From the moment we wake up, until the moment we go to sleep we are bombarded with a slew of messages meant to frighten, yet also keep us ignorant of the world around us. Abstract artist, Wyatt Mills examines the effects and origins of over-stimulation within our society from both digital and traditional media platforms in his new exhibition, Phantasmagoria. The show premieres during the grand opening of ESSNTL Gallery on March 8 from 6-9pm, located in Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station.

Wyatt’s work juxtaposes vintage propaganda with clippings from present day newspapers and gossip mags. The headlines take on different meaning once they are combined with Wyatt’s chaotic brushstrokes. His work forces viewers out of their passive roles and to contemplate what messages they are truly receiving. Wyatt creates narratives that are akin to an inkblot, allowing viewers to learn more about themselves when dissecting the pieces to what they think it all means.

Phantasmagoria found a perfect home at ESSNTL, a new gallery on the block. Opening this month, ESSNTL Gallery is committed to foster and bolster the careers of both emerging and established artists that use their medium to boldly express their individuality, personality, and vision of the world. Phantasmagoria will be on display at ESSNTL Gallery from March 8th – April 5th, 2014.

– written by Keisha Raines for Warholian

"Love Bite" by artist Wyatt Mills.

“Love Bite” by artist Wyatt Mills.

"Prisoner" by artist Wyatt Mills.

“Prisoner” by artist Wyatt Mills.

"Dreams do come True" by artist Wyatt Mills.

“Dreams do come True” by artist Wyatt Mills.

"Phanflyer" by artist Wyatt Mills.

“Happily Ever After” by artist Wyatt Mills.

"Prisoner 3" by artist Wyatt Mills.

“Prisoner 3” by artist Wyatt Mills.

"Prisoner 6" by artist Wyatt Mills.

“Prisoner 6” by artist Wyatt Mills.

"Prisoner 8" by artist Wyatt Mills.

“Victim of channel #7” by artist Wyatt Mills.

"The King" by artist Wyatt Miils

“The King” by artist Wyatt Miils