London’s OMNI Gallery is hosting a CHITO x Wu Yué exhibition

Of all the galleries in London, few cater to the young art collector in all of us. That’s where OMNI comes in, a new space in the heart of the capital that’s home to everything from Damian Hirst and KAWS to rising names and global household favorites, while also accommodating artists from around the world -big acquisitions. For its latest exhibition, OMNI hands over the keys to CHITO and Wu Yué, who worked individually and collectively on their exhibition Always Change, Never Change. For both artists, who are respectively from Mexico and Paris-via-China, this exhibition is the first time they present themselves in London and work in a collaborative form.

CHITO is known in the art scene for its irreverent, cartoonish abstract motifs, created with an airbrush – the artist’s signature tool. It comes from street tagging, which ties into CHITO’s association with the street culture of New York and Mexico City, which has allowed him to collaborate with the likes of Givenchy, Supreme and Veilance.

For this exhibition he is showing a new work — Kray’s pup. Based on his signature motif, the pup is now cast in concrete and sits alongside much more of Wu Yué.

Wu Yué is known for using bleach and ink to bring carvings, animations and illustrations to life. His work is nostalgic and references comic book ghosts and dinosaurs that hark back to his childhood obsession, and these now characterize a key piece in the exhibition – a white BMW E30 carved and engraved by Wu Yué.

HYPEBEAST spoke to OMNI to learn more about the artists and the exhibition. Read on to learn more:

HYPEBEAST: Why did you decide to put the spotlight on CHITO?

OMNI: The opportunity came naturally. CHITO and I have known each other for a few years, having done a show together in Seattle in 2018 at a venue I owned at the time. Since then, CHITO has enjoyed a meteoric rise. His work has received the attention it deserves, with collaboration after collaboration and exhibitions around the world.

I have always believed in CHITO and his work. When we opened OMNI he was one of the first artists I called to see if he was interested in an exhibition.

Although his work is raw and uninhibited, it is in its essence fine art and should be presented as such. The space and the work made sense.

Best of all, when CHITO and I met to explore collaborating again, he mentioned that he wanted to do a joint exhibition with Wu Yué. At the time I had no idea what to expect, but I believed in the idea. A few weeks later I met with Wu Yué at his studio in Paris. It was that easy.

Wu Yué’s work also pushes boundaries. His use of bleach on canvas instead of paint is really special. Like CHITO, Wu Yué’s work is raw and inherited from his life experience. Then the car came.

Wu Yué mentioned his idea to engrave an E30 BMW, a few days later we bought one not knowing how it would work in space. I think these situations can be incredible if you just give artists the space to create freely.

HYPEBEAST: Why are you excited to be featured at OMNI?

Chito: [I’m] looking forward to showing with OMNI because they welcome the next generation.

You can take a closer look at the gallery space above and see the community exhibition Always Change, Never Change IRL at OMNI now.

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