Evoking the Senses


A Multi-Venue FlatFile Exhibition & Online Program Series
December 12 – February 20, 2021

*View Archive of All Online Programs Here*

Touch, Taste, Sight, Smell, and Sound - this winter Transformer will be Evoking the Senses in collaboration with more than 50 artists and special guests to recharge, reconnect, and re-energize people with their senses as we head into a new year. 

Centered around Transformer’s ever-evolving FlatFile program, Evoking the Senses will feature a rotating display of artworks presented within Transformer’s storefront and SMUDGE: a two-day in-person exhibition at the now ‘empty’ home/studio of artists, Amy Hughes Braden & Alex Braden. Additionally, multiple layers of artist-driven projects and events will be presented online throughout this winter.

Designed to spark inspiration, imagination and hope, Evoking the Senses introduces and highlights a new roster of artists & artworks within Transformer’s FlatFile program, reflecting a diversity of artistic backgrounds, aesthetics and creative practices. Online programming will feature FlatFile artists, collectors, and special guest collaborators from a broad range of creative fields, each ‘evoking the senses’ through innovative and playful ways as they reference and respond to FlatFile artworks. Audiences are invited to participate in virtual studio visits, video cooking & cocktail sessions, spiritual and meditative practices, and more, while also receiving artist designed music playlists, reading lists, recipes and the like - all reflecting artwork from Transformer’s FlatFile program. New FlatFile artists and artworks will be announced and featured weekly through mid-February 2021. 

Evoking the Senses will culminate in a ‘celebration of the senses’ on Valentine’s Day, with Transformer’s 5th Annual Heartbreakers Ball - In a Box, with creative Zoom event alternatives to Evoke Your Senses, celebrate love and life, artists and Transformer this Valentine's Day. See what's in the box here


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ONLINE PROGRAMS - Every Wednesday & Saturday through February 20

Launching December 16, 2020, tune in to 'evoke your senses' with online programs created by FlatFile artists, collectors, and special guest collaborators throughout the winter.


Wed. 12.16.20 | Victor Koroma : SIGHT
Sat. 12.19.20 | Hannah Spector : SOUND
Wed. 12.23.20 | Lily deSaussure : TOUCH
Sat. 12.26.20 | Ziad Nagy: SOUND
Wed. 12.30.20 | MK Bailey: SIGHT
Sat. 01.02.21 | Carolina Mayorga: TOUCH AS SOUND
Wed. 01.06.21 | Jessica Cebra: TOUCH
Sat. 01.09.21 | Christopher Kardambikis: SIGHT 
Wed. 01.13.21 | Muse Dodd: SOUND
Sat. 01.16.21 | Jessica Cebra + Zach Storm: SIGHT, SOUND, TOUCH
Wed. 01.20.21 | Bonnie Crawford: SIGHT, SOUND
Sat. 01.23.21 | Felipe Goncalves: SIGHT, SOUND, TOUCH, TASTE, SMELL
Wed. 01.27.21 | Ding Ren: SIGHT, SOUND
Sat. 01.30.21 | Yar Koporulin: SIGHT, TASTE
Wed. 02.03.21 | Joan Belmar: SIGHT, SOUND
Sat. 02.06.21 | Rapheal Begay: SIGHT 
Wed. 02.10.21 | Matt Hollis: SIGHT
Sat. 02.13. 21 | Chandi Kelley and Marissa Long: SIGHT, SOUND, TOUCH, TASTE, SMELL
Wed. 02.17.21 | Mica Scalin: TOUCH
Sat. 02. 20. 21 | Katana Lippart: TOUCH 

NEW PROGRAMS featured every Wednesday & Saturday through February 20, 2021 on Transformer's

View the full archive of progams at flatfile.transformerdc.org.



1404 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005
A sensory winter wonderland of FlatFile works rotating bi-weekly in Transformer's storefront window through February 27, 2021.


1319 Shepherd Street NE, Washington, DC 20017

Artists Amy Hughes Braden and Alex Braden present a two-day pop-up show from December 12-13, 2020 in their empty home on the occasion of leaving it. Exhuming their own ghosts, invoking echoes, gathering remnants, and with windows open – quite literally airing out the space – SMUDGE senses the presence of past and future inhabitants and wonders if time is tenseless. Amy Hughes Braden presents new blobs, flat and in the round upstairs, while Alex Braden creates a sound installation for the down.

More about SMUDGE here.



Launched in spring 2007, the Transformer FlatFile is an evolving collection of two-dimensional artworks in a variety of mediums including: photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, zines and more. All artworks are sized at or below 16” x 20", and priced at or under $500. 

The more than 400+ original artworks in the FlatFile are curated by Transformer staff, and reflect our organization’s mission to support a diversity of emerging artists, creative aesthetics, and artistic practices. Works from Transformer’s FlatFile have been presented in art fairs, international exhibitions, and pop-up initiatives, and are ideal for both emerging and established collectors. 70% of all FlatFile artwork sales go to participating artists, with 30% going to support Transformer.

All Transformer FlatFile artworks are available for viewing and purchase at Transformer's online FlatFile Store, flatfile.transformerdc.org, and by appointment at Transformer’s 1404 P Street, NW exhibition space.

Evoking the Senses is supported by District Fray and Frames by Rebecca

Image Credits (Top L-R): Aphra Adkins; Andy McIntyre; Ding Ren; Eames Armstrong; Matt Hollis; Johab Silva; Jessica Cebra; MK Bailey; Rose Jaffe.



Support emerging artists and shop the FlatFile online now!

Gift certificates available!

Questions? Contact info@transformerdc.org.