The Studio of Chad Kouri

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The Studio of Chad Kouri

The Studio of
Chad Kouri

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About Chad Kouri

Chad Kouri
Living and working in Chicago, IL
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Chad Kouri hails from a small town north of Detroit and currently lives and works in Chicago where he maintains a studio art and design practice and actively participates in the thriving art community while also working as a co-founder and member of The Post Family. Previously, he held the title of Art Director of the award-winning contemporary art magazine Proximity. Notable upcoming and past exhibitions include displays at Northeastern Illinois University; The Hyde Park Art Center; The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Johalla Projects, Chicago; The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, New Hampshire; Toledo Museum of Art; 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. His projects range in diversity from one of a kind and editioned artwork to self-publishing, interactive displays, large-scale installations, design direction and consulting, book design and most recently, an exploration of painting.

Artist Statement

As a working artist, my broad studio practice is an investigation of visual literacy and semiotics—specifically how we think about, see, read, and record the world around us. Thematically, my work is built on concepts relating to the legacies of minimalism, jazz, ethnography, conceptual and systems art, communication design and architecture, printmaking and fashion, and the gray areas between. While much of my subject matter is influenced by chance encounters, ultimately my process employs equal parts strategic systems and instinctive gestures. Utilizing the psychology of color and a vocabulary comprised of an ever-growing catalog of simple geometric forms, I have developed a studio practice that is pseudo-scientific; playful, yet measured, tested then refined.

In a time where the future of academia is in question, I want my work to operate as a vehicle for greater understanding of ourselves and the world around us by prompting introspection, ultimately creating a dialog between viewer and artist that transcends color and shape. While considering these intentions, I continually push the limits of my practice, never confined by one single medium or mode and method of creation. As a result, my work is able to live in white cubes, city parks, modest apartments, museums, commercial spaces, private residences, dingy clubs, workspaces and dusty bookshelves around the world.

Website Notes and Considerations

The main purpose of this website is to make my practice as transparent as possible in order to give you a more informed viewing experience of my work. By providing you with cross-references, process images, related reading, influences and more, my goal is to create a deep reading experience. The yellow screen you see before entering my site is meant to act as a visual palette cleanser, instinctually providing a more engaged and deliberate viewing experience. The site is typeset in Roboto, a freeware font created and distributed by Google Fonts.