Nychos "The Awakening" @ Mirus Gallery, Los Angeles
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On the heels of the mind-expanding VIP preview, interdisciplinary artist and muralist NYCHOS invites attendees into the world of The Awakening, a new unparalleled experience presented by Mirus Gallery. On 2/22/22, step inside a completely new realm of immersive art that takes guests on a journey of rebirth.
With over one hundred original art works from the famed artist, the show is layered and engaging, arranged into a complex narrative that exceeds a simple viewing experience. In the well-lit entrance viewers are welcomed with NYCHOS interpretations of familiar characters and cartoons, easing people into the experience. From there, attendees are taken on a journey through psychological and spiritual evolution, complete with interactive elements and striking new technology that beautifully juxtaposes the traditional paintings. The gallery is a labyrinth, taking viewers through winding paths and dark hallways to tell the story of the artist’s personal awakening in a way that feels relatable and applicable. It is easily digestible spiritual stimulation.
This museum-style show shares a compelling story of personal introspection, taking attendees well beyond the traditional gallery format into new all-encompassing territory. While fine art sits at the forefront of this experience, “The Awakening” incorporates new technologies, bridging the gap between the analog and digital. With incredible contrast between the colorful and the black and white, dark and light, realistic and whimsical, this show strikes a balance between extremes.
“The Awakening” can be described as a rift in time, a process the body and mind can go through to achieve a new way of thinking. It is the most profound leap into a new reality. A reality where ego and self are so far from the center of our universe that we feel a rebirth of spirit. NYCHOS is constantly reassembling, growing and changing. As he evolves, his art does too. He explores this life and many past lives through deep meditation. His well-known dissections transform into complete figures held together by luminous translucent shells. Anatomy remains the center of his visual language, pushing one’s perception through and within the works. With this, he is able to form a gateway to a more complex discussion of life and death, working towards a more comprehensive understanding of both. As such, both topics are visited in recurring cycles throughout the exhibition, finally merging into one big multi-dimensional experience for the observer.
Not only is “The Awakening” a metaphor for the artist's spirit, this moment in art history is the awakening of the gallery space itself, pushing away from the stale and quiet spaces. This new experience uses traditional paintings, prints and sculpture in combination with projection, science, and sound. With Mirus Gallery’s history in the nightclub space and the world of art, this immersive event is the beginning of a new era, unifying their expertise in pursuit of the most complete experience. Mirus Gallery is thrilled to continue their momentum in the Los Angeles art community. This marks the first solo exhibition at the new LA location, and is the result of a decade-long relationship between Mirus and NYCHOS.
Mirus Gallery founder Paul Hemming describes this as the perfect partnership, going on to say, “His work has always captivated me. It fits within the curatorial vision that I have been crafting over the past several years. I love artists that can conjure the unfathomable…his play with pop images, the way that he slices and dices pop culture work, the virtuosity of his work, his photographic memory, he’s constantly pushing the line, moving forward into new works and new experiences.”
Drawing on their varied background in comprehensive events, every logistical detail of “The Awakening” meticulously planned, ensuring a smooth and safe experience for visitors. The event is timed and ticketing, meaning attendees will be able to immerse themselves in the world without also immersing themselves in unmanageable crowds.
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