by April 10, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

“2013 Collectors View.” (Courtesy of Transformer)

From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]

From April 11 to June 9, local art collectors are opening their homes for a series of unique collection viewings.

Since 2008, Transformer DC has curated the annual series Collector’s View, to showcase art collections across the city. The arts non-profit at 14th and P NW, provides a platform for emerging artists to develop relationships with curators, gallerists, audiences and collectors.

“The series has been extremely successful,” wrote Transformer DC Co-Founder and Executive & Artistic Director Victoria Reis. “[N]ot only because is it a wonderful development program… providing both funding… as well as new relationships…, but also successful  in that it helps Transformer further educate audiences about the depth and diversity of the arts community in DC, and how different players in that community — artists, galleries, non-profit spaces, museums, collectors — are aligned in furthering contemporary art dialogue.”

Seeking Out Collectors

Tranformer works with its board, as well as with gallery owners and museum staff in the area to seek out collectors to host the series each year. According to Reis, Transformer seeks “a range of homes and collections” to ensure that the series offers a variety of experiences.

Some collections feature established contemporary artists featured in museums, while others feature emerging artists or focus on niche artistic styles. The non-profit hopes to make the series accessible and engaging for many audiences, and for those who attend all five viewings.

This year’s program, also supported by Evers & Co. Real Estate, Federal Title & Escrow Company and Washington Life Magazine, starts Thursday, April 11, at the home of Andrea Evers and Brian Aiken. After the collection viewing, the collectors will have a discussion with artists Jason Horowitz, Linn Meyers, and Maggie Michael about the relationship between artists and collectors. Borderstan residents can explore another collection in the neighborhood on May 16 at Aaron M. Levine & Associates in Dupont.

Registration and Details

Registration costs $50 per view, or $225 for all five. Those who register for all five in the series can also attend two additional “Artist Views” with artists Di & Lou Stovall and Mia Feuer. Register online or email [email protected].

Visit the Transformer DC for a full list of views and details on each collection.

  • What: Transformer DC 2013 Collector’s View.
  • Where: Collectors’ homes across DC and Maryland.
  • When: April 11 through May 19, with Artist’s Views on June 2 and June 9.

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by March 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

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“Expansions” at Transformer in Logan Circle. (Courtesy Tranformer gallery)

It’s not often that an artist gets the chance to elaborate on a work that they have completed years before. Transformer’s exhibition opening this weekend gives artists just that chance. “Expansions,” a group show featuring DC and nationally based emerging artists, opens this Friday, March, 15, at 6 pm and runs through April 20.

Eames Armstrong, Benjamin Edmiston, Matt Hollis, Victor Koroma, and Megan Mueller will be showing works that expand upon their past 2-D works in Transformer’s “FlatFile” series.

The “FlatFile” series consists of works in 2-D of various mediums including painting, photography, drawing and printmaking at 16″ x 20″ in size or smaller. The five artists in “Expansions” will use the space within the small P Street gallery to expand on, and elaborate the ideas found in their “FlatFile” works to make larger, sculptural, mixed-media installations, video animation, and paintings.

The exhibition will also include an artist talk from DC’s own Eames Armstrong on the boundaries of the body and our conception of self, particularly in the context of technology and social media on Saturday April 6 at noon.

While “FlatFile” works have been sold across the country at fairs such as ArtDC, No Soul For Sale, and (e)merge, since 2007, Tranformer will launch online sales of the works in the collection. Transformer will start the sale of the FlatFile collection with the work of the five artists featured in “Expansions.”

Bringing the art in DC to you – Roxanne.


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by February 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0


Cabinets of Curiosity, Forest Z. Allread’s solo exhibition at Transformer. (Courtesy Transformer Gallery)

From ArtSee. Email contact[AT] and follow ArtSee@ArtSeeinDC on Twitter.

A bounty of striking, colorful string, woven together to form a nebulous-like form, catches the viewer’s eye as he strolls along P Street.

Cabinets of Curiosity, Forest Z. Allread’s solo exhibition at Transformer, is an intriguing amalgamation of the complexities of string theory and the mundane objects that populate everyday life, milk crates and cigar boxes. The site-specific installation challenges the viewer to take a nuanced look toward space in order to cultivate and realize new experiences.

