Plus Gallery in conjunction with Denver Digerati present Mirage

Tuesday, 28 May 2013


Plus Gallery in conjunction with Denver Digerati present Mirage from May 31st through June 6th, a group exhibition that celebrates the visionary artwork of the first seven artists to be commissioned by the Denver Theatre District to create new motion-based artworks towards a permanent collection for public presentation in downtown Denver. The commission program is the first of its kind in the United States, one that taps into the potential of the large-scale LED screens located within the heart of Denver's Theatre District as vehicles for presenting leading advances in motion-based art and animation by regional and international artists. Mirage delivers an enhanced view of the first slate of artists commissioned through Denver Digerati, presenting their innovative 2 and 3d artistic engagements that are most suitable in a gallery context.

Justin BeardQuintin GonzalezChris Coleman, and Bryan Leister are four of the Denver-based artists featured in Mirage. Former Denver resident Milton Croissant, Washington D.C.'s Jonathan Monaghan, and Toronto, Canada's Alex McLeod round out the group, three of the most outstanding emerging animator/artists in the field today. All seven are experiencing blossoming careers as the realm of new media has expanded incrementally in recent years, and all contributed to the DTD's previous efforts that use the LED screen to expose dynamic visual content to the public.Plus Gallery director Ivar Zeile, creative director for the DTD since its inception in 2009, spearheaded the new division Denver Digerati in 2012 as a platform to celebrate the program's ongoing efforts with motion-based art and future possibilities. The concept of building a new library of digital media through commissioning artists was a natural extension of previous successful showcases such as 2011's "Frame of Mind" and last year's "SightLine," programs that tapped deeply into what is largely uncharted territory in the public sphere.

The commissioned works will first be unveiled on September 20th as the focal point of the DTD's final Friday Flash program, a second new initiative instituted by Denver Digerati for 2013. Thereafter these new short-form works, of between two and ten minutes, will be presented on a select basis on the DTD?s most visible LED screen at the corner of 14th and Champa, a location of commanding presence and heavy traffic. Mirage offers the public the opportunity to learn more about the seven innovators who will soon be making history through the DTD and Denver Digerati's latest initiatives.

Mirage will open at Plus Gallery with a public reception on Friday, May 31st from 6-9pm. The exhibition will remain on view through July 6th.