Current and Past Exhibitions and Events
I’m Perfectly Fine Without You ~ Daisy Patton
Exhibition Dates: 12 November–19 December 2015
Artist Reception: Saturday, 14 November 2015, 6–9 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, 12 December 2015, 2–4 pm
Vertigo Art Space is pleased to exhibit Daisy Patton’s sound installation I’m Perfectly Fine Without You, a body of work that explores the subject of absent fathers through the voices of their adult children. Previously shown in Boston, this will be first time it is installed as intended. The audience will be able to immerse themselves in a story-telling-based experience, hearing each speaker grapple with their complicated father. The combination of all the voices sums up a certain perspective that resists ideology and easy categorization. Each visit will yield a unique encounter as the personal confessions play in different sequences.
From Los Angeles, Daisy Patton has a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Oklahoma with minors in History and Art History and an Honors degree. Her MFA is from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, a multi-disciplinary program at Boston/Tufts University. With an art practice devoted to history and memory, she has shown nationally in Boston, Washington D.C., and California, with upcoming shows in Austin, TX, and Everett, WA. Currently a resident at RedLine in Denver, Patton is represented by Michael Warren Contemporary.
A Forest ~ Jessica Kreutter
Exhibition Dates: 7 November–20 December 2014
Artist Reception: First Friday, 7 November 2014, 6–9 pm
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.
Thaumazein ~ Mia Mulvey and Amanda Small
Exhibition Dates: 11 September–25 October 2014
Artist Reception: Thursday, 11 September 2014, 6–9 pm
Everyday: Black porcelain, 3D-printed high density composite
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.
Artists-in-Residence: The Stapleford Collective
Exhibition Dates: 17 August 2012–7 September 2012
Artist Reception: Saturday, 1 September 2012, 7–10 pm
The new Artists-in-Residence at VERTIGO Art Space are The Stapleford Collective, an artist team-up between roommates/studio-mates Jon P. Geiger and Derrick Velasquez. The purpose in the collective is to explore the Venn diagram nature within their individual works, using the collective mindset as a means to tackle larger envisioned concepts and projects.
Following up on their first exploration of coal mining tipples and Colorado’s history of mining coal/gold at RedLine, the second Stapleford endeavor draws from a number of Do-It-Yourself books such as Eliot Wigginton’s Foxfire project and the Do It book curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Do-It-Yourself has hit globally on a multitude of levels from urban farming, to craft movements, to artists' explorations. The Stapleford Collective's project sets out to explore constructivist methods through contemporary recreations, instructional DIY’s, and spin offs of recorded processes, stories, and cultural history. The project will consist of a multitude of pieces executed with a wide variety of materials and techniques both known and new to the Stapleford Collective mindset and practice. The project will take the form of a three-week residency at VERTIGO Art Space. The community is invited to experience the development of ideas between two young Denver artists over the course of the residency where the space will be open at specific times and by appointment.
Artist-in-Residence Maggie Lawless ~ Same Ship, Different Day
Exhibition Dates: 16 February 2012–10 March 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, 17 February 2012, 6–9 pm
Attempting to provide a glimmer of societal self-reflection for the viewer, Maggie Lawless uses text and imagery from the Internet to attempt to capture the structures that promote and maintain entrapment, or domination and dependence, in modern society. Using formal techniques of collage, drawing, and painting, Lawless incorporates art historical references with details that intimately engage the viewer, while the symbolism and artistic techniques attract attention from a distance. Social, economic injustice and the structures that maintain these conditions are themes that occur throughout the work.
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.
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.
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 Artist – Erik Isaac's Perfect Day, Best Group Exhibition – Double Diptych, and Best Gallery. See Art District on Santa Fe for more information.
Barchael ~ Do Not Spray Directly in Face
Exhibition Dates: 21 October 2011–17 December 2011
Artist Reception: Friday, 21 October 2011, 6–9 pm
Unless you ride a horse in front of an army, greatness runs the risk of eventually fading into cliché, brief paragraphs, or furniture accents. This problem is increasingly exacerbated by digital technology and short attention spans. Barchael is here to help. In a few simple steps, we will return beloved objects and public works to their former grandeur. Our suggestions are a new way to see—or potentially a reworking of things as they should have been. We hope these great ideas help you as much as the title of our show can … and that one’s on the house.
Barchael is the combined creative identities of Michael Bernhardt and Barry Whittaker. Exploring issues of communication, identification, and myth, Barchael navigates a range of media, confusing themselves as well as their audience. Their ultimate goal is to undermine self-righteousness, while seriously spreading the ridiculous.
Read a review of this exhibition by Kyle MacMillan of The Denver Post.
Erik Isaac ~ Perfect Day
Exhibition Dates: 22 September 2011–8 October 2011
Artist Reception: Friday, 23 September 2011, 6–9 pm
On September 22nd Erik Isaac will become the Artist In Residence, showing his work, "Perfect Day", that explores the realities of what it takes to keep our complex world of human lives and interactions going. You are invited to join Erik at the Artist Reception on 23 September 2011, 6–9pm, and to the First Friday Reception on 7 October 2011, 6–9pm.
