Thursday, December 19, 2013

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL, THANKS FOR MAKING 2013 A FANTASTIC YEAR AT PLUS GALLERY!


RECEPTION FOR ART STUDENTS LEAGUE EXHIBITION "REVISITED" THIS FRIDAY DECEMBER 20th

The Art Students League of Denver hosts a reception this Friday evening for the exhibition "Revisited," a survey of works by artists who have taught workshops and presented guest lectures at the league over the last decade. Jenny Morgan's spectacular 2012 painting "Mother" is presented front and center at the exhibition, and Bill Amundson's complex, hilarious "The Promised Land" can be found further inside the gallery as well.  The exhibition takes place at the Art Students League gallery at 760 Santa Fe Drive in Denver.


NEW DENVER THEATRE DISTRICT BANNERS FEATURE DENVER DIGERATI ARTWORK BY CHRIS COLEMAN AND MICHAEL SALTER!


What could be more impressive than a massive art-billboard in downtown Denver? Try two brilliant compositions by Chris Coleman and Michael Salter, referencing Denver Digerati, both flanking Digerati's main LED screen at the corner of 14th and Champa Street.  Go take a look at these awesome works downtown before they get covered up by commercial ads sometime in the new year.

+ + + PLUS GALLERY LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY GIFT SUGGESTIONS + + +


1. Allie Pohl Men's Merit Badge Hats
Seven unique hats referencing qualities inherent to men, at $50 each.....you simply can't go wrong with one of these collectible, limited edition hats under the tree or as a stocking stuffer.


2. Colin Livingston - Artist
Our latest publication is fabulous, a 184 page hardcover treatise on one of the most inspirational and complex artists to ever grace the Denver scene, Plus Gallery's own Colin Livingston.  We currently have four copies available prior to X-mas, get yours today for $100.


3. Jenny Morgan - New Territory and We Are All Setting Suns
We currently have two copies of each of these highly collectible monographs, containing nearly all of Jenny Morgan's paintings from the start of her career up through her 2012.  Available for $100 each.



4. Exclusive new small-scale works by Xi Zhang
These gems just arrived at the gallery, Xi's latest black and white pencil drawing "B-Bo" along with two new collaborative paintings with Xi's fiance Kate!


5. Gabriel Liston Blue Book Tiles
These always make the perfect stocking stuffer for those wanting original art, and are a steal at $200 each.


6. Allie Pohl - Ideal Woman Tramp Stamp
Whether you want the whole army or just a single tramp stamp, these are the ideal gift for the perfect man or woman in your life.


7. Mike Whiting animal sculptures - and a mushroom or two
Almost perfect replicas of the originals, only in pixel form, Whiting's signature style for the last decade.


8. Tsehai Johnson "Swarm" cups
Johnson's beautiful installation from earlier this year was comprised of 110 unique cups, the bulk of which are heading to the Milwaukee Art Museum next year for an exhibition in March.  But you can still get a hold of some today for $400 each.


9. Jonathan Monaghan - embezzling the (un)real
We still have a couple of copies left of this very limited edition catalog by one of the most fascinating artists on the planet.  Check out the most recent view into Monaghan's brilliant mind online:



And of course we recommend considering any artworks currently available by our talented artists, both for the holidays as well as anytime during the year.


"A PORTRAIT OF THE DENVER ART SCENE" BY RANDAL BELLOWS III IN LATEST ISSUE OF MODERN IN DENVER

Featuring nice words about Plus Gallery and a photo of owner Ivar Zeile.  MID wraps up another terrific year as the highest caliber publication in and about Denver.


JOIN US THIS SATURDAY AT PLUS GALLERY FOR OUR FINAL DAY OPEN OF THE YEAR



"COLIN LIVINGSTON - ARTIST" BOOK RELEASE and FRANK T. MARTINEZ ARTIST TALK STARTING AT 4pm

Plus Gallery welcomes you to join us this Saturday for our final day open of the year 2013. Our outstanding exhibition "Fluid" by Frank T. Martinez will be available for viewing starting at noon, and we welcome everyone to come by at 4pm for two great events, the official book release for our latest hardcover monograph "Colin Livingston - Artist"  and a casual discussion with Frank T. Martinez in conjunction with his latest series of paintings.  The famed Plus Gallery holiday egg-nog will be on hand as well!


Saturday, December 14, 2013

CLOSING RECEPTION FOR ARTS & VENUES DENVER EXHIBITION "BEYOND BLUE"


The City and County of Denver is celebrating 25 years of its Public Art program with a special exhibition running through Dec. 22 with a closing reception, Monday, Dec. 16 at 5:30pm at the Buell Theatre.


