I select or invent processes and materials to fit each concept from multimedia installations to sculptures and original etchings. Intrigue and curiosity call visitors to explore new environments, traces and collections. Some installations may recall displays in science or anthropology museums. Process based pieces include series of sculptures created by the movements of everyday life including an ongoing series of worn minimalist shoes (159 pairs since 1991). I obsessively accumulate and transform conceptually interesting, useless but precious objects.

Many of my works indirectly comment on global contemporary society including wastefulness, environmental negligence, digital invasion, pharmaceutical foods or lack of observation. Addictions, collections or obsessive attachments to useless things such as food residues, single socks, empty pickle jars, junk food, weeds, plastic bags or junk mail fascinate me. In recent projects with weed roots, potato peels, dryer lint and single socks, I collect useless objects from my Facebook friends referring to changes of priorities in contemporary society. Collaborations and interactions with others are an essential part of the process. In recent interactive projects, I bring visitors to socialize around food and handmade objects. I am interested in social and experimental forms of art, in art that blends with life and makes people think.

My art is a series of experiments, chance discoveries and reflections on everyday life. For me, if people remember what they see, it is art.

 

Viviane Le Courtois creates process based, conceptual and participatory art since 1989. Her installations, performances, sculptures, videos and prints often intrigue visitors by connecting art to everyday life. Her works often comment on social and environmental issues. She has traveled in over 40 countries using 159 pairs of shoes as a sculptural performance. In 2004, she invented a non-toxic etching process using Kombucha.

Viviane Le Courtois was born in France in 1969. She moved to the US in 1994, and currently lives in Denver, Colorado. She received a Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique from the Ecole Pilote Internationale d’art et de Recherches in Nice, France in 1992 and a MA in Art History from the University of Denver in 2000. She was awarded a Korea Foundation fellowship in 1993 and the Westword Mastermind Award in Visual Arts in 2009. She has exhibited in the US and Europe and has shown her work at the Passerelle Art Center in France, Mobius in Boston, The Williamsburg Art Center in New York and at many venues in Colorado, including Rocky Mountain School of Art + Design, Regis University, RedLine, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. In 2012, she presented her first solo museum exhibition: Edible?, 22 years of working with food, at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2013, she created an interactive installation for the Biennial of the Americas. She was an artist in residence at RedLine from 2008 to 2011 and is currently an artist in residence at the Denver Sustainability Park.

Viviane Le Courtois is also a curator, a teacher and a world traveler. Since 2001, she is the studio and gallery Program Manager at DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts), a nonprofit community art center. She taught at the Metropolitan State College of Denver and at the University of Colorado in Denver. She is the co-founder and conceptual director of Processus, Institute for Art and Life, a co-working and co-thinking space for artists opening Fall 2014 started with Christopher R. Perez. 

 

 

Born in France in 1969. Lives and works in USA since 1994

EDUCATION

1997-2000       Master in Art History, University of Denver, Colorado, USA (Contemporary Art)

1990-1992       Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique, Ecole Pilote Internationale d’Art et de Recherches/ Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art, Villa Arson, Nice, France. (MFA equivalent)        

1987-1990       Diplôme National d’Arts Plastiques with Jury Honors, École des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, France. 

 

AWARDS / FELLOWSHIPS / RESIDENCIES

2011- 2013     Resident Artist at Sustainability Park, Denver CO
2012                 Colorado Museum Art Educator of the Year, Colorado Art Education Association
2008- 2011     RedLine Artist Residency- Denver CO
2009                 Mastermind Award in Visual Arts, Westword, Denver, CO
1998-1999      Temple Hoyne Buell Fellowship, Denver, CO
1997-1999      Dean’s Scholarship, Department of Art and Art History, University of Denver, CO
1997                 Visual Art Fellowship, Somerville Arts Council, MA
1993                 Korean Foundation Artist Fellowship, Seoul, South Korea
1991                 Erasmus Scholarship for study at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland
1987-1992      Scholarships from the Ministère de la Culture, France

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS  (* solo exhibitions)

2015            Hybrid. Regional Cultural Center, Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland. US-Irish exchange exhibition curated by Rian Kerrane (Part 2)

2014            Biotic, Pearl Conard Gallery, Ohio State University, Mansfield, OH(November)

2014     Open Press, 25 years of Printmaking, McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver, CO. Curated by Mark Lunning, (Master Printer, Open Press).

