Daniel Arsham shares his experience of working with Merce Cunningham. The choreographer had a unique way of working very much influenced by his partner in life, John Cage. Arsham designed several shows for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company including the last series of performances of 2011 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.


Daniel Arsham shares his experience of working with Merce Cunningham. The choreographer had a unique way of working very much influenced by his partner in life, John Cage. Arsham designed several shows for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company including the last series of performances of 2011 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.

 

Augustine Kofie définit ce qu’est pour lui un jeune artiste et le travail qu’il doit accomplir. Depuis ses premières commandes, la première exposition à la Zero One Gallery qui a tout fait basculé jusqu’à l’artiste qu’il est devenu aujourd’hui, c’est en autodidacte qu’il s’est construit. Il partage enfin ses envies et l’évolution qu’il souhaite donner à son travail.


Augustine Kofie defines what a young artist is for him and the work he has to accomplish. Since his first commissions, the first exposure to the Zero One Gallery that changed everything to the artist he has become today, he built himself as a self-taught artist. He finally shares his desires and the evolution he wants to give to his work.

Augustine Kofie explique comment, après plus de 20 ans de pratique, il a été amené à faire ses collages et ses peintures abstraits. Depuis son enfance où sa mère lui fabrique des vêtements customisés, il prend l’habitude de récupérer des matériaux divers pour les inclure dans ses oeuvres. Le graffiti et la culture hip-hop avec le sampling, dont il s’inspire, l’aident à forger son style. Il trouve enfin une inspiration supplémentaire dans la peinture constructiviste ou chez des artistes comme Lee Bontecou, Ed Moses ou encore des architectes comme Lebbeus Woods ou Antonio Sant’Elia.


Augustine Kofie explains how, after more than 20 years of practice, he had been led to make his collages and his abstract paintings. Since his childhood when his mother made him customized clothes, he is used to collecting various materials that he includes in his works. Graffiti and hip-hop culture with sampling, that fuel his mind, help him to forge his style. He finally finds an additional inspiration in the constructivist painting or in artists like Lee Bontecou, Ed Moses or even architects like Lebbeus Woods or Antonio Sant’Elia.


Augustine Kofie est un artiste urbain de Los Angeles connu pour ses abstractions et considéré comme le pionnier du graffuturisme. Issu d’une famille d’artistes et intéressé par les arts manuels, le graphisme et le dessin, il évolue d’abord dans le milieu du skateboard. Il y découvre un univers culturellement riche et varié en termes de musique et de références artistiques. De petits projets générés au hasard des rencontres, il plonge peu à peu dans l’expression qui deviendra son art.


Augustine Kofie is an urban artist from Los Angeles known for his abstract work and considered  as one of the pioneers of graffuturism. Coming from a family of artists and interested in craft arts, graphics and drawing, he first evolved in the skateboarding world. Here, he discovers a culturally rich and varied world in terms of music and artistic references. From small projects generated at random encounters, he dives little by little into the expression that will become his art.

Daniel Arsham a construit son style sur la base de trois expériences.
Il est né daltonien et, très tôt dans sa carrière, ses oeuvres sont restées monochromes. Partant de nuances allant du noir au blanc, il s’est peu à peu aventuré dans la couleur grâce à des verres lui permettant de voir des teintes plus variées.
C’est en faisant le rencontre de Merce Cunningham qu’il s’initie au design architectural en construisant les décors de scène des spectacles du grand chorégraphe.
Enfin, c’est un voyage sur l’Île de Pâques qui lui fait découvrir des vestiges archéologiques et l’inspire pour développer son oeuvre et ses installations autour de la perception du temps. Cette terre volcanique a orienté ses sculptures vers des matériaux tels que le cristal, la cendre ou différents minéraux et gemmes.


Daniel Arsham built his style on three experiences.
He was born colorblind and, very early in his career, his works remained monochrome. Starting from shades going from black to white, he has gradually ventured into color thanks to glasses allowing him to see more varied shades.
It is by meeting Merce Cunningham that he got initiated to architectural design by constructing the sets of the stage of the great choreographer’s shows.
Finally, a trip to Easter Island allowed him to discover archaeological remains and inspired him to develop his work and installations around the perception of time. This volcanic land has oriented his sculpture towards materials such as crystal, ash or different minerals and gems.