E11: CODA marks the 11th season of Transformer’s Exercises For Emerging Artists program. Launched in March 2004 to support a select group of artists beyond the art school experience but still emerging in their artistic careers, this peer critique and mentorship program is intended as a ‘jump-start’ for DC area artists seeking to connect with peer artists & mentors in an intensive critique process as they create a new work or new body of work. Artists invited to participate in the Exercises are nominated by Transformer staff, Advisory Council, as well as area arts educators and curators.
Focusing on a different artistic discipline each year, E11: CODA focuses on artists working within the discipline of sound art. This year’s selected Exercises artists include: Alex Braden, Emily Francisco, E. Jane, and Ian McDermott. Beginning in March 2014 and spanning through the end of June, these artists meet bi-weekly with this year’s Lead Mentor Ryan Holladay, Artisphere’s New Media Curator, Transformer’s Exhibitions & Gallery Coordinator Julia Young, and invited guest mentors, to receive insightful feedback on their creative processes and concepts of sound art through various methods and mediums. E11 guest mentors include Alberto Gaitán, John Henry Blatter, and Christine Sun Kim. The program culminates with a group exhibition titled Coda, presented at Artisphere as the final movement of Fermata, a sound art exhibition co-curated by Holladay.
E11: Coda is a very special collaboration between Transformer and Artisphere, and marks the first off-site exhibition resulting from Transformer’s annual Exercises for Emerging Artists series. E11: Coda asks the participating artists to challenge their understanding of sound and their previous relationships to it. Via Transformer’s Exercises mentorship process, the artists approach this project in a conceptually unique manner, utilizing their bi-weekly meetings with Holladay, Young, and guest mentor visits, as well as studio visits to inspire and generate both technical and conceptual progression throughout the course of the program towards the creation of new work. The works created via the Exercises ultimately culminate with E11: Coda. This three-week exhibition presented as the final Movement, the Coda to the three Movements presented in Fermata.