Friday, April 18, 2014

FINAL WEEK FOR "TRANSITIONAL FRAGMENTS" AT PLUS GALLERY


Plus Gallery's current exhibition "Transitional Fragments," featuring recent collaborative works by Chris Coleman and Laleh Mehran, will conclude this weekend.  Please stop by and view one of the most striking exhibitions of the year during our regular hours of noon to 5pm, now through Saturday April 19th.  Read more about the exhibition in the Denver Post review from March 23rd:


HOUSE PARTY TONIGHT AT THE COLORADO PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS CENTER! "CONSTRUCTING IMAGES POST-PHOTOGRAPHY" OPENS WITH A RECEPTION FROM 6-8pm


The Colorado Photographic Arts Center, located at 1513 Boulder Street in Denver Highlands neighborhood just on the edge of downtown, will open the three-person exhibition "Constructing Images Post-Photography" this evening, Thursday April 18th, with a reception from 6-8pm.  Curated by Conor King, "Post Photography" is an exciting exhibition that explores how artists, through a variety of mediums, use and are influenced by photography.  The premise is solid and forward thinking:  in a time when photography so saturates both the art market and all aspects of the world we live in, it becomes difficult to distinguish the difference between what is and is not influenced by the medium. The exhibition features works by Libby Barbee, Anthony Baab and Plus Gallery's own Milton Croissant III.


Croissant's work is an exceptional case in point.  When his "House Party 6" series was first introduced at Plus Gallery in last summer's group exhibition "Mirage," most everyone had to do a double-take when confronted by his impressive, large-scale images.  Some swore they were paintings, others photographs....few initially understood that they were digital compositions of uncanny and almost pristine detail. The images depict the aftermath of what seems like a rather unconventional party, one where kids perhaps tripped out on electronics, paint-ball and movies, over soda pop and possibly cake (one with a basketball seemingly embedded prior to being eaten). Full of mystery and exuding some of the most sensitive surface qualities possible in the medium, Croissant's "House Party 6" series was one of the most outstanding discoveries of the year, by an artist known quite well in Denver's underground art-scene but new to the more mature contemporary market in which his latest developments so deserve to reside.




This year the CPAC continues the forward momentum for Croissant and his work, taking off from Denver Digerati's inspired recent commissions featuring Croissants superior talent in motion-based art, and overlapping their nightly screenings at the now-revered "Monkey Town  4" project taking place in the River North Arts District through June 1st.  The Arvada Center picks up the ball next, injecting their space with a handful of some of Colorado's most advanced and thrilling new-media artists this summer in an exhibition that will extrapolate on all previous efforts exponentially.  We are thrilled to see the appreciation that is continuing to build for an artist who only three years prior was noted as "One of the top artists under 35 years old" by then Denver Post art critic Kyle MacMillan, alongside the likes of Plus Gallery artist Xi Zhang and Denver Digerati commissioned artist Justin Beard.


Milton Croissant III has this to say about the body of work on view at CPAC:

"The adolescent Id played out in a modernist home: pre-dusk snapshots. The youths are gone or dead. Fan Fiction for the never-to-be-made movie in the "House Party" legacy movie series."

Much of my recent work deals with the embedded narratives within real or imagined architectural spaces. I create these spaces using opensource, 3D modeling software. The working environment of 3D software enables me to control all visual aspects of a scene in a nearly infinitely scalable world to simulate an imagined scenario. These features make my work very similar to photography: the only required components are light and a camera. However in this work I have complete control over appearance, material, and even physics. This artifice of control allows me to play in the uncanny valley, the hinterland between fiction and concrete reality.

The scenes that unfold in the "House Party 6" series take place within a single home - one that is fashioned after the aesthetics of teen party movies made in the 1980's and early 90's. Each room is laid waste by the churning id of youth, but the kids are all gone. What remains is the silent, detached gaze of a television or computer monitor. The screens emit a Hopper-esque light, highlighting the paradoxical loneliness of modernity.




Croissant is currently based in Baltimore, but his connection and appreciation for his hometown of Denver is everlasting.  Please join us this evening in celebrating the work of a fascinating young artist firmly on the rise.

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SAVE THE DATE: COMMON/MYTH INTRODUCES KRISTIN STRANKSY TO DENV



While we are on the topic of new, progressive talent, Plus Gallery invites you to join us next Friday evening, April 25th for the opening reception of a very different and exciting exhibition:  Kristin Stranky's "common/myth" is an explosive solo debut by an artist whose conceptual work involves a unique engagement with digital imaging, complex 3-d printing techniques and audience interaction. Her works examine the duality of emotion and physicality in popular cultural's examination of the body and mind. Rooted in society's rapidly advancing, collective "digital memory," Stransky creates a thought-provoking, interactive environment that is a vision of the future in both concept as well as material approach.



Plus Gallery intern Nicki Maggiore sporting Stransky's "EmotiScan"


Plus Gallery first discovered Stransky's talent through her contribution to the 2013 USA Pro Challenge Bike Art project, hosted by Visit Denver and the Denver International Airport.  Stransky's bike (in collaboration with fellow artist Audrey Seiler), a dazzlingly complex creation representing Steamboat Springs, utilized advanced 3-d printing techniques to stunning effect. The project deservedly took the top prize for that year's competition, a clear winner amongst a pack of talented and highly creative Colorado artists.  The bike is now part of DIA's permanent art collection and is prominently featured on this year's annual wall calendar. Stransky's work has also been featured on the Creator's Project, the Ars Electronica blog, and Instructables. She completed her BFA from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana in 2007, with a concentration in Sculpture. Stransky is currently a MFA student at the University of Denver in the Emergent Digital Practices program. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, teaching Imaging, Coding and Wearables.

PHOTOS FROM RECENT PLUS GALLERY RELATED EVENTS


Wes Magyar's opening reception for "Means to an End," on view at the Arvada Center through May 11th.


"Connecting with Collectors" event last night, sponsored by DAM Contemporaries


MONKEY TOWN 4 LOVE AND ACCOLADES KEEP COMING!

Get tickets now:
http://5280.com/culture/magazine/2014/

Check out the review by Telluride Inside:
http://www.tellurideinside.com/

AND SHOULD YOU FIND YOURSELF AT THE CORNER OF 14th AND ARAPAHOE:



Feast your eyes on these gems from Dutch artist Jules Julien, part of Denver Digerati's new "10-seconds of relief" effort for the downtown LED screens:

Friday, April 11, 2014

WES MAGYAR AT THE ARVADA CENTER

It has been some time since Plus Gallery artist Wes Magyar has had a solo show, but his return to the forefront takes place tonight when the Arvada Center presents his exhibition "Means To and End." Join us for the opening reception from 6-9pm this evening, the exhibition features selections from throughout Magyar's career as well as some recently completed gems such as this painting "Singular Fragment"