Visual Arts

Psst: Spy new paintings by William Betts at Plus Gallery

We all know that Big Brother's been watching us for some time, but that doesn't make the amazing recent paintings of William Betts any less intriguing or, well, creepy. Accurately replicating video imagery taken by surveillance cameras, the acrylic-on-canvas renderings are pointed in their message and sharply detailed in their hazy delivery. And they're no less incredible than his many other series, canvases of moire patterns or pointillist compositions on drilled mirrors, which rely on technology for their pinpoint precision.

At Remote Sensing at Plus Gallery, his first solo exhibit in the area since 2007, Betts is again showing work unlike anyone else's. It's a must-see show -- even if you may feel like you need to keep looking over your shoulder while you're seeing it.

Remote Sensing opens tonight with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Plus; the show continues through May 26 at the gallery, which is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. For information, visit the gallery online or call 303-296-0927.

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