Current and Past Exhibitions and Events

American Place ~ A Sculpture Installation by Margaret Griffith

Exhibition Dates: 2 May–14 June 2014

Reception with the Artist: Saturday, 3 May 2014, 3–5pm


Detail of installation at VERTIGO
Hand-cut paper
Photo by Stefan Krusze

Born in North Carolina, Margaret Griffith is a Los Angeles based artist who uses the structures of gates and fences found in her community to create hand-cut paper sculptures, monuments to fragility and impermanence. She transforms the rigidity of steel structures into billowy forms; folded veils as sublime renderings of environmental boundaries, delicate reminders of the fiction of permanence.

VERTIGO Art Space is pleased to present Griffith's newest body of work, American Place. For several years Griffith has been photographing and replicating gates, exploring the metaphorical relationships of the gate, a symbol of protection and stability, to a fragile social impermanence in urban communities. The installation at VERTIGO consists of over thirty hand-cut paper replicas of gates found in her community that are suspended from the ceiling — twisting and turning, billowing and cascading to the ground. The process of recreating the gates becomes a dialogue of opposites, where actual gates are altered into forms that are gestural and more chaotic than the rigid structures from which they are derived.

About the Artist

Margaret Griffith has had numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. She received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2001 and is an Associate Professor of Drawing and Painting at Rio Hondo College. She is represented by Western Project, Culver City, California. Upcoming exhibitions include a two person exhibition at the Los Angeles Airport and a solo exhibition in September at Western Project. For more information visit


Projections ~ New Work by Haley Bates

Exhibition Dates: 28 March–26 April 2014

The artist will be present on First Friday, 4 April 2014, 6–9 pm

Art Talk: Saturday, 12 April 2014, 3–4 pm


This work is a visual synthesis of two seemingly disparate fields of artistic inquiry: one personal and emotional, the other formal and structural.

There are many ways of understanding structure and form, as there are many ways of understanding relationships and status; projection is a means of exploring both.

About the Artist

Haley Bates received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2002 from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. In 2003, she accepted a position as head of the Metalsmithing and Jewelry program at Colorado State University, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Art. Through processes of hybridization, reconfiguration, and material juxtapositions, she reinterprets common objects, creating forms that are both evocative and multivalent. Her work has been published in American Craft and Metalsmith magazines, and exhibited both nationally and internationally.


Be a Cloud Not a Grid

Exhibition Dates: 9 January–8 March 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, 17 January 2014, 6–9 pm

Art Talk: Saturday, 22 February 2014, 2–4 pm, with talk at 3 pm

Artist as Curator: Theresa Anderson

Artists: Jaime Carrejo, Go! Push Pops (Katie Cerone + Elisa Garcia de la Huerta), Tobias Fike + Matthew Harris, Carl Hazlewood, Kathy Knaus, Bruce Price, Pamela Reed + Matthew Rader, Zach Reini, Laura Shill, Tracy Tomko, Rebecca Vaughan


Be a Cloud Not a Grid * is a group exhibition of 11 artists (or collaborations) whose work in sculpture, performance art, fabric, video, household items, and painting reflect upon this most current time period that philosopher and aesthetic theorist, Sianne Ngai, argues in her book, Our Aesthetic Categories, Zany, Cute, Interesting, is defined in our "hypercommodified, intensively informated and networked, performance-driven conditions of late capitalism." **

Ngai posits that the zany, cute, and interesting "revolve around multiple and even conflicting feelings: tenderness and aggression, in the case of the cute; fun and unfun, in the case of the zany; interest and boredom, in the case of the interesting and that these categories are a reflection upon contemporary feelings of powerlessness."

* Quote by Bruce Price on the Untitled Art Show

** Sianne Ngai, Our Aesthetic Categories Zany, Cute, Interesting (Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, England, Harvard University Press, 2012)


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