2013     Rescued Memories – a temporary public art project commissioned by the City of Boulder and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art as part of the Flood Project: Rising Above and Restoring Boulder Through Art, CO

2013           Nourish: An Exploration of Consumption, 601 Tully, Syracuse, NY

2013           Music for Animals, Biennial of the Americas, Civic Center Park, Denver, CO.

2013           Launch Pad. Mission 2: The Land, Sunshine Canyon, CO 

2013           CSArt Colorado, Denver Botanic Garden and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (commission), CO

2013           Iron Tribe, Burris Hall Art Gallery, New Mexico Highlands University, NM. 

2012           Occupying Potato, Islip Art Museum, NY 

2012           Hybrid. US-Irish exchange exhibition, RedLine, Denver, CO 

2012           Edible? 22 years of working with food, including the new interactive installation The Garden of Earthy Delights. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO* 

2011           Au: Exchange, RedLine, Denver, CO (RedLine resident artist exhibition)

2011           Potato Revolution, Williamsburg Art Center, Brooklyn, NY

2011           Design for the Other 90%, RedLine, Denver, CO

2011           Do It, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Lakewood, CO

2011           Thought Objects, RedLine Denver, CO

2011           Iron Tribe, Burris Hall Art Gallery, New Mexico Highlands University, NM

2011           Just Paper, Art Student League of Denver, CO

2010           How to Eat an Artichoke?, RedLine, Denver CO

2010           Energy Effects, Art and Artefacts from the Landscape of Glorious Excess, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO.

2010           National Iron, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT

2010           RedLine at Republic Plaza, Republic Plaza, Denver, CO.

2009           DenMi, Miami, FL

2009           Acts of Iron, Eldorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Eldorado Springs, CO

2009           You of all People! Here of all Places!, RedLine, Denver, CO

2009           Crossed Existence: 40 Years of (un) Related Memories; a collaborative installation with Andrew Novick and Sabin Aell. Hinterland Gallery, Denver, CO

2009           University of Colorado Biennale, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO

2008           Little Fat Kids in Trickle Down, Object and Thought, Denver, CO 

2008           Spatial Investigations: New Art from Redline, RedLine, Denver, CO

2008           Process/Vision/Print, O’Sullivan Art Gallery, Regis University, Denver, CO 

2008           Tiny Iron, Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, Aurora, CO

2008           Sculpture/Figure, Emmanuel Gallery, University of Colorado-Denver, CO

2008           Alumni Exhibition, Victoria H Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, Denver, CO.

2007           Chaussures, (103 pairs) installation at Philip J. Steele Gallery, Rocky Mountain School of Art and Design, Lakewood, CO*

2007           The Art of Printmaking, Republic Plaza, Denver, CO

2007           Iron, et cetera… Ironton Gallery, Denver CO

2007           Self Made, Denver Performing Arts Center, Denver CO

2006           Derniers Soupirs, installation at Ironton Gallery, Denver, CO*

2006           Food, Sliding Door Gallery, Denver CO

2005           Open Press Gallery, small prints exhibit, Denver CO

2005           pARTners, Republic Plaza, Denver, CO

2005           Beyond Visual, installation at Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, Aurora CO

2005           Potato Cult, Contemporary Art Collective, Las Vegas, NV  traveling to: Islip Art Museum Annex, Long Island, NY.

2005           Contaminations, installation at Studio Aiello, Denver CO*

2005           Enjoy!, installation at Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis, Denver, CO

2004           digital.movement.04. Weilworks Gallery, Denver, CO

2004           Open Press Anniversary Show, Gallery of Contemporary Art, University Of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO

2004           Fiberish, Fiber Arts Invitational, Studio Aiello, Denver, CO

2003           Ladyfest Out West Exhibition, Andeken Gallery, Denver, CO

2003           Junk Mail, Installation at Studio Aiello, Denver, CO*

2003           Pickles, installation at Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis, Denver, CO*

2002           Metamorphosis, DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts), Aurora, CO

2002           Metropolitan State College of Denver Faculty Exhibition, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO

2002           Fossilizations, Installations at Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis, Denver, CO*

2002           Junk Food, An American Landscape, installation at Pirate, Denver, CO

2001           Residues, Installations at Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis, Denver, CO*

2001           Group Exhibition, Viridian Artists, Inc, New York City, NY

2000           The Mushroom Lab, Installation at Edge Gallery, Denver CO*

2000           Sculpted by Everyday Life, Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis, Denver CO*

1997           Ephemeral Rituals, Ink drawings and Photographs at Somerville Public Library, Somerville MA.*

1997           Kombucha World: Graphic Prayers for the Beginning of Creation, Installation at Mobius, Boston, MA.*

1996           Cambridge City Scape, Zeitgeist Gallery, Cambridge, MA

1996           Errances Insolites ou l’Eternel Retour de Voyage, Passerelle Art Center, Brest, France.

1992           DNSEP Exhibition, Installations at Villa Arson, Nice, France.

1992           Les mystères de l’auberge espagnole, Villa Arson, Nice, France

1992           Pull!, Galerie Art Concept, Nice, France

1990           Petit Salon de Forcalquier, Forcalquier, France.

1988           La tête et les mains, Brest, France.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

TEACHING:

