New Works by Chad Kouri

Public Reception

February 02, 2019

Exhibition Dates

February 02, 2019 - March 16, 2019

Subliminal Projects is pleased to present, The Center: New Works by Chad Kouri. Alongside a display of new paintings, editioned works, and research materials, the Chicago-based artist is reimagining the traditional commercial gallery space creating a community center for gathering, thinking and learning, encouraging viewers to spend time with the work, and with one another.

Kouri’s color-forward works are an investigation of shape, balance, harmony and communication. The Center aims to bring the artist’s aesthetic practices and theories into the real world, dressing the set for a space and an experience that investigates these same ideas between people in real time, rather than compositionally.

For the duration of the exhibition, Subliminal Projects will be used as a community gathering space, meant to inspire introspection, conversation, and mindfulness with performances, workshops and other engagements in collaboration with local artists and non-profit organizations. Programming collaborators include Margot Harrington, Courtney Hollinquest, Adi Goodrich of Sing Sing, Lora Mathis, The Women’s Center for Creative Work, Desirée Monique of Strange Frequency, The David Lynch Foundation, and Caitlin Abadir-Mullally and Shanti Hands of Hybrid Vigor. All programming will take place on Saturday afternoons and are free and open to the public.

Feb 9: Protest poster making gathering hosted by Margot Harrington with music by Courtney Hollinquest. Supplies generously donated by Krink.
Feb 16: Figure drawing with a twist hosted by Adi Goodrich and Sing Sing. Live music by Chad Kouri.
Feb 23: Poetry and more with Lora Mathis and friends.
March 2: Desirée Monique’s Strange Frequency—A low-pressure environment where femmes of color can playfully explore self-expression through sound, music & sisterhood.
March 9: Sound bath meditation and informational gathering with The David Lynch Foundation.
March 16: Caitlin Abadir-Mullally and Shanti Hands’ Hybrid Vigor—a project that looks at loving our mixed-ness and actively correcting the misconception of racial purity.



Known for his vibrant, abstract compositions, Chad Kouri (b. 1985) is a working artist based in Chicago, IL. His art is examining themes commonly associated with visual literacy – specifically how we see, read, and remember the world around us. His practice is influenced by minimalism, jazz, conceptual and systematic art, design, fashion, printmaking and the grey areas in between them. His most recent works are meant to prompt introspection and inspire a slower pace in our day-to-day lives as a form of self-care and personal grounding. His decade-long curatorial and collaborative efforts as a co-founder of The Post Family have played a significant role in creating a broader national and international dialogue around Chicago and its world-class creative community. Previously, he has held the title of Art Director for the award-winning contemporary art magazine Proximity. Notable upcoming and past exhibitions include displays at Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Johalla Projects, Chicago; The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, New Hampshire; Purdue University; Mission Cultural Center of Latino Arts, San Francisco; Apexart, New York and the International Poster and Graphic Design Festival in Chaumont, France. Notable past appearances include visiting artist engagements at The School of the Art Institute Chicago, Glasgow School of Art, Portland State University, Otis College of Art and Design, Pratt University, and The Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany.

For more information visit or follow him on Instagram @chadkouri.


“The driving principle of Subliminal Projects is that art should be accessible to everyone and that art can come from many different perspectives and cultural niches. Good art is good art, whether it’s done on an album cover, a skateboard, canvas, or found cardboard.” – Shepard Fairey

Subliminal Projects is a multi-functional project space and gallery established by Shepard Fairey and Blaize Blouin in 1995 as a way to introduce skateboard culture and design to the art world. The concept grew and found roots later in Los Angeles, at a time when many artists found themselves shut out by the “art scene.” Subliminal Projects emerged as a gallery that championed emerging and marginalized artists, built out of cultural importance to serve as a center for the community to openly express and spark dialogue about art, music and activism.

Exhibiting Artists

Chad Kouri