Wyatt Mills, Joseph Lee, Florian Eynmann - Ambiguities
Mirus Gallery is pleased to present Mirus Denver’s 3-person exhibition, "Ambiguities" including Wyatt Mills, Joseph Lee and Florian Eymann. The exhibition opens Saturday August 4th, 7-10pm and runs through September 1st, 2018. VIP and Press is open Saturday August 4th, 5:30-7pm. Exhibition is free and open to the public.
“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he’ll tell you the truth”Oscar Wilde, The Critic As Artist
About the Exhibition:
“Ambiguities” is an extension of a recent group exhibition titled “Anamorphic Portraiture” we held at Mirus Gallery San Francisco in 2017. After a successful group show we decided to focus our attention on a smaller group of artists and invited 3 of the strongest painters to exhibit together in this 3-man exhibition. After inviting Wyatt Mills, Joseph Lee and Florian Eymann to exhibit we wanted to dig deeper into their approach to portraiture and the abstract nature of their work. Although each artist has their own approach to painting and their own conceptual approach to their work, there is still enough of a thread to pull them together.
The origin of the word “Ambiguities” dates back to the Latin word ambiguus “having double meaning, shifting, changeable, doubtful.” What strikes me about the term when describing the paintings of these artist is this duality, and the nature for their work to have multiple interpretations. There is a hidden meaning behind not only their paintings but also the people they are portraying. Using abstraction and ambiguity to reflect a truer version of the truth than representation could ever capture. You are forced to see a brutal rendering of a portrait versus a beautiful representation of a person. This honesty allows contemplation and the hidden psyche behind people’s masks and exteriors to surface. Ambiguous also reflects the abstract and uncertain nature of their paintings, usually portraits. Each artist has their own way of arresting the viewer with direct representations of what look at times like faces, yet they could even stretch the idea of a portrait further into ambiguity. There is an uncertain energy that each artist is able to bring to their paintings that reflect a personal truth through abstraction and the use of different painting techniques. We are excited to share a new body of work from each of the 3 artists that will compliment as well as engage each other in gallery, allowing the spectator to reflect upon a diverse range of abstraction and portraits.
About the Artists:
Wyatt Mills: With a unique painting style that embraces chaos, Wyatt’s work invites us into an alien world of raw emotion where the darker side of the human psyche is revealed. His distorted portraiture demonstrates a subtle fusion of abstract and classical style. After having studied traditional oil painting as a teenager, and graduating with a BFA from New York’s School of Visual Arts, Wyatt chose to find a way to paint that which is right behind the mask of ‘normal.’ Through his art he hopes to expand a private debate about social boundaries people may find hideous, captivating, offensive or attractive. He has been commissioned to create numerous outdoor murals, including one for the Snapchat headquarters in Venice, Los Angeles.
Joseph Lee: Self-taught artist who studies faces and the emotions that inhabit them. Lee focuses on the parallel between external reality and internal process by manipulating everyday faces and objects through segmented brush strokes, color choice and volume, converging them together into a complete and balanced world.
Artist’s Statement: IDENTITYCHRIST, In Jungian psychology, the “shadow” refers to the “dark side” of one’s unconscious. An entirely separate personality created by an amalgamation of our personal experiences. It is fed by ones perceived personal inferiority and moral deficiencies. As Jung writes, “The shadow personifies everything that the subject refuses to acknowledge about himself.”
My shadow was born from two immigrants. He was nurtured alone in front of a television in middle America and raised on repressed anger.
He interrogates me: Where do you belong? What do you believe and why? Where is home?
He taunts me: You don’t know which foot to stand on. You know nothing for certain but your own goddamn name.
He is emboldened by years of resentment and grows stronger in spite of his counterpart.
He speaks: "You’ve been too ashamed to acknowledge me up till now, but I forgive you. I forgive you for your lack of faith. I forgive you for your insecurity. I forgive you for denying me. I will guide you through your fear-driven state. I am none other than your IDENTITYCHRIST. I have risen to save you from your fucking self.” This is a series of paintings that gives much-deserved attention to my other. Sorry for hiding you this long.
Florian Eymann:Studied classical music in his early childhood as a form of academic self-expression. Florian’s unique style explores dark themes. He experiments with form and content, deconstructing and reinterpreting faces, expressions, and the marks of time.
Florian’s work requires imagination on the part of the viewer. Through explosive and abstract touches of paint which partially hide the figure, he illustrates that conventional modes of representation can be transcended.
He draws inspiration from traditional pen and ink illustrators such as Alphonse Mucha, Geoff Darrow, Pushead, Mike Mignola and Ed Roth. He started his career creating record covers and music merchandise for a wide variety of legendary bands such as Napalm Death, Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Misfits, Mastodon and Agoraphobic Nosebleed, just to name a few.
Recently he made his way into the realm of movie posters, creating movie poster art for iconic films such as Holy Mountain, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Swamp Thing and Planet of the Apes.