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ABSURDLY WELL | INTRODUCTION TO UNRESTRICTED HERITAGE 

To launch the programming series for Unrestricted Heritage, we wanted you to meet the artist himself! Watch as Absurdly Well (@absurdlywell explains the inspiration behind his exhibition, Unrestricted Heritage, currently on view in Transformer’s storefront window.

Unrestricted Heritage is a defiant celebration of Black history beyond the single month of February, embracing Black culture and people throughout the entire year. In addition to Absurdly Well’s storefront exhibition featuring his stencil posters, abstract paintings, and found objects, he has also created a limited edition series of unique artworks specifically for Transformer’s FlatFile.

Unrestricted Heritage is presented as part of Looking In / Looking Out, Transformer's 2021 Spring Storefront Exhibition & Program Series encouraging audiences to look within themselves and outward at the world.

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Dichotomy of Portraiture / View Now on @transformerdc IGTV

Join Transformer for a conversation with Absurdly Well whose installation Unrestricted Heritage is currently on view at Transformer, Wilfried Zeisler, Chief Curator and Co-Chair of Exhibitions at Hillwood Estates, and Victoria Reis, Executive & Artistic Director of Transformer, as they discuss portraiture, street art, color theory, and relationships across professional realms.

While Wilfried studies and organizes exhibitions from the vast collection of artifacts at Hillwood, Absurdly Well is a contemporary painter and street artist who creates an extensive body of ephemeral artworks. Wilfried and Absurdly Well explore this dichotomy, and discuss the differences in commissioned and independently executed portraits, art history, and Absurdly Well’s process of selecting figures, colors, and compositions for his artworks.

Absurdly Well is a multi-disciplinary abstract painter, street artist and clothing designer. Since 2017 the artist has anonymously served political print stencils in public space, intended to uplift the public and create community awareness.

Wilfried Zeisler is the Chief Curator and Co-Chair of Exhibitions at Hillwood, a decorative arts museum and garden that is the estate of the philanthropist and collector, Marjorie Merriweather Post. Zeisler is a graduate from the Sorbonne University and from the Ecole du Louvre, Paris, and is a scholar of French and Russian art.

Part of Transformer's Looking In/Looking Out exhibition series, ‘Unrestricted Heritage’ is on view in Transformer's storefront window through April 10th.