Summer of Radical Love

June 24, 2017 - September 23, 2017


Summer of Radical Love
June 24 – September 23, 2017

Launch of Siren Arts, Transformer’s New Summer Residency & Exhibition Program in Asbury Park, NJ

Transformer is proud to announce the launch of Siren Arts, a new artist residency & exhibition program in Asbury Park, NJ, and its debut exhibition series, Summer of Radical Love.

Operating this summer out of a storefront exhibition space at 529 Bangs Avenue in Asbury Park’s historic business district, located three blocks from the iconic Asbury Park Boardwalk and Atlantic Ocean, Summer of Radical Love will highlight a diverse mix of artists with works in a variety of innovative mediums that explore cultural, racial, sexual, and gender equality.

Centered within a site-specific installation by New York-based artist J. Morrison, with accompanying works by artists featured in the recently launched Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community coffee table book by John Chaich and Todd Oldham for AMMO Books, Summer of Radical Love will host an additional rotation of artists and new works throughout the summer. Each month, this uniquely developed artist space will feature different sets of artists and works, including limited edition multiples by the DC-based curatorial collective NoMuNoMu, limited edition prints by DC-based artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer, performance art events by visiting national artists, and more.

In tandem with the presentation of work within Transformer’s Siren Arts storefront exhibition space, public programming will be presented on the boardwalk, the beach, and city parks throughout the summer. Participatory public programs will include crochet jams, knit-ins, zine-making, performative artistic actions and more. All programming will be provided free of charge.

Located in the middle of the northeast corridor of Washington, DC to NYC, Asbury Park is an iconic beach town that hosts thousands of visitors each summer. It is known for its arts & music present and history, as well as for its unique Beaux-Art boardwalk architecture.

Siren Arts is a direct result the success of Transformer’s 2014 Asbury Park residency and exhibition - Promised Land, which brought together twelve east coast based emerging visual artists to pursue creative research, meet with a multitude of community leaders within Asbury Park, and learn about the city’s history and culture. Supported by a special curatorial grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Promised Land exhibition, presented in the 5th Avenue Pavilion of the Asbury Park boardwalk, included a diverse variety of visual mediums including painting, video, installation, sculpture, performance art, sound art, and photography. The exhibition was visited by more than 15,000 audiences members over the course of is six-week presentation. In addition to building a substantial audience and collector exposure for the artists, the residency and exhibition provided incredible peer-networking among the artists, who received increased exhibition opportunities, commissions of new work, and have formed collaborations among themselves as a result of their experience.

EXHIBITION HOURS: Thursday & Friday, 3-8pm, Saturday 12-8pm, and by appointment. Public Programs will be announced in mid-May 2017.  Visit throughout the summer for updates and additional details.

Image: Equal Rights, 2014, J. Morrison