Current and Past Exhibitions and Events

this is a picture of ~ Carin Rodenborn

Exhibition Dates: 10 September–31 October 2015

Artist Reception: Friday, 25 September 2015, 6–9 pm

(this is a picture of) your dad, Carin Rodenborn 2015. Photo by Wes Maygar.

(this is a picture of) a state of mind not the name of texas, Carin Rodenborn 2015. Photo by Wes Maygar.

(this is a picture of) totally saturated nourishment, Carin Rodenborn, 2015. Photo by Wes Maygar.

About the Work

this is a picture of is an exhibition of acrylic paintings on linen by Carin Rodenborn.

Of: a preposition used to show belonging, relating, or a state of connection with or to. Of what is it a picture? Carin Rodenborn explores the reach of picturing's subject, and what's just beyond reach.

Curious about formal and metaphorical connections and convergences, Rodenborn experiments with how form and metaphor play on each other through color, shape, space and a consideration of edges. Her work has always been rooted in painting, yet when immersed in the process, she is often more involved with the object of a painting than she is the image. In this way, a material sensitivity transcends meaning.

In this body of work, as in much of her work, the crossroads of geometric and expressive qualities of abstraction together embody both vulnerability and a sense of strength.

Artist Statement

I have tried to remove weight, sometimes from people, sometimes from heavenly bodies, sometimes from cities; above all I have tried to remove weight from the structure of stories and from language.

—Italo Calvino from Six Memos for the Next Millennium

Like Calvino, I am looking for ways to suggest lightness. I am curious about formal and metaphorical connections and convergences, and how form and metaphor play on each other through color, shape, space and a consideration of edges. Lightness is found both in this playful banter and in a material lightness of touch.

My approach is an exploration of spaciousness through an inquisitive experimentation with materials. I work with both traditional and non-traditional materials in a painting and drawing practice that often looks a lot like sculpture. My work has always been rooted in painting, yet, when immersed in the process, I am more often involved with the object of a painting than I am the image.

There is a sense of wonder in the search for and the study of the poetics of painting and drawing that makes for a joyful, if not sometimes awkward, pursuit. For me, both the joy and awkwardness present in this pursuit meet at the crossroads of geometric and expressive qualities of abstraction that together embody both vulnerability and a sense of strength.

About the Artist

Carin Rodenborn is a visual artist and writer of creative nonfiction. Both her visual work and writing often explore hybrid forms. She is an Iowa native, and now makes her home in Denver. She received her BFA from Iowa State University and her MFA from Rutgers University. Her visual work has been exhibited throughout the United States, and she is co-founder and editor of Dime and Honey, an online publication that looks at and celebrates the intersection of art and life.

Additional images available upon request.


Amelia Carley and Lauren Mayer

Exhibition Dates: 25 June–25 July 2015

Artist Reception: Friday, 26 June 2015, 6–10 pm

Talk with the Artists: Sunday, 12 July 2015, 11 am–12:30 pm

Strata(Stratum) Amelia Carley and Lauren Mayer


About the Work

With heavy consideration of color and formal qualities, Amelia Carley's new body of work consists of paintings that explore a macro-photographic view of geological material, particularly quartz and amethyst. Utilizing a camera as a major component of the work, she exaggerates depth-of-field properties to create the feeling of a human-size, almost landscape, experience of these prolific inorganic forms. The painted microscopic perspective pushes the experience towards a forced visual abstract that is reliant on color and composition.

Lauren Mayer's work deals with how people create a personal intimacy and knowledge of oneself through accumulated objects, whether hidden in a stack of clothes in a bureau in the corner or on display in the form of a chair. Understanding how memory and identity can become attached to objects, especially to pieces of furniture or objects of clothing, rests as the foundation for much of her work. Something as simple as the idea of what someone holds in his or her pockets offers up narratives of internal and external lives told through objects.

About the Artists

Amelia Henrietta Carley was born and raised in Colorado. She graduated with honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing as well as a Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Italian. Exhibiting locally and nationally, she currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado, and is an artist at TANK Studios. At the end of summer 2015 she will be relocating to Atlanta, Georgia, to pursue her Masters in Fine Arts at Georgia State University where she's been awarded the Dean's Fellowship Award at the Welch School of Art.

Lauren Mayer is a ceramic sculptor who lives and works in Colorado. She received her BFA in Ceramics from Michigan State University and a post-baccalaureate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She received her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2009. Currently teaching Ceramics at Metropolitan State University of Denver, she has also taught at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado, Boulder. In recent years she has enjoyed time of making new work as a resident at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado and Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana.


