Current and Past Exhibitions and Events
Artists in Residence ~ Anthony Camera and Terrence Duncan
Residency Dates: Through December 2016
The new Artists in Residence at VERTIGO Art Space are Anthony Camera and Terrence Duncan. Please note that VERTIGO's normal hours are suspended during the Artist-in-Residence program. Hours are set by the artists, so please contact the artists directly for scheduling and appointments.
Everybody Sees the Same Elephant ~ Curated by Jason Carey-Sheppard for the Month of Photography
Exhibition Dates: 12 March 2015–24 April 2015
Reception: Friday, 13 March 2015, 6–8 pm
Featuring works by Yolanda Chichester Fauvet, Josh Brilliant, and Derek Franklin
Yolanda Chichester Fauvet, Sweepings (Triptych II), 2015, photo back drop paper, velum, thread, and street debris
Josh Brilliant, Video still from Growan, 2014, archival ink jet print on cotton and flagpole
Derek Franklin, Video still from Medical Springs, 2014, single channel video with audio
Photography, with its omnivorous appetite, synthesizes all histories, all objects, and all deeds, no matter how small or vague. All things, when they have fallen into the sightline of the photographic lens, are consumed and repurposed. Everybody Sees the Same Elephant explores what happens when this proverbial sightline is placed not on objects or images, but on photography itself.
In this pursuit Everybody Sees the Same Elephant highlights the work of three artists, Josh Brilliant, Yolanda Chichester, and Derek Franklin, and examines their use of photography not as a medium but as an ideological method – the ways in which they have used their own awareness of the ideological fundaments of photography as a rubric for creating art.
The works on display in this exhibition should be thought of as autonomous and independent of a curatorial agenda. The focus is instead on how the objects, histories, deeds, and stories embedded in the artworks become intertwined, not through the logical construction of a visual text, but through their jarringly static presence as images. As Aristotle’s axiom states, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts – the exhibition, too, becomes an image, an image that is more than the sum of the images it has consumed. Also present is an oscillating tension – the parts and the whole are two entirely separate but entirely dependent mechanisms – and from this tension the creation of a story that remains just out of our rational interpretive reach.
Installation at VERTIGO
Exposure 2012: Friendship Bridge in Guatemala
Exhibition Dates: 14 September 2012–28 September 2012
Hours: Tuesdays 11–4; Wednesdays 11–6; Thursdays & Fridays 2–8; Saturdays 11–4
Featuring images by award-winning photographer Ben Rasmussen through a program funded by Project Exposure, this exhibition is designed to bring attention to the poverty relief work of Friendship Bridge.
The photographs in this exhibition were selected from more than 500 images taken by Rasmussen during a one-week period as he traveled through the highlands and Lake Atitlan regions of Guatemala, chronicling the work of Friendship Bridge and featuring the women who benefit from microfinance and education programs. Over the course of the week, Rasmussen met and photographed the women and their businesses with an eye toward showing the resilience of the women at work, the harsh conditions of life, and solutions to poverty in his compelling images set against the Lake Atitlan countryside.
Project Exposure, founded by professional photographer Tim Ryan, matches nonprofits with pro bono photographers, then covers expenses for the photographers to travel to the countries in which the nonprofits operate and afterwards produces exhibitions of still photographs. The program is an outgrowth of Ryan’s firsthand experiences working internationally for nonprofit organizations.
“We saw a real need to help small organizations that couldn’t afford a professional photographer to document their work,” says Ryan. “For the Guatemalan field assignment, now that Ben has returned with some spectacular images, we’re getting these images in front of the public.” Ryan has partnered with VERTIGO Art Space for a two-week show and, after the exhibition closes, the show will go on the road to communities around the country where Friendship Bridge has Friendship Circles of supporters. The organization will be able to use the images on its website and in its marketing materials, too.
A non-governmental organization that provides microcredit and education to Guatemalan women, Friendship Bridge helps create solutions to poverty through small loans, averaging $300 for four-to-twelve month terms, combined with lessons on business, health and self-esteem. In 2011, more than 14,000 Guatemalan women have been connected with opportunities to make strides toward eliminating poverty.
VERTIGO Art Space is donating the space for this exhibition.
About Benjamin Rasmussen
Benjamin Rasmussen is a freelance photographer based in Denver. Growing up in distant places around the globe with exposure to many cultures has given him a good eye for photographic images. “I spent my childhood with indigenous people on a Philippine island, my university years with evangelicals in northern Arkansas, and a year with the descendants of Vikings in the Faroe Islands,” he explains. Rasmussen’s work has been selected for the American Photography 26 Annual, shown at the Annenberg Space for Photography, and awarded in 2010 Pictures of the Year International. He has been chosen one of Photolucida’s 2010 Critical Mass Top 50 and included in Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Emerging Photographers 2011 list.
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
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.
Read a review of this exhibition by Tiffany Fitzgerald at Westword.
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.
Month of Photography: Double Diptych
Exhibition Dates: 2 March–15 April 2011
Reception: Thursday, 3 March 2011, 6–9 pm
Casual Artist Talk, hosted by CPAC: Thursday, 14 April 2011, 7 pm. Featuring Ian Fisher, Greg Friedler, Conor King, and Kate Levy. Followed by an informal mixer for questions.
Curated by Rupert Jenkins for the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC)
To celebrate Month of Photography Denver, Double Diptych brings together eight of Denver’s most innovative artists who work with photography. The theme of the show is self-explanatory: each artist was invited to present two diptychs that reflect their ongoing interests. In this show, the diptych operates in two distinct ways: as subjective reading of an assumed narrative, and as evidence of the artist’s creative source.
Monique Crine, Ian Fisher, and Greg Friedler each use the photograph as source material for their portrait drawings. Fisher uses family snapshots to draw isolated portraits of his grandfather; Crine’s subject is a neighborhood child, whose world she regularly photographs; and Friedler transforms studio nudes into almost-primitive pencil-and-ink renderings. Cinthea Fiss presents a video split-screen as well as a pair of related photographs that collectively recollect San Francisco’s punk music scene in the 80s; Conor King uses digital technologies to create a link between past and future Arctic explorations; John Davenport, Edie Winograde, and Kate Levy each construct more traditional photo-diptychs: Davenport pairs a distressed glass-plate image with his younger self; Winograde returns to her investigations into restaged American battles; and Levy juggles images from several ongoing documentary series.
Read a short commentary on this exhibition by Denver Post Fine Arts Critic, Kyle MacMillan.
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.
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.
Colorado AIDS Project 2nd annual Emerging Artist Show
2008 Spring Show at Vertigo
Exhibition Dates: April 15–May 31, 2008
Artists' Opening Reception: Friday, April 18, 2008, 6–9 pm
Closing Reception: Friday, May 16, 2008, 6–9 pm
Theresa Ducayet-Clowes and Tracey Russell
Marina Graves + 2
Exhibition Dates: May 3–28, 2007
With Michael Roach, Mark Risius, and Stephanie Andres
Exhibition Dates: January 5–February 2, 2007