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Whenever Plus Gallery artist Xi Zhang, who now lives in Milwaukee, returns to his once-adopted home of Denver, it’s reason for a celebration, and his current visit will include that and more, with both a wedding and a new solo show at Plus on the talented Chinese emigre’s agenda. The exhibition, Bone, will represent the juncture of several series by the trailblazing painter, including two interrelated ones: “Permanence Within” and “Permanence Without” both explore issues of nihilism from opposing points of view. The trick in hanging this show, which slingshots ideas in so many different directions, will be selecting a cross-section that covers ground while holding every-thing together, notes Plus owner Ivar Zeile. “[Zhang] paints with a lot of experimentation and has been evolving with several different styles over the last few years,” Zeile explains. “With each step forward, you can see these abilities cohering more and more.”

See how Bone hangs together and help welcome Zhang back to his home away from home (he earned his BFA at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design and his MFA at the University of Colorado at Boulder) at tonight’s opening reception, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at Plus, 2501 Larimer Street. Admission is free, and the exhibition continues through July 3; go to for more information.
Thu., May 29, 7-9 p.m.; Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: May 29. Continues through July 3, 2014


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