Thought Pattern

  • Mel Kadel
Opening Reception: 04/07/2018 @ 8:00 PM

RSVP To Attend the Opening Reception Saturday, April 7th 8pm

ECHO PARK – Subliminal Projects is pleased to present Thought Pattern, featuring new works by Los Angeles-based artist Mel Kadel. With this exhibition, Kadel provides an immersive experience by exhibiting more than 100 new works on paper, and by utilizing the gallery space with installations, murals, and hand-painted furniture provided by Modernica.

Thought Pattern investigates the familiar states of internal dialogue and individual thought process. Spending countless hours creating incredibly detailed work immersed in thought, Kadel recognized repetitious conversations and patterns in her own internal discourse, leading her to surmise that collectively we all internally struggle with patterns of redundancies in our own psychosis, but that ultimately it leads to a better understanding of oneself. With this work, Kadel has created a visual narrative illustrating the internal struggle, resolve, and strength one achieves while weaving through patterns of thought about the past, present, and future.

Known for her small-scale pieces, signature patterns, meticulous line-work, and curated color palette, Kadel illustrates female heroines in circumstances that are surreal yet relatable, creating an intimate experience for the viewer. Thought Pattern seeks to expand on that connection, incorporating large-scale works, a new black and white series, an abstract series and an overall attention to the whole space, inviting the viewer to engage with the work both inside and outside the frame.

In conjunction with the opening of Thought Pattern we are excited to announce the release of Racing Thoughts a new Subliminal Projects limited edition screenprint by Mel Kadel available Saturday, April 7 at 8PM (PDT) at Subliminal Projects (in-store only) and Monday, April 9 at10AM (PDT) on in Store under Prints.

This exhibition was made possible by the support of Vans.


Mel Kadel grew up in the Pennsylvania suburbs. After years in Philadelphia and New York City, she headed west to California. Mel has been living and working in Los Angeles for close to 20 years. In LA she began exhibiting her work at a couple of local restaurants and DIY gallery spaces. A loyal audience began to grow, and she started exhibiting widely across the U.S. and abroad, including solo shows at Richard Heller Gallery (LA), Merry Karnowsky (LA), Nancy Margolis Gallery (NYC), and Slow Culture Gallery (LA). She has been featured in Los Angeles Times Magazine and was honored with the cover of Juxtapoz for the February 2014 issue. Her illustrations have also been published in Nylon, Bust, The New Yorker, and more.


Subliminal Projects is a multifunctional gallery space promoting diverse forms of art while providing a forum for contemporary dialogue. It was established by Shepard Fairey and Blaize Blouin in 1995 and played an integral part in introducing skateboarding culture and design to the art world. Now located in the historic neighborhood of Echo Park, Subliminal Projects continues to offer a platform for artistic exploration and innovation. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 6 pm.