Velocity Jar

Velocity Jar

2012
Artist
Virgil Ortiz, Cochiti, American, 1969-
Born: Cochiti pueblo
Work Locations: Cochiti pueblo
Active Dates: 1975- present
Culture
Cochiti
Object
jar
Medium
Clay, slip, and paint
Accession Number
2016.116
Credit Line
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum

Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti)
Velocity Jar, 2012
Clay, slip, and paint
10 x 18 x 9 in.
Denver Art Museum: Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2016.116
©Virgil Ortiz
Photography ©Denver Art Museum

Dimensions
height: 10 in, 25.4000 cm; width: 18 in, 45.7200 cm; depth: 9 in, 22.8600 cm
Department
Native Arts
Collection
Indigenous Arts of North America

Virgil Ortiz’s material choices and techniques draw from the past, while his imagery is both contemporary and futuristic. In making his figures, Ortiz uses locally sourced clay, wild spinach for paint, a coil construction for the form, and native outdoor firing techniques. The figures here demonstrate Ortiz’s mastery of traditional techniques, while his complex and intricate line work speaks of a style all his own. 

Known Provenance
Virgil Ortiz, Cochiti, NM, 2012; King Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ, about 2012; Vicki and Kent Logan, Scottsdale, AZ, 2012; Denver Art Museum, 2016