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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.” 

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