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News Archive for January 2012

Jan 25, 2012

Artist Talk and Transformer on NBC 1st Look

Please join Transformer Saturday January 14th as we host an Artist Talk with Lily deSaussure.

Led by Transformer's Exhibition Coordinator, Natalie Cheung, the discussion with Lily will explore her use of embroidery to document both her life and the lives of those close to her. 

Soon after, Transformer will be featured as a “hidden gem” on LXTV’s 1st Look  airing nationally on NBC Saturday at 7:30pm and again after Saturday Night Live @ 1am.


Jan 25, 2012

Transformer + DANDANS, a Tokyo Based Artsist Collective

2:46 and thereafter
February 16 - March 25, 2012
Presented at Pepco's Edison Place Gallery
702 Eighth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20068

Developed in collaboration with Tokyo based artist collective DANDANS, Transformer is honored to present 2:46 and thereafter - an exhibition highlighting 18 emerging Japanese artists' responses to the March 2011 earthquake & tsunamis that struck the northeast coast of Japan, and the resulting aftermath.  The title of the exhibition, 2:46 and thereafter, marks the time the earthquake hit, referenced throughout Japan in the same vein Americans now reference the date 9/11.

Special Exhibition Hours this week:  Tues - Fri 12-4pm; Thurs 12-7pm; Sat 12-8pm; Sun 12-4pm


ON Gallery & Vending Machine Branch Performance by NY based artist
ON megumi Akiyoshi

Saturday, March 24, 2012 6-8pm

The organic white cube, exhibiting a floral painting outside the frame with a white wall inside, is actually artist ON megumi Akiyoshi performing “ON Gallery & Vending Machine Branch” inside the closing reception of 2:46 and thereafter.

Featuring a gumball machine that sells tiny original paintings for a friendly price, ON’s pink gumball capsules include images such as ‘Five petals flower’, ‘peony’, and the 'shape of eight'.

The five petals flower, with its simplicity, symbolizes perpetuity from its technical name, "rotate corolla" like an eternally spinning wheel. The peony is the artist's favored bloom with its confident expansiveness and myriad promise of figure, as if it could embrace anything in its presence. The shape of eight, reminds her of a female torso, and also represents the idea of infinity.

This performance is a projection of ON’s wish to go on, lively, after 2:46 and thereafter. “We are all given a certain amount of time in one lifetime, during which, I wish full blossoming for all beings.” – ON megumi Akiyoshi

Further information about ON megumi Akiyoshi and her work can be found on her Image credit: ON megumi Akiyoshi. 

This comprehensive exhibition, the first of its kind in the US and one of Transformer's most ambitious exhibitions to date, will feature works in a variety of mediums exploring emerging Japanese artists' creative responses to the terrible catastrophe that killed thousands of people, and how life has changed in Japan as a result.

Through installation, painting, video, sculpture, photography, and drawing, the 18 artists featured in 2:46 and thereafter - Takeshi Abe, Chiho Akama, Yasushi Ebihara, Yuya Fujita, Masaharu Futoyu, Kotaro Isobe, Mami Kosemura, Shinji Maeda, Kazumasa Noguchi, Mitsuki Noguchi, Tetsuya Noguchi, Mihoko Ogaki, Akiko Ozasa, Masaharu Sato, Shinichi Tsuchiya, Takayoshi Tsuchiya, Ryota Unno and Keiki Yamada - address issues that many of the people of Japan, primarily the young people, are exploring as they adjust to life following destruction, loss, and still to be determined affects from Japan's most powerful earthquake since records began.

Additional details can be found here.

Jan 19, 2012

James Alefantis - One of DC’s 50 Most Powerful People

James Alefantis, Transformer Board President as well as owner of Comet Pizza & Ping Pong and Buck's Fishing & Camping, has made GQ's list of the 50 most powerful people in Washington DC. Click here to find out why.