Augustine Kofie’ is a self-taught artist living and working in Los Angeles. While he is now internationally known for his technical skill and inimitable style, he was first known as ‘Kofie One’ and was heavily active in the West Los Angeles graffiti scene during the 90’s. Kofie’s work is continually evolving, creating a unique approach to geometrical abstraction influenced by an interest in architecture, typography, and a vintage aesthetic.
Kofie’s latest exhibition Circulatory System features a clean delineation of geometric forms and divisions of space with a technical precision that resembles architectural drafting. “Circulatory System is a play on words to describe a particular painting and collage direction in my works. To me the classic circle form brings a balance to my heavily structural design directions or systems in this case. The circle form gives the works a type of framework, a sort of control that they need every so often in order to counter the movement of layers. This encompassing effect can play as a magnifying glass to this work, a capture within a capture, an orbit of counterbalanced line work and shapes clashing in harmony. There is also the concept of Circulatory referring to the re-circulation of both found imagery and ephemera into the system, both vintage as well as recent. The dissemination of these discarded segments of the past reexamined through integration via these new works.” (from White Walls Gallery)