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.
Born in France in 1969. Lives and works in USA since 1994
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- now 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)
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)
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.
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
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
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
Pecha Kucha Denver, 2012
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 2012
Red Rocks Community College, CO, 2011
RedLine, Denver, CO 2011
Art Student League Of Denver, CO, 2010 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
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, Denver CO, 1999
Mobius, Boston, MA, 1997
Somerville Public Library, Somerville MA, 1997
Passerelle Art Center, Brest, France, 1996
Artist's Footprints, Exhibition catalog, blurb.com, 2010
Chaussures, 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. A Quarterly Journal of Contemporary Visual Culture, issue # 3, summer 2002
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.
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)
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.