Upon exiting our home of the last five years at 2501 Larimer Street in October of 2014, Plus Gallery announced a temporary base of operations within Metropolitan Frame Company at 424 Broadway. As one of the leading framing resources in the state of Colorado for fine and contemporary art, Metropolitan Frame boasts an exhibition space at the entry of their building that is ideal for group efforts and rotational displays of art. Plus Gallery follows up our initial Fall 2014 installation of works by 13 of our represented artists with an introduction of all new works by three esteemed artists, Laura Krudener, Frank T. Martinez and Xi Zhang, in the exhibition “New, Very New,” on view through May 24th, 2015. This show exemplifies the continuation of Plus as a force in Denver’s contemporary art scene since leaving the RiNo district, with new beginnings by some of the gallery’s premier artists.
The visual aesthetics here are far ranging between the trio of Krudener, Martinez and Zhang, providing an enriched view into the current practice coming from each of the three artist’s studios. While not typical of Plus Gallery’s rich history of presenting concise solo exhibitions, the grouping is nevertheless an exciting combination that promotes the continuing mission of Plus Gallery to exhibit cutting edge art that exemplifies the talent being honed within Colorado’s contemporary scene today.
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.