A Concrete Statement

Susan Meyer might be one of Denver’s most unique artists, yet she hasn’t had a full exhibition since 2004, when her installation Malfunction Junction — a room-sized roller-coaster track ablaze with synchronized lighting that crashed from the heights into another, flatter dimension — blew more than a few minds at Plus Gallery. Since then, says the gallery’s Ivar Zeile, she’s moved into a sculptural realm of striated landscapes in wood or acrylic layers, inspired by high-rise Utopian structures dreamed up by Le Corbusier in the 1920s. Until now, Meyer, a University of Denver instructor, hadn’t produced a body of work complete enough to warrant a solo gallery takeover, but the wait is over: Susan Meyer: Plato’s Retreat, opens tonight at Plus, showcasing the next stage in her architectural studies — a work of concrete stratum overgrown with plant life — as well as some carefully researched pieces that experiment with 3-D printer technology.

“To take this concept of Utopia and really push it through several iterations that plumb the depths of the concept is rare,” Zeile notes. “Few artists push the envelope the way she does. I haven’t seen anything like her work in Denver or even outside of Denver.” And he’s excited to be able to once again present the singular, morphing vision of Meyer, whom he describes as being adored and revered in the local art community.

Find out why, and prepare to see minds blown all over again, at the free reception, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Plus, 2501 Larimer Street. “It comes together in the studio, but it’s not really together fully until it’s installed in the gallery,” Zeile says. Plato’s Retreat continues through November 24; visit www.plusgallery.com or call 303-296-0927.
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Oct. 19. Continues through Nov. 24, 2012

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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