Current and Past Exhibitions and Events

Something/Nothing ~ Curated by Peter Strange Yumi

Exhibition Dates: 22 January–28 February 2015

Artist Reception: Friday, 23 January 2015, 6–9 pm

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Spectrum: Bio Interloper V, detail, Crystal Wagner, 2014
Cut paper, screen print, wood, paint. 25" x 5" x 19"

Artist as Curator Series featuring Peter Strange Yumi

The Artists

Something/Nothing is a group exhibition curated by Peter Strange Yumi featuring the work of Andrea Burgay, Amber Cobb, Paul Loughney, Lorrie McClanahan, Liz Miller, Sarah Rockett, Naomi Scheck, Zach Searcy, and Crystal Wagner.

Statement

An appearance can only exist if there is a mind that beholds it. The “beholding” of that appearance is nothing other than experience; that is what actually takes place…All the elements are vividly distinguished as long as the mind fixates on them. Yet they are nothing but a mere presence, an appearance. When the mind doesn’t apprehend, hold, or fixate on what is experienced, ...“reality” loses its solid, obstructing quality.

—Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, As It Is

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A Forest ~ Jessica Kreutter

Exhibition Dates: 7 November–20 December 2014

Artist Reception: First Friday, 7 November 2014, 6–9 pm

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Artist Statement

I am interested in creating spaces where worlds flow together. These spaces suggest there is something more than what the world appears to be, a place that is inhabited by both reality and fantasy, between remembering and forgetting. These moments where boundaries are breached evoke the possibility of experiencing the world differently.

Home is supposed to be a contained and protected space. Age and time reveal gaps. These holes become filled in with unknown wildness and the elements of a forest start to infringe inside. Smoldering campfires sit on carpets, fox skins hang in the closet. Certain figures emerge from patterns in the wallpaper while others are bound and trapped. Nature grows from cracks and creatures crawl into the deep folds of the interior. This unknown presents possibilities of fear, change, contradiction, and transformation.

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Thaumazein ~ Mia Mulvey and Amanda Small

Exhibition Dates: 11 September–25 October 2014

Artist Reception: Thursday, 11 September 2014, 6–9 pm

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Everyday: Black porcelain, 3D-printed high density composite

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The Space in Between: Wood, Ceramic, Wool, Felt, String

Artists Mia Mulvey and Amanda Small have been working collaboratively to create an installation titled Thaumazein. The word, a Greek verb meaning "to wonder", is both contradictory and oppositional, rational and irrational, and has clear associations with looking and seeing. Thaumazein implies that one gets a glimpse of this unexpressed world and the spaces in-between.

Using symbols, fragments, echoes, and traces as frameworks from their global and physical locations, they intermix these with indications from their personal, domestic landscapes. Mulvey and Small are creating a visual conversation about place and character through vestiges of the world they live in, both shared and separate.

Through this ongoing conversation Mulvey and Small are expanding their ideas about wonder and its philosophy. A symbolic language has been created to reveal the intangible spaces of their collaboration and dissection of the roots of the Greek word thauma: "To look at something with wonder".

The results of this collaborative dialogue emerge at VERTIGO Art Space as an installation of abstracted objects and a conceptual landscape that are sure to connect with its audience to spark an intrinsic sense of wonder which must be experienced.

About the Artists

Mia Mulvey earned her BFA from Arizona State University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her ceramic sculptures are inspired by natural history, science, and early museum practices. Mia actively exhibits her work nationally and internationally, most recently at the Denver Art Museum and at Goodwin Fine Art. Her grants and awards include a Colorado Council for the Arts Artist Fellowship Grant and a Kohler Arts in Industry Residency. She is an associate professor of art at The University of Denver.

Amanda Small was raised in Chapel Hill, NC, where she cultivated a love of ceramics in the Appalachians. Her interest in intrinsic systems revealed by emergent patterns has led to work that references the internal structures found in nature, biology, and plant life, and related to systems emerging from various forms of mapping. Through this, she creates large-scale installations that reference ideas pertaining to beauty, resonance, inter-connectedness, and our experience of “place”. She has been a visiting artist at Australia National University in Canberra, Australia, and at Unitec University in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2010 she participated in Project Network at the International Ceramic Research Center in Skaelskor, Denmark, where she continues to work on staff as the Projects Coordinator. Recently she was awarded a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship designed to support artists in their artistic and exhibition endeavors and professional development. Small resides in a dual “home”, having one foot in Denmark and the other in Toronto.

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