Cult Fiction

May 04, 2013 - July 28, 2013


Transformer & Black Whiskey Present
Cult Fiction: An Installation by Cheyenne Seeley & Zach Storm
May 4-July 28, 2013

At Black Whiskey,
1410 14th Street, NW

JULY 24, 6-8 PM

Black Whiskey Grand Opening & Cult Fiction Debut:
May 4, 7-9pm
Snacks provided by Black Whiskey Carvery & Kushi, with additional bites by the Kushi-Moto Food Truck
Featuring DJ Kid Congo Powers & DJ Ian Svenonius/Name Names
RSVP to Transformer’s Cult Fiction Facebook event **RSVP now closed**

Advancing our partnership-based mission to connect and promote emerging artists, Transformer is pleased to announce a special collaboration with our new Logan Circle neighbor Black Whiskey, a restaurant and mixed-use art space by chef-owner Darren Norris of Kushi Izakaya & Sushi Restaurant.

As part of Black Whiskey’s grand opening, Transformer presents Cult Fiction, a large-scale mixed media installation by artists Cheyenne Seeley and Zach Storm. Combining Seeley and Storm’s harmonizing visual aesthetics, this expressive wall painting will feature colorful drawings, paintings, and collage both directly on the wall at Black Whiskey, as well as on works displayed on top of what is created on the wall. “Cult Fiction is an exercise in open-ended narrative,” say the artists, “The layering of imagery is meant to inspire a narrative relationship between images. The implied relationships can be read from any direction similar to graphic novel panels.” Seeley and Storm will attempt to pair down their work to an elemental visual language in order to create relationships that don't come with excess baggage. In acknowledgement of the difficulty and potential impossibility of this task, the artists use recognizable imagery as well as recognizable artistic techniques as a way of pushing the viewer along in whichever interpretation they choose.

Following the launch of Cult Fiction 7-9pm on May 4, the celebration at Black Whiskey will continue 9pm – 2am, $10/person, with more great music by our friends: DJ Kid Congo Powers (founder of Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick Cave and the Badseeds, the Pink Monkey Birds), DJ Ian Svenonius/ Name Names (The Make Up, Weird War, Nation of Ulysses; Author of Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group & The Psychic Soviet), and a special performance by Deathfix – featuring Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Rich Morel (formerly of Bob Mould’s band), Devin Ocampo and Mark Cisneros of Medications & The Make Up, this hometown heavyhitting supergroup makes woozy psychedelic jams - and Paint Brush! For more information on the 9pm – 2am activities contact: Sasha Lord,

Those who RSVP via Transformer's Facebook invite and attend the Cult Fiction opening between 7-9pm can be hand stamped at the door to attend the rest of the Black Whiskey Grand Opening celebration for free. Update: **RSVP NOW CLOSED**

About the Cult Fiction artists:

Cheyenne Seeley received her BFA in 2009 from The University of Wisconsin-Stout and her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. Like the half-year frozen tundra of the mid-western landscape from which she came, Cheyenne’s work is at once cold disorientation and vastly open, unassuming clarity. Working primarily in installation, utilizing drawing, painting, sculpture, and pre-fab readymade objects arranged in highly articulated and conceptualized themes, Sheeley is interested in creating environments where each element communicates with other aesthetic elements to create overarching themes and abstracted narratives, highlighting the singular narratives of each individual element.

Zach Storm received his BFA from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2005, and earned his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. Coming from a family of west coast engineers and car enthusiasts, Storm’s work is heavily influence by surface detail, objects of desire, and spatial illusion. Storm’s artwork has bee exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. His paintings combine elements of pure abstraction with phenomenological experience. “Seductive, quick to appeal visually and slow to reveal themselves conceptually, my paintings combine the illusion of mechanically finished surfaces with careful hand labor, “ says Storm. His work demands that the viewer shift position in relation to the statically installed work of art, in order to incorporate movement and the play of light into the aesthetic experience.

CULT FICTION DAYTIME EXHIBITION HOURS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please contact Julia Young at Transformer: 202-483-1102 or

All Cult Fiction press and sales inquiries should be directed to Transformer: 202-483-1102 or

Image credit:  Cult Fiction sketch, 2013, mixed media, Cheyenne Seeley & Zach Storm