views, a collection that highlights work by six artists from totally different disciplines. Every artist created two items of artwork based mostly on three themes — Problem, Empower, and Escape — and each bit was made inside 24 hours. Because of Lexus, this venture not solely helps artwork but in addition helps help Design Milk’s efforts to advertise rising artists.