The "Beyond Blue" exhibition is on display at the Buell Theatre. The exhibits feature 75 artworks by 46 artists represented in the city's distinguished public art collection, including Plus Gallery's current featured artist Frank T. Martinez.


Denver Arts & Venues will host a closing reception to commemorate the anniversary and showcase "Beyond Blue."


What: Denver Public Art 25th Anniversary Celebration Closing Reception
When: Monday, December 16, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Buell Theatre Lobby, at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets


The reception is open to the public and admission is free. Light appetizers will be served. Cash bar.


Denver's Public Art Program was established in 1988 by an Executive Order under Mayor Federico Peña. The order, enacted by ordinance in 1991 by Mayor Wellington E. Webb, directs that 1 percent of any capital improvement project of more than $1 million undertaken by the city be set aside for the inclusion of art in the design and construction of the project. The city's collection has grown to more than 350 works.



FRANK T. MARTINEZ INSTALLATION VIEWS NOW ONLINE


For the fifth time in his career, Frank T. Martinez has transformed Plus Gallery in a distinct fashion with a gorgeous, cohesive body of work unlike any other.  Thanks to all who came out to support our opening reception on one of the most chilly nights of the year, one could hardly tell there were weather issues based on the attendance and response that evening.


Stop by to view Martinez' exhibition "Fluid" before the holidays commence.  The gallery will be open for regular hours through Saturday December 21st.


Visit the Plus Gallery website for views of Martinez' installation and newest paintings




NEW ARTICLE ON PLUS GALLERY ARTIST ALLIE POHL IN LA CURRENTS


"For the artist Allie Pohl, inspiration is just a sexual taboo away........." Read the rest of the story, including what Allie has to say about her most recent body of work "Peacocking" which debuted at Plus Gallery at the start of the fall season this year:


http://lacurrents.com/articles/when-seeking-inspiration-this-artist-turns-to-tinder/

THREE GOOD REASONS TO HAVE THE LATEST ISSUE OF PLAYBOY ON YOUR COFFEE TABLE


1. Jenny Morgan feature under the heading "What matters now"
2. Kate Moss cover
3. Riveting, in-depth articles


2013 WINDS DOWN WITH AN IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW WITH PLUS GALLERY OWNER IVAR ZEILE ON 1of1 MAGAZINE


We had the pleasure of sitting down with Ray Munoz and Jarred DePalo from the 1 of 1 Magazine recently to discuss Plus Gallery and Denver Digerati.  Read what transpired that afternoon at:


PLUS GALLERY RELEASES NEW HARDCOVER BOOK: COLIN LIVINGSTON - ARTIST

Plus Gallery is extremely pleased to announce the completion of our latest book "Colin Livingston - Artist," an in-depth view of one of the gallery's most revered and compelling artists. The 184 page hardcover book captures Livingston's last three solo exhibitions from between the years 2006 and 2013, ones that have engaged the gallery context in a most extraordinary fashion, presenting conceptual painting-based installations where the underlying message is distinct and multi-layered. Livingston has long been hailed as a pop-based painter, generating some of the most visually stimulating, dense compositions of any artist under the age of 40 in the country. There is much more than meets the eye within his work, a challenge to consumer sensibilities as well as a celebration of today's unique systems which the consumer has mandated. Livingston engages the very notions of art as a commodity, presenting an often tongue-very-in-cheek mentality and aesthetic that is both intellectual, full of hope, and fun.  Everyone who has engaged with Livingston's exhibitions over the years will find this to be the perfect companion to his work, offering extensive documentation of his efforts and text that helps define what it's all about.  The book is available for $120, making it the perfect holiday gift for the art enthusiast.

The book is the fourth in a series of quality monographs produced by Plus Gallery to celebrate the work of prominent artists whose careers began in Denver, Colorado. Others in the series include the first two comprehensive publications on  Jenny Morgan "New Territory" and "We Are All Setting Suns,"  as well as "Xi Zhang - Dream Dust," all of which are available through Blurb.com


To see a preview of "Colin Livingston - Artist" visit the blurb link at:


http://www.blurb.com/b/4911476-colin-livingston-artist

Plus Gallery will host an afternoon social and official release party with Colin Livingston on Saturday afternoon, December 21st at 4pm, followed by a conversation with Frank T. Martinez about his current exhibition "Fluid."  Plus Gallery's famed egg-nog will be served to those in attendance that afternoon.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

ALLIE POHL FEATURED IN LA EXHIBITION "CAKE" OPENING THIS THURSDAY AT THE GEORGE GALLERY


Plus Gallery artist Allie Pohl will also have select works on view in the comically titled exhibition "Cake" at The George Gallery in Laguna Beach.  What is cake all about?  The George's take is on urban slang for booty, a kilo of cocaine, and money.  Perfect!

