Mana Urban Arts Project and Jonathan Levine Gallery present this short video documenting Los Angeles-based artist Augustine Kofie’s addition to the Ice House, the latest from an ongoing collaboration. Kofie harmonizes differing shapes and angles in his work by setting futuristic compositions against vintage earth-toned palettes and collaged graphics, creating organically complex formations through meticulously structured line work and layering.
Kofie describes his process, both in collage and in painting, as one of building, like an architect making a model in two dimensions for a structure that will never be built. The found materials are the first building blocks of this process, and the painting and drawing that follows brings them into new purpose and new life. “I’m not building brand new systems, I’m building systems that have existed and have been forgotten,” he says.