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Aug 01, 2012

ReMixed Messages, Transformer exhibition collaboration with Visual AIDS - Closing Reception

On View Through August 4, 2012

Fathom Gallery, 1333 14th St, NW, WDC 20005

CLOSING RECEPTION: Thursday, August 2, 6-8pm
6:30pm Remarks by artist Tim Tate and Don Blanchon, Executive Director of Whitman-Walker Health

ReMixed Messages - curated by John Chaich for legendary NY based non-profit arts organization Visual AIDS - features over thirty text-based works reflecting reactions to and connections through HIV/AIDS across generations.

The ReMixed Messages closing reception is being made possible by the generous support of the Logan Circle Community Association. 

And, catering generously donated by SweetGreen.


Full details of the ReMixed Messages exhibition, including press release, exhibition catalogue, and more, can be found here.

GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday, July 31 - Saturday, August 4: 11-3pm

Jul 16, 2012

Transformer & Visual AIDS launch ReMixed Messages

TUESDAY, JULY 24, 6:30 – 9PM

July 24 – August 4, 2012
Fathom Gallery, 1333 14TH ST, NW, WDC 20005
OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, July 24, 6:30-9pm 

CLOSING RECEPTION: Thursday, August 2, 6-8pm
Sponsored by the Logan Circle Community Association

Please join Transformer next Tuesday, July 24, 6:30 - 9pm, as we celebrate the launch of a very special and timely exhibition! Presented at our neighbor Fathom Creative’s beautiful Fathom Gallery space, ReMixed Messages - curated by John Chaich for legendary NY based non-profit arts organization Visual AIDS - features over thirty text-based works reflecting reactions to and connections through HIV/AIDS across generations.

First presented at La MaMa La Galleria, New York City in 2011, this DC exhibition co-produced by Transformer and Visual AIDS and presented at Fathom Gallery is remixed for the 2012 International AIDS Conference being held July 22-27 in Washington, DC.

The July 24 opening reception will feature a talk with ReMixed Messages curator John Chaich, 6:30-7pm, followed by a special introduction and honoring of Dr. Elly T. Katabira, Accordia Academic Alliance Member, Professor of Medicine, Makerere University, and International Chair and President, International AIDS Society. 

The ReMixed Messages opening reception is being made possible by the generous support of the Accordia Global Health Foundation.

Full details of the ReMixed Messages exhibition, including press release, exhibition catalogue, and more, can be found here.

The ReMixed Messages closing reception is being made possible by the generous support of the Logan Circle Community Association.

May 18, 2012

Transformer’s Victoria Reis featured in Washington Sculptor’s Group newsletter

"Spending an hour with Victoria Reis is both an exhausting and an exhilarating experience. She perceives her mission as nurturing emerging, cutting edge visual artists, and advancing experimentation in both the way art is presented and in the relationships among artists, audiences, and arts organizations. She conducts her efforts with fervor and total commitment."

 Read the full article in the Washington Sculptors Group newsletter (PDF format)

Mar 31, 2012

Transformer invites you to Collector’s View 2012

On behalf of Transformer’s Board of Directors, our 2012 Collector’s View sponsor J.P. Morgan, and Collector’s View exclusive media sponsor Washington Life Magazine, we are pleased to invite you to participate in this year’s series.

Sharing the private collections of a select and diverse group of DC's leading contemporary art collectors through special receptions, Transformer’s annual spring Collector's View series highlights the relationship collectors have with artists, the role they play in building artists' careers, as well as their impact in creating healthy arts communities. Through the generosity of several leading DC contemporary art collectors, and with the sponsorship support of J.P. Morgan and Washington Life Magazine, Transformer invites Collector's View participants into some of  Washington's best homes for personal "views" of a diverse range of private art collections. Participants will be privy to learn, from an insider's perspective, the motivations, interests and passions of these dynamic collectors on works they collect. Light fare and libations will be
served at each event. 

Participation in the Collector’s View series is $50 dollars per person for each “view.” Transformer is offering a special $175 package for registration of all four “views” in this year’s series, which includes complimentary attendance to this year’s bonus Artist View, offered exclusively to full series supporters.

All donations via the Collector’ s View series are fully tax-deductible, and will directly benefit Transformer’s 2012 / 2013 Exhibition Series.

Participation in this special series is limited. To register, please contact Stephanie Kwak at or 202.483.1102. Online registration is also available at

CHERYL NUMARK – Forest Hills

Thursday, April 26; 6-8pm

Art adviser and former gallerist Cheryl Numark welcomes Collector's View guests into her early 70s modernist home, located in the Forest Hills neighborhood of DC. Her collection of contemporary artists, many of whom she exhibited at Numark Gallery and many others she's followed over the years, includes Michal Rovner, Guillermo Kuitca, Kiki Smith, Nikki Lee, Robin Rose, Dan Steinhilber, Mel Bochner, Carter Potter, Bernard Frize, Chan Chao, Joanne Greenbaum, and many, many others.