If you happen to be in Laguna Beach this Thursday, visit The George for their opening reception from 6-9pm. The George Gallery is located at 354 North Coast Highway.

IF YOU ARE IN MIAMI THIS WEEK, MAKE SURE TO LOOK OUT FOR PLUS GALLERY ARTISTS

Miami has one thing this week that Denver will lack, and that's warmth.  But as Miami kicks off another year of too-many-to-count art fairs, they will have one or two other things in common with Denver:  Plus Gallery artists Jenny Morgan and Allie Pohl.  You can find works by both artists this year at the fair, Morgan at Pulse and Pohl at Context.  Check them out while if you happen to be there, but consider buying their work through Plus anytime during the year.




DENVER DIGERATI COMMISSIONED ARTWORKS TO SHOW THIS FRIDAY EVENING AT 7PM


In support of this weekend's Denver Lights festival, the Denver Theatre District and Denver Digerati will be presenting our 2013 commissioned artworks in their full glory on the 14th and Champa LED screen at 7pm.  Stop by Crave for perfect seating to watch, and tasty food/drinks, or brave the cold outside and see them from any of the corners on the block.


A NEW ERA DAWNS FOR PLUS GALLERY'S LOCATION AT 25TH AND LARIMER


This is the week we've long waited for: Two fantastic new restaurants, Sugarmill and Los Chingones, are now open at the corner of 25th and Larimer, joining another recent favorite of ours Amerigo Delicatus, making our intersection one of Denver's ultimate hotspots.  More consumer-friendly businesses are set to open shortly across the street the other direction on Larimer as well, and everywhere we go people are talking about the pulse of this neighborhood shifting in the most positive ways.

Sugarmill was first out of the starting gate, we had the opportunity to sample their lunch menu recently and found it to be excellent in all ways.  Their focus is on delectable baked goods with a variety of healthy breakfast, lunch and even dinner items, making it what we consider a "go-to" anytime kind of place, complete with a cosy atmosphere that feels a touch European (see the review in today's Denver Post).  Los Chingos next door is a bit more ambitious in scale but limited to mexicali style cuisine, including a nice variety of tacos that we are pretty certain are going to be pulling folks from all corners of the city, if not from a much further trajectory.  And of course there's a full bar including, you guessed it, a wide variety of tequilas. Los Chingos also sports an upper floor with a roof-top deck overlooking Plus Gallery as well as other sides of downtown Denver.  As they also admitted today, we can't wait for spring to come around to try out the full experience, but we are delighted to have these additions open now in the neighborhood and so close to Plus Gallery.



Inside Sugarmill



Both Los Chingos and Sugarmill will have their doors open and serving this week, presenting the perfect opportunity for a nice shift after our opening of Frank T. Martinez show this Thursday night.

And to celebrate what has taken 12 years in this neighborhood to happen for our location, we've mounted our first gallery signage ever, a giant banner on the east-side facade, featuring artwork from Frank T. Martinez new exhibition.  Be the first to see all of the wonderful things happening on our side of town.  Plus Gallery will also be open for extended hours on Friday night in celebration of First Friday and the start of our new show.



"FLUID" FEATURING NEW PAINTINGS BY FRANK T. MARTINEZ OPENS THURSDAY DECEMBER 5TH AT PLUS GALLERY


Plus Gallery is pleased to conclude the year 2013 with "Fluid," the fifth solo exhibition by Denver painter Frank T. Martinez, an artist who has proven to be remarkably dedicated in his approach to expanding his abilities within the genre of abstract painting. Martinez' fifth unique body of work is one that he has been pursuing in the studio over a number of years, with nuances and techniques taken from his other series coalescing in a direction that has been brewing throughout the course of each. Martinez has long sought to strip his surface image down to a simple juxtaposition of opposing values, without leaving the richness that a broader color palate and combinations might exude, such as in his vivid 2011 exhibition "Out/Line." While he still infuses his constructions with intense layers of color and complexity, the final moves neutralize the whole, leading to a cohesive semblance of the "fluid" nature he is pursuing compositionally. Within this context, the richness of globular black forms appear to spill out across intricately woven patterns, appearing like oil flowing into water. For Martinez, these are explorations of balance, tension, chaos, order, and the spaces in between as one extreme flows into another.


Martinez philosophic position has always burned brightly for his studio practice. Each series and work within must resonate for the artist on some fundamental level, loose gestures and linear elements building gradually until they create a complex, cohesive form of their own. According to Martinez, "I am fascinated by the mutable nature of the universe; practical science is based on the certainty of change and the equal certainty of stasis. I have always been interested in metamorphosis, in the fluid stages as one state transforms into another, striving for elusive balance." His fifth series of paintings seem to dutifully achieve that balance, an inspiring collision of elements that are bold and entrancing to behold, and certainly his most forceful works to date.


