Current and Past Exhibitions and Events

Ted Vogel ~ Recent Works

Exhibition Dates: 17 May 2012–30 June 2012

Artist Reception: Friday, 15 June 2012, 6–9 pm

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Ted Vogel has always been a collector of objects, and a maker of spare parts. In his work these “parts” are made of clay, kiln cast glass, digital images and other mixed media elements. His interest in working with clay, glass, cast iron, the photographic image and other materials is in what each material gives to the work: light, color, transparency, depth, strength, weight, illusion, fragility, etc.

Red Plane - Ted Vogel

Reflecting the traditions of ceramic and glass figurines and the kitsch ceramics of the 1930s,‘40s & ‘50s, Vogel’s work explores ideas of story telling and allegory and references our inseparable relationship to the natural world, the body, humanness and our complex and precarious interactions with humankind. These stories are derived from sources of mythology of our vast history and family tales that are passed down from generation to generation, and from the so-called “true stories” of our time, often created by public myth.

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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

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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.

Press Coverage

Read a review of this exhibition by Tiffany Fitzgerald at Westword.

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Artist-in-Residence Maggie Lawless ~ Same Ship, Different Day

Exhibition Dates: 16 February 2012–10 March 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, 17 February 2012, 6–9 pm

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Attempting to provide a glimmer of societal self-reflection for the viewer, Maggie Lawless uses text and imagery from the Internet to attempt to capture the structures that promote and maintain entrapment, or domination and dependence, in modern society. Using formal techniques of collage, drawing, and painting, Lawless incorporates art historical references with details that intimately engage the viewer, while the symbolism and artistic techniques attract attention from a distance. Social, economic injustice and the structures that maintain these conditions are themes that occur throughout the work.

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