“Beginning in 2012, these works are part of an ongoing series of drawings and paintings entitled Jazz Movement Studies. The series looks to capture sounds from Chicago’s past and present avant-garde jazz scene. The works are graphic transcriptions of John Coltrane's well-rounded album, Live at Birdland. A standout track for me is "Alabama", written in response to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing on September 15, 1963, a racially-charged attack in Birmingham. These glyph-like gestures are meant to represent the album as a whole, capturing Coltrane’s tumbling arpeggios, octave jumps, and other frenetic riffs in an attempt to create order, understanding, empathy, and resolution out of chaos: both Coltrane’s auditory chaos and the cultural chaos of racial tensions we still experience in America today.” — Chad Kouri
Known for his vibrant, abstract compositions, Chad Kouri (b. 1985) examines themes commonly associated with visual literacy - specifically how we see, read, and remember the world around us. He is influenced by minimalism, jazz, conceptual and systematic art, design, and printmaking. His most recent works are meant to prompt introspection and imagination, inspiring a slower pace in our day to day lives as a form of self care and personal grounding. Kouri is originally from a small town north of Detroit and is a co-founder of the Chicago-based art and design incubator, The Post Family.
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