During the final stretch while creating the paintings that make up "Fluid," Martinez was asked to be one of the featured artists for the Starz Denver Film Festival's "Paint the Town Red" trailer series, to be aired during the 36th version of the festival November 6th through 17th. This celebration of a small, diverse segment of visual artists from Denver's community resonates strongly, as each bears into the essence of their work and the value of art. The trailers give a glimpse into Martinez' unique private environment as well as his humanistic side, a rare pleasure so closely preceding the artist's occasion of a major solo exhibition.


Since making his debut with Plus Gallery in 2004, Denver native Frank T. Martinez has earned the reputation as one of the most exciting painters of the last decade. His work has been featured in juried exhibitions and regional group shows of note including the Emmanuel Gallery's "Five Prominent Denver Galleries Featuring Five Works of Art," (2005), the Rocky Mountain Biennial at the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art (2006 - Juror's second place award, Juror Bill Wiley), "Pattern Recognition" (2007) at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, and "Silent Films and Bedroom Paintings" at the LAB at Belmar, curated by esteemed MCA Denver director Adam Lerner. His work has been acquired by numerous individuals and collectors of note, and has been placed in distinct corporate collections such as First Western Trust, Regis University, Denver's Glass House and most recently the City of Denver for the recently completed Justice Center on Colfax. Artists collected by the City of Denver, including Martinez, are currently being showcased in the exhibition "Beyond Blue" at the McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver through December 22nd, 2013. "Fluid" caps an extraordinary first decade for Frank T. Martinez as an exhibiting artist.


Join Plus Gallery and Frank this Thursday evening, December 5th from 6-9pm for a reception to kick off "Fluid."

New From Frank T. Martinez


One of the greatest rewards of longevity in the art business is the close involvement in artist's careers and seeing them mature, particularly when your focus starts with emerging artists.  We've had a lot of satisfaction here at Plus Gallery in that regard, perhaps none moreso than with Frank T. Martinez, who returns to the gallery this month to celebrate his tenth year as a professional artist. Martinez initially caught our attention by surprise, we knew him originally as a terrific guy upon our arrival in Denver in 2001, but didn't realize his artistic skill or ambitions until his wife showed us one of his paintings in early 2004.The timing was perfect as we readily embraced Frank's work and began to understand his desire to shift his career fully into art, having been self taught and quite accomplished throughout his life. It was an inspired move on our part, one leading to some of our favorite and most successful exhibitions at the gallery.


Nearly ten years later we are so proud to host Frank's fifth solo exhibition "Fluid," another remarkable display for one of Denver's most talented and hard-working painters. We know it's going to be a cold night for our artist's reception with Frank this Thursday, but nevertheless we'll be celebrating the start of the exhibition with those equally inspired enough to join us. Below is the press release for the show, we hope you will stop by for viewing regardless of the weather sometime over the next six weeks.


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Plus Gallery wishes you a terrific Thanksgiving Holiday and extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone that has supported our vision for supporting quality contemporary art and artists in Denver. 2013 has been a terrific year, with venues such as the MCA Denver, The Arvada Center, The Denver Art Museum and the McNichols Civic Center Building presenting our most prestigious exhibitions to date, extending our efforts ways we hadn't even dreamed of 12 years ago when we initiated our program. Several of our artists have risen to prominence on a national level through those years, and we expect to see higher levels attained in the near future. Our Denver Digerati initiative made major advances this year, bringing an entirely new and dynamic texture to the public landscape downtown, we are extremely thankful to all who have helped our work for the Denver Theatre District thrive. Our own block on 25th and Larimer has transformed in major ways in 2013, and once Thanksgiving is over you will be able to have an entirely new experience here with new restaurants, outdoor artwork and even retail a stone's throw from the Plus Gallery front door. Stay tuned and extra big thanks to those who read our weekly newsletter to keep up on all of our efforts both within and beyond Plus Gallery's doors.


FINAL WEEK FOR LAURA KRUDENER'S SOLO EXHIBITION "SUSPENDED CHAOS" AT PLUS GALLERY

This is the final week for Laura Krudener's Plus Gallery debut "Suspended Chaos."  Krudener, who presented an outstanding discussion of her work last Thursday evening at the gallery, is one of two artist's new to Plus Gallery this year.  We have been enamored with Laura's abstract paintings for several years now, and after experiencing the impact of her large-scale works in the exhibition these last four weeks our enthusiasm has only become more firm.  Join us in the discovery of another exceptional Denver talent before the exhibition ends.  We'll have limited viewing hours this week, closing on Wednesday and Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday but open for two final days on Friday and Saturday November 29th and 30th for regular hours.



