Current and Past Exhibitions and Events

Plume Age ~ A Solo Exhibition by Dylan J. Beck

Exhibition Dates: 5 April 2013–17 May 2013

Closing Reception: Friday, 17 May 2013, 6–9 pm


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In our ever growing and strangely shrinking contemporary world it has become commonplace to travel great distances in a matter of hours. What has made this shrinking of the globe possible is air travel. In the United States alone, there are nearly 87,000 commercial flights per day! Consequently, at any given moment there is an overwhelming number of airplanes, full of people, in the skies above our heads.

Dylan J. Beck has been exploring air travel and its potential effects on climate and culture. In his exhibition, Plume Age, Dylan looks to flight patterns and densities, land use associated with the air travel infrastructure, and the sky to find inspiration for his sculptures. Because his work includes various approaches and media, from hand-built ceramics to digital imagery, Dylan Beck's exhibition at VERTIGO Art Space is visually striking as well as contemplative.

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Half the Floating World: Pangloss Gravitron

Exhibition Dates: 6 December 2012–29 December 2012

First Friday Art Walk: 7 December 2012, 6–9 pm

Artist Reception: Friday, 14 December 2012, 6–9 pm

Santa Fe Art District Collectors’ Night: Friday, 21 December 2012, 6–9 pm

Closing Weekend Extended Hours: Friday, 28 Dec 2012, 2–9 pm & Saturday, 29 Dec 2012, 1–4 pm

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Inaugural Exhibition with Guest Artist Kieran Collins

Tracy Tomko is December's Artist-in-Residence. She will be debuting Pangloss Gravitron, a Denver-based artist collective. They begin their optimistic adventures with: Tracy Tomko, Meagen Svendsen, Mark Penner-Howell, CT Nelson, Patrick Loehr, John Haley III, and Erin Asmussen. For Half the Floating World they will be joined by Kieran Collins, from San Francisco. Kieran is the first of their efforts to work with artists from different areas. They hope to cross-pollinate their idea grounds and collaborate in more expansive ways. The title, Half the Floating World, is about reality creeping its way into our daydreams and leaving a trace of its weight on a joyful frolic.

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Apparition by Mark Penner-Howell

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Vessel by Erin Asmussen


Video of Blind Faith by Tracy Tomko

Pangloss

noun: One who is optimistic regardless of the circumstances.
adjective: Blindly or unreasonably optimistic.

After Dr. Pangloss, a philosopher and tutor in Voltaire's 1759 satire, Candide.
The name is coined from Greek panglossia (talkativeness).

Gravitron

A popular carnival ride that pins its riders against the wall with centrifugal force. The Gravitron attains a speed of 24 rpm, which results in 4G of gravitational force, causing riders to lift off the floor. The Gravitron is the fastest spinning amusement park ride and is considered to have a "High" thrill level.

Press Coverage

Pangloss Gravitron listed as "Ten people to watch in 2013" by Susan Froyd at Westword.

Read a review of this exhibition by Theresa Anderson.



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Ted Vogel ~ Recent Works

Exhibition Dates: 17 May 2012–30 June 2012

Artist Reception: Friday, 15 June 2012, 6–9 pm

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Ted Vogel has always been a collector of objects, and a maker of spare parts. In his work these “parts” are made of clay, kiln cast glass, digital images and other mixed media elements. His interest in working with clay, glass, cast iron, the photographic image and other materials is in what each material gives to the work: light, color, transparency, depth, strength, weight, illusion, fragility, etc.

Red Plane - Ted Vogel

Reflecting the traditions of ceramic and glass figurines and the kitsch ceramics of the 1930s,‘40s & ‘50s, Vogel’s work explores ideas of story telling and allegory and references our inseparable relationship to the natural world, the body, humanness and our complex and precarious interactions with humankind. These stories are derived from sources of mythology of our vast history and family tales that are passed down from generation to generation, and from the so-called “true stories” of our time, often created by public myth.