Some Ideas Perceived by Mediation of Others ~ Stefan Chinov

Exhibition Dates: 30 April 2015–20 June 2015

Artist Reception: First Friday, 1 May 2015, 6–9 pm

untitled - stefan chinov

Untitled, dyed plaster


Distance of Itself to the Invisible, inkjet print on paper

The photographs and sculptures in this exhibition combine the experience of the vast and impersonal landscape of Antarctica with the discreet space of individual studio explorations. The photographs imply themes of distance and migration. Taken in Antarctica with a handmade pinhole camera, a small wood box that “inhales” the space around it as opposed to epitomizing it, they show landscapes and human presence in a mixed manner of documentation and reflection. This process adds an eerie dimension, an extension of the landscape in time rather than a direct representation. The resulting images are an evidence of fragile natural systems in a state of flux, caught between violent natural events, a rapidly changing climate, and human presence. Parallel to the photographs, the sculptures attempt to deliver a compressed sense of structure and materiality. Their conception lies in the potential of abstract form to evolve upon itself and to convey emotion and meaning even when it appears to be completely removed from external references.


What is Lost Can Not Be Retrieved, dyed plaster and pedestal


Dashed and Crashed

Popup Event, 1 Night Only: Thursday, 5 March 2015, 7–9 pm


All works will be for sale for $100, cash only (artist gets $50 and Hyperlink gets $50).

Hyperlink is a nebulous collective of artists who select a city outside of Colorado to physically enact the way the Internet has shaped our experience as artists. While the net has opened floodgates for artists to easily disseminate their imagery, even with the ease of travel, the physical limitations of geographical distance are often still a real barrier to a tangible and meaningful connectivity with art. For the 2014/15 year, Hyperlink has elected Chicago as their home page and is operating out of the Zhou B Art Center. Our goal is to expand the professional networks of artists working in both the Denver and Chicago areas and to create new opportunities for each other.


Something/Nothing ~ Curated by Peter Strange Yumi

Exhibition Dates: 22 January–28 February 2015

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


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.


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

Press Coverage

Read an article about Peter Strange Yumi and this exhibition by Susan Froyd at Westword.


A Forest ~ Jessica Kreutter

Exhibition Dates: 7 November–20 December 2014

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





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.


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 ~ Launch Pad 003: SECRETS and HERBS

Residency Dates: 1–31 August 2014


A series of events and exhibitions
curated by Petra Sertic and Alvin P. Gregorio

Secret Sessions

Saturday, 23 August 2014, 3–7 pm at VERTIGO Art Space

Meet privately with Petra Sertic and Alvin P. Gregorio to share your secrets and a cup of herbal tea.

The sharer of the most inspiring secret will be invited to develop a project for Launch Pad 003, to take place in Boulder, Colorado, on 4 October 2014.

Your anonymity will be protected and your secrets will be kept safe. Private sessions at undisclosed locations may be arranged.

Launch Pad is a flexible forum for the introduction of art, artists, and art enthusiasts. Focusing on universal, personal, or societal topics, each Mission presents artists and their recent work in the welcoming atmosphere of a private residence or public space.

Private Preview Party

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 7–11 pm at VERTIGO Art Space
by invitation only
must present secret token and password

Launch Pad 003: SECRETS & HERBS

Saturday, 4 October 2014 in Boulder, Colorado
with secret artists
details to follow

Public Review & Critique

of Launch Pad 003 series events
time & place to be determined


Petra Sertic: Email
Alvin P. Gregorio: Email

Please note that VERTIGO's normal hours are suspended during the month of the Artist-in-Residence program. Hours are set by the artists, so please contact the artists directly for scheduling and appointments.


Attract/Retract/Attract ~ Theresa Clowes, Sarah Scott, and Gretchen Marie Schaefer

Exhibition Dates: 26 June–2 August 2014

Artist Opening Reception: Friday, 27 June 2014, 6–9 pm

First Friday, 1 August 2014, 6–9 pm: the artists will be present to discuss their work.


Theresa Clowes: felted lace drawing, 2014


Gretchen Marie Schaefer: mixed media drawing, 2014

Attract/Retract/Attract investigates various aspects of nature and the inevitability of death, decay, and their cycles. All RedLine Alumni and founding members of TANK studio, Theresa Clowes, Sarah Scott, and Gretchen Marie Schaefer employ media in their work that includes felt, paper, graphite, and discarded objects. The artists create quiet, graceful meditations on contemporary relationship to nature and its undeniable ability to elicit discomfort. Although crafted with skill and beauty, the works nevertheless poke and prod at nature’s underbelly.

