ALPTRAUM! (translated from German as "nightmare") was a comprehensive group exhibition of small to medium sized works on paper in a variety of disciplines (painting, drawing, screen prints, photography, collage) by an international mix of nearly 100 artists.
Developed by artists Marcus Sendlinger (Berlin) and Jay Stuckey (Los Angeles), and co-curated by Victoria Reis of Transformer (WDC) and Richard Priestly of Cell Project Space (London), ALPTRAUM! features work by twenty DC based artists from Transformer's FlatFile program, along with twenty artists from each of the other participating host cities. ALPTRAUM! organizer Marcus Sendlinger states:
“ALPTRAUM! is an artist led project. It is a model which utilizes global communication between localized artist hubs & clusters to form an international grouping with the intent of opening dialogue across borders and cultures in order to delve into the stuff and mind murk that is either collectively shared or completely random and unrelated, all within the syndrome of ‘The Nightmare’. Each artist draws on their own personal experience in order to visualize anxieties that take them beyond everyday dreams.”
ALPTRAUM! launched at Transformer in December 2010 and has been traveling internationally with exhibitions at: Cell Project Space, London: January 28 – February 27, 2011; Deutscher Kuenstlerbund, Berlin: March 11 – April 15, 2011; The Company, Los Angeles: May 1 – 30, 2011; and blank projects, Cape Town: August 3 – 27, 2011. Additional countries/venues are currently being considered as 2011 & 2012 presentation sites.
Transformer, Washington, D.C.
December 11, 2010 – January 15, 2011
Cell Project Space, London
January 28 – February 27, 2011
Deutscher Kuenstierbund, Berlin
March 11 - April 15, 2011
The Company, Los Angeles
May 1 – 30, 2011
blank projects, Cape Town
August 3 – 27, 2011
Green Papaya Art Projects & Telenobela, Manila
This website launched October, 18, 2011, and is still a work in progress. Please check back for more detailed information about Transformer's exhibitions, programs and special events