Critical Focus: Monique Crine
May 14 – June 28, 2015
This exhibition highlights recent work by Denver-based artist, Monique Crine. Working from her own photographs, Crine creates arresting paintings that explore different American archetypes. For this series, she focuses on the professional football player, creating both heroic and tragic representations of these (literally) larger-than-life figures. Her paintings are strikingly indebted to film—especially the classic, Hollywood spectacles of the mid-20th century. The drama of lighting, pose, and costume transform individual players into cinematic characters. This tension between stylized characters and real people parallels precisely how perceptions of celebrities frequently skirt the boundary between reality and fantasy.
Monique Crine was born in Heidelberg, Germany. She lives and works in Denver. Her work has been presented at Goodwin Fine Art, Denver; Pirate: Contemporary Art, Denver; The Dairy Center, Boulder, CO; Hartell Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; and Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
5-7PM Member Preview
7-9PM Public Celebration
5¢ Sasquatch, 10¢ everyone else
This exhibition is supported in part by the Director's Vision Society and Colorado Creative Industries. MCA Denver also thanks the Citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.
Image: Monique Crine, Jake (I), 2014. Oil on canvas, 22 x 36 inches. Courtesy the artist.t