Chad Kouri is a Chicago-based designer, artist, self-termed ‘material man’ who has an eye for composition and colour balance. His ‘Shape and Colour Collage’ studies is a 100-work strong intuitive visual documentation of just that.
Kouri says, “As my art practice evolves, I continue to question art as a medium while experimenting with its restrictions and preconceived notions. For example, growing up I always understood an artwork to be something that inherently takes a lot of time to complete.” In response, there is an immediate sense of capture and freedom to these intimate studies.
Also struggling with the idea of leaving a work unfinished, Kouri has been making as many of these measured little compositions in one sitting as possible. These repetitious, reflective musings on his own art practice, created on the very same 3.5” x 5” cream backing paper each and every time, are gestural genius.
Kouri is a member of The Post Family, a multifaceted creative hub, meeting place and workshop for artistic leaders and independent creative types in Chicago. Not in opposition to the digital world, The Post Family work to maintain the balance between mass production and the ‘one-off’ through their disciplines of printmaking, illustration, self-publishing and woodworking.
The entire collection of Kouri’s ‘Shape and Colour Collage’ studies can be seen here. A meditative moment to peruse these works is a must.