Current and Past Exhibitions and Events

Sleeper ~ Bug, Sue Simon, and Roger Rapp

Exhibition Dates: 1 November 2013–14 December 2013

Artist Reception: Friday, 8 November 2013, 6–9 pm

Artist Talk at Third Friday Collectors Preview Night: 15 November 2013, 6–8 pm


Foreground: Bug  Background: Roger Rapp

There is a State of Consciousness
If You are Asleep it is Called Dreaming
If Awake, it is Called Psychosis


Sue Simon



Roger Rapp


Tobias Fike and Matthew Harris ~ Food Fight

Exhibition Dates: 6 September 2013–26 October 2013

Opening Reception with the Artists: First Friday, 6 September 2013, 6–9 pm

Closing Reception with the Artists: Friday, 25 October 2013, 6–9 pm


Collaborating since 2009, Tobias Fike and Matthew Harris have dragged each other across the desert, wrestled each other’s shadows, and tried to catch glass objects while blindfolded. They recently performed live for the opening of Denver’s Biennial of the Americas First Draft exhibition, where they tested the collision of beach balls at high speeds.

For VERTIGO Art Space they have transformed the space into a black box video installation to showcase a new project they have been working on throughout the year. Filmed off site, Fike and Harris individually crafted multi-course meals in separate kitchens and then served them to each other by throwing the food into the opponent’s workspace. Disruptive, regressive, playful, and passive aggressive, their actions blend together the patience of an adult with the curious spontaneity of a young child at mealtime. Installed in the gallery, the two large video projections face each other from opposite sides of the room. Appearing to interact with each other in real time, the food thrown from one side invisibly flies over the audiences’ heads and lands into the opposite screen. The viewers are simultaneously caught in the middle yet able to watch as Fike and Harris slowly undermine each other’s efforts to prepare a meal. The domestic space of each kitchen deteriorates from order to disorder as colorful foods smears across the counters, walls, and cabinets. Serving dishes are knocked off the counters and pickles land in house plants. When the food runs out, the scene slowly fades back to the beginning and the kitchens are magically reset, ready to endure all over again.

Food Fight production from Fike & Harris on Vimeo.

Press Coverage

Read a review of this exhibition by Theresa Anderson.

Listen to The Matthew Harris and Tobias Fike Interview by hosts Erik Isaac and Michael Keen on The Untitled Art Show.


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.


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