Group Show: 'Visual Language: The Art of Protest'

Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, USA

Pleased to announce Gordon Cheung’s participation in Subliminal Projects’ and Coates and Scarry upcoming group show, 'Visual Language: The Art of Protest', opening on February 11 at Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles.


“In a turbulent time when world economies are failing and resources are limited, governments and regimes marginalize, oppress, and take away freedoms from those that challenge their political objectives. The need to protest never wanes, artists continue to be an essential voice for political change by focusing attention on those marginalized. We are delighted to be working on our second ‘Visual Language’ exhibition with Subliminal Projects.”- Coates & Scarry


Subliminal Projects is pleased to present, Visual Language: The Art of Protest, a group exhibition and survey of the symbiotic relationship between art and activism. Visual Language is an ongoing project curated in collaboration with Coates & Scarry, that aims to investigate and spark dialogue about how art acts as a vehicle of communication.


The historied alliance between art and protest, in its many manifestations, is rooted in the understanding that effective change begins with a cultural shift. Visual Language: The Art of Protest, is an investigation of how art serves as a societal crux between dissent and action. The exhibition features a selection of pivotal artists whose practice challenges systematic corruption imposed by those in power. The tone of the works gathered range from political, ironic, typographic, autonomous, and abstract, collectively serving as a beacon of resistance, awakening, and a confrontation of regressive politics.


Since its inception in 2004, as an artist and activist-run commercial space, Subliminal Projects has served as a platform highlighting awareness through art, dedicated to long-term support of our community and organizations engaged in aid. For the exhibition’s duration, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to Amnesty International, a global non-governmental organization focused on human rights, and Inner-City Arts, a Los Angeles-based educational space empowering children, teens, and the community through the transformational power of art.


Andrea Bowers (Vielmetter Los Angeles), Awanle Ayiboro Hawa Al (Emergeast), Barbara Kruger (Spruth Magers), Cey Adams, Cheryl Dunn, Christopher Martin, David Shrigley (Stephen Friedman Gallery), Ed Ruscha, El Seed, Emory Douglas, Gary Taxali, Gordon Cheung, Guerrilla Girls, Hana Shahnavaz (Emergeast), Leila Pazooki (Emergeast), Lina Puerta, Maya Hayuk, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova), Penny Byrne, Renee Cox, Robbie Conal, Ron English, Salah Elmur (Vigo Gallery), Shepard Fairey, Stan Squirewell (Claire Oliver Gallery), and Juana Valdez (Spinello Projects).


US 11 Aug 2017 (History Glitch), 2022
Giclée on canvas
57.57 x 84.46 cm
22 1/2 x 33 1/2 in


30 May 2020 Minneapolis (History Glitch), 2020
Giclée on canvas
119 x 150 cm
47 x 59 in


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Location: Subliminal Projects, 1331 W Sunset Blvd LA CA 90026

Exhibition Dates: February 11, 2023 - March 25, 2023

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 11, 2023, 7-10 pm


Subliminal Projects: 

Subliminal Projects is a multi-functional project space and gallery established in 1995 by artist and activist Shepard Fairey, built out of the cultural importance of introducing skateboard culture and design to the art world. The concept grew and found roots later in Los Angeles, and emerged as a center for the community to openly express and spark dialogue about art, music, and activism.


Coates & Scarry: Founded in 2012 by Dean Coates and Richard Scarry. We are an art dealership and advisory based in Bristol UK. With over 11 years of experience exhibiting artists worldwide at art fairs, galleries and institutions we have produced a number of large-scale exhibitions by both established and emerging artists. Notable exhibitions 'Art From The New World' Bristol Museum - 'Unnatural Natural History' RWA (Royal Academy of West of England) 'Harlem Perspectives' ( Faction Art Projects Halrme NYC) and 'Visual Language Subliminal Projects with installations by Jenny Holzer, Guerilla Girls and works by Ed Ruscha and Umar Rashid. 

January 9, 2023