For the past 5 years, Mirus Gallery has been championing new movements of contemporary art in San Francisco and will now expand this vision to Denver. Mirus means “astonishing, extraordinary, and strange.” By definition, the curatorial direction of owner, Paul Hemming, presents just that through exhibitions of international emerging and mid-career artists. These exhibitions strive engage viewers on a sentient, emotional and evocative level, while also pushing the boundaries in remarkable technical skills and process.
Adam Friedman, Aec Interesni Kazki, Augustine Kofie, Bohdan Burenko, Cain Caiser, Chazme, Damon Soule, David Choong Lee, Felipe Pantone, Florian, Gilbert1, Jan Kalab, Justin Bower, Lister, Mars1, Morton Anderson, Nawer, Nychos, Okuda, Oliver Vernon, Robert Proch, SatOne, Sickboy, Thomas Canto, Tim Biskup, Tobias Kroeger, Yoh Nageo, Zeser and Zepha.
About the owner/co-curator: Paul Hemming
Zen Compound’s founder, Paul Hemming, has spent his life traveling between two worlds. Born in Taiwan on the birthday of his adopted country (July 4), Hemming has built an eclectic business that reflects not only the duality in himself but also the yin and yang of zen philosophy.
By day, Zen Compound operates as Mirus Gallery, Hive Coffee Bar and as ECO-SYSTEM, a co-working space that also serves as an incubator for startups in which Hemming takes an interest. By night, Temple, an innovative club known for its entertainment programming, production feats and legendary hospitality, thumps as patrons provide the kinetic energy that lights up the dance floor.
“Though each business is vastly different, the fundamentals behind each are the same: responsibility in all forms, to each other and our planet; constant evolution; and a drive to create something meaningful,” Hemming says.
In 2017, Hemming is expanding with a new location in Denver. It will launch with a kickoff for a new Temple Nightclub in fall 2017 to coincide with the ten-year anniversary of the opening of the original San Francisco location. Two more domestic locations are in development now. Long-term, plans call for building Zen Compound into a nationally and internationally recognized brand.
About the Director/co-curator: Art Poesia
Art Poesia, has worked as an artist for over 2 ½ decades in the San Francisco Bay Area and over the past 7 years curated multiple exhibitions internationally. Having started the internationally recognized website Graffuturism.com as well as Graffuturism Movement in 2010, he has now focused his attention to curating and bringing emerging artists to San Francisco, and now Denver. Mirus Gallery is the director’s newest project and venture into the commercial gallery space.