Lecturer, 3D Design/ Sculpture, University of Colorado at Denver 2009 - now
Visiting Artist/ Substitute Professor, Sculpture, University of Colorado at Denver- Fall 2007
Guest Artist, Iron and Bronze Pours and preparation workshops with the University of Colorado, Denver at Ironton Studios, the Global Artists Symposium,
Vail, Colorado and Western Cast Iron Conference, Denver, CO, 2006-2009
Lecturer, Art Appreciation, Metropolitan State College of Denver, 2000-2001
Studio Manager/ Art Teacher, Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA)- Open interdisciplinary art and ceramic studio for 7 to 17 years old. 2000- now.
French Instructor, Alliance Française, Denver, 1998-2001. 
Teaching Assistant, Ceramic, Villa Arson, Nice, France, 1991-1992

CURATORIAL:

Co-founder, Processus, Denver, 2014

Curator, Day to Day, The Temple, Denver, 2014

Curator, Artists' Footprints, RedLine Denver, in conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas, Denver, CO, 2010

Chair, Exhibition Committee, RedLine Denver, 2009-present

Exhibition Coordinator, DenMi, Denver/ Miami cultural exchange, 2009

Exhibition Co-Coordinator, RedLine Denver, Spatial Investigations, 2008

Gallery Manager, Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA), 2001-present

Volunteer/Staff, PR and Education, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, 1998-1999

Curatorial Intern, Denver Art Museum, Asian Art, 1998-1999

Staff, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1996

Curatorial intern, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 1996-1997 

Intern, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, 1996


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:

Juror, 528.0 Denver: A Regional Juried Printmaking Exhibition, The Invisible Museum, 2012 Juror, RedLine artist in residence selection committee, 2011

Member, Public Art panel, City of Denver, Colorado, 2009-2010

Juror, Tiny Iron, Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, for the Western Iron Casting Conference, 2008

Juror, Metro Now, Student exhibition, Emmanuel Gallery, Metropolitan State College of Denver,  2008

Active member of RINO Art district, Denver, 2005-present www.rivernorthart.com

Member, 5 Public Art Selection Panels, City of Aurora, Colorado, 2004-2005

 

ARTIST LECTURES:

American Public Garden Association Conference, Denver CO, 2014

Colorado Photographic Art Center, Denver, CO, 2014

601 Tully, Syracuse, NY, 2013

University of Colorado Denver, CO, 2013

Pecha Kucha Denver, CO, 2012

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CO, 2012

Red Rocks Community College, CO, 2011

RedLine, Denver, CO 2011

Art Student League of Denver, CO 2011

Red Rocks Community College, CO, 2010

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 2010

University of Colorado, Denver, CO, 2009

University of Denver, CO, 2009

Regis University, Denver, CO, 2008

University of Colorado, Denver, CO, 2007

Denver School of the Arts, Denver, CO, 2006

Ironton Gallery, Denver, CO, 2006

Self Made, Denver, CO, 2005

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, Aurora, CO, 2005

Alliance For Contemporary Art, Grant St. Studios, Denver, CO, 2004

Colorado State University studio tour and lecture, Grant St. Studios, Denver CO, 2004

Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, 2002

Metropolitan State College of Denver, Contemporary Art. Denver CO, 1999

Mobius, Boston, MA, 1997

Somerville Public Library, Somerville MA, 1997

Passerelle Art Center, Brest, France, 1996

PUBLICATIONS:

 

Rescued Memories, book, blurb,com, 2014

Artist's Footprints, Exhibition catalog, blurb.com, 2010

Chaussures, book, blurb.com, 2010

Making Art Come Alive: A Role for Live Animals in Installation and Performance Art in the 1990’s. Eye Level, A Quarterly Journal of Contemporary Visual Culture, issue # 1, Autumn 2001: 3-5

Journey through the Ink: The Paintings of Gao Xingjian. Eye Level, a quarterly Journal of  Contemporary Visual Culture, issue # 2, winter 2002: 10-11.

Lauri Lynnxe Murphy: From Macro to Micro. Life and Art beyond Grid Paintings. Eye Level, a quarterly Journal of Contemporary Visual Culture, issue # 3, summer 2002

 

COLLECTIONS:

CSArt Colorado, 2013

University of Denver Library Special Book Collection, Denver (CO)

Denver Print Collector’s Club, Open Press, Denver, (CO)

Private collections in the US, Australia and France.

