Augustine Kofie, is an obsessively organized artist, maybe that is the main originator of his new collection “INVENTORY” that will be shown in a solo exhibition as part of Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York from the 21st-November to the 19th-December 2015.
In this work he recycles items from the 1950’s-1980’s inventories, found while scouring the contents of Los Angeles estate sales. To come up with a geometric art work made up of lines and different geometric shapes; neatly put together making it close to a detailed architectural drawing.
Very organized in his work; where he phases each piece into three: first he starts by drawing a case study for the material used in the piece, second he pulls out the materials that was archived by their color palettes, thickness for years and sometimes for a day, till making its way into a collage, finally he puts in a final layer of pencil, ballpoint pen, silkscreen, and acrylic ink over the collage.
“I’m not building brand new systems, I’m building systems that have existed and have been forgotten.” Kofie says, describing himself as an architect with a work process of creating a building
Seems like the artist wanted to bring back those tangible items into the wireless era, where every thing seems invisible intangible compared to that time. You can see clearly his organized touch in each collage, making vintage-geometric art pieces that you can’t help but fall for.
By Yosra Abdel-Rahman