Tony Labat at Emmanuel Gallery
"ArtPlant is thrilled to announce the opening activation of the project Elevation: Denver by artist resident Tony Labat at Emmanuel Gallery on June 12, 2014 from 6 to 9PM. Tony Labat has been in Denver over the course of the last month interacting with the community and realizing a design from his Elevations: Platforms, Stages & Catwalks series. The historic Emmanuel Gallery is the fitting host to the first physical iteration of the series by this seminal artist based out of San Francisco. This sculptural work although in its pristine state during exhibition, becomes a literal platform for interaction as the artist and gallery invite the public to utilize the structure for both impromptu and planned performance and activation through the exhibition which runs until June 28th." "This exhibition and first activation curated by Cortney Stell and Jacquelyn Connolly continues Labat’s interest in a kind of sculpture that engages the viewer physically, socially and politically, in order to engage the body as a perceptual whole. The work requires the participants (the institution, the viewer, and the community) to “walk” through the work to gain an understanding of its meaning. Emphasis of the work concentrates on its function rather that on its appearance. Since the seventies Tony Labat has developed a body of work in Performance, Video, Sculpture and Installation. His work has dealt with the body, popular culture, identity, urban relations, politics, and the media. He has exhibited internationally over the last 30 years, received numerous awards and grants, and his work is in many private and public collections. Recent exhibitions include Barbara Gladstone Gallery, the 11th Havana Bienale, Gallery Paule Anglim, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center. He’s currently Chair of the MFA Program at the San Francisco Art Institute. He lives and works in San Francisco."