October 6, 2023 - January 5, 2024
Mirus Gallery and Catalyst present "Celebration of Seasons" A Group Show of Denver Artists
On display : October 6, 2023 through the end of the year
Opening reception: Friday October 6, 2023 9pm
About the Exhibition:
As the seasons begin to change, so do we. Join us for our first group exhibition showcase titled “Celebration of Seasons” featuring specially curated paintings from 8 talented artists.
This show is focused on the change of season both internal and external. This show will feature a wide range of artwork from traditional landscape paintings celebrating the external to meaningful interpersonal paintings focused on the internal seasons.
Opens January 26, 2024
Mirus Gallery presents Anaglyph Gardens, a solo exhibition by Alexandra Levasseur
Opening reception: Friday January 26, 7-10pm
About the Exhibition:
The inspiration for “Anaglyph Gardens” comes from sculpture gardens created since antiquity. Levasseur is interested in the classical notion of the garden as a place of isolated and circumscribed desire, filled with meditative, philosophical, romantic and poetic possibilities. She also looks at the garden as an organic object in which all the elements that compose it: vegetation, water, sunlight and sculptures are arranged and highlighted with harmony.
The word “anaglyph” was used in Antiquity and referred to an ornament carved in low relief. In photography, it refers to a moving or still picture consisting of two slightly different perspectives of the same subject in contrasting colors that are superimposed on each other, producing a three-dimensional effect when viewed through two correspondingly colored filters.
Influenced by Physics, mythology and the dreamscapes of symbolism, Levasseur’s work includes paintings, ceramics, sculptures and animated films. Her artistic practice is informed by a profound interest in the complex interplay between humans and nature. She uses mythology, scientific discoveries and symbolism to reinterpret certain abstract notions and make them poetic and mysterious.
Levasseurs’s work reflects upon the human need to create utopian worlds where time doesn’t exist; places where to live peacefully, away from the overwhelming chaos that defines human evolution. As a response to the turmoil caused by today’s rapid changes in technology, society and climate, the characters she creates live in close companionship with nature.
Inspired by the myths of ancient times, she models harmonious environments where human beings, fauna and flora exist together, connected and in balance. In that regard, throughout my artworks, the feminine form predominates with its openness and sensitivity toward other life-forms. At the heart of her work is a deep belief in biophilic behaviors as a way to achieve psychological well-being and enhance the mood and the quality of life.
In this context, the use of fired clay in Levasseur’s practice helps her further explore ideas of biophilia by creating organic shapes and textures that increase the viewer’s connectivity to nature. The addition of sculptural ceramic elements to my paintings allows her to play with the relation of the subject vis-à-vis the background. She blurs out the limits of the figures in regard to the space around, confusing the notions of dimensions and time.
About the Artist:
Alexandra Levasseur was born in Shawinigan, Canada, in 1982. After spending ten years in Costa Rica and Spain where she studied art, she now lives and works in Montreal. Influenced by mythological stylization as well as the dreamlike territory of Symbolism, Levasseur’s work includes paintings, ceramic sculptures and animated films.
Opening June 9th, 2023
Mirus Gallery San Francisco presents "GLITSHN AROUND" a solo exhibition by Gera1. Emerging street artist hailing from Athens, Greece, this is Gera1's first solo exhibition in the United States. For this exhibit, Gera1 has created ‘glitch’ paintings on cut aluminum with colorful overlays expressing multiple actions within each piece.
Opening reception: Friday, June 9th, 7pm
About the artist:
Gera is a Visual Artist who started as a graffiti writer at the age of 12. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts and he has participated in numerous exhibitions in countries around the world including Germany, Italy, USA, France, and Luxembourg while in 2019 he had his first solo show in Milano. He has also been invited to festivals like San Hejmo, Gulia Urbana, Pow! Wow! Sweden, Tirana Mural Fest, and Writers Block Murals to name a few.
Gera’s practice focuses on the reinterpretation of reality through the visualization of vibrant, recurring color contrasts. Getting his influence from the aesthetic of glitch art, he attempts to communicate parallel stories narrated through multiple layers of movement, form, and texture.
The Athens-based artist draws inspiration from everyday details. The position of a body, the reflection of light in the bathroom, or a simple movement. His figurative expression becomes part of an abstract language where malfunction, error, and deformation coexist in an environment of harmonic deconstruction. For Gera, the utilization of distortion and visual glitches plays a vital role in the creation of fragmented structures that redefine the limits of the real and the illusion of perfection.
Working on different surfaces, spray paint has accompanied most of his outdoor compositions. However, in his latest work, the big-scale graffiti murals have been conveyed into abstractly designed aluminum canvases that optimize the application of antithetic materials. His experimentation with diverse shapes and forms has contributed to the combination of oil, pastel, and color pencil with current techniques such as waterjet on ACP. Collage, as well as the practice of engraving, have also been a strong reference in his work. The unanticipated relationship between these components constitutes a challenge to the visual experience of Gera’s constantly evolving work. – Text by Lydia Panagou