Plus Gallery’s exhibition schedule abruptly ended in October of 2014, due to the sale of the building that housed the gallery since 2009. The nature of the sale brought the viability of the gallery model full circle from an unknown startup in 2001 to one of the most reputable, distinct and successful operations for contemporary art in the region. While Plus Gallery’s regular exhibition planning is officially on hold for the near future, opportunities to showcase our represented artists and their work will unfold in a variety of distinct collaborations and happenings throughout 2015. Our first such endeavor commences on February 13th with Nick Musaelian’s debut solo exhibition “From Ass to Skunk,” a sweeping survey of the paintings of this Colorado-based artist. The exhibition will be on view at Abend Gallery, one of Denver’s most revered venues for contemporary representational art, through March 13th in a collaboration that shows the possibilities for positive experimentation within Denver’s thriving art community.
Musaelian’s solo debut in Colorado was originally scheduled for October of 2014 with Plus Gallery, his only previous showing occurring in a two person exhibition back in 2010 with revered painter Xi Zhang. Musaelian’s output since graduating with an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2009 has been slow and gradual, refining both distinct techniques that course through all of his works as well as conceptual ideas that reflect on playful, philosophical constructs. When Chris Serr, the owner of fellow Denver Art Dealers Association member Abend Gallery heard the news of the sale of Plus, she reached out with the offer to host an exhibition in 2015, affording the promise to properly debut Musaelian’s work much greater gravity than otherwise possible in the intimacy of Plus’ previous space.
“From Ass to Skunk” will feature a wide-ranging survey of this unique painter’s output, with works from 2008 to present day including his Little Nietzsche series, Situations, Ass Festival, woodcuts, as well as Musaelian’s most recent portraits that were originally to be featured at Plus. The exhibition offers a deeper view than normal for an emerging artist, one that fully enhances the imaginative approach Musaelian has taken since committing himself to a career in art. The exhibition likewise magnifies the unique set of circumstances currently occurring in Denver’s exciting art community as well as Plus Gallery’s interim position within.
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In addition to Nick Musaelian’s solo exhibition hosted at Abend, Plus Gallery introduce all new works by three of our premier artists at Metropolitan Frame Company in February. A selection of paintings from Xi Zhang’s latest voluminous body of work “Metallic-leaf Garden” will be unveiled, along with new monochromatic works on paper and small-scale paintings from Frank T. Martinez’ “Untitled 6” series, as well as a trio of Laura Krudener’s most recent abstract poured paintings from her new “Explosions and Whispers” series. Plus Gallery and Metropolitan Frame will host an evening reception to launch the show on Wednesday, February 18th from 5-8pm. The evening will serve as an opportunity to re-engage with Plus Gallery, meet our new associates and view some terrific new works by each of the three artists.
Additional Plus Gallery artists have work currently on view in other venues this winter. Xi Zhang has 30 sublime watercolors from his “Mr. Vincent Munch” series on view in February at 33 Contemporary Art Center in Guangzhao, China, a terrific return to his homefront for Zhang’s work since becoming an official resident of the US. Colin Livingston’s “Multi-slogan” department from his massive 2009 installation “The Big Idea” has been reprised and on view at the Arvada Center in their latest group effort “rePOPulated: Contemporary Perspectives on Pop Art,” on view through March 29th, 2015. This is a “must-see” exhibition for any fan of pop-art, both from local and historic perspectives.
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.