Monday, July 09, 2007


The Exercises for Emerging Artists - E4: Station to Station

July 11 - August 4, 2007

Please join Transformer this Thursday evening, July 12, from 6:30 - 8pm for the first of four "opening events" in the E4: Station to Station Series.

E4: Station to Station, featuring four dynamic DC area based artists - Rebecca C. Adams, Carolina Mayorga, Rob Parrish, and Fereshteh Toosi - and guest curated by Niels Van Tomme, consists of four individual artist projects resulting from the fourth installment of Transformer's unique peer critique and mentorship program, The Exercises for Emerging Artists.

Click on the following link to read a recent article from the Washington City Paper about the program and this year's artists: http://www.was

A video trailer with glimpses of each of the projects can be viewed on Transformer's website.

Incorporating video, sound, performance art, and conceptual mixed media installation, each of this year's E4: Station to Station artists will take over the Transformer project space for one-week, beginning July 11, 2007, to present new work resulting from their peer-critique and mentorship experience at Transformer. Opening events including performances and artist talks will take place each Thursday, July 11 - August 4, 2007 from 6:30 - 8pm.

"I wanted to involve artists who could further transform the gallery into an experiential space; into temporary stations of media art," states Van Tomme. "Each of the artists brings a very specific approach to Transformer in establishing a relationship between their work, the gallery space and the audience."

Beginning in March through June 2007, the artists participated in facilitated bi-weekly meetings discussing the challenges they face as artists, the inspiration that helps propel them forward, as well as their artistic intentions and goals. Launched in March 2004, The Exercises for Emerging Artists was created to support artists at critical points or crossroads in their professional growth and development; to stimulate and encourage artists as they create new work.

In addition to several peer critique sessions, participating artists receive mentorship and feedback from area gallerists, more established artists, professors, and curators. This year's mentors included UMBC's Associate Professor of Visual Arts Steve Bradley, composer and visual artist Alberto Gaitan, Transformer's Executive Director Victoria Reis, The Corcoran's Curator of Photography and Media Arts Paul Roth, Provisions Library Executive Director Don Russell, and E4: Station to Station guest curator Niels Van Tomme.

E4: Station to Station - Schedule of Artist Projects

July 11 - 14 Carolina Mayorga: New Trends in South American Cuisine
Don't miss the launch of the revolutionary South American style recipe that will change the way you've thought of cooking. Cook it, taste it, buy it, all at Transformer.
Opening Event: July 12, 6:30 - 8 PM

July 18- 21 Rob Parrish: Jack
Mixing elements from the television series "24", the Department of Homeland Security's Homeland Security Advisory System, and archival footage, this installation explores the sensation of being an object of manipulation.
Opening Event: July 19, 6:30 - 8 PM

July 25 - 28 Rebecca C. Adams: Compulsory Figures and ∞
Using sound and large street drawings to interpret an archaic division of figure skating, this indoor and outdoor installation captures the sonic environment of practicing compulsory figures on ice, while visually striving to reproduce similar exercises on pavement.
Opening Event: July 26, 6:30 - 8 PM

August 1 - 4 Fereshteh Toosi: You're not as green as you are cabbage-looking.
The accounting firm of H&R CABBAGE will calculate your personal carbon emissions with a free report to take home. Bring in a reusable water bottle or coffee mug and enjoy a freshly carbonated Italian soda while you wait.
Opening Event: August 2, 6:30 - 8 PM

Exhibition Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 1-7pm & by appointment

For a press release featuring further details, including artists' and curator' bios, please visit Transformer's website or click here.

Images (left to right): Carolina Mayorga, Rob Parrish, Rebecca Adams, Fereshteh Toosi

Founded in summer 2002, Transformer is a Washington, D.C. based 501(c) 3 non-profit, artist-centered, visual arts organization that connects and promotes emerging artists locally, nationally and internationally. Partnering with artists, curators, art spaces and other cultural entities, Transformer serves as a catalyst and advocate for emergent expression in the visual arts.

Exhibitions hours are Wednesday -Saturday, 1-7pm and by appointment.

Transformer is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities/NEA, the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, and The Visionary Friends of Transformer.


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Blogger rob parrish said...

Thanks for blogging this. Come by and say hi at my opening event.

2:23 PM  

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