• Betty Tompkins
  • Chad Kouri
  • Dface
  • Ed Ruscha
  • Gregg Deal
  • Guerrilla Girls
  • Jenny Holzer
  • Nathaniel Russell
  • Ramsey Dau
  • Scott Albrecht

Curated in collaboration between Subliminal Projects in East Los Angeles, and newly established FACTION Art Projects in Harlem, New York City, Visual Language is a bi-coastal group exhibition investigating various approaches to the use of words and images in art and Western Culture.

The conjoining of word and image has functioned in various practical, educative, decorative and suggestive ways throughout the history of art, ranging from Egyptian hieroglyphs, to seventeenth-century Chinese wall hangings combining poetry and painting, to the Bauhaus movement whose radical approach to typography revealed the use of word and image as a curial artistic, commercial and political tool in the 20th century. Visual Language examines the integration of word and image into art, bringing together a broad spectrum of alternative strategies for expressing contemporary everyday experiences.

The exhibition will run in simultaneously at Subliminal Projects and Faction Art Projects. The tone of the works gathered in Visual Language reflects each artist’s diversity, ranging from political, ironic, poetic, typographic, and abstract. In each gallery the artworks will work in parallel or collaboratively, while others will juxtapose and subvert, offering a strong critical frame through which to view contemporary culture in this period of “fake news” and “alternative facts.”



Betty Tompkins, Chad Kouri, Dface, Ed Ruscha, Guerrilla Girls, Jenny Holzer, Nathaniel Russell, Ramsey Dau, Scott Albrecht, Shepard Fairey, Wayne White and more.



FACTION is a new flexible collective, from the team behind the hugely successful Gallery 8 and Coates & Scarry in London, who in this, their foray into the US, are adapting a unique model for artists and gallerists to work together.

FACTION is a new response to the changing market place and the erosion of the traditional art market, where galleries were gatekeepers for artists. FACTION aims to reimagine these relationships through unique collaborative projects, either curated by the team themselves, or by talented guest curators.

FACTION provides artists with promotion and opportunity to access collectors and a wider audience, with all the support of a gallery but without the constraints of the traditional model.


For more information, please visit or follow them on Instagram ( @factionartprojects ).