Plus Gallery will open the new exhibition "Fluid" by Frank T. Martinez with an evening reception on Thursday, December 5th from 6-9pm.  This is the fifth solo exhibition by Martinez, one that caps his first decade as an exhibiting artist of major note from Denver.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

LATEST NEWS FROM GABRIEL LISTON


And in closing this week's newsletter, we leave you with Plus Gallery artist Gabriel Liston's latest news from his studio, intact as we received it.  We have long revered reading everything that comes from Gabe's pen (and we do mean pen, he still sends postcards written in cursive handwriting!) as much as everything that he paints.  He is a true original and one of the most exquisitely gifted artists and gentlemen on the planet:

  Yesterday's painting is still too juicy to scan.


      But it's what I was thinking about this morning before crawling out of bed. It's not another image of skinny dipping in the Missouri, it's just a canoe on the river with some hills and clouds. It's one small panel, but I wound up working on it over several days, adding and removing paint, scraping and dumping and dragging. It should all work properly now, but I still wouldn't trust me alone in the greenhouse with it.

       
        "Painting is a black and bottomless pit." That was my thought this morning. You choose a composition and dig a hole and tumble in. Every painting. There's no mastering any medium, perfecting any skill, finishing any picture: you just huck yourself a little sideways into the next hole. That's the attraction: every composition is on the lip of vertigo. You're falling towards light and falling towards history. You're falling towards weight and you're falling towards touch. And you're wrecking it almost every step of the way.

       
        A few weeks back I decided I would write the book (however short) on Lafe Pence's activities in Portland 1905 - 1908 before I got to deep in the actual canvasses of his Tualatin Ridge ditch. I went deep in the research (am still there) and began sketching out the illustrations. I tried brush and ink. I tried pen and ink. I tried brush and pen together. They were all right. Sort of. But they weren't it. I chose to knock them out in grisaille on small panels instead. Oil. Black and white. It'll be much better. I can arrange them like an old black photo album now. Or something like that.  There are details, like publishing, yet to solve. As well as painting all the illustrations - my outline calls for 30 or so.

       
        Now with a palette loaded for grayscale, I can also paint black and white snapshots of the trip down the Missouri and the school trip to Not-Crater-Lake. It's hard (see bottomless pit above) but it works. I only have to pretend I know what's going on in all the blank space in the notebook sketches. And not run out of money or paint or time while I do it.
  

        I'm also mid-way through a mid-size pink commission. We can shoot and share that later.

       
       
This weekend Seth Nehil and I will select work to hang in Providence Portland Medical Center for three months, December - March. It will be an overview of the working process rather than paintings from any single show. Although the temptation is strong, I will not be doing any new skeleton pics for this installation.

       
        Froelick Gallery's Fire exhibit opens 18 December and will include that campfire panel from the Signal Fire expedition.
       

        If you're in Colorado, any holiday traffic we can channel through Plus Gallery's stacks will only increase the odds of them helping me paint up Lafe Pence projects in Colorado (Rico and Breckenridge) once I finish cataloging his riparian (and human) damage here in Portland. 
       

        Gosh. I hope that's everything. It's certainly enough for now. I'll close with the first of the Lafe Pence illustrations. Lafe Pence and Mr. Huber are standing on Government Island in Guild's Lake about a month before the Lewis and Clark Exposition opens looking across to the ridge with all its water and real estate potential. Painting isn't the only way to leap into a bottomless pit.

       Yours,
        Gabriel

SAVE THE DATE

"Fluid" featuring all new paintings by Frank T. Martinez opens at Plus Gallery December 5th from 6-9pm.


ARTS AND VENUES DENVER HOSTS DENVER MUSIC SUMMIT THIS WEEKEND


Denver is making a lot of progress on all cultural fronts, but maybe none more-so than within the music sphere, and Arts and Venues Denver is leading the charge this weekend with the Denver Music Summit.  Find out more about their programming and how you can participate at:



2013 WORD OF THE YEAR: SELFIE

Yesterday the Associated Press revealed that the Oxford University Press declared "Selfie" to be the word of the year.  Perhaps they've been in cahoots with Plus Gallery artist Xi Zhang, who has been compiling a rather impressive body of work on the topic all year.


PLUS GALLERY ARTISTS SHOWN IN MIAMI FOR ART FAIRS

Plus Gallery artists Jenny Morgan and Allie Pohl will have work featured during the early December art fairs in Miami this year.  Morgan's paintings will be on view through Driscoll Babcock Galleries at the prestigious Pulse fair, and Pohl's recent limited edition Men's Merit Badges along with select porcelain works will be on view at Context through Dallas' Gallerie Urbane.