Using accessible and recognizable objects like tennis rackets, drift wood and a pickle jar, the recent Corcoran College of Art + Design graduate invites the viewer to consider the fantasy and wonder present in his own daily life. By viewing the materials that constitute one’s own life with an informed, yet constantly questioning eye, one is able to expand his thought process in a way that is “truly postmodern.”

On Saturday, February 9 at 3pm, Allread will be in conversation with Dr. John Royer, Ph.D., Physicist in the Complex Fluids Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Cabinets of Curiosity will be on display at Transfer until February 23, 2013.

Transformer is at 1404 P Street NW and is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 1 to 7 pm and by appointment.


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by October 12, 2012 at 6:00 am 1,255 0


Barbarian is by Joe in DC from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Barbarian” was taken by Joe in DC. The photo was taken on September 28 at P Street NW at Transformer Gallery.

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by July 7, 2011 at 10:30 am 2,124 0

Oreen Cohen, Transformer Gallery

Oreen Cohen, “Running Drill,” photo collage sketch, 2011. Part of E8: Sculpture exhibition at Transformer. (Courtesy Transformer Gallery)

Two new exhibitions open this week at local galleries. At Transformer on P Street NW, “E8: Sculpture” with Oreen Cohen opens Thursday, July 7 with a reception from 6 to 8 pm. She is the first of three artists in the exhibition and her work will be on display through July 16. At the Lamont Bishop Gallery on 9th Street NW, “Thomas Canavan and Arijit Das: Paint, Canvas, Walls, People” opens Saturday, July 9, with a reception from 6 to 10 pm.

Also showing in the neighborhood are:

Get more details  below on the 12 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area.


by May 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm 1,522 0

dNASAb, Unique sculpture, Irvine Contemporary Gallery, Washington, DC, Borderstan

From Jana Petersen

This Saturday is the last call to see “Call and Response: Textures” and “Sketch” at the Hamiltonian Gallery and Transformer Gallery, respectively.

About “Call + Response: Textures” at Hamiltonian. “Call + Response: Textures” fittingly builds on the theme of “call and response,” a succession of two distinct phrases played by different musicians, in which the second phrase comments on or responds to the first. In the case of this exhibit, a writer provides the “call” in the form of a new, intense piece of short fiction or poetry, which incites an artistic installation, the “response.” The final result: harmony between two seemingly disparate worlds. Hamiltonian Gallery is at 1353 U Street NW.

About “Sketch” at Transformer. “Sketch” is an exhibition designed to highlight and investigate the creative processes and development of art through sketchbooks. “Sketch” features the sketchbooks of 16 local artists, all currently on display at Transformer, which is at 1404 P Street NW.

Each of these exhibits knocks down any wall of artistic convention, and embodies, if not demands, discourse, engagement and dialogue between two parties generally understood as distinct. “Call + Response” is an exhibit that is highly interactive among the artistic pairing (writer and visual artist). One work is the byproduct of another; one cannot stand on its own without the other.

Similarly, “Sketch” is set up in a way that it demands participation from the viewer; though it has rounded out its opportunities for draw-ins from community members, the exhibit still presents the work of D.C. natives and is staged in a way that invites patrons to flip through each artist’s sketchbook as fast or as slow as the viewer wants.

Find out what’s showing at 12 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below the fold.


by April 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm 1,407 0

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What’s showing at 12 galleries in the U Street-Logan-Shaw area?

From Jana Petersen

I say this with some reticence, but spring season is starting to feel within reach! Put your parkas in the closet, store your scarves and head out to enjoy opening receptions at two galleries this Saturday, April 9: The Adamson Gallery and Hemphill Fine Arts.

The Adamson Gallery will debut William Newman’s work in the exhibit “Ouroboros.” Newman has captured the theme of the “ouroboros” — an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail, and often representing self-reflexivity or cyclicality — through his robust metallic structures.

Hemphill Fine Arts opens Anne Roland’s photography with a 6:30 pm reception. A rural Virginia resident, Roland brings her instinctual attachment to nature to the camera lens in a way that merges her admiration for wilderness with an “inherent melanchology for our intrusion upon it,” according to Hemphill. “In her collection and mending together of visual data, Rowland points to a place in the human brain that desires to commune with and care for the wilderness.”