THOM HALLER & BILL WALLACE – Adams Morgan/Kalorama

Sunday, May 6; 4-6pm

Bill Wallace and Thom Haller invite you into their historic 1901 Waddy Wood horizontal townhouse in Adams-Morgan to view their eclectic collection of contemporary art spread out on four floors, from the basement in the kitchen to the “children’s smoking room” on the top floor. Their collection features work by DC area artists, various found objects, unique assemblages and stuff that makes them laugh. Artists include Sam Gilliam, Tom Green, Preston Sampson, Renee Stout, W.C. Richardson, James Powers, Tim Tate, and Mark Planisek.


ROBERT SHAPIRO – Cleveland Park

Sunday, May 20; 4-6pm

Collector Rob Shapiro invites Collector’s View participants to his home on the border of Cleveland Park and Forest Hills. Situated near Rockcreek Park, his residence was once the main house of the old weekend estate of the Willard Family. His collection includes work from artists Jonathan Borofsky, Leo Villareal, Gene Davis, Howard Mehring, the Starn Brothers, Tracy Moffatt, Rosemary Trockel, Erik Sandburg, Chan Chao, Ellsworth Kelly, and Brandon Morse.



Thursday, June 7; 6-8pm

Young collectors Elizabeth Miller and Dan Sallick welcome you to their home, a traditional-modern mix designed by DC Architect Robert Gurney. Their art collection includes such artists as: Donald Judd, Lawrence Weiner, Damien Hirst, Richard Serra, Ai Weiwei, Christopher Williams, Tom Sachs, Ernesto Neto, and others.



Sunday, June 3; 4-6pm

With her bold use of color and exaggerated, geometric portraiture, Lisa Marie Thalhammer creates artwork that engages the viewer on a visceral, nearly tangible level. The majority of her work focuses on the female form with distorted proportions that challenge conventional ideas of the empowered, modern woman. Solo exhibitions include Welcome to Lizard County at G Fine Arts, and Lizards Live at The Butcher’s Daughter Contemporary Art in Ferndale, MI. Recent showings in international art fairs and festivals include PULSE and No Soul for Sale in New York City, and Aqua Art at Miami Art Basel. She has also shown her artworks with Transformer and at Manifest Equality in Los Angeles, CA. In her studio on O Street, Lisa Marie will offer Col lector’s View participants an exclusive look at new artworks from her upcoming residency in Ferdinand, Indiana – the first public showing of this work in DC!

Mar 14, 2012

The Washington Post Reviews “2:46 and thereafter”

5 futoyu


"...Of course, some of the art in the show is somber. But there’s a wide range of styles and outlooks among the 18 artists’ work, which includes both modern and traditional Japanese elements — and whimsy as well as sorrow." - Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

Read the Full Article

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.

Dec 06, 2011

8th Annual Transformer Silent Auction a HUGE Success!

Thank you to all of the participating Artists for including their work, our Host Committee and Chairs, all of our Sponsors, The Australian Embassy, and the Corcoran for making this our most successful fundraising event yet!

View the 2011 Auction Page

Nov 30, 2011

Special Screening of Untitled In honor of World AIDS Day / Day With(out) Art

Still from Untitled, by Jim Hodges, Encke King, and Carlos Marques de Cruz, 2011, DVD, 60 minutes, Color Stereo

A year after Transformer’s December 1, 2010 48-hour storefront screening of an edited version of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly, screened in a direct response to the Smithsonian Institutions’ censorship of a similar work in the National Portrait Gallery’s Hide/Seek exhibition, Transformer is proud to honor World Aids Day and Day With(out) Art 2011 with the presentation of Untitled, in collaboration with NY based Visual AIDS.

Transformer joins more than 63 arts organizations, community groups, major museums, and colleges across the US in presenting simultaneous, free screenings of Untitled, a new video work by Jim Hodges, Carlos Marques de Cruz, and Encke King, featuring a non-linear montage of archival and pop footage recalling the passionate activism sparked by the early years of the AIDS crisis. Un-spooling at multiple levels, the narrative flies between scenes of tragic brutality to kitschy humor, arch clips of laughter and ironic surprises while shredding traditional chronology. Many references - the title, short excerpts from Golden Girls and Dynasty, popular songs, and contemporary issues – nod towards Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ oeuvre, but the film is not an attempt to portray the artist; rather, it places the viewer “in his room”. In this way, the framing of the artist becomes a means to project any number of people, endlessly.

Click here for a complete list of Untitled screenings, venues, and related programs.

As part of our screening of Untitled, Transformer will be giving away a limited number of NOT OVER buttons with red ribbons that were created by A.K. Burns, John Chaich, Joe De Hoyos, and Avram Finkelstein for the 20th Anniversary of Visual AIDS’ Red Ribbon project.  Untitled and the NOT OVER buttons are provided courtesy of Visual AIDS:

Seating at Transformer is limited.  To reserve your seat to the December 1, 5:30 screening of Untitled, please click here.  Attendance is free.

Closing out our Storefront Video exhibition, a subtitled version of Untitled will also screen on a continuous loop Dec 1 – Dec 4 in our storefront window space.

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