FINAL WEEK FOR JENNY MORGAN'S NYC SOLO DEBUT WITH DRISCOLL BABCOCK GALLERIES

This is the final week for Jenny Morgan's solo debut with Driscoll Babcock Galleries in NYC, which has been a tremndous success. We've had so many people write and let us know about their experience viewing the show in person, it's been very encouraging to know that Jenny has made such an oustanding mark already in Chelsea.


The latest video to include Morgan's work came last week as a result of the Chelsea art walk, which made DB one of the first stops:


http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/986054/gallery-night-video-chelsea-art-trek-8-galleries-1-night




And in celebration of her achievements, we once again share the first video to capture the mind of Morgan in motion, the Plus Gallery compilation "Self Portrait" from 2012:


https://vimeo.com/36023482


Jenny Morgan, along with Plus Gallery artist Bill Amundson, will next have works on view in the Art Students League of Denver's upcoming group exhibition "Revisiting" which celebrates 10 years of the ASLD's visiting artist series.  Each of our artists contributes two of their most exceptional works to ever be shown in Denver, and they are sure to be amongst a group of other highly talented artists from around the country.  The exhibition opens with a VIP preview on Saturday, December 7th from 4-7pm, with Plus Gallery as one of the hosts.  Tickets are $75 and include cocktails, hors d'ouevres as well as valet parking.  Space is limited and tickets can be purchased direct from asld.org/VAS

LAURA KRUDENER ARTIST TALK THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21st AT 6:30 pm

Plus Gallery will host Laura Krudener's first artist talk in Denver on Thursday November 21st, in conjunction with her successful solo exhibition "Suspended Chaos."  We are extremely eager to have Laura share her history and approach to making her gorgeous abstract paintings.  Come join us, doors will open at 6:15pm, with the talk taking place starting at 6:30.




Saturday, November 16, 2013

READ


Plus Gallery intern Caitlin Hedrick's take on our current exhibition by Laura Krudener:


SAVE THE DATE
For Laura's artist talk at Plus Gallery, next Thursday November 21st at 6:30pm


WATCH


Plus Gallery artist Frank T. Martinez bumpers from The Starz Denver Film Festival, still on screens throughout the festival till this Sunday:



WATCH ALSO


Alex McLeod's DU Lecture from last September, there is a lot to be learned from this incredibly talented and supremely engaging artist:



VISIT NOW

To see the newest works at Plus Gallery by Santa Fe, NM artist Tim Jag, they are terrific.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

BIG SCREEN BLISS: TWO OUTSTANDING DISCOVERIES AT THE 36TH STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL


Approximately three quarters of the way through the Belgian narrative "The Fifth Season" the disc we were watching started to glitch, bringing on total despair, much in the same way the characters in the film itself were experiencing up to that point. But rather than running back to the film society office and demanding a replacement, we did something largely unprecedented in our history of previewing films for the festival: we went online and bought two tickets to the first screening this saturday night.  There is no doubt that this is one of the absolute discoveries of the 36th annual festival, our recommendation from programmer Matt Campbell like some giant, pulsating star that won't leave our field of vision anytime soon. Not only is it enormously beautiful and beguiling, it's a feature so immaculately composed as to fully warrant an engagement with a big-screen, even if that means having to miss the festival's highly vaunted Big Night film Nebraska (which is also receiving rave reviews....and likely to be playing at a megaplex near you very, very soon). Anyone looking for grace and craft without compromise should take in this chilling film, one that depicts a simple farming communities reaction to what appears to be unnatural and potentially devastating circumstances. The tone is more in keeping with European masters such as Bela Tarr, though with a much sunnier compositional disposition, we can't recall anything in recent memory being so masterful. So while there is no way to fully reflect on "The Fifth Season" at this time, it has left enormous anticipation for a full Saturday night viewing.


Another great discovery, and one that deserves to be viewed in full theatre as well, although you will occasionally need to cover your eyes, is the hallucinatory Dutch treat "Resurrection of a Bastard," part of the festival's focus on Dutch cinema.  This is a potent launch by an artist who apparently adapted his own graphic novel for the screen, bringing together a mixture of influences and visual effects that make for one of the headier experiences.  There is no simple way to frame the narrative, a tale of capable thugs going overboard on a botched job for a psychotic gangster.  The violence is limited though brutal, and framed by a building tension that ratchets up with every new sequence, ultimately tripping into a brilliant tonal shift that leads towards an increasingly abstract finale.  It's very dark and surreal, joyfully pushing the envelope while remaining rooted in a strong pathos.  The filmmaking is exceptional for a first-time director, particularly acute in its use of camera movement and framing, as well as attention to sound detail, with the sublime throng over the closing credits coming across as the celebration of something somewhat profound. If the rest of the films in the Dutch series are as skillful as Guido van Driel's debut, then everyone participating is in for a major treat this year.


