Mike Whiting shifts gears in 2019 for Daily Driver, his first proper exhibition with Plus Gallery since 2010, a multi-faceted undertaking presented in collaboration with 808 Projects beginning April 5th. Situated in the heart of Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District, 808’s intimacy and classic gallery structure are ideally suited for solo endeavors that focus on the refined and experimental in the arts. Whiting approaches this exhibition with ideas brewing over time in the studio the last decade, guided by sentimental notions as well and distinct cultural reference points that have guided much of the his oeuvre, finding form in deliberate and exciting fashion. In his advance exhibition notes, Whiting reflects that “In college I bought a 64 Volkswagen bus. My roommate found the ad in the local classifieds. It was advertised as a ‘daily driver’, no rust. It had the original, slightly faded, turquoise and white paint. It was beautiful, extremely slow, yet one of the most fun cars I’ve ever driven.” The term ‘daily driver’ served back then as a quick way to let the prospective buyer know that most everything works on an older car but that it’s not too ‘nice’. “You can drive the car around town without having to worry (too much) about whether or not you’ll make it home. You also don’t have to worry about it getting scratched in the parking lot.”
Whiting brings his fascination with car culture to life with a variety of new creations, both adhering to his general practice while pushing into distinct new conceptual territory. Complementing the exhibition will be a pair of videos by Dirk Koy, a Swiss artist specializing in time-based media and moving image. Daily Driver will open with a reception on Thursday, April 4th from 6:30-8:30pm. The exhibition continues through to May 12th, with additional evening hours during First Friday Gallery Stroll in April and May. 808 Projects is located at 808 North Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO 80204. Gallery hours will be Thursday – Saturday Noon – 5pm or by appointment. Read more about the show on our current exhibition page.
In other Plus Gallery artist news, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design will honor alumni Jenny Morgan and Paul Trani in the school’s first-ever Radiance Awards on May 9th. The Radiance Awards are a celebration of individuals from the RMCAD community whose achievements have made an impact in the art and design world. The inaugural event will include a ceremony honoring Morgan and Trani, as well as the opening of the Radiance Award Gallery, which will feature works by the honorees. Morgan is also a finalist for the prestigious Bennett Prize, which will be announced May 3rd. This prize is the largest art award ever offered solely to women painters. Seeking to propel the careers of women figurative realist painters, the winner of The Bennett Prize will receive $25,000 annually for two years to allow her to devote the time necessary to mount a solo exhibition of figurative realist paintings, which will open at the Muskegon Museum of Art and then travel the country.
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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