It's official! MCA Posts announcement for CRITICAL FOCUS: Monique Crine / by Monique Crine

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.