Another programmer recommendation that is a little harder to gush over is the strange oddity "The Search for Emak Bakia," an artfully crafted documentary that perhaps stretches too far in its search for something profound. The search in question is for the location of a film that surrealist artist Man Ray used for a film he shot somewhere in the Basque region of Europe a long time ago.  The director composes shots to mimic those of the original film, and uses extensive text to frame both the journey and the mysterious reference points he encounters.  It's well principled in its investigation, and relatively easy to follow, but it ultimately feels like its obscurity isn't strong enough to overcome the challenges of pure engagement.  It's hard to recommend for anyone but the most sage art fanatic, though it could have some greater reach as a tribute to understanding the greater depths of historic preservation.

The festival launches tonight with the Red Carpet rollout of Jason Reiman's film "Labor Day." We'll be at Caulkins Opera House for the festivities, and look forward to the next eleven days of great film at the 36th Starz Denver Film Festival.


http://denverfilm.org



MEDIALIVE TAKES PLACE AT BMOCA NOV 7th - 10th

Denver Digerati fans or anyone who is interested in how technology is rapidly influencing contemporary art take note:  The second iteration of MediaLive occurs this week from November 7th - 10th at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.  Visit their website to get a full rundown of activities:  http://bmoca.org

2013 FRIDAY FLASH REVIEW TO BE PRESENTED AT 6PM THIS FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8th AT CRAVE ON 14th and CHAMPA

Crave Desert bar and lounge will present four of Denver Digerati's five Friday Flash programs from this summer's unique series this Friday evening, November 8th starting at 6pm.  Crave has been a partner with the Denver Theatre District throughout the summer for the Friday Flash series and is continuing to elevate the programs through our winter off-months.  This will be a great opportunity to see four of the programs back-to-back projected onto the large screen within Crave's excellent culinary environment, right across the street from the LED screen where the content was originally exhibited to the public.


LOGAN LECTURE FEATURING MARGARITA CABRERA WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6th @ 7PM AT THE DAM


Known for her soft sculptures that use a pop art sensibility to address the histories and contemporary politics of migrant labor between the Mexican and US borders, Margarita Cabrera has developed a unique style that explores the interplay between craft, contemporary art, and her personal journey of growing up as a "border girl."


Cabrera was born in Monterrey, Mexico and spent much of her childhood in Mexico City before relocating with her family to El Paso Texas as a young girl. She was old enough to have strong memories of this transition of language, culture and traditions. More recently, Cabrera's interest in border politics and a return to her own Mexican roots has inspired a series of performance and community-based projects that aim to give a voice to DREAMers* and other under-represented communities.

Since receiving her BFA from Hunter College in 1997, Cabrera has participated in numerous group exhibitions, such as Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement at LACMA in 2008. More recently she has had solo exhibitions at the Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, TX and the El Paso Museum of Art.


In the fall of 2014 Cabrera will participate in the Hamilton Collaborative: A Visiting Artist Program of the University of Denver and the Denver Art Museum, generously funded by the Hamilton Family Foundation.


Visit Cabrera's website to learn more:http://www.margaritacabrera.com



Lecture begins at 7:00 pm in the Sharp Auditorium at the Denver Art Museum's Frederic C. Hamilton Building.
Doors open at 6:15 pm. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 720-913-0130 or visit online at https://tickets.denverartmuseum.org/DateSelection.aspx?item=985

LAURA KRUDENER ARTIST TALK THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21st AT 6:30PM


Save the Date!  Plus Gallery will host an artist talk with Laura Krudener on Thursday, November 21st at 6:30pm, in conjunction with her exquisite exhibition "Suspended Chaos."  Krudener has developed outstanding techniques for her large-scale abstract paintings, one that bridge between 20th century masters and our contemporary times.  Come hear what she has to say during a casual conversation at Plus Gallery in two weeks time.


Installation views of Krudener's exhibition are now available on the Plus Gallery website at http://plusgallery.com/exhibitions/74/141




Saturday, October 26, 2013

ALLIE POHL VIDEO SHOWCASED IN DALLAS "AURORA" FESTIVAL


We had the pleasure of following Jenny Morgan's opening in NYC with a quick trip to Dallas for the Aurora Light Art Festival, where Plus Gallery artist Allie Pohl was featured with one of her recent video's projected bold and brightly on the side of one of the elegant buildings within Dallas' impressive Arts District.  Aurora was a major success for the city of Dallas, with approximately 30,000 people joining the festivities that night, so it was great to see Allie's work a part of that enormous public celebration.



