Practice as Product  

Wednesday, October 7

Goethe Institut
812 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Attendance is FREE!

Transformer is proud to continue our ongoing FRAMEWORK Panel Series with FRAMEWORK Panel #22: Practice as Product. Addressing artistic practices that take an innovative approach to the understanding of artistic product, this panel will feature three artists - Tobias Sternberg, Temporary Art Repair Shop, (Berlin, Germany); Chloe Bass, The Book of Everyday Instruction, (New York, New York); and Chris Woebklen, (New York, New York) - who each employ distinctive strategies to engage with their audience and to bring their work into new public, professional, and personal spheres. The approaches taken by these artists reassess the product of artistic labor by looking closely at the exchanges and circumstances that accompany their processes.

The panel will be moderated by Andrew Holtin, Associate Professor of Art and Director of the AU MFA Studio Berlin Program, Studio Art Program in the Department of Art, American University (Washington, DC).

Practice as Product is presented in tandem with the launch of The Temporary Art Repair Shop at Transformer, October 3 – 31, 2015. An ongoing project conceived of and run by Berlin-based artist Tobias Sternberg, The Temporary Art Repair Shop is a mix between a simple repair shop and a sculptor’s studio, with the artist inviting the public to drop off an object for repair, transfiguring received items into sculptural objects. The Temporary Art Repair Shop is organized in collaboration with Andy Holtin, Associate Professor of Art and Director of AU's MFA Studio Berlin program and supported by American University Department of Art.

Launched in December 2002, Transformer's FRAMEWORK Panel Series engages DC, nationally, and internationally based artists, arts professionals, cultural leaders, and DC audiences in conversation to create an oral 'field guide' to encourage and support individual emerging artists in our community, and to educate audiences through the sharing of best practices within the contemporary visual arts. FRAMEWORK Panels are presented 2-3 times per year in collaboration with a broad range of educational & cultural institution partners. Transformer is honored to have Practice as Product hosted by the Goethe Institut.

Transformer’s 2015/16 FRAMEWORK Panel Series is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts' Access to Artistic Excellence grant, "to encourage and support artistic excellence, preserve our cultural heritage, and provide access to the arts for all Americans.”