Press Coverage

Read a review of this exhibition by Theresa Anderson.


Sleeper ~ Bug, Sue Simon, and Roger Rapp

Exhibition Dates: 1 November 2013–14 December 2013

Artist Reception: Friday, 8 November 2013, 6–9 pm

Artist Talk at Third Friday Collectors Preview Night: 15 November 2013, 6–8 pm


Foreground: Bug  Background: Roger Rapp

There is a State of Consciousness
If You are Asleep it is Called Dreaming
If Awake, it is Called Psychosis


Sue Simon



Roger Rapp


Artist-in-Residence Dmitri Obergfell ~ By Hook or By Crook

Residency Dates: 1–31 August 2013 (VERTIGO hours during this month are set by the artist)

Discussion with the Artist: Tuesday, 27 August 2013, 6:30–8:30 pm

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By Hook or By Crook is an exhibition of a new body of work by Dmitri Obergfell that explores capitalism’s ethical implications. By aestheticizing tools that are commonly connected with crime, Obergfell’s new work is intended to create conversations about our associations with nefarious activity. This body of work was created in light of drug war legislation, rap music, paired with the stereotyping that has been a result of anthropological criminology (the study of offender profiling). These relations culminate in Oberfell’s work by providing a questioning of what is beautiful in relation to what we perceive as dangerous or destructive to society and the effects of these assumptions on class divisions and racial issues.

The exhibition title, By Hook or By Crook, references the “by any means necessary” mentality of criminals and capitalists. The work made from materials like crowbars, bronze casts of ski masks, and switchblades examines the overlapping space of these two realms to shed light on their similarities and question the relation between capitalism, crime, and race issues.

Please note that VERTIGO's normal hours are suspended during the month of the Artist-in-Residence program. Hours are set by the artist, so please contact the artist directly for scheduling and appointments.

About the Artist

Dmitri Obergfell (b.1986) is an alumnus of the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (2010). He has recently returned from a residency in Italy, where he prepared work for a solo exhibition at Galleria Upp in Venice. He intends to continue his exploration at VERTIGO, articulating a transition from his previous body of work which explored the temporal nature of culture. His residency will focus on acts of delinquency and explore the cultural aesthetics associated with these acts.


m a t t e r ~ Patrick Loehr

Exhibition Dates: 7 June 2013–27 July 2013

Artist Reception: Third Friday, 21 June 2013, 6–9 pm


“Images in this exhibition represent an unforeseen residue of technological advancement. In that sense, they are works of science fiction. While revolutionary technologies often bring convenience and efficiency to our lives, their long-term effects are never fully understood. The digital technology used to produce these images exists outside of the physical/material world. I'm interested in how this technology eventually manifests into something tangible.” —Patrick Loehr

Press Coverage

Listen to the interview with Kara Duncan and Patrick Loehr on The Untitled Art Show with host Erik Isaac and guest host Jimmy Sellars.


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


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.


The BLOB-(ish): Uncertain times breed uncertain forms

Exhibition Dates: 10 January 2013–23 February 2013

Artist Reception: Friday, 18 January 2013, 6–9 pm

Artist Talk with Lauri Lynnxe Murphy: Saturday, 2 February 2013, 5:30 pm

Curated by Donald Fodness. With Mark Upson, Lindsay Pichaske, Bernardo Cantu, Yaloo Pop, Amber Farnell, Nicholas Hay, and Lauri Lynnxe Murphy.


The Blob is an indeterminable form that references the unknown in nature and its outer limits as well as the known cultural realms of science fiction and campy horror. It seems to have emerged from the collective imagination in relatively recent human history. The “ish” keeps the blob even more non-committal. The artists in this show create from vastly different contexts, but this show unites them under seemingly simple formal connections in the realm of biomorphic forms and organic shapes.

It is not form alone that connects these artists; the process of allowing a work to emerge or unfold rather than adhere to a rigid blueprint is a binding agent. These pseudo-basic ties are meant to highlight the contextual differences in each independent artistic universe as well as point to a general trend towards artists appreciating and proceeding toward unknown/unpredictable ends in their making process.

Some historians suggest that the 1958 movie The Blob was a subconscious metaphor for anxieties surrounding the Cold War. In the late 1960’s and early 70’s artistic explorations in anti-form paralleled radical shifts in socio-political consciousness. The pairing of these artists asks “what ramifications could the emergent popularity of this form imply in our current zeitgeist?” Another possibility is that the collective interest in this form reflects a desire for unbound freedom as much as any anxiety; perhaps there is no rigid answer and its roots reach wide grounds.


