• Jazz Movement Study (White and Yellow)
  • Chad Kouri
  • size 10" × 8"
  • year 2017
  • medium Ink on canvas
  • framed N/A
“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
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About the Artist

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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.

From the Journal

From the Journal

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  • Inside the Studio
  • #UAtakeover with Chad Kouri
  • Multimedia artist Chad Kouri gives us an inside look into his practice in our seventh #UAtakeover, from collaging across continents to developing a new type of text-based art.
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  • In Good Company
  • Homepolish
  • We helped our friends at Homepolish with artwork for their Flatiron office from artists Erin Lynn Welsh, Chad Kouri, and Anna Moller.
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  • At Uprise
  • Inside our #UAQ01 mailing
  • Uprise founder Tze Chun curates a mailing for Quarterly.co featuring Uprise artist Chad Kouri and beautifully crafted objects from Public Supply.
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  • In Good Company
  • 21 West End
  • 21 West End along the Hudson River in New York is a residential oasis unlike any other.
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  • In Good Company
  • The Inside
  • Lush interiors abound at The Inside's newly renovated Tribeca loft, the Creative Compound.
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  • At Uprise
  • Tze's off-registry tips
  • Our founder, Tze Chun, lists her favorite art gift ideas so you can be "that" wedding guest - the one with the best gift.
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  • In Good Company
  • Hospital for Special Surgery
  • The new Lerner Children's Pavilion at Hospital for Special Surgery features all original artwork by Uprise Art. The pieces are a celebration of childhood, and offer focal points for calm contemplation.
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  • At Home
  • Tze in Brooklyn
  • Tucked away in Prospect Heights, our founder Tze Chun’s Brooklyn loft features an open floor plan, an oversized sky light, and (naturally) artwork and unique objects from Uprise artists.
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  • At Uprise
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  • The season of gifting is here. We’ve put together a selection of unique works for everyone on your list.
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  • Meet
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  • Chicago-based artist Chad Kouri shares with us his views on art and accessibility and the power in appreciating the mundane.
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  • Uprise Art curates an exhibition for the Johnson & Johnson headquarters that highlights their passion for process and community.

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