JONATHAN MONAGHAN TAPPED AS ONE OF BEST IN LONDON


It was no surprise for us to see that Jonathan Monaghan's latest animation "Mothership" was at the top of this list from last week's Moving Images Festival in London:




NEW ZHANG PAINTINGS ARRIVE AT PLUS GALLERY


Plus Gallery artist has been "warming up his hands"  on a number of small works since making the move to Milwaukee at the end of the summer.  We received a shipment of those glorious exercises this week and will have a few on hand as of Laura Krudener's opening this Friday night.


DON FODNESS NEW WORKS ON VIEW AT REDLINE GROUP EXHIBITION

Plus Gallery artist Donald Fodness' latest work is a playful use of material and subject matter, a diptych on VHS cassette packaging titled "True True." His work will be on display in the RedLine exhibition  "An Invisible Boundary" curated by Carmen Winant, writer for Daily Serving. The exhibition opens this Saturday.


JENNY MORGAN NYC OPENING A SMASHING SUCCESS!



Those who joined us last week in NYC experienced the most singular moment in the history of our operation, as Jenny Morgan made an  extraordinary major-level solo debut at Driscoll Babcock Galleries in the heart of the Chelsea art district.  Approximately 1600 people swarmed through to be the first to see her latest works last thursday night including numerous admirers, friends, collectors as well as her most recent mentor, the renowned painter Marilyn Minter.  We could not be more proud of Jenny and the response to her exhibition, most certain to be one of the biggest hits of the fall art season. Undoubtedly, Jenny's second decade in her career should prove to be even more thrilling to follow than the first.




View more images from the evening on Plus Gallery scrapbook page:





Watch the video produced by Driscoll Babcock in conjunction with the exhibition:




"SUSPENDED CHAOS" LAURA KRUDENER MAKES HER SOLO DEBUT THIS FRIDAY OCTOBER 25TH AT PLUS GALLERY





Plus Gallery hosts our first solo exhibition by the exceptional painter Laura Krudener, one of the clear standouts in the field of abstract expressionism in the state and country. Her newest works in "Suspended Chaos" explore the rapid motion in which we experience visual imagery in a world of ceaseless news feeds. Finding a suspended stillness in the motion of the paint, Krudener's paintings become a meditation on movement, and the constant search for stillness.


Krudener's canvases are dramatic in scale as well as her particular format, painting through various "poured" techniques on raw canvas with the stretcher-bars receding at an angle from the surface plane, enhancing the unique effect of suspension. Krudener was profiled several times in the last year, including Modern in Denver's fall issue 2012, the most recent issue of Luxe Magazine, and the National online publication Curbed.com

Plus Gallery is thrilled to present Laura Krudener and her explosive works to Denver, please join us in celebrating the opening of the exhibition on Friday, October 25th from 6-9pm.

LAURA KRUDENER DEBUT SOLO "SUSPENDED CHAOS" OPENS NEXT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25TH AT PLUS


For her first solo exhibition at Denver's Plus Gallery, Laura Krudener will be exhibiting a new body of paintings entitled Suspended Chaos. Krudener's paintings explore the rapid motion in which we experience visual imagery in a world of ceaseless news feeds. Through various poured techniques and layered drawings, each layer of Krudener's paintings is informed from the movement of the previous layer. Finding a suspended stillness in the motion of the paint, Krudener's paintings become a meditation on movement, and the constant search for stillness.


Abstract expressionism in painting has been a prevalent force amongst American painters of the last sixty plus years and has also come to define Colorado's contemporary art scene in a substantial way. "Colorado Abstract" was released in 2009, the first of its kind massive volume of notable locals, followed shortly by the news of the Clyfford Still Museum finding a permanent home in Denver. Riding right on the cusp of those two occurrences is Krudener's arrival in Denver, a huge new talent working in a vein that hearkens back to some of the most credible moments in abstract painting, while pushing the current trajectory in bold, distinct ways.


Krudener works on raw canvas, crafted with receding edges that give the surface a feeling of floating in midair. Through a multiplicity of techniques, including heavy pours, embellishments of charcoal and marker, as well as bold, often contrary colors, Krudener delivers a state of motion and suspension within a compositional congruity of extreme panache. The beauty is in the subtle details as well as the joyous effects when these combinations cohere into volumes that are increasingly more majestic and complex. Her tactical goals also carry a social relevance that is rare in the genre, and all the better for it.


Laura Krudener received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009. She has exhibited her paintings recently in a solo exhibition at Space Gallery in Denver, and in group exhibitions such as "Vernissage" at Fort Mason in San Francisco, "White Space" at Design Within Reach in Boulder, and "Transparencies," at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Krudener's paintings are in several prominent national collections including Janet Jackson and Dame Elizabeth Taylor, her painting "Ruby Melting Sky" remaining in Taylor's estate. She was profiled several times in the last year, including Modern in Denver's fall issue 2012, the most recent issue of Luxe Magazine, and the National online publication Curbed.com