About the Artists

VERTIGO welcomes back local star Lauri Lynnxe Murphy with her first show after returning to Denver from living in Ohio for a couple years. Involving a quasi collaboration with bees, her recent work suggests anxieties around food production and the environment.

Bernardo Cantu (Denton, TX) colorfully mixes material signifiers of class and race identity with a neo funk blend of cosmic new-age spiritual humor forcing the viewer to access and face uncomfortable realities about social inequity.

Mark Upson (Los Angeles, CA) explores ideas about relativity, conceptions of time, and our evolving relationship with technology. His “clocks” are piecemeal machines often dependent on participation and tell time relative to the viewer. The sculpture in this show cycles as it breathes.

Yaloo Pop (Incheon, Korea/Chicago, IL) creates video and still collages that spew a plasma of image accumulation that suggests a digestion of the everyday, and video game objectives.

Amber Farnell and Nicholas Hay work as a collaborative team out of Boulder and imbue a frenetic playfulness with material and process. Hay’s approach is aggressive, irreverent, and angsty. Farnell is more sentimental, poetic, and vulnerable. Collectively they are vibrant, experimental, fun, and funny.

Lindsay Pichaske (Washington, D.C.) carefully crafts paradoxical characters that are both beautiful and haunting, familiar and otherworldly. These grotesque humanoids hint at post apocalyptic traumas or alternate universes where the figure has no skeletal framework and slowly oozes as it scoots along.

Press Coverage

Listed in "Ten people to watch in 2013" by Susan Froyd at Westword.


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.

apparition - mark penner-howell

Apparition by Mark Penner-Howell

vessel - erin asmussen

Vessel by Erin Asmussen

Video of Blind Faith by Tracy Tomko


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).


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.


Cycles and Stages: Stephen V Martonis

Exhibition Dates: 5 October 2012–29 November 2012 (regular hours)

Artist Reception: Friday, 19 October 2012, 6–9 pm

Gallery Talk for Denver Arts Week: Saturday, 3 November 2012, 2 pm


Stephen V Martonis blends natural and technological materials in reaction to perceived patterns in the natural world. He questions whether mathematical and scientific laws are governing principles for understanding life or causative elements that lead to deceptive readings by the human brain in attempts to define chaos. One of the oldest insects on the planet utilized prime numbers long before humans did. Selective breeding has led to the domesticated silkworm being unable to fly or survive without human care. By carefully selecting material as metaphor, Martonis creates a narrative about the human condition and how it relates to the natural world. It is a story woven from personal experiences and the detritus of his rural upbringing.

In Cycles and Stages, mother, father, son, and daughter become central representations upon which lie broader narratives of life and death, pattern and disorder, inner and outer. Bread dough becomes a metaphor for earth and nourishment. Silkworms were bred as symbols of fertility. Rusty barbed wire creates a wound, and beeswax becomes a balm. Through these careful material explorations, a larger environment is created, one that perhaps aids us in the never-ending discovery of our place in the world.

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About the Artist

Stephen V Martonis was raised in rural western New York in the village of Silver Creek. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from West Virginia University. He currently resides in Longmont, Colorado, where he is the Exhibitions Manager for the CU Art Museum and a Lecturer in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Colorado Boulder. He continues to exhibit nationally as part of his exploration of the creative process.


Artists-in-Residence: The Stapleford Collective

Exhibition Dates: 17 August 2012–7 September 2012

Artist Reception: Saturday, 1 September 2012, 7–10 pm

All Quiet (back view) - The Stapleford Collective  All Quiet (detail) - The Stapleford Collective

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.


Artists-in-Residence Kelcy Chase Folsom and Adam Milner present "Sensitive and Emotional"

Exhibition Dates: 19 July 2012–10 August 2012

Opening Reception: 19 July 2012, 6–9 pm

First Friday Reception: 3 August 2012, 6–9 pm

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In Sensitive and Emotional, Kelcy Chase Folsom and Adam Milner present independent works surrounding ideas of intimacy, relationships, touch, sexuality, and vulnerability that define their work and provide a common ground. While Milner presents artifacts and documents from his life, often ongoing and based in ritual or routine, Folsom creates relics of performances that never happened.

The title Sensitive and Emotional references the processes of both artists—and in some ways, all artists—and yet this vocabulary has been dismissed as valid inspiration in contemporary art. While not neglecting theory or concept, Milner and Folsom embrace these emotions that are often viewed as either weaknesses or passé. Sensitive and emotional are a united pair, and although seemingly redundant, are the foundation of—at times pathetic or desperate—romantic lives.

