Breeze Block Gallery presents Three The Hard Way by Augustine Kofie | Jerry ‘Joker’ Inscoe | Christopher Derek Bruno

November 07 2013 . 07:48am

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For the month of November, Breeze Block Gallery is very proud to present Three The Hard Way; a three-person exhibition featuring Augustine Kofie, Jerry Joker Inscoe and Christopher Derek Bruno.
All three artists come from a graffiti background, and are firmly established members of the pioneering Transcend graffiti collective. These highly versatile artists are equally known for their large-scale mural projects, as well as their own very individual voices in a gallery setting. Traditional letterforms are abstracted into geometric configurations within their work; and dimension, form and space are considered and explored within their dynamic compositions.
Their collective approach to art-making is steeped in academic discourse, and whilst retaining the vibrancy of their graffiti backgrounds, traditional art movements such as Futurism, Abstract Expressionism and Precisionism are also embraced by the visual vocabulary imbued within their work. The exhibition title itself is a literal reference to the historical terminology Hard-Edge painting; which was first coined in the late fifties and used to describe intense and abrupt delineation of color within the burgeoning Geometric Abstraction and Op-art movements. Whilst these artists acknowledge and embrace movements of the past, they confidently stand outside of historical classification and have established themselves as a core group of protagonists defining a contemporary movement they have made their own.
Whilst the three artists have shown together previously in larger group exhibitions, Three The Hard Way is the first time that this trifecta has shown together in a collaborative environment. For the month of November the three artists will take over both of Breeze Block’s gallery spaces for an installation that incorporates the full range of multi-facetted oeuvres from each of these influential creators.
For more info visit: breezeblockgallery.com

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Sean Barton – Ritual of Re-identification | Breeze Block Gallery

April 26 2011 . 11:05pm

 

Sean Barton – Ritual of Re-identification | Breeze Block Gallery

Opens Thursday May 5th, 2011 | 6-10pm
Runs Through May 28th, 2011

Seattle based sign painter exhibits large-scale abstract paintings and an installation of bricks that explore his interest in surfaces, sign painting, and our vanishing America.

Breeze Block Gallery
323 NW 6th, Portland, OR 97209
Wed. – Sat. 12-6pm
503.318.6228
BreezeBlockGallery.com
 

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Juxtapoz Interview With Augor On His Upcoming Show “UPRISING”

March 23 2010 . 11:26pm

interview on show :

“I was getting sick of feeling like I didn’t have a story to tell besides ‘this is what happens when you take too many drugs.’” LA based graffiti artist and illustrator Augor (Juxtapoz #99) explores the inspiration and new direction behind his upcoming series, Uprising in a candid exclusive interview with Juxtapoz.

Katie Zuppann: For your new show at Fifty24PDX Gallery in Portland, you have decided to explore the gollywog (a children’s literary character from the late 19th century, inspired by a blackface minstrel doll). How do find the gollywog interesting and/or inspiring?

Augor: When staring into those big black eyes as a child, at first they resembled a shark’s eyes; lifeless and cold. Then progressed a fascination with how old each doll was, and the hands that it must have been past through to get into mine. What adventures, sorrows, horrors, and history those eyes have seen is impossible to even imagine.

As a young black child, were you intrigued or ever offended by the portrayal of black face in these gollywogs?

I’m a visual person by nature. At a young age the mere shapes and simplicity of the image was what first got my liking. As I now grow older I still keep the aesthetic as my main drawing point, trying not to delve into its racial backgrounds. I simply liked the look- enough to ignore its controversial past.


Why did you choose Uprising as the title for this series? Do you incorporate any elements of rebellion/revolt in the message of this series?

The focus of Uprising is for me to start the fire again in another gallery setting after my last solo show (So Called Artist at the Los Angeles Fifty24 gallery space in conjunction with Upper Playground).

Of course, coming from a graffiti background, the main concept with any child running in the streets is to revolt. What I am trying to convey is the way a young child sees revolting. It would appear as if you had giant tyrant-like monsters with boar hair and talon like teeth trying to play jump rope with your intestines. With that picture painted in my head, I tried to illustrate a show and this is what came out.

You’ve stated, “A lot of the pieces are using the gollywog to represent myself going through fantasy-like situations.” To what fantasy-like situations are you referring? Recent or older situations from childhood?

My art has always been my main form of therapy. From situations where you’re up for days, the skies look as if they are burning and in those fires you see all of your demons laughing at you. Lust, greed, envy… all those ‘mah fuckas’ just taunting you to situations of entering a rabbit hole from waaaay too many mushrooms and you’re stuck with those same demons and you can’t escape because you put yourself there. Where I saw people and situations in such a state of mind are exactly how they look in my work.

