Current and Past Exhibitions and Events

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.


American Place ~ A Sculpture Installation by Margaret Griffith

Exhibition Dates: 2 May–14 June 2014

Reception with the Artist: Saturday, 3 May 2014, 3–5pm


Detail of installation at VERTIGO
Hand-cut paper
Photo by Stefan Krusze

Born in North Carolina, Margaret Griffith is a Los Angeles based artist who uses the structures of gates and fences found in her community to create hand-cut paper sculptures, monuments to fragility and impermanence. She transforms the rigidity of steel structures into billowy forms; folded veils as sublime renderings of environmental boundaries, delicate reminders of the fiction of permanence.

VERTIGO Art Space is pleased to present Griffith's newest body of work, American Place. For several years Griffith has been photographing and replicating gates, exploring the metaphorical relationships of the gate, a symbol of protection and stability, to a fragile social impermanence in urban communities. The installation at VERTIGO consists of over thirty hand-cut paper replicas of gates found in her community that are suspended from the ceiling — twisting and turning, billowing and cascading to the ground. The process of recreating the gates becomes a dialogue of opposites, where actual gates are altered into forms that are gestural and more chaotic than the rigid structures from which they are derived.

About the Artist

Margaret Griffith has had numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. She received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2001 and is an Associate Professor of Drawing and Painting at Rio Hondo College. She is represented by Western Project, Culver City, California. Upcoming exhibitions include a two person exhibition at the Los Angeles Airport and a solo exhibition in September at Western Project. For more information visit


Projections ~ New Work by Haley Bates

Exhibition Dates: 28 March–26 April 2014

The artist will be present on First Friday, 4 April 2014, 6–9 pm

Art Talk: Saturday, 12 April 2014, 3–4 pm


This work is a visual synthesis of two seemingly disparate fields of artistic inquiry: one personal and emotional, the other formal and structural.

There are many ways of understanding structure and form, as there are many ways of understanding relationships and status; projection is a means of exploring both.

About the Artist

Haley Bates received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2002 from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. In 2003, she accepted a position as head of the Metalsmithing and Jewelry program at Colorado State University, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Art. Through processes of hybridization, reconfiguration, and material juxtapositions, she reinterprets common objects, creating forms that are both evocative and multivalent. Her work has been published in American Craft and Metalsmith magazines, and exhibited both nationally and internationally.


Be a Cloud Not a Grid

Exhibition Dates: 9 January–8 March 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, 17 January 2014, 6–9 pm

Art Talk: Saturday, 22 February 2014, 2–4 pm, with talk at 3 pm

Artist as Curator: Theresa Anderson

Artists: Jaime Carrejo, Go! Push Pops (Katie Cerone + Elisa Garcia de la Huerta), Tobias Fike + Matthew Harris, Carl Hazlewood, Kathy Knaus, Bruce Price, Pamela Reed + Matthew Rader, Zach Reini, Laura Shill, Tracy Tomko, Rebecca Vaughan


Be a Cloud Not a Grid * is a group exhibition of 11 artists (or collaborations) whose work in sculpture, performance art, fabric, video, household items, and painting reflect upon this most current time period that philosopher and aesthetic theorist, Sianne Ngai, argues in her book, Our Aesthetic Categories, Zany, Cute, Interesting, is defined in our "hypercommodified, intensively informated and networked, performance-driven conditions of late capitalism." **

Ngai posits that the zany, cute, and interesting "revolve around multiple and even conflicting feelings: tenderness and aggression, in the case of the cute; fun and unfun, in the case of the zany; interest and boredom, in the case of the interesting and that these categories are a reflection upon contemporary feelings of powerlessness."

* Quote by Bruce Price on the Untitled Art Show

** Sianne Ngai, Our Aesthetic Categories Zany, Cute, Interesting (Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, England, Harvard University Press, 2012)


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

pangloss gravitron - vertigo teaser green

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.


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.


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

Press Coverage

Read a short review of this exhibition, with additional photos, by Ken Hamel of


(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.


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.”   —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.

Press Coverage

VERTIGO Art Space is excited to present this exhibition as part of Denver Arts Week. Read a review of the exhibition by Ben Dayton of Westword.


One Point Twenty-One Jiggawats

Exhibition Dates: 4 August–17 September 2010

Closing Reception with the Artists: Third Friday, 17 September 2010, 6p–10p

Mountain Piece / Jason Sheppard
Like Sands Through the Hourglass So Are the Days of Our Lives / Scott Raby

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.



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.

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/

Press Coverage

Read a review of this exhibition by Ken Hamel at

DMB Ideas

Exhibition Dates: July 3-30 2009
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 Coverage

Listen 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

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.” 

Decadence and Assemblage

When: February 20-March 21, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, February 20th, 5–9pm.
Featuring the works of Kim Polomka, with Assemblage and furniture by Donald Fodness

"Delicious Decadence" (detail) by Kim Polomka, acrylic on canvas

"Delicious Decadence" (detail) by Kim Polomka, acrylic on canvas

"Untitled Assemblage" by Donald Fodness, mixed media

Installation by Donald Fodness, mixed media

Installation by Donald Fodness, mixed media

VERTIGO will be open First Fridays and third Fridays for "collector preview nights" from 6–9pm throughout the event.
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Greater Than - An Advance on Greatness: A New Paradigm for Mythical Heroism

From the Mind of BARCHAEL Exhibition Dates: October 18–November 3, 2008 Opening Reception: October 18th, 6–10pm
Artist Statement
With the theme of the cult of personality as their inspiration, Barchael investigates the consequences of self-idolization prevalent in politics, moralism, and celebrity. Barchael makes mythical heroes out of their joined personality, lionizing themselves in a multimedia expression of their own supposed greatness. 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-rightiousness, while seriously spreading the ridiculous.

Real Work

Mark Moskovitz
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.

Frolics and Frippery

Janice Jakielski Exhibition Dates: July 4th-August 5th, 2008 Collectors Preview Night: Friday, July 18th, 2008 frolicsndfrippery_1 VERTIGO Art Space will be exhibiting the work of Janice Jakielski from July 4 through August 2, 2008. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held on Friday July 18th from 6-9pm. In her solo exhibition Frolics and Frippery Jakielski creates intimate objects for the body. Her work deals with themes of perception, body awareness and desire. Working across many disciplines, the pieces in this exhibition combine sculpture, fashion and installation. This work is a social experiment of sorts, a mediated experience to explore communication, comfort and complacency through play. Boulder based artist Janice Jakielski received her BFA in 2000 from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY and her MFA in Ceramics in 2008 from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. Janice Jakielski will begin teaching ceramics this fall at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. For more information and images please visit Janice's site.

Molly Hatch

Exhibition Dates: June 3–28, 2008 Collector’s Preview Opening: Thursday, June 5, 2008 First Friday Opening: Friday, June 6, 2008 mollyhtch_1
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2008 Spring Show at Vertigo

Featuring Photographs by Richard Alden Peterson & Bob Coller Jewett, Stone by Scott Davis
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




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Anatomy and Process

The Drawings of Kate Aspinall and the Metalwork of John Murphy Exhibition Dates: November 13–December 28th, 2007 Collectors Preview Night: Friday, November 16, 2007, 6–9 pm KateAspell_JohnMurphy


Conrad Hamather Exhibition Dates: June 1–June 30, 2007 articulation

Sally Brogden

Exhibition Dates: October 6–31, 2006



Mentor, Artist, Gallery Making the Net Work. Exhibition Dates: August 4–5, 2006 NetWork

Christian Tedeschi: New Work

Exhibition Dates: June 2–July 28, 2006


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