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Another Way to Go: 6 Artists, 12 Directions

Exhibition Dates: 4 January 2012–11 February 2012

First Friday: 6 January 2012, 6–9 pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, 12 January 2012, 6–8 pm
Collector's Friday: 20 January 2012, 6–8 pm
First Friday: 3 February 2012, 6–9 pm

Presented by the Emerging Curator Series. Curated by Mike McClung.

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Photos courtesy of Tiffany Fitzgerald at Westword

VERTIGO Art Space launches the new year with "Another Way to Go: 6 Artists, 12 Directions” developed by guest curator, Mike McClung. This show presents 2 pieces by each of the 6 artists – one piece from the body of work for which the artist is well known locally and one from a completely different series of work. Artists featured in this exhibition are Tyler Aiello, Phil Bender, Eric Michael Corrigan, Sangeeta Reddy, Lorelei Schott, and Jimmy Sellars. It is important to note that these artists are all represented by galleries outside of VERTIGO Art Space.

Curatorial inspiration for the show came from Mike's curiosity regarding the topic of artistic identity. A solid artistic identity can be a blessing for an artist, providing increased recognition and (ideally) increased sales. However, it can be a challenge, as the success of a body of work can impede an artist from moving in other directions with a change in media or technique.

McClung states, “As an artist, I am almost always associated with my burnout process, but I also explore other directions in different works using mixed media, photography, water color, etc. As I continued with the development of this show, I became more curious about tangents or diversions that other well-recognized artists take. I became fascinated with the balance between commercial success that recognition provides versus the potential for restricting creative exploration.”

Mike is the third artist who has been invited to curate a show as part of VERTIGO’s Emerging Curator Series.

Press Coverage

Read a review of this exhibition by Tiffany Fitzgerald at Westword.

VERTIGO Art Space was nominated in 3 categories for Art District on Santa Fe, Best of 2011: Best Solo Show by a Colorado ArtistErik Isaac's Perfect Day, Best Group ExhibitionDouble Diptych, and Best Gallery. See Art District on Santa Fe for more information.

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The Shape of Things To Come

Exhibition Dates: 23 June–17 September 2011

Closing Reception: 15 September 2011, 5–7 pm. Many artists will be present. Hosted by Kara Duncan with Anders Ruhwald.

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Featuring works by Anna Adler, Inkyo Back, Lauren Cherry, Jessika Edgar, Devin Farrand, Ariel Herwitz, Richard Hesketh, Anders Ruhwald, and Erin Yuasa. Mixed media works by recent ceramic MFA Graduates from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Anders Ruhwald will be a featured guest on the untitled art show Wednesday, September 14th, discussing both his work at the DAM as a part of the "Overthrown: Clay Without Limits" exhibition and his role in the current exhibition at VERTIGO Art Space. Also please note summer hours for this show. Featured gallery co-ordinator for the summer is Tracy Tomko.

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EMERGING 4

Exhibition Dates: January 15–February 27, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, January 15, 6-9 pm
Closing Reception: Friday, February 19, 6-9 pm
Featuring: Tyler Beard, Ben Dayton, Linda Lopez, Austin Parkhill, Alex Perrine, Lindsay Pichaske, and Allie Pohl


"Reine", 54x54 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 2010 / Austin Parkhill


Lindsay Pichaske


Linda Lopez


"Bears" / Tyler Beard


Ben Dayton


"Female" (small) / Alex Perrine


"Ideal Woman: Astroturf A and B" / Allie Pohl

Curated by Robert D. Garner (who is also an emerging artist), the fourth annual Emerging Artist Show at VERTIGO features the talents of Tyler Beard, Benjamin Dayton, Linda Lopez, Austin Parkhill, Alexander Perrine, Lindsay Pichaske, and Allie Pohl. I am really looking forward to this one — it has been a big challenge and there is a very interesting connection that runs through the work.