 

TRAVELS:     

From 1987 to 2013, traveled in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia,
Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria, Senegal, Gambia, Turkey, Russia, Mongolia, China, Nepal, Tibet, India, South Korea, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru and USA (31 States)

 

SELECTED  BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Froyd, Susan, Viviane Le Courtois helps Boulder flood victims pick up the pieces through Rescued Memories, Westword Blog, December 9th, 2013.http://blogs.westword.com/showandtell/2013/12/rescued_memories_viviane_le_co.php

Davis, Bre, Life as Art, Westword Calendar, December 5th, 2013.http://www.westword.com/2013-12-05/calendar/life-as-art

Froyd, Susan, Artist Viviane Le Courtois seeks Boulder flood relics for new sculpture, Westword blog, November 1, 2013.       

Rubino, Joe, Boulder Residents encouraged to participate in post flood art projects, Boulder Daily Camera, October 25th, 2013.

Rinaldi, Ray Mark, The Denver Post. http://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci_23725005/biennial-americas-highs-and-lows-city-wide-smash#ixzz2aJLqGqjT

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, exhibition catalog, Viviane Le Courtois: Edible? 22 years of working with Food, Boulder, CO, 2012

Jacobson, Aileen, The Potato, as Art and Instrument, The New York Times. P L19, October 14, 2014 "http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/nyregion/three-exhibitions-elevate-the-">http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/nyregion/three-exhibitions-elevate-the-lowly-potato-at-the-islip-museum.html?

 

Rinaldi, Ray Mark, At RedLine, Colorado and Irish artists take on each others' lands, The Denver Post, August 19, 2012.http://www.denverpost.com/entertainment/ci_21331228/colorado-and-irish-artists-take-each-others-lands#ixzz28aCKlDk0 

Accomazzo, David, Boulder Weekly, Uncomfortable Cuisine. June 7, 2012 http://www.boulderweekly.com/article-8864-uncomfortable-cuisine.html 

Young, Quentin, Boulder Daily Camera, BMoCA's 'Edible?' makes views both hungry and queasy, April 5, 2012. http://www.dailycamera.com/variety/ci_20254245/bmocas-edible-makes-views-both-hungry-and-queasy 

Berkovitch, Ellen, Adobe Airstream, interview on A2 media, March 5, 2012 http://adobeairstream.com/a2- media/edible-social-action-through-an-art-installation-at-bmoca/ 

Froyd, Susan. Follow the Decay of Viviane Le Courtois’ earthborn artworks at BMoCA, Westword, February 25, 2012

Friedmann, Kali and Growald, Danny. Affordable design comes to Denver-“Design for the other 90%” – Paul Polak’s Blog. http://blog.paulpolak.com/?m=201107 

Cross, Andy. A Kind of Spoken Art, Denver and the West, The Denver Post, Friday August 5, 2011, 1B

RedLine Denver Blog. Interview with Viviane Le Courtois. http://redlineart.org/blog/art-blog-design-for-the-other-90.html 

Froyd, Susan. Westword Art and Culture Blog. Design for the Other 90% reinvents the wheel and more, tonight at RedLine. Fri., Jul. 8 2011.http://blogs.westword.com/showandtell/2011/07/design_for_the_other_90_redline.php 

Isaac, Eric and Keen, Michael, Untitled Art Show (interview), June 2011, www.untitledartshow.com

Andersen, Paul and Lerner, Adam, Energy Effects: Art and Artefacts from the Landscape of Glorious Excess,Arcade, Architecture and Design in the Northwest, Volume 29, Winter 2010 http://www.arcadejournal.com/public/IssueArticle.aspx?Volume=29&Issue=2&Article=426

Froyd, Susan, Westword blogs, November 23, 2010. http://blogs.westword.com/showandtell/2010/11/viviane_le_courtois_redline.php

Isaac, Eric and Keen, Michael, Untitled Art Show (interview), October 7th, 2010, www.untitledartshow.com

Dyer, Erin, Juxtapoz, Jux in Denver, Aug 27,2010. http://www.juxtapoz.com/Erin+Dyer/26335-jux-in-denver

Hunt, Holly, California Literary Review, Energy Effects at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, August 18, 2010, http://calitreview.com/11059

MacMillan, Kyle, The Denver Post, Art, artifacts and excess collide in a combustible energy exhibit at Denver's MCA, August 6, 2010. 

