White Walls is pleased to present Augustine Kofie’s Structurally Sound, as the artist’s third solo show with White Walls, directly following his sold-out exhibition in Paris.

 

White Walls is pleased to present Augustine Kofie’s Structurally Sound, as the artist’s third solo show with White Walls, directly following his sold-out exhibition in Paris. 

Comprised of works crafted in his Los Angeles studio from May to August, 2013, this recent collection began with a series of small notes and doodles on found paper, “a usual task in the studio,” Kofie said, “but this go around I kept the idea in mind of sound structures and systems of reliability.” Case study-like illustrations on found file cards became the catalyst for large scale works on canvas that question if these shapes and forms can stand the weight; are they now and could they continue to be successfully reliable over time? Frequently praised for compositions that recall architectural drafting, Kofie’s new body of work was partially inspired by the idea of what would happen if these compositions could be physically constructed. With canvases reaching up to five by six feet, Kofie has crafted work that pulls viewers into a new realm of possibility. Sharply-defined angles butt up against cylindrical forms in complex arrangements of geometric potential. A mix of neutral tints, peach and copen blue add dimension, and provide expanses of space that balance areas of dense linework.

From the artist: I am a painter, yes. I fall under this category by default, but what I feel I do is construct and assemble. I build paintings. These pieces then go through a process of deconstruction to free the painting up to breathe, but that simplification could in turn weaken the foundation of the piece as a whole. In this show, a mock dialogue began with the search for relationships between an engineer’s tongue and a constructivist visual response. An affinity to compartmentalizing forms represented in both an angular and horizontal fashion leads to works that are visually strong, but subconsciously touch on the idea of instability.