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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


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