Goebel, Leanne, Adobe Airstream.com, Art Review: Energy Effects at MCA Denver -The art and fictions of excess. July 18, 2010, http://www.adobeairstream.com

Madrigal, Alexis, The Atlantic.com, Nuclear Bombs as Art: A Stunning Exhibition About the (Physical) Powers That Be, Jul 15 2010, http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2010/07/stunning-exhibition-slideshow/59842

Paglia, Michael, Westword, Marvelous Contemporary Shows fill RedLine and Edge, October 27, 2009. 

Froyd, Susan, Westword, Kindred Spirits, June 2009

Paglia, Michael, Westword, Mastermind Awards 2009, February 18-24, 2009. 

Froyd, Susan, Westword, Trickle Down, October 2008.

Hamel, Ken, denverarts.org, January 2008.   http://denverarts.org/exhibits/student_and_alumni_exhibition_at_du.html

Griffith, Kristal, DU today, January 10, 2008. 

Paige, Molly, Art Laced with Commentary, Cairn, Colorado’s Cultural Guidepost.http://www.cairnmag.com/content/view/40/59/

Taft, Katie, This Week in Denver, June 2007. www.thisweekindenver.com

Paglia, Michael, Thinking Hard, Westword, February 1-7, 2007: 42

Darnell, Meredith, Colorado Expression Magazine, August-September 2006: 78-79

Hadley-Hooper Jill, Interview, The Rino Crow, Electronic Newsletter, August 2006.  www.rivernorthart.com

Froyd, Susan, Last Breaths, Westword, July 20-26, 2006: 5,33

Cumming Rice, Anne, DAVA peppering senses, The Aurora Sentinel and Daily Sun,. June 30th, and June 31st, 2005 

Heller, Jason, preview, Feast your Eyes on This. Westword: 36, June 30th-July 6th, 2005

Paglia, Michael, review, artbeat, Westword, April 14th, 2005

Chandler, Mary Voelz, review, Rocky Mountain News, April 15th, 2005

Paglia, Michael, In Stitches, Westword, July 1-7, 2004 

Renoult, Marie, Les moisissures, source d’alteration et de création dans l’art contemporain. Mémoire, Ecole d’Art d’Avignon, France, 2002-2003. 

Mac Millan, Kyle, Studio Aiello Ideal for Large Scale Art, Video Installations, The Denver Post,June 6, 2003:20FF

Chandler, Mary Voelz, A Surplus of Inventive Ideas, Rocky Mountain News, June 6, 2003: 19D.

Paglia, Mickael, Artbeat: Surplus, Westword, May 29- June 4, 2003. 

Chandler, Mary Voelz, Review, Rocky Mountain News, February 21, 2003.

Brown, Randy. Watch Out!, Eye Level: A Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture, issue #4, Winter 2003: 15

Shoenfeld, Zoe. Knocking your Socks off, GO-GO Magazine, March 7-21, 2002: 25

Chandler, Mary Voelz. Review, Rocky Mountain News, Spotlight, March 2, 2002: 5E

Schroeder, Dennis. Freedom is... Rocky Mountain News, Spotlight, December 15th, 2001

Chandler, Mary Voelz. Review, Rocky Mountain News, March 2, 2001

Froyd, Suzan. Night and Day, Westword, February 22, 2001.

Knowles, Dana. Video Interview and documentary about The Mushroom Lab (installation at Edge Gallery)   for Channel 9, Denver, News at 10, March 2, 2000.

Fletcher, Harrisson. Beauty and the Yeast. Westword, March 2-8, 2000: 9. (www.westword.com)

Paglia, Michael. Art Beat. Westword, 2-8, 2000: 60

Gluckstern, Jay. ‘Sculpted,’ Surrealities’; Through Personal Glimpses, Artists Reveal Stuff of Life. Boulder Daily Camera. Friday January 28, 2000: 12

The Denver Post, Art Shows listings, 2 reproductions. Friday, January 21, 2000: 29 F

Chandler, Mary Voelz. Review. Rocky Mountain News.  January 28, 2000.

Wildman, David. An Artist Translates a Cultural Message. Boston Sunday Globe, June 29, 1997.

Le Courtois, Viviane. Kombucha World: Graphic Prayers for the Beginning of Creation. Mobius Newsletter, Boston’s artist run center for experimental art in all media., Vol 14, #2, January 1997.

Carnets de Voyages, Passerelle Art Center, Brest, 1996. Exhibition catalog with text by Anne Cécile Gatineau.

Gatineau, Anne-Cécile, Une Oeuvre Mystique et Poétique, Viviane Le Courtois expose à Passerelle.Ouest France,1996

Gatineau, Anne-Cécile, Carnets de Voyages, Partance insolites, trois étrangers exposent à Passerelle. Ouest France, 1996.