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On the Charlotte mural tour: Osiris Rain, seeking resonance

Osiris Rain with his work at The Underground, at The Fillmore.
Osiris Rain with his work at The Underground, at The Fillmore. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Osiris Rain’s mural along the wall behind the bar and VIP sections of The Underground will make you feel as if you are amongst sound waves, dancing into the future.

The mural was finished in February and is a work of improvisation, he says. Three faces of varying colors — blue, green, orange, purple and pink — close their eyes with beams of light streaming from them. Rain says he wanted people who come to The Underground and listen to their favorite artists to have a “shared visceral experience of a concert” with his painted characters.

That connection is important to Rain, and is a recurring theme in his work. “If you can recognize the human form in a piece, it makes it easier for you to empathize and have that resonance of human connection.”

This theme can also be seen in his Stella Artois mural in NoDa, another on a Dumpster in the neighborhood, and another outside the N.C. Academy of Art. Closed eyes, another common theme, portrays “purity of being in the moment,” says Rain.

“So many of our lives are just so jumbled and busy and we don’t have a chance to actually be in the moment and enjoy certain things... When people come up to my murals, I want them to have a resonance with the figures they see.”

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