Erik works with concepts that can easily go unnoticed, but are the fundamental part of everyday experience of being human. A field-day first prize ribbon holder for long jump in grade school, Erik illustrates that first place is not just what it appears to be on the surface with his work, "1ST PLACE *". The work explores the childhood experiences of the all too desired first place ribbon, that transitions into the understanding of the commonality of awards and their relative value. Erik examines the underlying infrastructure of our daily existence with the common chore: laundry. He uses the only byproduct, lint, in his second work entitled, "Just Doing my Job Maʼam". Finally, "Utopian Rituals (a self portrait)" is a site-specific installation which takes on a personal note for Erik, an untraditional portrait made of daily checklists, illustrating the desperate desire for a perfect day.
Contact: Erik Isaac, 303-916-9970, conceptualart [at] erikisaac.com, www.erikisaac.com/conceptualart
Michael Bernhardt ~ Ideas All Day
Exhibition Dates: 20 April–28 May 2011
Preview: Vertigo will stay open until 8 pm for a preview of the show on Friday, 22 April 2011
Artist Reception: Thursday, 28 April 2011, 6–9 pm
About the Artist
Michael Bernhardt was born in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1975. He graduated with his BFA from Colorado State University in 1999 and went on to receive his MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, including Xiao Shan Xiao in Kaifeng, Henan, China in 2010. His work has been published in the October 2009 edition of New American Paintings and in Propeller Magazine with the collaboration Barchael. Bernhardt is currently an affiliate instructor at Metropolitan State College of Denver and an adjunct instructor at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Photos by James Beard
Read a short review of this exhibition, with additional photos, by Ken Hamel of DenverArts.org.
(MA)chi(N)e (MADE): Organic Precision
Exhibition Dates: 19 January–25 February 2011
Reception with the Artists: Third Friday, 21 January 2011 (5–9 pm)
Presented by Emerging Curator Project. Curated by Jennifer Jeannelle.
Christopher Bullock, Amber Cobb, Sophia Dillo, Chase Folsom, John Grimberg, Gary Parkins, and Casey Whittier
Dorothy Tanner ~ The Light Fantastic
Exhibition Dates: 22 September–13 November 2010
Reception with the Artist: Third Friday, 15 October 2010, 6p–10p
“Light has the power to create, define, and solidify; or leave in shadow that which we believe to be real.” br> —Dorothy Tanner
About the Artist
Dorothy Tanner exhibits a lot of optical nerve. While experimenting with a vast array of media in her career as an artist, she has found acrylic to be the most rewarding. It is a material that she may sculpt, paint, sandblast, or bake and shape. Some are wall sculptures, some free-standing or hang from the ceiling, while others are water sculptures. Light is an intrinsic element of the art form. LEDs have been the primary source of lighting the works in recent years.
While each sculpture stands alone as an art expression, Dorothy's interest is to integrate the works into a total environment — installations that express a powerful visual and emotional sensibility. Her collaboration with Marc Billard creating electronic music and video adds another element to an otherworldly experience.
Artist's Statement: “The major challenge for me in art is to keep under control the tyranny of a logical mind. The spirit that moves me is capricious, unruly, and irreverent. Most of my work grows out of intuitive impulse — the rest gets underway by just playing.”
Visit the artist's site for more information and photos.
One Point Twenty-One Jiggawats
Exhibition Dates: 4 August–17 September 2010
Closing Reception with the Artists: Third Friday, 17 September 2010, 6p–10p
Artists Jason Sheppard and Scott Raby use materials and imagery which are egalitarian, favoring the shapes, textures, and forms found in a pedestrian landscape. Despite this, both artists have drastically different approaches to this working style; one clean, one dirty, one shiny, one rusted, one baroque, one understated.
While their work differs in outcome, it arises from a singular point of a disciplined energy which reshapes their everyday experiences into alarmingly opaque art. Despite using a lexicon of the daily, they transform signs and signifiers until they weave in and out of recognition, changing the familiar into the obscure.
In One Point Twenty-One Jiggawats, both artists will actively create and alter VERTIGO Art Space as a site to not only to reexamine the phenomena of the culturally banal but the unknowns and uncertainties in its collapse.
A Something Or Other That Has No Name In Any Language
Exhibition Dates: 5 March–30 April 2010
Opening Reception: Third Friday, 19 March 2010, 6p–10p
Closing Reception: Third Friday, 16 April 2010, 6p–10p
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
"Bears" / Tyler Beard
"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 CoverageRead 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.
In the House of Your Tomorrows: New Work by Alvin P. Gregorio
About the Artist
Alvin Pagdanganan Gregorio was born in 1974 in Los Angeles to immigrants from the Philippine Islands. He received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2000, and soon after conducted cultural research in the Philippines on a Fulbright Fellowship. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
In the House of Your Tomorrows
By Alvin P. Gregorio
“Because I said so!” I cannot even begin to count the times he used this reason for not allowing us to do something. What the f@ck does that phrase mean anyway? As a younger person, it seemed rude, and thoughtless, and just plain mean. Now, as I am a new father...I get it. I actually get it.
