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Mike Whiting – Daily Driver
April 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Mike Whiting shifts gears in 2019 for Daily Driver, his first proper solo exhibition with Plus Gallery since 2010, a multi-faceted undertaking presented in collaboration with 808 Projects beginning April 5th.
Whiting approaches this exhibition with ideas brewing over time in the studio the last decade, guided by sentimental notions as well and distinct cultural reference points that have guided much of the his oeuvre, finding form in deliberate and exciting fashion.
In his advance exhibition notes, Whiting reflects that, “In college I bought a ’64 Volkswagen bus. My roommate found the ad in the local classifieds. It was advertised as a ‘daily driver’, no rust. It had the original, slightly faded, turquoise and white paint. It was beautiful, extremely slow, yet one of the most fun cars I’ve ever driven.” The term ‘daily driver’ served back then as a quick way to let the prospective buyer know that most everything works on an older car but that it’s not too ‘nice’. “You can drive the car around town without having to worry (too much) about whether or not you’ll make it home. You also don’t have to worry about it getting scratched in the parking lot.”
Whiting brings his fascination with car culture to life with a variety of new creations, both adhering to his general practice while pushing into distinct new conceptual territory. Complementing the exhibition will be a pair of videos by Dirk Koy, a Swiss artist specializing in time-based media and moving image.
Daily Driver will open with a reception on Thursday, April 4th from 6:30-8:30pm. The exhibition continues through to May 12th, with additional evening hours during First Friday Gallery Stroll in April and May. 808 Projects is located at 808 North Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO 80204. Gallery hours will be Thursday – Sunday Noon – 6pm.
Read more about the show at plusgallery.com/exhibitions/daily-driver/