Kelcy Chase Folsom is currently an MFA student in ceramics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Adam Milner is an artist in Denver, Colorado, and received his BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Drawing and Painting.


Ted Vogel ~ Recent Works

Exhibition Dates: 17 May 2012–30 June 2012

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

Red Plane - Ted Vogel, detail

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.


Anthony Camera and Matthew Harris ~ The Cowboy is on the Left

Exhibition Dates: 6 April 2012–12 May 2012

Artist Reception: 3rd Friday, 20 April 2012, 6–9 pm

Featured Artist: Anthony Camera

Guest Artist in Residence: Matthew Harris, showing work for a limited engagement 12–26 April 2012

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About Anthony Camera

Anthony Camera is a Denver, Colorado based photographer specializing in editorial and advertising photography. Camera’s work has appeared in publications including News Week, TV Guide, Chicago Tribune, Psychology Today, Westword, and more. Camera has worked for clients such as Anheuser-Busch, Coors, Qwest, Sony, Cricket, Sun, Gambro, International Franchise Association, Leica, Cirsca, University of Denver, Iliff School of Theology and many more.

Anthony Camera’s work has been described as “soulful images that capture his subjects with a brutal honestly.”

And yes, Camera is his real name.

Artist Statement: The Universe is constantly evolving, slowly disappearing through entropy that is an integral part of its inherent system. With this notion in mind I am inspired by street art that allows the artist to display work without concern for its durability. I love the temporal nature of street art and its impermanence, the way the art erodes through time and exposure leaving only a memory of its impact on the place.

There is something about street art (wheat-paste photography in particular) that is fitting to my curiosity about entropy and time. As a photographer I capture moments in different settings that are sometimes constructed. However my images reflect the fleeting atmospheric conditions of humanity as it reacts—perhaps before the subject becomes aware of the photographer.

Straying from exhibitions I have had previously, the works I am currently exhibiting at VERTIGO are a series of portraits that provide a glimpse of this inspiration. There is an emotional component to my work that I find extremely appealing. I always strive to create an open, nonjudgemental relationship with my subjects in order to capture fleeting moments in the human atmosphere.

About Matthew Harris

Matthew Harris has been shot in the face with a musket in Mexico, pushed off a cobblestone wall by a horse in Spain’s Sierra Nevada, and survived an earthquake in Peru. He has participated in such exhibitions as the 17th Annual International Ice Carving Festival in Harbin, China; a solo exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, IL; and, most recently, “Transmission,” a video exhibition at the Southwestern University of Visual Arts in Tucson Arizona. He currently lives in the mountains west of Boulder, CO.

Artist Statement: In projects as varied as coating a floor with corn syrup to dragging a friend across the desert, Matthew explores not only his physical relationship to the world, but also his mental relationship to it. In hopes of finding expressions that are not taught but discovered through actual experience, Matthew relies on his intuition in creating works that playfully question how society values time, intelligence, and beauty.

Dusk, a sculpture exhibited here, is directly inspired by one of Monet's paintings: Haystacks, (sunset), 1890–1891, oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Responding to more than Monet’s subject matter and particular color choices, Matthew’s approach echoes the Impressionists’ push to free themselves from the execution of pre- imagined ideals and to react playfully to the changing qualities of the everyday world. In an effort to avoid static depictions of predetermined concepts, Matthew worries less about the solid details of a singular meaning for the work and focuses on capturing a momentary impression of his interaction in materials with all its fleeting, changing, and temporal qualities.

Press Coverage

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


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.


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.


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.


(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.


The Artists:

Christopher Bullock, Amber Cobb, Sophia Dillo, Chase Folsom, John Grimberg, Gary Parkins, and Casey Whittier


Scott Henderson and Lindsay Pichaske

Exhibition Dates: 24 November–18 December 2010

Reception with the Artists: First Friday, 3 December 2010 (6–9 pm)

Third Friday Reception: 17 December 2010 ( 6–9 pm)

Scott Henderson - After the Prowl

After the Prowl
Scott Henderson

Trained at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and at the University of Central Oklahoma, Scott Henderson lives and works as an artist in Oklahoma City. He works in collage and mixed media with a focus on fantastic themes in correlation with self identity.

Lindsay Pichaske - The Masking Game (detail)

The Masking Game (detail)
Lindsay Pichaske

On a like minded pondering of identity... Lindsay Pichaske (a recent MFA candidate from CU Boulder) asks the question, "What separates human from animal?", stating that, "I create animals that blur species boundaries with each other, and with humans." Pichaske's sculptural style is full of juxtaposition between (self) perception and the issue human condition.


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