Closing Sunday, April 10 at gallery plan b on 14th Street NW: “Paintings by Kathy Beynette, Patrick Campbell and Michele Montalbano.”

Finally, the Transformer gallery will be running a series of events related to the recent debut of its exhibit, “Sketch.” “Sketch” is an exhibition dedicated to exploring the processes around how artists develop their work and will be hosting a series of events aimed at help exhibition-goers better understand what the art development process is.

Be sure to check out one or all of the artist talks (April 7 and 28, 5 to 6 pm) and draw-ins (April 23 or 30, 2 to 6 pm), led by artist Reuben Breslar. “Sketch” audiences will also have the opportunity to contribute their work on the exhibition walls, side-by-side with DC’s featured emerging artists.

Find out what’s showing at 12 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below the fold. (more…)

by February 3, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,447 0

Michael Salter "Burning Billboard" Project 4 Gallery

“DriveBy” opens this Saturday at U Street’s Project 4 Gallery. Above: “Burning Billboard” by Michael Salter, 2007, Digital Drawing (face mounted to acrylic). (Courtesy Project 4 Gallery)

Two new exhibitions open this Saturday in the neighborhood:

“Heirlooms” opens at Transformer, 1404 P Street NW, with an open house from 1 to 7 pm (artist talk at 2 pm): “Transformer is proud to present the installation work of Detroit-based artist Lauren Rice in her first DC solo exhibition. Similar to set designs for theatrical events, the landscapes Rice creates in her sculptural work are fantastical — elements appear to collapse, levitate, burst and grow within the gallery space. With Heirlooms, Rice references gardens and flowers, while simultaneously vulgarizing their traditional preconceptions as feminine and romantic.”

“drive by” opens with a 6:30 pm reception at Project 4 Gallery, 1353 U Street NW: “The show Drive By at Project 4 Gallery features six artists, whose drawings, paintings, collages and video art offer unexpected insight into the common scenes we observe while moving through the structures of an urban and suburban landscape.  People play a periphery role in the artwork and are frequently absent altogether.”

Find out what’s showing at 11 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below the fold.


by December 22, 2010 at 5:00 am 1,496 0

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DC9 Death Ruled a Homicide

The D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has completed and released the autopsy results for Ali Ahmed Mohammed, confirming it was a homicide, TBD reports. Cause of death was explained as ‘Excited Delirium Associated With Arrhythmogenic Cardiac Anomalies, Alcohol Intoxication and Physical Exertion With Restraint’.


by October 28, 2010 at 10:41 am 1,626 0

Luis Gomez Photos U Street NW Logan Circle art galleries

Get listings for 10 galleries in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Saturday is the last day to catch two artists at Irvine Contemporary on 14th Street: Phil Nesmith’s “Flow,” and Bruno Perillo’s “Uniform.” It’s also the final day to see “Fairy Tale Meets Flesh” from James Rieck and Jonathan Monaghan at Hamiltonian Gallery on U Street NW. Hours for both galleries are in the listing below the fold.

There are new exhibitions opening this weekend as well. Friday night is the opening reception at Long View for Scott Brooks’ exhibit, “We The People.” On Saturday, Transformer Gallery on P Street NW hosts an open house for their new exhibit, “Tang: Freedom & Its Owner.Visitors can enjoy Lillie Ruth Bussey and flavored coffees and chocolates by ACKC from 1pm to 7pm.

Below the fold: listings for these galleries plus Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery (DC Jewish Community Center),Curator’s Office, Project 4 Gallery, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, gallery plan b and Hemphill Fine Arts.


by December 1, 2008 at 7:12 pm 1,389 0

Transformer Gallery Web site.)

Nilay Lawson: “If You Didn’t Know What This Was, Would You Know What This Is?” (Image: Transformer Gallery Web site.)

Saw this at Painterly VisionsAn evening of readings by emerging poets and writers at Transformer Gallery, 1404 P Street NW, this Thursday, December 4 from 7 to 9 p.m.

In conjunction with Nilay Lawson’s exhibition at Transformer. If You Didn’t Know What This Was, Would You Know What This Is?

This evening of experimental writings and readings at Transformer will be lead by Transformer Advisory Council Member and Corcoran Professor Casey Smith, along with recent Corcoran grads Mike Terzano, Jenn DePalma, David Williams, and current Corcoran student Caitlin Lennon.

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