Plus Gallery is pleased to conclude the year 2013 with “Fluid,” the fifth solo exhibition by Denver painter Frank T. Martinez, an artist who has proven to be remarkably dedicated in his approach to expanding his abilities within the genre of abstract painting. Martinez’ fifth unique body of work is one that he has been pursuing in the studio over a number of years, with nuances and techniques taken from his other series coalescing in a direction that has been brewing throughout the course of each. Martinez has long sought to strip his surface image down to a simple juxtaposition of opposing values, without leaving the richness that a broader color palate and combinations might exude, such as in his vivid 2011 exhibition “Out/Line.” While he still infuses his constructions with intense layers of color and complexity, the final moves neutralize the whole, leading to a cohesive semblance of the “fluid” nature he is pursuing compositionally. For Martinez, these are explorations of balance, tension, chaos, order, and the spaces in between as one extreme flows into another. The exhibition opens with an artist’s reception on Thursday, December 5th from 6-8pm and will remain on view through January 18th in the new year. Please note that Plus Gallery will gallery will be closed during Christmas week and will reopen on Thursday, January 2nd for regular hours.
Plus Gallery would like to thank everyone who has has supported our vision for supporting quality contemporary art and artists in Denver. 2013 has been an outstanding year, with venues such as the MCA Denver, The Denver Art Museum and the McNichols Civic Center Building presenting our most prestigious exhibitions to date, extending our efforts in ways we hadn't dreamed of 12 years ago when we initiated our program. Several of our artists have risen to prominence on a national level through those years, and we expect to see higher levels attained in the near future. Our Denver Digerati initiative made major advances in 2013, bringing an entirely new and dynamic texture to the public landscape in downtown Denver, we are extremely thankful to all who have helped our work for the Denver Theatre District thrive. Our own block on 25th and Larimer has transformed in major ways in 2013, and over the winter will transform into a vibrant hub with new restaurants, outdoor artwork and even retail a stone's throw from the Plus Gallery front door. Come see for yourself and discover one of Denver’s most reputable programs for contemporary art.
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 recently relocated to the corner of 25th and Larimer in North Downtown Denver, into a unique renovation of a remnant parcel of the Benjamin Moore Paint Factory. This singular redevelopment adds a two-story gallery space to the dramatic architecture of the historic Benjamin Moore complex, serving as a visual anchor for the entrance to the Upper Larimer corridor and River North Arts District. The gallery was named "Art Space of the Year" in 2009 by the Denver Post and has been hailed as the "Best New Gallery" by the Westword Weekly the same year. Plus Gallery is a member of the Denver Art Dealers Association.
Plus Gallery has released three major artist monographs:
Jenny Morgan: We are all setting suns is the most recent 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. Copies may be ordered direct from Plus Gallery or via blurb.com.