Zen Compound’s Mirus Gallery is Holding a Groundbreaking Exhibition: Crucible

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San Francisco’s Mirus Gallery is showcasing a host of well respected artists’ latest work in an eye-catching, thought provoking exhibit: Crucible. Crucible begins at the Zen Compound on November 10, 2012 from 6pm until 10pm. The exhibition will be on display through December 1, 2012.

Mirus Gallery is showcasing a host of well respected artist' in a eye-catching thought provoking exhibit: Crucible

At times it feels as if painting is alchemy

Mirus Gallery is pleased to announce its launch with the inaugural exhibition, Crucible: collaborative works by artists Damon Soule, David Choong Lee, Mars-1, NoMe Edonna and Oliver Vernon who will each be exhibiting new solo works alongside a number of the collective’s large-scale collaborative paintings.

This exhibition marks the opening of Mirus Gallery, a new gallery space in downtown San Francisco. Run by art collector and entrepreneur Paul Hemming, the programming will be marked by a commitment to championing new movements in contemporary art. Crucible is co-curated by long-time art collector, Brian Chambers. The opening reception for Crucible will be held on November 10, 2012 from 6pm – 10pm. The exhibition will be on view through December 1, 2012.

“At times it feels as if painting is alchemy. We throw in the many ingredients of painting technique and abstract language; they mix, dissolve, simmer, combust, coagulate into new forms and spaces. To grapple with the age-old tradition of paint while aiming for a pure and contemporary expression can be an arduous test of fortitude and perseverance,” says Oliver Vernon discussing Crucible.

The centerpiece for Crucible is an eponymously titled collaborative work, a 7 x 16 foot canvas created over the course of one week spent in the Black Rock Desert. Compositionally complex, with intricate shapes and geometric patterning that resonate virtuosity. While the painting is ultimately an abstracted work comprised of line, color and form, these fundamental visual elements pulse and contract creating a dimensionality that evokes representational elements of the natural world such as space, movement and depth. In this work, the celestial and the terrestrial converge with overt references to the natural world; quasi-meteorological forms resembling whirling tornadoes, geological allusions to bodies of water and astral patterns blanket the canvas and saturate the eye.

“Crucible” is a collective reference point for the visual language explored by each of the collaborating artists. This exhibition will also include individual works by the artists produced autonomously or outside of the collective. Individually produced works are included in this exhibition to illuminate the artists’ collective efforts in their synergistic work while simultaneously highlighting each artist as a singular facet of the creative prismatic whole. For instance, viewers can look at a piece by an individual artist and see the way that artist’s style is echoed in the collective’s shared artwork. In this way Crucible aims to showcase the dialogue that takes place between these artists, whether it is on a shared canvas or manifested in their solo work.


Friends for a decade, Damon Soule, David Choong Lee, Mars-1, NoMe Edonna and Oliver Vernon have admired each other’s work, shared ideas and engaged in creating works on a collaborative basis. The artists have published three books together: 4 Words, 2003; Convergence, 2005 and Further in 2010.


Mirus Gallery is a dynamic exhibition space established by curator and entrepreneur, Paul Hemming. The gallery features a program of contemporary artwork by emerging and mid-career artists in both solo and thematically organized group shows. Mirus Gallery will highlight work that emphasizes skill and process and aims to engage viewers on a sentient, emotional and evocative level.

In 2013, the initiation of an artist-in-residency program will pursue the gallery’s values of community and collaboration by providing a live-in/on-site studio space for artists to make and exhibit work in a supportive environment, conducive to creativity.


Paul Hemming is a San Francisco-based business pioneer. Moving adeptly in multifaceted entrepreneurial roles, Hemming is at once a DJ, green enthusiast, and philanthropist who has created a prolific output of radically distinctive businesses during his career. In his role as an eco-business forerunner, he has founded an impressive track list of eco-conscience entertainment companies comprised of Temple Nightclub and Ki Sushi, as well TMG record label and music studios. Paul continues to pursue his visionary goals as an avid art collector with a passion for discovering and promoting new artists.

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