Photos: Super Human updates the art of portraiture at Plus Gallery

Adan de la Garza, "Arbitrary self improvement," performance document, HD video, 31 minutes, 2014.
It's not unusual for Plus Gallery to throw a group show in the summer, but Ivar Zeile says this year's offering, Super Human, is his biggest multi-artist exhibition ever, with work from more than 25 local, national and even international artists. More than just a collection of portraits, Super Human is a sleek study in 21st-century trends in portraiture. Here's a sneak peek at some of that work; see the rest when the show opens on Thursday, July 10.

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Megan Burns, "Mysteria," oil on panel, 16 x 12 inches, 2014.

David Cook, "Patiently waiting," acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches, 2014.

Matthew Gardiner, "Untitled (Pat)," Acrylic on canvas, 14 x 11 inches, 2012.

Jenny Morgan, "Thank You," acrylic on canvas, 25 x 19 inches, 2013.

Keita Morimoto, "Girl in Black" oil on panel, 7 x 5 inches, 2014.

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2501 Larimer St., Denver, CO

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As defined by the OED, to be super is to be great, magnificent and above the rest. To be super is to be something uniquely extraordinary. To be human is to be separate from any other species or entity, of this world and beyond, and crucially, to be capable of error. The hybridization that occurs when combining these terms creates a space for infinite possibilities in terms of what the Super Human is capable of. New elements are added which provide a sense of fantasy, mystery, and obscuration that are outside of the norm. These portraits represent a diverse range of ideas on people today, how we document ourselves and others, the true versus the ideal, the combination of the physical with the spiritual, and so on. These works draw the viewer in to contemplate what is in front of them, calling upon them to read into the works and the concepts behind their executions. What does it means to be super human? Or rather how do you convey such a concept? One must consider these contexts in order to grasp the artists intentions behind the works.





Given these complexities and the individual nature of each piece within the exhibition, “Super Human” acts as a vehicle for re-understanding our perceptions of one another through artistic representations. Whether they be through 2-d works, motion-based pieces or sculptural forms, one gains a sense of the depth of this topic, it’s hybridity, and the variety of forms it has taken through this group’s eyes.




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