For more info: www.juxtapoz.com

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ABOVE | HOMELESS, NOT HOPELESS : 100% donated to homeless shelter

December 09 2009 . 04:21am

Immediately after returning from touring around Europe this past summer I decided to move from California to Portland, Oregon. Being that I create and install my artworks in the streets I am constantly searching and observing street situations to build with and incorporate into my artworks. What I noticed upon my arrival to Portland less than 3-months ago was the abnormally large amount of homeless people sleeping on sidewalks, and under the bridges. It’s impossible to not notice the overwhelming homeless population here in Portland, Oregon. Oregon has the highest proportion of homeless people in the nation, according to a new report on homelessness issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As if this was not enough the un-employment in the state of Oregon is at 11.5% and ranks 4th worse in the United States. I wanted to address and draw more attention to the homeless crisis here in Portland (and across the nation in general). I wanted to learn more about this homeless epidemic by listening directly to the homeless community on an individual person to person level. During the month of November I rode my bike around Portland wanting to listen to homeless individuals that wanted to share their story and suggestions on what shelters really help out with services as well as where I should donate the money fund raised from this print. The majority of the homeless individuals I listened to spoke very highly about "T.P.I" (TRANSITION PROJECTS) tprojects.org and how T.P.I. helps them with shelter, hygienic supplies, clothes and supportive programs to help them transition off the streets.

After last years positively large response to the "GIVING TO THE POOR" print where 100% of all those profits were donated to 2 selected homeless shelters I wanted to again get involved this year with the homeless community and address the serious issues of homelessness and more specific the homeless situation in Portland, Oregon. I learned a lot of information during the 5-weeks I rode my bike around Portland listening to different homeless individuals stories. I also talked with the administrators of different homeless shelters to understand their perspectives on homelessness, what they provide, and how they help transition homeless individuals off the streets. Being homeless takes on many different forms regardless to age, race, or education. Often times, but not always many homeless individuals haven’t or don’t have the basic life skills or resources to transition off the streets. It’s with shelters like TRANSITION PROJECTS who offer recovery programs, life skills classes and most of all compassion and a non-judgmental attitude that helps those living on the streets learn the life tools to help them make a permanent transition off the streets.
After taking photos of the homeless individuals that allowed me, I chose to print the image of "POET" and his very clever/humorous sign. Ask any comedian and they will tell you that using humor can make you laugh and temporarily take the edge off a very serious issue or topic. This is not to say that this print is suppose to be funny or a joke because homelessness is a serious fucking issue and it’s no laughing matter!! My goal with the "homeless, not hopeless" print is for you to hang it in your home as a constant reminder that there are those sleeping in the street every night that are less fortunate and call the street their home. I want it to remind you to be grateful for what you have and to also give help, assistance, and compassion to others lacking basic needs for living.

The majority of the homeless individuals I listened to spoke very highly about "T.P.I" (TRANSITION PROJECTS) (tprojects.org) their services, and recovery programs. I will be donating 100% of all the profits from the "homeless, not hopeless" print to the Transition projects shelter and recovery center. *I highly suggest you visit Transition Projects website to learn more about their services and standing role in the Portland community. If you can’t afford a print or if it is already sold out then please feel free to donate a financial contribution directly through T.P.I’s website or to a homeless shelter in your own community! Homelessness is a global issue so please get involved in your own community and help support with donations and compassion. A little help from everyone adds up to makes a big difference!! Thank you."

-Above

 

Purchase non-profit print at: goabove.com

Check interviews and more photos at: goabove.com/Homelessnothopeless.html

 

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Augustine Kofie | A Progress Report art show in Portland, Oregon

November 02 2009 . 09:51pm

Augustine Kofie
A Progress Report:
Recent works on canvas and wood

Report Lounge
1101 E. Burnside
Portland, Oregon
97214
503.236.6133
Myspace.com/reportpdx

Opening
Friday November 6th, 2009
9pm-2am 
November 6th – December 1st 2009

Music:
Rev. Shines [Lifesavas] & King Tim 33.3

From the artist:
A Progress Report will mark my first time showcasing both my collage and canvas works in the city of Portland and my first trip to Oregon. Since initially booking the show I have been selectively working on pieces that would reflect both my larger painting as well as my mix media style.

The venue is not your typical gallery setting, it’s a Lounge serving the community with various well drinks, ales and a variety of music throughout the week and is actually a nice change of pace right now. I realized I may have an opportunity here to display my works in an environment set in a more casual tone. Works may be viewed  in a space where the art can be secondary, yet still provoke curiosity and interest from its patrons.

On display will be 11 mix media works on wood ranging in mid size square to rectangular shaped pieces. All of these works contain my signature collage and multi print techniques as well as my technical painting and aging aesthetics. Found wood and imagery make up a large percentage of these works, all finished off with a mahogany stained trim to tie in all of the works. Natural earth tones are prominent in each of the pieces including hints of blues and burnt reds, giving into a glimpse of my transitioning palette.

On top of these wood pieces I will be including seven large, raw & unstretched canvases in the show. Five painted within these last few months and two painted earlier in the year. There is a slight difference in my larger works to my smaller wood panels. The fact is that larger works are painted on a vertical wall surface and are more physically challenging to produce, so a looser, wispy style comes into play. Again, my works deals strongly with shape and structure, layering and form, and my canvas work really gives me a chance to let loose with color and strokes.

Im very excited about this exhibition and I appreciate the support and interest.

-Keepdrafting.com

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