No matter how much I am refusing to agree with that way of thinking, I actually understand. It’s not that he didn’t have a legitimate reason; it is just that sometimes parents don’t have the energy to go into why we worry. It is often irrational and a bit paranoid. Although, I’m starting to realize that the wall many of us have built around our emotions as a protective barrier or defense mechanism doesn’t just instantly end with the borders of our own physical bodies. That metaphoric wall somehow, someway encapsulates our offspring. How could it not? We are together for better or for worse.
My father has seen and experienced more than one person should have. I will spare you with the details, but when I say that my father has seen and experienced more than one person should have IT IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. And so did his father, and so did his mother, and so did my own mother and so did my own sister, and so did I. So did I.
I am learning more and more how we inherit our familial trauma; it is passed down through our own actions, and energies, and through stories, and memories. If we do not resolve our painful memories, we gift them to our offspring. The protective wall that was formed to protect us now is the very culprit that suffocates and strangles our offspring. This sounds a lot like how I understand karma.
So what do we do? What can I do to protect my child from the pain and suffering that is his birthright? Can I overcome generations of unresolved sorrow? How do I create a door within my protective wall so that hand in hand, my son and I can turn that knob and push open the door within that wall that will inevitably destroy us both? How can I resolve the inherited trauma, as well as my own? I cannot do this alone; I need his help.
He is less than two years old. How can he help? I am hoping that his smiles, and his cries, and his tears, and his laughter will nourish me when I no longer have the strength to fight this battle. I want to need to build him a House for his Tomorrows. Where he can be freed of the burden that has plagued my beloved family. Where he can live with his own family, away from the yesterdays.
MIA MULVEY ~ NEW WORK
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 CoverageRead 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.
Brighter Than Real: New work from Mathew McConnell
Opening Reception: Friday, August 7, 6-9pm, and Friday, August 29, 2009, 6-9pm
Press CoverageRead a review of this exhibition by Ken Hamel at DenverArts.org.
Opening Reception: July 3, 6-9pm
Featuring: DMB Ideas
With an exercycle-powered dance party, an unforgettable acapella ensemble, and “deep discounts,” the DMB Collective enjoys doing things the wrong way. Building on a shared sense of the absurd, these three artists question the value of language and the objects surrounding us. By practicing the most blatant misappropriation and misuse, the DMB explores overlooked opportunities in the commonplace and obsolete objects we live with.
Press CoverageListen to an interview with the artists as the featured guests on The Untitled Art Show with hosts Erik Isaak and Michael Keen.
Lauren Mayer: Tracing
Opening Reception: June 5, 6–9 pm
Artist Reception: Rescheduled for Friday, May 15, 2009, 6-10 pm, because the original one on April 17 was fizzled out by a late spring snow storm! Featuring the music of Roger Green.
Another inspirational show at VERTIGO, featuring the photographic works of Richard Peterson, Rayna Manger Tedford, and Chris Perez.
While these three artists are local, and accomplished artists using the medium of photography, the concept regarding abstraction of the figure will enable this exhibit to cross boundaries between the medium of the photographic technique, the relevance of an ever controversial portrayal of the figure in an art context, and most importantly the conceptual (perhaps psychological ?) vision that lies between process and image. Mind, Process, and esoteric Beauty.
Press CoverageCommentary and additional photos by Ken Hamel at DenverArts.org.
Greater Than - An Advance on Greatness: A New Paradigm for Mythical Heroism
Exhibition Dates: August 15–October 15, 2008 (see description following the images below)
Artist Reception: First Friday, September 5th, 2008, 6–9pm (Mark will be present all the way from Cleveland, Ohio!)
Brought in especially for the time of the DNC in Denver, the current show entitled "Real Work" by Mark Moskovitz is another one of VERTIGO'S must-see installations. Moskovitz is an artist practicing in Cleveland, Ohio. His recent work demonstrates his continued faith and certain skepticism in the object. He often creates pieces that remind us of our forgotten roots and the slow pleasures in materials and artifacts that keep us connected to the essentials of our existence: food, water, clothing, and shelter. The work is rendered with a mixture of high and low technology, humor and craftsmanship, culture and crudeness. This Installation also incorporates video:
Mark Considers himself "a Luddite on the bleeding edge, as inspired by fine art and design as he is by prisoner and survivalist inventions."
Moskovitz is also a full-time visiting artist at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he teaches design and sculpture classes. Straddling the worlds of art and design, he has formed unique relationships with institutions such as the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, where he has shown in its galleries and museum store. He has also created commissions for its subscribers, and been a guest speaker on several discussion panels. Additionally, he has shown work in galleries and institutions in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Berlin, and Saint-Etienne, France. Currently he is showing at the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami, as a part of a show entitled "Thoughts on Democracy", which is up through Art Basel in December of 2008. His work has been featured in art and design publications in the US, Taiwan, and across Europe. In 2005 Mark received the first Daimler Chrysler Financial Services Emerging Artist Award upon the completion of his graduate studies. That year he was also named one of Wallpaper Magazines’ most sought after designers. In 2008 his work was nominated for the 2nd Biennial 01SJ Green Prix Award Winner for Environmental Art.