THE CENTER

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 2, 7-10pm: Opening Reception

 

Feb 9, 1-3pm: Join Margot Harrington (designer, artist, and art director with Bitch magazine) for a protest poster making and drawing party. Come make signage and imagery to inspire change and progress in our government, our collective consciousness, and ourselves around issues in gender and racial identity, immigration, policy, poverty, education, and more.

Protest music provided by dancer and DJ, Courtney Hollinquest of Lizzo’s Big Grrrls. Supplies generously provided by Krink. All ages and identities are welcome.

 

Feb 16, 1-3pm: Join us for a 2-hour session of still life and figure drawing hosted by Sing-Sing, the award-winning collaborative studio of Set Designer/ Art Director Adi Goodrich, & Filmmaker Sean Pecknold.

What do they do with the bits and pieces of the set design work they make? Well.. they’ve been saving them for this class. They will be making 20 minute still lives for attendees to study and draw. We’ll add a real human dressed head to toe in color to help you brush up on your figure drawing.

No drawing or art experience necessary. Limited supplies provided so if you have your own, please bring them along.

 

Feb 23, 1-3pm: Feb 23, 1-3pm: An afternoon of poetry and music with Lora Mathis and friends focusing on self-care as it applies to self-forgiveness and unlearning painful thought patterns.

 

March 2, 3-5pm: Strange Frequency is an exploration of holding sacred space through sisterhood, music & community. A low-pressure environment where sisters can share resources, experience connectedness & release creative energy by making a collaborative mix via vibrational sounds, technology & language.

The event will be broadcasted & archived on TerryRadio.biz.

 

March 9, 1-3pm: “What is TM and what does the David Lynch Foundation offer to the Los Angeles Community?” presentation by Lynn Kaplan and Peter Trivelas followed by a deep, silent twenty-minute group meditation led by Lynn Kaplan, certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation (TM) and Director of the David Lynch Foundation in Los Angeles. Afterward, stay for a sound bath lead by Geeta Novotny.

 

March 16, 1-3pm: Hybrid Vigor In the Flesh is an event exploring mixedness, complex ethnic identities, celebrating complications and correcting the misconception of racial purity.  Hybrid Vigor is another term for heterosis — the tendency of a crossbred individual to show qualities superior to those of both parents. The multi-stationed event is made up of video, photostreams, mixed food art, a lecture on homogenous and heterogeneous mixtures, collaborative thinking, writing, and dance. The event is welcome to all especially mixed kids and race-mixers. Hybrid Vigor: In the Flesh is the second mixed happening hosted by Shanti Hands and Caitlin Abadir-Mullally with a performance by Abriel Gardner.

 

 

ABOUT CHAD KOURI

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 chadkouri.com or follow him on Instagram @chadkouri.

 

ABOUT SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS

“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