Underworld is the first formal introduction of paintings in Denver by Ramiro Smith Estrada, a bold emerging artist from Buenos Aires who merges potent historic references with intricate compositional sensibilities; a riveting graphic style with intellectual depth; and a broad color range that weaves a magnificent spell on the viewer. It’s an enticing combination for those seeking connections between gut-level street art and higher aims possible in today’s contemporary art discourse. Estrada will be in Denver through November 14th working in the well appointed residency space at the Taxi complex in RiNo, completing a new painting that riffs off of his most recent series “The Barbarian Invasions,” while further engaging with Denver’s dynamic art scene that engages patrons through the strong fall exhibition schedule. Plus Gallery is supporting an onsite exhibition of the artist’s works at the Taxi studio in order to further deepen Estrada’s connections with the local collector market.
A reception for Ramiro Smith Estrada will take place on Saturday, October 27th from 5-8pm. The studio is located on the ground floor right at the entrance of Taxi’s Flight Building at 3575 Ringsby Court, with ample parking to the North of the building.
Ramiro Smith Estrada, 1984, lives and works in Buenos Aires. He pursued University studies in Engraving at the Universidad del Museo Social Argentino in 2007. He was selected to the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in the field of Engraving in 2010 and 2013, and to the Williams Award in 2012. In 2014 he was selected to the Contemporary Artistic Practices clinic (PAC, for its initials in Spanish) conducted by Gachi Prieto Gallery with teachers Eduardo Stupia, Rodrigo Alonso, Rafael Cippoletti and Andres Wassiman. The same year he took part of an Argentinian group exhibition at VICE Gallery in Wynwood Miami. In 2015 he participated in a residency at LaVallee in Brussels, Belgium. In 2017 he presented ¨CHETO¨ his fifth solo exhibition at Mundo Nuevo Art Gallery, (Buenos Aires) curated by Santiago Bengolea (coordinator of the Contemporary Space of Fundacion PROA). Estrada visited Denver for the first time in the summer of 2018 for a month-long residency at RedLine Contemporary Art Center, where he first connected with Plus Gallery owner Ivar Zeile.
Plus Gallery also supports the current exhibition Reality Bytes being presented at RedLine Contemporary Art Center through November 4th. The exhibition was curated by Ivar Zeile in association with Denver Digerati and the annual, recently concluded Supernova Digital Animation Festival. Much of what we see, hear about, or experience in the world today often seems unimaginable, our notions of “reality” skewing ever further from a collective conscience. The steady flow of video games, virtual reality, consumer apps, computer programs and social media outlets derived from the “digital age” promote an existence that is becoming more “dreamlike” every day, filled with visual references that beg for attention and often invoke complete wonderment. In reference to the current state of affairs, Reality Bytes aims to capture the zeitgeist brewing through the use of digital tools in the hands of contemporary artists,. The exhibition is one of numerous community collaborations taking place in 2018 in conjunction with the singular cultural initiative that is Supernova.
The exhibition is one of the largest displays of Digital Animation in a contemporary art environment in the country. Reality Bytes presents several distinct zones for engagement, beginning with a retrospective of animations commissioned by Denver Digerati between 2012 and 2015 for display on LED screens permanently situated in downtown Denver. The central theme is supported by several animations culled from the growing library of celebrated works featured at Supernova since 2016, presented in a manner similar to the group’s public screenings. “Live Stream” digital projections offer three wildly different and compelling takes on the integration of digital visualization with traditional filmmaking, including recent constructions by UK artist Elliot Dodd, New York City based artist (and Supernova 2018 guest Juror) Katie Torn, as well as Denver artist and RedLine resident Mario Zoots, whose 2015 Digerati commission simply begs for further scrutiny. French artist Sandrine Deumier and Denver’s Chris Coleman present more expansive views of their most recent bodies of work, Deumier’s in the form of 41 brief, hypnotic digital passages presented on dual monitors, while an array of Coleman’s breathtaking digital prints created through “blender” software line the gallery walls. Renowned Japanese pop-artist Chiho Aoshima’s “City Glow” is presented as a final flourish, a masterpiece of digital animation showing the cycle of life in our modern world, on loan for a private Denver collection. In additional, local artists will be invited to “bring their own beamers” and present work in a daily rotation, in the spirit of RedLine’s continued support of this global concept.
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, in one of Denver’s most iconic redevelopments at the Benjamin Moore Paint Factory. Since releasing the physical gallery space in 2014, Plus Gallery owner and director Ivar Zeile has focused exclusively on art consulting and private dealing in support of high-level community exhibitions involving select represented artists. Zeile’s expertise lies in connecting singular, forward thinking artists and their work with collections seeking a level of prestige and awe outside the status quo. Zeile is also developing an exciting, innovative tech-based art initiative through Denver Digerati, a platform for advancing digital animation and motion-based works as new forms of public art through Denver’s unique outdoor LED screen infrastructure. All inquiries should be directed to [email protected]
Plus Gallery artist monographs are available through on demand printing, including “Jenny Morgan – RISE” (2016), “Jenny Morgan: We are all setting suns” (2012), “Jenny Morgan: New Territory” (2009), “Xi Zhang – Paintings 2014-2016” (2016) and “Xi Zhang: Dream Dusts”(2011).
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