Current and Past Exhibitions and Events

Artist-in-Residence Dmitri Obergfell ~ By Hook or By Crook

Residency Dates: 1–31 August 2013 (VERTIGO hours during this month are set by the artist)

Discussion with the Artist: Tuesday, 27 August 2013, 6:30–8:30 pm

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By Hook or By Crook is an exhibition of a new body of work by Dmitri Obergfell that explores capitalism’s ethical implications. By aestheticizing tools that are commonly connected with crime, Obergfell’s new work is intended to create conversations about our associations with nefarious activity. This body of work was created in light of drug war legislation, rap music, paired with the stereotyping that has been a result of anthropological criminology (the study of offender profiling). These relations culminate in Oberfell’s work by providing a questioning of what is beautiful in relation to what we perceive as dangerous or destructive to society and the effects of these assumptions on class divisions and racial issues.

The exhibition title, By Hook or By Crook, references the “by any means necessary” mentality of criminals and capitalists. The work made from materials like crowbars, bronze casts of ski masks, and switchblades examines the overlapping space of these two realms to shed light on their similarities and question the relation between capitalism, crime, and race issues.

Please note that VERTIGO's normal hours are suspended during the month of the Artist-in-Residence program. Hours are set by the artist, so please contact the artist directly for scheduling and appointments.

About the Artist

Dmitri Obergfell (b.1986) is an alumnus of the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (2010). He has recently returned from a residency in Italy, where he prepared work for a solo exhibition at Galleria Upp in Venice. He intends to continue his exploration at VERTIGO, articulating a transition from his previous body of work which explored the temporal nature of culture. His residency will focus on acts of delinquency and explore the cultural aesthetics associated with these acts.


m a t t e r ~ Patrick Loehr

Exhibition Dates: 7 June 2013–27 July 2013

Artist Reception: Third Friday, 21 June 2013, 6–9 pm


“Images in this exhibition represent an unforeseen residue of technological advancement. In that sense, they are works of science fiction. While revolutionary technologies often bring convenience and efficiency to our lives, their long-term effects are never fully understood. The digital technology used to produce these images exists outside of the physical/material world. I'm interested in how this technology eventually manifests into something tangible.” —Patrick Loehr

Press Coverage

Listen to the interview with Kara Duncan and Patrick Loehr on The Untitled Art Show with host Erik Isaac and guest host Jimmy Sellars.


Plume Age ~ A Solo Exhibition by Dylan J. Beck

Exhibition Dates: 5 April 2013–17 May 2013

Closing Reception: Friday, 17 May 2013, 6–9 pm


In our ever growing and strangely shrinking contemporary world it has become commonplace to travel great distances in a matter of hours. What has made this shrinking of the globe possible is air travel. In the United States alone, there are nearly 87,000 commercial flights per day! Consequently, at any given moment there is an overwhelming number of airplanes, full of people, in the skies above our heads.

Dylan J. Beck has been exploring air travel and its potential effects on climate and culture. In his exhibition, Plume Age, Dylan looks to flight patterns and densities, land use associated with the air travel infrastructure, and the sky to find inspiration for his sculptures. Because his work includes various approaches and media, from hand-built ceramics to digital imagery, Dylan Beck's exhibition at VERTIGO Art Space is visually striking as well as contemplative.


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