Press Coverage

Read a review of this exhibition by Denver Post Fine Arts Critic, Kyle MacMillan. The Signtologist commented on the exhibition and has additional photos of the work.
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MIA MULVEY ~ NEW WORK

Exhibition Dates: September 4–October 31, 2009
Opening Reception: Third Friday September 18 6-9pm, 2009
Closing Reception: October 16th, 6-9pm





Artist's Statement for NEW WORK


This body of work is taken from 3-dimensional prints of actual biological specimens. Replicating anatomy that is "true" and tied to a once-living, individual animal has been central to this work. These animals exist as X-ray CT scans of specimens in the Digital Morphology Library at the University of Texas in Austin. The 3-D scans were then printed on a 3-D printer and/or CNC milled out of foam and reproduced in porcelain.

The animals I have chosen to work with are all protected and thus threatened in the wild. They represent a larger population of animal species and their current status in the world. As humans, our views of these animals, and all of nature, is most often as a place “out there”, limitless and enduring. Our views are also often cluttered with romantic notions of exotic travels and attractive museum displays.

Our world's animal population is dwindling due to the fragmentation and loss of habitat from deforestation, farming, human encroachment, hunting, and climate change. These works deal with the ideas of beauty, collection, extinction, death and ultimately our relationship with nature.

Press Coverage

Read a review of this exhibition by Denver Post Fine Arts Critic, Kyle MacMillan. Listen to an interview with the artist as the featured guest on The Untitled Art Show with hosts Erik Isaak and Michael Keen.
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Brighter Than Real: New work from Mathew McConnell

Exhibition Dates: Friday, August 7–Saturday, August 29, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, August 7, 6-9pm, and Friday, August 29, 2009, 6-9pm







Artist Statement
Brighter Than Real
VERTIGO Art Space, August 7-29, 2009

In a conversation with a friend I had not seen in several years, she described to me a project she had been working on. During her short description of what she was creating I realized the project she had taken up was not altogether unfamiliar to me. What she had described was a project that I had once described to her, a project I had helped another artist with, a project that was never fully realized. I chose not to remind her of our long-forgotten conversation.

My most recent project bases itself in the work of other visual artists. Often using a singular form or image of another artist’s creation as a starting point, I recreate the work with alterations to suit my own aesthetic and conceptual preferences. The resultant forms vary between what could be mistaken as a miniature facsimile of another artist’s work and original artworks with a source seemingly outside any individual referent.

Choosing works to remake and alter is as intuitive as it is arbitrary. I find myself primarily drawn to objects that question their role as objects of art. Conversely, I am also interested in objects that raise questions about their potential role in the world if they were not to be viewed in the context of the gallery space. Many of the objects and images I am interested in have a direct lineage to the works of a previous generation of artists; they too are a reworked response to their predecessors and contemporaries.

In the construction of these replicant objects and assemblages I often find myself trying to pinpoint the exact moment at which the work becomes more mine than theirs. Sometimes this moment occurs in the mere selection of a form, and at other times it does not occur at all. Through careful arrangement of these simulated, manipulated, exalted, and subverted forms, I find, at the best of times, a means of reconciling the difference between what is the art of someone else’s creation and what is an art of my own.


Mathew McConnell (photo by Ken Hamel/DenverArts.org)

Press Coverage

Read a review of this exhibition by Ken Hamel at DenverArts.org.
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Lauren Mayer: Tracing

Exhibition Dates: June 5–June 27, 2009
Opening Reception: June 5, 6–9 pm
VERTIGO will be open First Fridays and third Fridays for Collectors Preview Nights from 6–9 pm throughout the event.



This summer VERTIGO will feature MFA grads from CU Boulder. The first in this series is Lauren Mayer with a provocative installation of porcelain objects titled "Tracing".

Mayer states, “An object, be it a letter or a piece of furniture, possesses the capacity to act as a proxy for things beyond itself and its seemingly simple material existence. They can subtly disclose elusive, but poignant aspects of someone’s internal life— of the places they have called home, perhaps whom they have loved, and what they have left behind out of necessity or sheer abandonment.” 
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REBECCA HUTCHINSON - NATURAL ORDER

Exhibition Dates: September 26 - November 10, 2007
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Bolder Clay

Exhibition Dates: August 3 - September 21, 2007 Featuring: Molly Hatch, Mathew Mc Connell, Lauren Mayer, and Janice Jakielski
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