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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.

TheBLOBish

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.

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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.

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