Plus Gallery recently entered an interim phase following the successful sale of our building at 2501 Larimer Street, which hosted the gallery for over five outstanding years in what was one of Denver’s finest examples of architecture built for the purpose of showcasing contemporary art. Our intentions currently are to experiment with exhibitions around the Denver community and beyond via our talented pool of represented artists, while supporting those involving our artists that are hosted by other entities (see below). Our projection for the long-term is to find a suitable property and location in which to properly re-anchor the gallery, likely to coincide with adjustments in Denver‘s current, ultra-hot real-estate market.
Our first initiative, and one that we are extremely pleased to present, is a collaboration with Metropolitan Frame Company and their outstanding facility located at 424 Broadway, just a few blocks south of Speer Blvd. Throughout our history we’ve had Metropolitan Frame (formerly Animal Crackers) handling all of our critical framing needs, and have advised our clients to source them as well, there is no frame-shop in our region that is more reliable and reputable. Within their newly renovated location on Broadway is a high quality gallery space that is perfectly suited for small scale exhibitions. Metropolitan Frame has welcomed us to keep the Plus Gallery presence alive in this context, and we are starting that phase immediately with a group exhibition that introduces our esteemed program to Metropolitan Frame‘s clientele as well as the rest of the community. What’s on view is an outstanding mixture of some of our most dynamic and revered artworks, selections that represent our most recent inventory as well as older favorites. The current collection will be on view through January 10th, 2015, with the possibility of adjustments occurring based on direct acquisitions throughout the next two months. We highly encourage a visit, the caliber of presentation and what‘s on view will please fans of Plus Gallery both old and new. The rest of our collection found here on our website can be accessed at any time for both presentation and collector acquisition, with contact through our regular email address or the gallery phone line. Plus Gallery will also continue our frequent email newsletter, informing patrons of our activities through this next exciting phase.
Plus Gallery artist update for Fall 2014: While our physical space may be on ice for a while, that does not diminish the important presence our artists hold in the community and beyond. Several of our artists have recently concluded exhibitions in other venues, such as Donald Fodness who was recently featured at GoCa in Colorado Springs in the exhibition “Great Expectation” as well as “RE_Figuration” at the University of Toledo Center for Visual Art in Toledo, Ohio, as well as “From Here and There” at the Clara Hatton Gallery at CSU’s Visual Arts Building in Fort Collins, which also featured Plus Gallery artists Melissa Furness and Bill Amundson. Furness currently has recent work on view in “Place Matters” at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Art Center, presented in conjunction with the Mizel Museum and Arts and Venues Denver and on view through the end of the year. Plus Gallery artist Susan Meyer has two of her recent (and award winning) works on view in the 2014 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region at the Albany Institute of History and Art in upstate New York. And finally, Plus Gallery sensation Jenny Morgan is currently featured with several paintings in the group exhibition “Get Real: New American Painting” at the Museum Of Contemporary Art Jacksonville in Florida. That exhibition also remains on view throughout the rest of 2014, and features a recently released catalogue to correspond with the show. Morgan will also have a solo exhibition of her work presented for the first time in her hometown of Salt Lake City, UT in late November at CUAC (Central Utah Art Center), curated by Plus Gallery owner Ivar Zeile from select private collections. Keep an eye out this November too for the release of Juxtapoz latest hard-cover volume “Hyperreal” which features Morgan’s artwork on the cover as well as inside, and certain to be a collectors item.
Plus Gallery represented artist Jon Rietfors recently completed a major commission for Earl’s restaurant on Denver’s infamous 16th Street Mall, set to reopen this fall. Rietfors has created his largest dimensional photograph to date for the restaurant, one that depicts a landscape view near Crested Butte on Oskar Blues Beer Cans. The commission is located right on the entry wall of the restaurant, and becomes the second major commission by a restaurant located on the 16th street mall by a Plus Gallery artists, joining Bill Amundson whose elaborate wall mural graces the Mellow Mushroom further down the mall corridor.
And Plus Gallery owner Ivar Zeile recently served as the juror for the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins annual group exhibition, this year’s theme “Incite / Insight” drawing an unprecedented number of entries via an open call to artists across the nation. The exhibition opens with a reception and award ceremony on November 21st from 5-7 p.m and will remain on view through January 3rd, 2015.
Plus Gallery has enriched Denver’s contemporary art scene since 2001, providing one of the leading, reputable platforms for prestigious artist representation and exhibitions of note in the region. The gallery was previously located at the corner of 25th and Larimer in North Downtown Denver, a unique renovation undertaken by gallery owners Ivar and Karen Zeile of a remnant parcel of the Benjamin Moore Paint Factory. That singular redevelopment added a two-story gallery space to the dramatic architecture of the historic Benjamin Moore complex and served as a visual anchor for the entrance to the Upper Larimer corridor and River North Arts District. The Zeile’s sold the building in the fall of 2014, bringing their time in the Ballpark District full-circle as one of the most successful contemporary art ventures in the city. The gallery was named “Art Space of the Year” in 2009 by the Denver Post and most recently ranked Number four on the Denver Posts 2014 list of Top Galleries. The gallery has been profiled for its distinct architecture in 5280, Modern In Denver and Art Ltd. Plus Gallery is a member of the Denver Art Dealers Association and the River North Arts District. Gallery owner Ivar Zeile has served as the creative director for the Denver Theatre District since 2009. He initiated Denver Digerati in 2012 as a platform for advancing animation and motion-based art as new forms of public art via Denver’s unique LED screen inventory, a program that continues to evolve as one of the leading platforms of its kind in the world today. Plus Gallery is currently hosting exhibitions at Metropolitan Frame Company in Denver, CO while searching for the next property to renovate and re-anchor the gallery and our prestigious stable of artist proper.
Plus Gallery has released four major artist monographs to date: “Jenny Morgan: We are all setting suns” is a 180 page book that features the artist’s entire body of work from 2010 through May of 2012. “Jenny Morgan: New Territory” is a 240 page book featuring a comprehensive view of paintings by Jenny Morgan from the time she debuted in 2003 through her 2009 Plus Gallery and NYC exhibitions. “Xi Zhang: Dream Dusts” features the majority of Zhang’s paintings from the critically acclaimed exhibition 12921 through his astounding 2011 MFA thesis painting No One’s Wonderland, Form is Emptiness. The 184 page “Colin Livingston – Artist” is the latest Plus Gallery publication to offer an in-depth view of one of the gallery’s most outstanding, celebrated contemporary artists. The book covers 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.